Sydney Highlights

The last time we visited Sydney was in 2009, where we managed to tick off most of the must-do touristy boxes. For this trip, our two main agendas were catching up with good friends and exploring some of Sydney’s scenic coastal walks.

These costal walks around Sydney were the perfect “workouts” to get our lazy bums moving after 3 weeks of being gluttons.

Our first walk started at Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club, Manly and ended at The Boathouse, Shelly Beach, with a scrumptious brunch, yes we indulged ourselves again. haha so much for working out 😛 (The walk took 40mins only).

After refuelling, continue the hike up to the lookout and admire the breathtaking views of the Northern Beaches. And if time permits, do explore North Fort, which played a major role in the Defence of Sydney during WWII.

you can access more information about Sydney Coastal Walks here.

And North Head Sanctuary here.

You are most welcome! 😛

The famous Manly Ferry is a “must do” for visitors to and from Manly, this relaxing 30min trip packs in a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.


After a week in Manly with the Elsworths, we then moved south to Hurstville to stay with Chris and Phillip. Their location made it easy for us to check out the Royal National Park, which was 40min drive away.

We did a nice and short 2hrs walk along Wattamolla Coast Track, then returned to check out the unimpressive Wattamolla Falls. Perhaps it was low tide; the lagoon just didn’t cut it for us. But the short 10min hike to the Providential Point Lookout after made up for it!

We were looking forward to check out the Instagram worthy “Figure of 8 Pool”, unfortunately we didn’t have enough time as the full hike would take 4hrs, return. We did, however hike the first 30mins of the trail, which we reckon, is not suitable for young children or people with weak knees. The terrain is narrow, rocky and uneven, so be prepared and visit at your own risk. If you wondering how the “Figure of 8 Pool” looks like and want to find out more about the hike, etc, click here.

The most famous coastal hiking trail in Sydney is perhaps the Bondi to Coogee walk, this 6km walk can be completed in roughly 2-2.5 hrs , and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the bays and rock pools along your hike. We cheated and did the walk from Bronte to Coogee instead (1hr walk) as we wanted to attend The Taste of Coogee Festival 2019. Gorgeous views too! Not to mention the selection of fine local wines waiting for us at the finishing line. Minimum effort, maximum reward. Perfect!

The greatest highlight of Sydney is without a doubt the priceless moments spent with friends.

So for now, it’s Goodbye, Sydney and Hello, New Zealand! Stay tuned! Remember to subscribe to receive the latest post! 🙂

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