“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
I have come to realise that as travellers, we find fulfilment not in the number of places we have seen but in the moments and memories we created in our journey. Here are my simple tips on how you can make Sydney a beautiful memory.
6. Drink good wine to celebrate!
Indulge yourself to a day at Hunter Valley and explore the different wineries and vineyards. It certainly is one of my favourite places in the world. Its picturesque landscape is truly refreshing and the different kinds of wine you can taste are already a reason to celebrate.
Start your day with light wine tasting at the De Bartoli Winery. Some personal favourites of mine are the La Bossa Pink Moscato 2013 and Bella Riva Moscato Del Re 2012. Both have very fruity and fragrant flavours perfect for Spring and Summer.
Afterwards, make your way to the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and Smelly Cheese Shop where you can indulge yourself to more treats.
Right before lunch, head to the Pepper Tree Wines and try some of their Syrah. Hunter Valley is known for this particular kind of wine. What I noticed is that the flavour of Pepper Tree wines is quite strong and bitter and the texture dry. If you’re not a fan of such, then you can just enjoy taking photos of their beautiful facade and garden.
Head over to Harrigan’s Irish Pub for some lunch and try their Famous Beef & Guinness Pot Pie and Ultimate Three Beast Burger. They’re succulent and filling!
End your day at the Audrey Wilkinson Winery. Buy a bottle and sit at their patio and let the sight marvel you. It will take your breath away and make you dream of dreams of love, hope, and beauty. It will touch your soul and make you feel that you are one with everything that’s surrounding you.
7. Appreciate history.
Make your shopping experience an insightful one at the romanesque Queen Victoria Building.
Marvel at the architecture and all the unique shops you will find. Buy a piece that will remind you of your adventure…one that will make you smile every time you use it.
The astounding Royal Clock
Stroll around Hyde Park and visit St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Learn about the migration history of Sydney at the Old Customs House.
(Black Chiffon Cover Up: Local find; Black Tube Dress: F21; Rose Gold Belt: Mango; Shoes: DexFlex by Payless; Bag: Longchamp)
Rub Il Porcellino’s snout for good luck! The original statue of this popular boar can be found in Florence, Italy.
(At the Sydney Hospital)
8. Walk and let your path unchartered path surprise you.
Take the coastal walk from Coogee to Bronte and enjoy nature.
Stop at Shark’s Point and try to spot powerful creatures.
Take a dip at your own ocean pool at Coogee. Isn’t that romantic and surreal?
Take a dip at Bronte even when the water is 20 degrees cold and enjoy the company of nature and of the one you love.
Spend an afternoon at The Rocks – “the perfect place to escape the everyday, everyday.” It used to be the precinct area of Sydney and they turned it into a heritage site. The cobblestoned lane ways and distressed architecture offer a unique setting for one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and bars. Walk through the lane ways and you’ll also find the perfect spot to take a photo of the Sydney Opera House.
9. Embrace Valentine’s for the cliche that it is and celebrate it!
I have never seen a city give so much meaning to Valentine’s like Sydney. You see young boys carefully and excitedly picking out flowers in the park. You see businessmen rushing to the stalls buying the perfect flower. You see couples holding hand and whispering sweet nothings to each other. Iconic places were dressed with heart shapes and even fireworks gave their testament to love.
A romantic slant to the famous Darling Harbour bridge
Restaurants were giving out free wine to couples.
Get a table at Hurrincane’s Grill and get the best view of the fireworks show while enjoying their oh so good ribs!
A wall of love was built where people can write love letters and express their emotions.
Heart-shaped fireworks were the perfect ending to a sweet day.
10. Find your piece of heaven and do something that makes you happy.
Watsons Bay was a nice surprise! If you want to experience the authentic side of Sydney, this is the place to visit. Enjoy the fish & chips at the iconic Lady Bay restaurant.
Get your muscles moving and walk to the Hornby Lighthouse and enjoy a spectacular view of Sydney. And if you’re feeling adventurous there’s a nude beach you can explore in the area.
Spend a day at energetic Bondi Beach and enjoy doing nothing and everything. This is the best beach in Sydney for me. The waves are perfect for surfing. The coastline is perfect for a run. The array of neighbourhood cafes and one-of-a kind shops put the icing on top of the cake.
(loving my ring from Aldo and bracelets from Rubi)
(Denim Top: Uniqlo; Hat: local department store; Bikini: Roxy and Dotti)
(Bag: Joan & Klaire; Shoes: Espadrille; White Lace Shorts: Miss Selfridge)
Live the life you’ve imagined and create memories as you go through your journey.