Since my husband is Australian, we are lucky to be able to visit Australia often. We frequently visit Melbourne but this last trip in December 2018 we got to visit Sydney for a few days as well. I have put to together this guide with the help of some family and friends who are local to Sydney, for anybody traveling here that is looking for the best beaches in Sydney, the best places to eat in Bondi Beach and some go to sight seeing you won’t want to miss! Enjoy – Meg
New South Whales, Australia
New south wales
Sydney is the State Capital of new south wales and is also the most populous city meaning it is crowded and has the most amount of people living here over anywhere else in Australia!
With a little over 5 Million people living in Sydney, that makes up 65% of the states population. The main city is about 25 kilometers (11 miles) with the greater region outside of that.
Drive to Melbourne?
how far is it?
You can hire a car and drive from Sydney to Melbourne in about 8 hours (Kinda like going from OC to San Fran) or you can fly there in just 1.5 hours
Sydney is famous for it’s beautiful beaches, the Sydney opera house, and of course the famous Harbor bridge over the water! The city is busy, full of energy and has warm sunny weather most of the year. Avoid June and July as those months are rainy and cold.
World's most expensive City
best month to visit
December is our favorite month because it's the start of summer and it's warming up but not crazy hot yet.
Australians have lnhabitated the area for 30,000 years
Sydney is home to many lovely beaches! Here are my top 3 favorites
(not including Bondi which is mentioned above)
Believe it or not, Australia is not all shrimp on the barbie and steaks on the grill. It is extremely multicultural in Sydney and the locals eat Thai food, Dim sum, and mediterranean along with some Aussie favorites too! Below i’ll list out our favorite places to eat when visiting along with some local favorites who frequent here often.
We always get a good laugh when we walk into a cafe, becuase Australia is full of coffee snobs! And by snobs, I mean they know their shit and they literally call our American coffee “piss water”. The word is still out weather the coffee is better in Melbourne or Sydney but in either event, most cafes will focus on the coffee more than the food. If you like strong coffee you are in luck. If you’re like me and like “piss water” be prepared to order a mug of hot water, a shot of espresso and say goodbye to your half and half creamer. They have never heard of it lol.
COFFEE COFFEE & CAFES
Public Dining Room
2A The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088
Rockpool Bar & Grill
66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
Doyles on the beach
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Manly Wharf, 1 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
2 The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088
116A Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
2 Mitchell St. North Bondi 2026
Albion Ave Paddington
May Kwai Chinese
710 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029
Manly fish cafe
25/27 S Steyne, Manly NSW 2095
El Indio Bondi
222 Campbell Parade, North Bondi NSW
1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
For the kids
The Sydney Aquarium is full Australian animals and quite impressive! You’ll want to bring the kids here!