Arriving in Sydney mid July and the sun is shining and the Sydney beaches were just waiting for us! What would you do if all you had was a few days in this iconic city? It was our first day and we chose to hang out on Manly beach for a few hours as it was close on 22 degrees…not bad for a winters day eh?! The beautiful Sydney Opera House is best seen from a Captain Cook harbour cruise or ferry boat in my opinion. Although, I have to say the views from the top of the famous Sydney harbour bridge are pretty amazing too! You have to get the classic tourist photo shot if you can and here it is!
Manly beach reminds me of classic British beach resorts like Paignton in Devon and Brighton but with a fraction of the crowds…Ok it is winter but even in Summer it’s not nearly as busy, trust me.
If you’re like me and travelling with a young family then building sandcastles and eating eating ice cream is definitely the thing to do – fun delicious but messy! A while back it would have been old fashioned fish and chips and a pint after a quick dip but time was not on our side. I envied the surfers gliding in and out of those beautiful waves on such a perfect winters day. Perhaps I’ll get some lessons, I’ve got reasonably good balance and am confident enough, so we shall have to see – I’ll keep you posted!
A walk around the Rocks area once off the ferry and one of those amazing cupcakes saw us back to the Cambridge Hotel in Surrey Hills – a fantastic location, full of character, restaurants and locals (always a good sign) for those not needing a harbour or opera house view of course. The bus trip to circular quay took just over 10 minutes and was no problem for us with our ‘Phil & Teds‘ double buggy
A few beers with my good friends at the Clock hotel & pub and restaurant in Surrey Hills…what a way to finish up the day!