The Royal National Park – This National Park is just a short drive out of Sydney. Grab a friend preferably one with a car. There are a few well known spots to check out; Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Head Rock and the Figure 8 Pools. All information on these walks can be found in the links above. Enjoy the sunny winter weekends in the bush!
Drink with a View – Dress up after dinner and go for a fancy drink. Find a reason to get your best on and head into the CBD. My favorite places for a treat would be the O Bar and the Shangri-La. We waited for a table with the Shangri-La and it was worth it, plus I think it was only a 15 min wait. Vivid starts soon the sky line will look even better.
Open Water Course – Get a new hobby under your belt. I know its getting cold but don’t worry they provide you with wet suits and the course is cheaper in the off season. I did mine with Pro Dive in Coogee it was a great weekend. Early starts and long days but I felt extremely comfortable and confident with my diving skills by the end of the course. they have weekend and week day courses on offer.
Glebe Markets – The market is every Saturday and it is full of retro vintage treasures. There are lots of creative stands and second hand clothes. If your into vintage and recycling clothes check this market out and of course there is always a coffee stand so you can grab a hot coffee to keep you warm walking around the stalls.
Winter has come full force over the past few weeks in Sydney. Summer wardrobe is now officially packed away and scarfs and coats are out. Below are a few places I have checked out so far this winter. Any suggestions on places to eat or drink leave them in the comment box please.
Hello Auntie – Marrickville
Vietnamese cuisine in a tapas environment. Marrickville has had a new gem of a restaurant open up. Hello Auntie is a great spot for some good Vietnamese food. There was four of us when went. We ordered a dish each and a side to share between the table. Pork ribs, beef, soup and chicken it was all delicious. The staff were very helpful in advising what to choose and making sure we had enough food. They do have cocktails but we went for the Vietnamese beer, so we could feel like we were reliving those care free backpacker days for a few hours. I would book a table it is very popular at the minute and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Mad Pizza E Bar – Newtown
Last weekend we wanted to avoid the rush of Vivid after spending a Saturday working. Heading to Newtown we checked out this Italian. It is trendy and has a buzzing atmosphere. At first it looks like a normal Italian with the red checker table clothes and pizza on every table. Once inside though you notice the DJ booth, the walls are black boards and your table cloth has a paper cloth on top with crayons for your inner child to come out. The DJ playing some modern background music you can enjoy a thin crust Italian Pizza with a nice bottle of red. Staff are friendly and you order with them via their IPad. I opted for a salad which was delicious filled with shrimp and haloumi. Perfect place for a date. They also have other locations around the Sydney area.
Earls Juke Joint – Newtown
From the outside this looks like a shutdown butchers. If it was not for the few people stood outside in line and the bouncer you would easily miss this bar. After a short time in line we walked inside to a busy cocktail bar. The bar is buzzing and with quick friendly staff you are not long without a drink. I tried the Espresso Martini and the Notorious OMG. Notorious OMG was delicious and went down far too easy. When you go to the bathroom don’t miss the photos on the wall of what the bar looked like as an actual butchers.
Hotel Palisade – The Rocks, Sydney
Having a family friend in town for a few nights we wanted to show her dinner with a view. The Hotel Palisade was a suggestion that did not let us down. It is an old hotel which has been converted into a pub on the ground floor, the top is an enclosed roof top bar and restaurant with views of the Harbour Bridge and darling harbour. Highly recommend the mussels and lamb cutlets. Drinks wise I would recommend the Stone Fruit Cobbler. During the week day it is very quiet so easy to get a seat but on a weekend it is very busy. Possibly the prettiest lift in Sydney whisks you up to the roof top bar with a mural painted on its doors.