What an amazing jam packed fun filled non stop trip. I don’t even know where to begin!
The flight left Dubai at 2am and was such a lovely flight on the way over. Many of the passengers slept, it wasn’t a completely full cabin and there weren’t many call bells and I also managed to sleep for the first time in the A380 Crew Rest, it was like a dream!! There was also a mother travelling with her gorgeous 4 month old baby Hazel alone for the first time. It can be super stressful travelling solo with a baby especially on a 14 hour flight, so I was more than happy to help out with cuddles with this cute little one!!
We landed into Sydney International Airport at 9:40pm disembarked the passengers, collected our luggage and made our way to the hotel. We have a really central hotel incredibly close to Sydney Opera House and The Harbour Bridge which was so amazing.
As soon as I got to the hotel I quickly changed and my friend Sophie came over who I’ve not seen for 18 months which was so so fab to see her! We headed over to her Dad’s to meet the rest of her friends and stayed in with a few drinks after my long flight!
I woke up quite early the next morning even though I was super tired to the most glorious sunrise. This is the first proper glimpse I’d had of Sydney as when we landed it was dark, and I’m already impressed. Check out this for a morning view…
We then headed out for breakfast just by my friends house (quickly stopping to drop some things at Sophie’s Mum’s and see her dog) at Balmoral Beach to a place called the Boat House which had such amazing food and an amazing location on the pier along the beach front.
I had bacon and poached eggs on toast with avocado and tomato which was super yummy. With a much needed coffee after the lack of sleep and long day at work.
After breakfast we wandered down to Circular Quay to get a view of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge before taking the ferry over to Manly.
The ferry over took around 15 minutes and we had a wander through the shops (where I managed to buy some fabulous boots in the sale) and walked along the beach front before Sophie’s boyfriend came to join us for lunch.
After a wander around Manly we decided to go to the Icebergs at Bondi Beach for lunch as it was a place that I really wanted to see and it had great views overlooking the beach too. The food there was amazing and wasn’t over priced either. I had some of the best mussels I’ve ever tasted here too. I’d highly recommend this place for anyone visiting Sydney! An interesting fact I also learnt about Australia when I was there was that one fifth of the entire population of Australia live in Sydney. How crazy for a country so big?
Sadly as it is winter in Australia at the moment there weren’t many surfers around flashing there abs, but the sea was so choppy and so so blue it was really mesmerising to watch. I could have happily sat there all day just watching the sea and watching the people. Along the sea front the whole of the sea walls are covered with art that different people have done. There was some really cool pieces too, I wonder how long they took to do and how often they change them.
From here we decided to go to the CBD and visit the Cathedral before going up the Sydney Sky Tower to watch the sunset over the city and see the amazing views. St Mary’s Cathedral was so impressive with the most incredible stained glass windows inside.
And from here we finally went up the Sky Tower to catch the sunset which was just unreal. The most beautiful colours of pink, orange, red and yellow spread over the city whilst watching the planes coming into land one by one before the city was lit up with all the lights from the buildings was just gorgeous. It was so nice to have my own personal tour guide in Sophie who was able to point everything out for me.
After this I was ready for bed as I was seriously struggling to keep my eyes open and had a 2:50am wake up call for the flight back to Dubai. So me and Sophie said our goodbyes wondering when the next time we’d be able to see each other again but tired after our full day of touristing. Thanks so much for being an AMAZING tour guide Sophie, it was so good to catch up and I LOVE your city and also thanks to your fab boyfriend Ben for being our driver for the day too. I seriously think everyone should visit Sydney at some point in their life.