After wandering around Byron Bay for the morning, we packed up the camper and hit the road for a long drive down the coast. We stopped off midway for a little beach trip, and cooked up lunch on one of the communal BBQs which you’ll find all throughout Australia. By this point we still hadn’t grown bored of Haloumi and roasted vegetable wraps…
As the evening drew in we set up camp in the seaside town of Crescent Head, at the aptly named, Crescent Head Holiday Park. We were completely blown away by just how cold the weather had become. I literally slept in all my layers that evening!
The next morning, we had a little wander around the area and grabbed a quick coffee and breakfast at the Green Room before hitting the road again and making our way down to Sydney – I was SO excited!
On arriving into the Sydney area we stopped off at the suburb of Wahroonga to pay a visit to the iconic Rose Seidler House. Harry Seidler designed the Rose Seidler House for his mother. When she died it was turned into a living museum, as part of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. The building is amazing; it’s practically untouched since her death in 1991 and full of original furniture. The kitchen still has original appliances the building itself is still visually striking and original, sixty years on. I was complete awe!
Having left Wahroonga we drove down into Manly where we set about finding somewhere to park up the campervan. Unfortunately we found it almost impossible – there were no holiday parks in the areas and annoyingly none of the hostels in the area had rooms available, nor anywhere we could park the van! We ended up driving a little further up the coast to the little town of Freshwater where we camped up for the night in, erm, a car park.
We wandered around the cute little town and settled on JB and Sons for beers and burgers before heading back to the carpark and heading to bed!
The next morning we woke up bright and early and wandered up towards Bentfork for our much needed caffeine fix. We then hopped on the bus back down to Manly where we hopped on the ferry into Sydney centre.
This boat journey was one the most memorable moments of my travels for me. It was definitely one of those ‘pinch me’ moments when we turned round the corner in the bay to see the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the horizon– It was so exciting!
Of course, the Opera House was our first stop off as soon as we got off the boat – I for one didn’t realise the roof was tiled. It was so great to see.
From here we wandered into the Botanical Gardens and took in the beautiful scenery around us.
We actually spent the next couple of hours in the city shopping and catching up on life admin (such as visiting PeterPans travel store to back up my photos etc). I had also lost my trainers somewhere during New Zealand and there was no way I could carry on wearing flip flops in the colder Sydney climate – shoe shopping was definitely on the agenda.
All shopped out, we wandered further into the city and grabbed a quick lunch at Satang Thai which was delicious – even if the presentation a little questionable…oh look a rice panda.
After lunch we decided just to have a leisurely walk around the city, we ducked into the old shopping arcades and visited the little independent stores. It was nice to get a proper feel of the city.
We soon decided to wander down towards Darling Harbour for a little look around. By this stage the weather had got a little rainy so we popped into the Sydney aquarium for a couple of hours to admire the native Australian sea life.
That evening, pretty exhausted after a full on day treading the payments, we hopped back on the ferry towards Manly where we sat out on the beach watching the surfers hit the waves as the sun set before hitting the sack in our, erm, cosy car park.
The next morning, we woke up bright an early, grabbed a quick coffee at Albert and Moore before hopping back on the bus to Manly and heading across on the ferry to Sydney central. Again we decided just to wander around the city. We started off in Surry Hills before heading into the trendy neighbourhood of Darlinghurst and grabbing a delicious Isreali brunch of Shakshuka and flatbreads at Shenkin.
All brunched out we shopped until we dropped in the cute little boutiques in the area before heading to the Winery which for a well-deserved glass of vino out in the sunshine – it really was lovely!
One glass down we took a little wander further down the road for another sneaky one at the trendy Clock Bar before heading further into town towards the Queen Elizabeth Buildings to meet up with my cousin Samuel and his lovely girlfriend Amy who moved to Sydney about a year ago. It was SO nice to see them.
We headed to an amazing rum bar called Lobo Plantation which is situated underneath a multi-storey car park on Clarence Street. Coincidentally Miles and I had been recommended this spot by our waiter in Freshwater however couldn’t find it when we went looking for it the previous day – the entrance is SO hidden!
After a few drinks we headed down towards Darling harbour where we grabbed a delicious meal at the I’m Angus Steakhouse – steak pie! Amazing! We literally had such a nice evening with Samuel and Amy and it was so nice to hear about how well life down under is treating them.
After waving goodbye, Miles and I hopped back on the ferry back to the car park which had quickly become our Sydney home.
The next morning, we hopped back on the ferry at Manly and headed over to Marigold a traditional Chinese Yum Cha restaurant which was recommended to us by Samuel and Amy – apparently it is their favourite spot in the city! Yum Cha is a long held Cantonese tradition to sip tea accompanied by dim sum in the morning. Of course, we couldn’t wait to give it a try. We literally had the most hilarious (and of course delicious) meal in this quirky establishment. The female servers are very, erm, serious, and run around the tables with trollies filled with different savoury and sweet treats. We tried to sample as much as we could and pretty much had to roll out of the restaurant afterwards…
We decided that we would walk of our brunch by wandering around the famous Sydney Paddy’s market. There’s no denying there’s an electix mix of goods on offer in this sprawling undercover market…
All shopped out, we wandered up through China Town before grabbing coffees at Pablo’s and Rusty and setting up camp in Hyde Park with a pack of cards in the sun. It was a great little spot to watch the world go by.
Hyde Park houses the Anzac Memorial at its southern end so we wandered down to visit it and walk around – it really was beautiful and a lovely tribute to those Australians who had fought for their country.
As the evening started drawing in we decided we would grab one last drink in the city as we would be heading off in the camper the next morning. We wandered up through the CBD stopping off briefly at the Australia Square building to check out the beautiful architectural design of Harry Seidler (who’s house we had visited a few days previously).
We wandered up further and stopped off at an amazing restaurant bar called Huberts which had been recommended to us. Walking down a couple of flights of stairs from street levels Hubert’s transports you back in time to the forties into an incredible Parisian Den with a speakeasy style décor, wooden panelling and French prints. We each ordered a large glass of red wine and nibbled on malakoffs to toast a fantastic few days in Sydney.
Tomorrow we will be getting back behind the wheel of the camper and heading to our next destination – the Blue Mountains!