NSW Australia: Sydney Harbour and The Rocks

Sydney is hot. Like really hot. Since the boyfriend spent yesterday on Bondi getting burnt, we decided to relax as we had a long and exciting night ahead of us, so we headed down to the Rocks and Sydney Harbour.

The Rocks is very “old Sydney” with many of the buildings being made from local sandstone – it is perfect for the history buff in you. With Harbour Bridge on your right, and the skyscrapers of the city dwarfing the old buildings, it’s quite a view to take in.

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There are souvenir shops aplenty heading toward the harbour, with some very cool Aussie eateries dotted up and down the streets – but more on the food later…

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We headed straight for Harbour Bridge in search of the perfect view of the Sydney Opera House.

As you walk along the bridge there are towers on either side where you can pay $8 and get a spectacular and undisturbed view of the harbour.

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So being the tourists that we were, the first thing we did was take a panoramic pic.

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to the the official Bridge Climb as it was New Year’s Eve and the bridge was wired with thousands of fireworks, which we were lucky enough to see.

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Sydney is a city I am already head over heels in love with, I just didn’t want to leave. I recommend it for anyone who loves a good beach and a spot of shopping. They even have a Westfield Shopping Centre, which is home to the Tower restaurant and some lovely designer shops – absolutely worth a visit!

Have you been to Sydney? What did you think of the city? Do you live there? Can you offer me a job? Please?

– love Carla x

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Sydney, NSW: Bondi Beach

The day finally came! I had been waiting a very long time to get my tootsies into the soft sand of Bondi Beach, and it happened – it was magical!

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We were staying very central during our time in Sydney, so luckily we were able to get a train and a bus straight to Bondi Junction, which took around 30 minutes altogether from Martin Place. (I recommend purchasing an Opal card from a local store – it’s basically an Oyster card that is new to NSW – as some buses such as the Bondi Express don’t take cash and will only take the card).

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When we got off the bus, all you could see was the 1km stretch of beautiful Bondi at an ambient 32 degrees and it wasn’t even lunchtime!

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I’m also a fan of Bondi Beach Rescue, and while there were no rescues that day, we did catch them filming one of the lifeguards. By the time I got down there they had finished though – b00!

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Bondi is a massive tourist destination, and almost all of the locals we ran into told us not to go to Bondi, but to try one of the more northern beaches (more on that coming soon), but it was on my bucket list, and well, it was absolutely worth it!

Yes it was crowded, but it’s a big enough beach for everyone. If you do plan on visiting just remember one crucial thing, SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS! The lifeguards and said flags are there for your protection and not to be ignored, there is a very strong undercurrent that even the best swimmers get dragged out in.

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I would absolutely recommend Bondi Beach, even if you only go once it is something you have to see for yourself.

– love Carla x