Date: 24.12.15. (Day 5)
Accommodation: Springfield Lodge
Today we have a very special day ahead: one of the most iconic beaches in Australia Bondi Beach and panoramic views of Sydney from the Sydney Tower (304 m).
We started our first day in Sydney and fifth in Australia by going to the world-famous Bondi Beach, but before we popped into a huge Apple store. Then we took the bus to get to the irresistibly hip Bondi. It’s super cool with a unique surfing atmosphere.
One of its attractions is a sensational coastal walk that goes from Bondi to Coogee Clifftop (5,5 km). It’s one of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever taken.
First, we went past the Iceberg swimming pool. Swimming here must be amazing as it’s an ocean pool with breath-taking views. The fee is just 6,50 Australian dollars. We couldn’t swim though because of a lack of time. Next time I won’t miss it as I love swimming and this place can’t be more special.
We can see a lot of super nice houses with awesome views along the walk. If a win the lottery, I know what I’ll do 😊
The whole walkway is very well-maintained, with lots of clean toilets, drinking water sources, and free doggy bags (it would be impossible in Spain). Everything is organised incredibly well so that people can enjoy this unique place.
On our way, we found the cemetery Waverley with the best views in the world. On a clear day you can spot whales.
We finished our walk at Clovelly Beach, but you can continue until Googee Beach. Without a doubt, strolling this walkway is a must. I’d love to go back and run there. It must be awesome!
After this energizing walk we had lunch at “Fishmonger’s”. We found this place by chance and really liked it. We had fish and chips and calamari and chips. The food was very fresh, tasty and well presented. Totally advisable.
Afterwards we went for a dip on Bondi Beach. It was super cool to be sunbathing and swimming in the ocean on the 24th of December. The dip here is very different from the one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here you can only swim within the demarcated area. There’re a lot of lifeguards making sure nobody is out of the area. Big waves and tides make you feel like you’re inside a washing machine because the swim is rough “n” tumble. So much fun.
For me Bondi Beach is one of the best things about Sydney. It offers endless options to spend a great day: a refreshing dip in choppy water, surfing, a relaxing and inspiring walk, stunning views of the ocean, swimming in one of the world-best swimming pools, fresh fish for lunch or just a drink in one of the many charming restaurants along the promenade. Definitely, this beach stole my heart.
At night we went to visit the city centre. We went up the Sydney tower (309 m) to enjoy the panoramic views at sunset.
Then we went past Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building (a shopping centre) and walked along Pitt Street. It seemed as if we were in Asia as everywhere there were a lot of Asian people and few Australians. It was surprising.
To finish a great day we enjoyed a nice Christmas light show projected on the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral. It was awesome to spend that dates in a different continent and in Australian summer.
Check more photos of this day in the gallery at the bottom.
Date: 25.12.15. (Day 6)
Destination: Sydney – Brisbane
Accommodation: Metropolitan Motor Inn
We started Christmas Day by visiting the icon of Sydney – Sydney Opera House, the World Heritage-listed building. Before going to Australia, it was the first thing that used to come to my mind when I thought about Sydney. I was looking forward to seeing this masterpiece of modern architecture designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon. It represents white sails of a seagoing ship.
Of course, the landmark was packed with tourists, especially the Asians that were smartly dressed and equipped with selfie sticks.
Next to the Opera House we can see Sydney Harbour Bridge that we crossed later. The views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House are awesome from here. Those who aren’t afraid of heights and don’t mind spending 300 Australian dollars can climb it (134m high and 502m long). I’m afraid of heights and just crossing the bridge made my legs shake. I can’t imagine myself walking on the top of it.
You can take a green-and-yellow ferry from Circular Quay, choose out of nine routes and visit Sydney Harbour National Park and several islands such as Cockatoo, Goat or Shark. We didn’t have time for that. Next time.
If you have time, you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. The entrance is free.
Next to Sydney Harbour there’s the Royal Botanic Garden. It’s very big and nice.
We finished our visit in Darling Harbour.
At about 5 pm we went back to the hotel, which was located in Kings Cross, to pick up our suitcases. Here we can find a Coca-Cola sign, the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.
To sum up, Sydney is a modern city, with a lot of leisure options, but too big and chaotic for me. We saw a lot of homeless people in the streets. I prefer smaller cities like Brisbane. Even so, I think it’s worth visiting it and enjoying its hectic life. And Bondi Beach is just amazing! You can’t miss it.
We flew to Brisbane and arrived at Metropolitan Motor Inn at about 9 pm. It’s a comfortable hotel downtown. We went for a walk around the centre and ate some pizza.
In the next post I’ll write about Brisbane and our road trip along Gold Coast until Byron Bay. Stay tuned!!