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Sydney | The Best of Down Under

Sydney | The Best of Down Under

The beautiful Opera House, the spectacular Harbour Bridge and the bustling Sydney Harbour are just a few of the wonderful things this lively city has to offer. Sydney has some fabulous hotels, amazing restaurants boasting world-renowned chefs, prime shopping spots and beautiful beaches. I consider Sydney my second home having lived there for four years and am always happy to go back to see friends. Here is a list of some of my favorites that may come in handy when you venture to the land down under.

EAT. Tetsuya’s gets my vote for a great upscale dining experience with excellent food and service in a very pleasant, yet not stuffy, atmosphere.  They feature a fixed degustation menu but can accommodate any dietary requirement or preferences. The signature ocean trout dish is divine. The Australian is a great place for good Aussie pub food like meat pies. They even have kangaroo and crocodile pizza on the menu if you dare! For brunch or lunch head to Nostimo’s in Woollahra. I swear by their eggs benedict! Make sure you try Vegemite on toast and a sausage roll or two while in Sydney also.

STAY. Up for splurging on a luxury hotel? I suggest the newly renovated Park Hyatt. Feeling trendy? The BLUE Sydney boutique hotel is a good choice located outside of the busy downtown area along the wharf promenade in Woolloomooloo. You’re still just a hop, skip and jump away from the central business district and the Sydney Harbour.

SIP. The Opera Bar located right outside the Opera House is THE place to sip an Australian Shiraz while admiring the spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour in all its glory. There isn’t another spot like it. In the mood for an Aussie pub atmosphere? Try the Lord Nelson in The Rocks and enjoy a cold pint of Aussie beer.

SHOP. If you’re looking for a shopping center that has it all Westfield in the city is the spot. Here you will find both Aussie designers and international labels.  For more of a boutique experience walk across Pitt Street Mall to The Strand or head to the QVB building. Spend an afternoon browsing a plethora of boutique shops on Oxford Street in Paddington then pop over to Surry Hills for a more eclectic selection.

RELAX. My favorite day spa is Milk Day Spa in Paddington (which happens to be my old stomping grounds). Sarah and Sandra Hales are the lovely owners who create a relaxing and personalized experience for their clients. If you’re looking for a hotel spa experience try The Day Spa at The Observatory Hotel.

PLAY. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique and memorable experience, if you aren’t afraid of heights that is. You really do get that “on top of the world” feeling. Take a harbour cruise and admire Sydney from the water. Don’t miss the Australian beaches! My favorites are Manly and the northern beaches or Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte in the east.  Spend an afternoon at the Clovelly Bowling Club playing lawn bowls while enjoying a good Aussie beer admiring the ocean view. That’s just a little taste of fun that Sydney has in store for visitors.


Sydney: Easily recognized by its iconic harbour, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley and the coastal regions featuring the iconic beaches of Bondi and Manly.

  • Sydney: Ranked among the Top Ten Cities Overall
  • Sydney: Ranked No.1 on the list of top cities in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

Have you been to Sydney? What are your favorites? Haven’t been? Where must you visit?


– Katy

Director of Luxury Travel, Katy Paterson, is living an ex-pat life in Singapore by way of Sydney. Spending the rest of 2012 globetrotting, Katy will be checking-in from her favorite spots in San Francisco, Boston, NYC, LA, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Twitter: @Chamorro_Chica

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Katy (19 Posts)

Katy is our Director of Luxury Travel and resident ex-patriot living abroad in Singapore. Having just walked down the aisle in Bali, and back from her honeymoon in the Maldives, she documents her super cool world travels and personal journeys at Chamorro Chica. @Chamorro_Chica

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