From beautiful beaches to amazing brunch places, cool bars and fascinating suburbs – a weekend in Sydney is joyride for the senses.
Sydney’s international airport lies about 12 km south east of the city. A taxi ride will cost about $40. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is situated in the heart of central Sydney’s business and shopping districts. This hotel is 500 metres from the nearest ferry, train and bus stops and only minutes from famous Sydney attractions like the Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Experience iconic Wentworth high tea at the hotel. High tea Executive Chef, Boris Cuzon has created an array of exquisite sweet delicacies bursting with flavour and colour, including raspberry and pistachio macaroons, lemon tartlet, The Wentworth cheesecake, chocolate and lime choux, Opera cake & mini pavlova.
Just a couple of streets behind the hotel is a walkway up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, turn left at the top of the steps and walk along the path which sweeps above Circular Quay. The lookout spot provides you with breathtaking views over Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. The path leads you to the Royal Botanic Gardens on the harbour foreshore.
Kick off Friday night with drinks at the Opera Bar. This bar is popular with locals, tourists and theatre-goers and passersby taking in a the perfect view of the harbour and northern suburbs foreshore. In daylight hours you can look straight across at Kirribilli House, the official residence of Australia’s Prime Minister.
Not to be missed is dinner at Mr Wong. Layered with timeless colonial furnishings including timber floors with tiled inlay, bamboo framed French woven chairs and slow turning ceiling fans, Mr. Wong pays homage to classic Chinese influences in a contemporary style. The Cantonese-style menu features over 60 dishes including Chinese roasted duck, faux Shark Fin Soup and Abalone served Steamboat style, as well as an unrivalled dim sum selection.
Start Saturday morning with breakfast at Garden Court Restaurant. a blend of European interior styles within and a Greek motif in the outside courtyard – the restaurant is an oasis in the bustling Sydney CBD.
Head to Australia’s most famous beach. Wear your walking shoes – you’ll be doing the spectacular cliff walk – a distance of 3.5km from Bondi to Bronte.
Starting at the south end of Bondi – near the Icebergs pool. The track is crowded with joggers and ambling sightseers so make sure you stick to the unwritten protocol of walking to the left – otherwise you could find yourself jostled off the path.
If you have the energy you can stay on the cliff walk past the sprawling cemetery to Clovelly or you can turn around and head back to Bondi for a swim in the magnificent Icebergs pool or simply have lunch at Icebergs Dining Room and take in spectacular views of Bondi.
A weekend experience in Sydney is not complete without heading to a foodie cafe. How about an organic tea bar for lunch? The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar – located in Redfern it is a gorgeous, airy space that serves a huge range of gorgeous teas as well as tea infused dishes. Go down the Rabbit Hole…
Looking for some retail therapy? Pitt Street Mall is located in the heart of The Sydney CBD and is Australia’s busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping precinct boasting retail centres Myer, David Jones, Glasshouse, Sydney Arcade, Westfield Sydney, Mid City Shopping Centre and The Strand Arcade.
Quay Restaurant is Australia’s most awarded restaurant, with three hats chef. It is situated in the stunning dress circle of Sydney Harbour and offers quintessential modern Australian cuisine. An experience that celebrates the diversity of Australian ingredients.
For dessert, the course that Quay is famous for is the Snow Egg, having been featured in the 2010 series of MasterChef. If this is your first time here this is the dessert you must order.
Note, some days the view is blocked by cruise ships parked at the overseas passenger terminal. It is recommended to enquire before booking.
What’s a more perfect way to end a relaxing weekend, than spoiling yourself with breakfast in bed. Available 24 hours daily, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s room service offers personalized service with extensive menu selections.