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TBT: Sydney!

  • November 12, 2015
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TBT: Sydney!

Hi all!  So in just two short days from now, the Hubs and I board a plane bound for Australia!  Woo hoo!  He has some work in NZ so we are all headed over for a short vaca.  It reminded me of when we were there almost two years ago and how much fun we had!  So I decided to bring back my Sydney Beaches recap from when we were there last.  Enjoy!

We’ve almost completed our tour around Australia! Today I have Sydney Part 2 for you–the beaches and more!  If you missed my other recaps you can catch up on: the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains  and Sydney Part 1!

One of the reasons I love Sydney so much is that you can be in the heart of the city one minute and then at the beach just a short ride later.  I have to say that the beaches in Sydney are some of the best I have ever been to, which includes better than Hawaii, better than the Caribbean and better than Florida.  The beaches are just so amazing!

Of course one of the beaches you have to visit if you ever go to Australia is Bondi.  It is probably the most famous beach in Australia.  It is a lot of fun but honestly, it is not my favorite because it is so inundated with tourists.  My favorite is Freshwater, which I don’t think I actually took any photos of while we were there!  Manly is a close second.  But Bondi is iconic Australia.

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While we were visiting Bondi, we had to make a stop at the Icebergs for lunch.  The Icebergs pool is pretty famous as well!

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The views from the restaurant are pretty incredible!

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Another great feature about Bondi Beach is the Bondi to Coogee walk.  It is a 6 km walk along the ocean cliffs with beautiful views of the water and the beaches.  From Bondi you pass through Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach and finally Coogee Beach.  I’ve done the complete walk before but we didn’t have the time to do the whole thing so we just walked to the top cliff to look out at all the other beaches.

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I love all the cliffs!

One of my favorite beaches is Palm Beach.  It is all the way north of Sydney (about an hour).  It is a popular area for Australian celebrities and sports icons and there is even a TV show filmed there called Home and Away.

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How would you like to live in one of these houses?

Pete’s cousins actually live on Collaroy beach so we took the opportunity to visit them and chill out at the beach!

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I love watching the surfers!

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And the waves! Haha!

And of course when we got tired of the beach, we headed back to their house to lounge by the pool!

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hanging by the pool

Even though I love Sydney beaches we didn’t spend all our time at the beach!  The Harbour is always a draw and we spent a lot of time walking around the Harbour and the City!

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One of my favorite places in Sydney is the Opera Bar located on the bottom floor of the Opera House.  It is open to the general public (no tickets required) and has some great views of the Harbour.  You can eat or drink outside and just take in the view!

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My absolute favorite restaurant in Australia is Ripples located on Milson’s Point.  It is about a ten minute walk from my old apartment and I just love how it is this gem with amazing views but is still pretty casual and not touristy.

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We had a great dinner there and my in-laws actually got me this amazing bottle of wine!

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For my 30th birthday I said that I wanted to buy a bottle of wine to age.  Well, my in-laws actually got me a bottle of wine that was already aged!  It was a 2005 shiraz from the Barossa Valley from Bethany vineyards.  It was absolutely delicious!

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Obviously everyone had a great time!  We dined at Ripples the night before NYE so I snapped some cool photos of the Harbour as they were preparing for the big show!

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Btw, I made this awesome video of us doing SUP at the Spit in Manly.  It was so much fun!

 

Readers, what did you do this weekend?  Any big plans for the three day weekend?  Have you ever had aged wine?

By Brittany, November 12, 2015
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  • Holly
    November 12, 2015

    This resonates with me! Nice photos of Sydney Harbor especially overlooking the bridge and Opera House!

    Long time ago–aged the wine (no pun intended) Not now tho!

  • Allie
    November 12, 2015

    Just gorgeous!!! This makes me want to hop a plane and just GO! Have a great time and be sure to tell us all about it on your return!!

  • Shawna
    November 12, 2015

    looks so amazing! i’d love to go to Australia. two of my close friends are living in Melbourne right now so i’m hoping to make it at some point while they’re still there. that’s so sweet that your in-laws gave you that bottle — having good people in your life makes the world such a magical place. 🙂

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 13, 2015

    So I totally remember reading this post when you originally wrote it! Ha. I guess we’ve been following each other for awhile now huh? 🙂 Hope that you have a great trip lady!!

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