We recently returned from a trip down under visiting family and friends – while Sydney has come along way over the years in terms of infrastructure and services the major and best sights remain much the same. A walk down the rocks, Darling Harbour, over to the Opera House are all par for the course and must dos when heading down under. Take a further walk and have a beer at the Lord Nelsen literally under the bridge with a vibrant crowd and great selection of Aussie beers. Where to stay – for value for money – Westin Martin Place – in my opinion the best address in Sydney central indeed it is, a great food court and little coffee shop just outside the main entrance which prepares the best Cappuccino I had in 2 weeks. Digging into ones pockets a little deeper there is no better hotel in Australia then the Park Hyatt Sdyney literally opposite the Opera House in the heart of the Rocks.
Lunch at Doyles Watson Bay for me is a classic and for the umpteenth time we chose it again – ferry from the Circular Quay to Watsons Bay which takes 14 minutes and allows you to capture the magic of Sydney and its waterways. One arrives in the right frame of mind – and Doyles while no Michelin star rest serves as it has done for years quality product with friendly service in a unique beachfront setting. It is what it is and worth staying on my list of must dos. Some good dinner spots – try OTTO at Woolomoloo for dinner – set on the docks – the place to visit – pretty people, full house and spicy bill. Hidden in the middle of the city a stone throws from Martin Place dont miss China Lane in Angel Lane – without doubt some of the best Chinese I have had for a long time. The Ferry across to Manly as well as visiting The Taronga Park Zoo are 2 other classics that remain on the list as is the bus and walk along Bondi Beach. Our daughter Tatiana added a little spice to these visits trying the Walks – from Spit bridge to Manly and Bondi to Coogee and she loved that angle of the visit. I promised to do that next time. In Manly try Garfish Restaurant across the road from the Wharf – all dishes come from the wood burning oven , a colorful crowd and great service. A drink in the bar on the top floor of The Shangri-La Sydney and dinner at Cafe Sydney rounds up a fool proof visit to what is without doubt one of if not the most beautiful cities in the World – can’t wait to get back.