So you're going down under? I have the perfect itinerary down for you.
Day 1: Let's head to the icons!
But first...yoga. Off to Humming Puppy in the Surry Hills neighborhood! Humming Puppy is a yoga studio with three locations throughout the world (Sydney, Melbourne, and NYC). The cool thing about Humming puppy is their walls hum giving the class a feel of a sound bath. The studio also has couches and tea so it is a very pleasant place to start your morning. Surry Hills is a neighborhoody fun place to stroll around it almost feels like you are in the French Quarter with the winding vines and balconies. Keep keeping on towards Fitzroy street and check out the delicious Sweet Chick bakery.
Now...time to go to THE Sydney Opera house! How cool is it to feel like you've stepped into a post card? Walk all around the iconic building and remember to pinch yourself. You get dual views of the opera house and the bridge from the water front and it is spectacular. If you are feeling up for it head to the Botanical gardens. Then make sure to walk through the Rock neighborhood it is the older part of Sydney and you can see Sydney's oldest pub!
Lets talk dinner time...its been a long day of exploring so its time for an early dinner. You must go to Barangaroo. It is a young vibey area on the water, there are plenty of restaurants lining the board walk so you can decide what cuisine looks/ sounds best to you!
Grab a gelato from Rivareno, you'll need a sugar rush to get you to the last stop of the day...sunset! Head to Observatory Hill Park, it is great lookout over the city and has grass and trees you can picnic on/ under.
Lets go to the beach beach!
Starting the day with fuel of course. If you are in the mood for a bagel look no further than Lox in a Box, a cute bagel shop with window order. Maybe açaí is more in the cards for you than head to D bowls. Or finally find some middle ground at the cafe Orchard street. So many delicious choices in Bondi.
Now that you have some energy, shall we shop till we drop? Honorable Bondi shop mentions go out to: Commune, and the Triangl store (their only in person location!) Hopefully you don't have too many shopping bags weighing you down because it is time for the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk.
Starting at the Bondi Icebergs, another surreal 'stepping into a photo' moment typa place. This costal walk can take 1-3 hours one way depending on how many stops you make. The path winds along cliffs looking out at the dazzling sea and weaving you past little hidden coves. It is magical. Definitely stop at Bronte baths and Bronte beach, it is a great half way point to jump in the ocean.
You made it to Coogee...yay! Have a celebratory drink at the Coogee Pavilion overlooking the ocean. Now maybe you feel up to walking the path back to Bondi or maybe you hop in a car.
If it's Friday-Sunday head to Black wood (other days of the week it closes at 2 in which case add it in the running for breakfast or lunch) for dinner. Otherwise stroll along the strip and see what meets your eye. Regardless you must get fresh homemade gelato at Mapo before you end the day. This is a non negotiable, I don't make up the rules I just enforce them.
From the picture-esque post card moments to the hidden neighborhood treasures and the sparkling sea you are bound to love Sydney!