Sydney, Australia – Pt. 1
February 6, 2018
Sydney, Australia has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It was one of those “Yeah I’ll definitely get there sometime soon” but never actually put plans in motion to go. Our really good friends (& a bridesmaid of mine!) live there and were getting married so it was the perfect opportunity to save up and make the trip! We were there for about 6 full days so I’ve had to split this post up into two parts. I also tried to capture as much footage as possible and have made two videos! You can watch part 1 here and I’ll include the part 2 video in my second blog post.
After the 14-hour flight to Sydney, we jumped right into exploring our new surroundings. First things first, I got my first spray tan ever! Check out my video to see how that turned out! Next, we went to Cronulla beach for a quick dip in the water which was just magical. Crystal clear water, beautiful blue skies, and the perfect introduction to Sydney I’ll say! Our friends, Dani and Alex, run a successful bikini company called Kulani Kinis (you’ll have seen one of their pieces on my blog here) and they had one of their suppliers, Jane, join for their wedding. It was her first time out of China, first time going to the beach, first time trying avocado toast (oh, yes, I made her basic), acai bowls, etc. and so it was incredibly fun to watch her truly enjoy every single moment to its fullest. Watching her amazement at the littlest things put perspective on life and made me realize just how lucky we are to be able to travel the world whenever we want.
Dani (on the left) is wearing the Nude Zebra one piece. Jane, on her left, is wearing their newest print, Mimosa. I’m wearing their Palm Springs one piece. So many fun and ethical pieces! Go check them out!
After wrapping up the beach we went to Alex’s parent’s house for a lovely bbq and then back home to try and adjust out sleeping schedules. Eddie and I had all of the next day (wedding – eve for Dani & Alex who had time to themselves) to explore Sydney like the true tourists we are. 🙂
First stop: the Sydney Opera House.
My Nomadic State of Mind sandals (c/o) were the most wonderful pair of shoes to wear for exploring the city. Comfy, breathable and the perfect amount of Bohemian for me.
We could not have asked for better weather to explore Sydney in! The weather gods were definitely helping us out.
We learned that it was going to cost us $250/person to climb the bridge, so we settled with taking our picture in front of it and continuing our explorations!
Walking through The Rocks was probably my favourite part of exploring the city.
Cute nooks and crannies, farmer’s markets, and homemade goodies were waiting to be discovered around every corner.
One of my favourite vendors was this company called MiniMnt that sells Australian made kids’ clothes. There is no bun in the oven just yet, but I almost purchased this adorable little blue number on the spot!
We walked through The Rocks towards Barangaroo for lunch and then back towards the Opera House to get to the Botanic Gardens. Lots of walking! We absolutely loved it.
I’ve never seen a botanic garden so inviting as this one. It’s smack in the middle of the city with high rises all around it, yet I could get lost in the gardens for hours… and we did! I think we passed through the gardens about three times during our stay in Australia.
The bees were having a field day with all the beautiful flowers.
Exiting the botanic gardens lands you on the backside of the Opera House. This gave us new views of the harbour that we hadn’t seen yet.
We’d be back here the next day for Dani and Alex’s wedding as they got married on a boat that took us under the bridge, past the Opera House and docking at a beautiful restaurant on the water. I’ll include pictures of this in my second Australian post.
Apparently we hadn’t quite walked enough for the day so we decided to head back towards Barangaroo (the opposite side of the harbour – I explain all of this in my video) in order to catch dinner at Henry Deane on top of Hotel Palisades. Gorgeous views and delicious food/cocktails awaited us!
Ending our long day with a cocktail in hand, the sun setting in the background, great food, and even better company was the perfect ending to our magical day. So far, Sydney was everything it was cracked up to be and our trip had really only just begun!
Don’t forget to check out the video for bits and bobs that didn’t make it into this post and stay tuned for part 2 coming very soon!