The Australia Series: Honeymooners in Sydney

February 19, 2018
sydney circular quai australia
We are getting close to the end of The Australia Series. I just have two more places to show you: Sydney and Adelaide. Today I'm sharing with you our trip to Sydney, the city I was looking forward to seeing the most and it did not disappoint. We spent three days of our honeymoon here and even though we saw all the things we had planned we would have loved to stay longer.

DAY 1
We started exploring Sydney by going to the Queen Victoria Building, the most amazing mall which was close to our hotel. The beautiful building has great shops so retail therapy here is a must.queen victoria building qvb sydney australia
queen victoria building qvb sydney australia
After the QVB we continued our way north visiting the Town Hall, Hyde Park, St Mary's Cathedral, the State Library and the Royal Botanic Gardens before arriving to the crown Jewel: the Sydney Opera House. It's one of those places that you've seen a million times on photos or TV but still impresses you when you see it in real life. This magnificent structure has always fascinated me. I've heard different stories about its shape, some say it looks like conquistador helmets, other say they are nun habits or even orange wedges.
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harbour bridge opera house sydney
We had lunch at Glenmore at the Rocks which we found randomly. We saw a cute hotel with an outdoor area on top with promising city views so we ventured in. The place was packed and we had to wait for a while to get a table but it was totally worth it. The views didn't end up being as good as we had hoped (we thought we were going to see the Opera House from there) but the food was delicious.glenmore at the rocks sydney australia
glenmore at the rocks sydney australiaWe continued our route and stopped for coffee and cake at a cute little cafe called Motownmotown cafe coffee sydney australia
By evening time we were at Darling Harbour, a great place to wander around, grab a bite and see amazing street performers. There was this guy making music with his mouth that left us speechless. We also stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe because I collect their pins from cities around the world. This is something I started doing while living in California and finding Hard Rock Cafes abroad has become a tradition.
darling harbour sydney australia
DAY 2
I had been dreaming of this day for a really long time. A few years ago I had seen on a blog an amazing place called The Grounds of Alexandria and I promised my self that if I ever went to Australia I was going there. On our second day in Sydney we woke up early and set off to find The Grounds and have what turned out to be one of the most amazing breakfasts we've ever had. Read all about it here.
the grounds of alexandria sydney australia
the grounds of alexandria sydney australia
the grounds of alexandria sydney australia
the grounds of alexandria sydney australia
metro train sydney australia
The Grounds are on the outskirts of Sydney so after breakfast we headed back and visited the charming neighborhood of Paddington. There are beautiful Victorian houses and high fashion shops. Here you can also find the Reservoir Gardens, a water reservoir converted into a sunken garden.
paddington sydney australia
The Reservoir Gardens is a great place for photos. Several photo shoots were taking place while we were resting there.
paddington sydney australia reservoir
After that we made it back to the QVB and had late lunch at Jet a really cool and beautiful coffee restaurant. Fantastic Italian food and great service. Jet is also a great spot for people watching if you sit outside.

We finished the day by visiting one of the biggest malls in the city: the Westfield. It is located beneath the iconic Sydney Tower in the Sydney central business district.

DAY 3
Let's go to the beach! 
On our last day we visited Watson's Bay and the world famous Bondi beach. At Watson's Bay you get amazing views of Sydney on one side, and breathtaking views of the ocean on the other. Stopping at the Watson's Bay hotel for drinks with a view is a must.watsons bay hotel sydney australia
watsons bay hotel sydney australia
We arrived at Bondi by lunch time and we found Hotel Ravesis by chance. It looked really cute with its pink arches and we saw that they had a terrace on the first floor so we didn't think twice. We both love eating al fresco watching the sea and even though we do it in Spain quite often, we couldn't leave Australia without experiencing that.bondi beach sydney australia
hotel ravesis bondi beach sydney australia
Before packing our bags once again, we had to say goodbye to the magnificent Opera House. There's no better way of doing that than watching the sun set behind it. Mrs Macquarie's Chair is the best vantage point to do that. We could see the light show projected on its facade from there too.harbour bridge opera house night sydney australia Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Visiting Sydney was a dream come true and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. 
What is your dream city?
xo Cristina

THE AUSTRALIA SERIES

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24 comments

  1. I hope I'll go to Australia one day ;) Thanks for sharing those great pictures!

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  2. It's so beautiful there, and your photos are just stunning. Saving this for our next trip there!

    Marie
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  3. Wow, Cristina, beautiful photos and beautiful memories! I have never been to Australia but hope to visit one day. Your shopping trip must have been an experience! The structure of their mall look grand and spectacular. And how amazing is that to finally fulfill and see a place you always wanted to visit. I'll make a note of the Ground and definitely visit when I make it there. I love foodies and won't miss this lovely place.

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  4. Looks like you had such a great time! The food looks SO good.
    xx Deanna

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  5. All the places looks really cute
    And the food looks amazing
    xx

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  6. Very beautiful. I need to get back to Australia again. Thanks for sharing these amazing pics.

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  7. You got some great shots!
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  8. So many beautiful and IG-worthy sites in Sydney. I have it on top of my bucket list. Great photos dear!

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  9. This looks so amazing. The food pictures and descriptions sound so good. I love your pics and it sounds like you had an amazing time!

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  10. The grounds is one of my favourite Sydney Brunch venues
    Such a good list
    xx

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  11. What a cool looking mall! That salmon also looks wonderful and I love dining al fresco!

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  12. Tiene que ser preciosa Australia.

    Hoy descubrirás un lugar de la Mancha
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  13. OMG! Now I want to visit Australia so bad! Love this round up girl!

    xx, mel
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  14. Australia has been on my bucket list for years and your photos and post has definitely pushed me to go soon! The photos are so beautiful, I mean the country itself is gorgeous. You seemed to have a great honeymoon. Great post :)

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  15. Woah Australia looks amazing!! Your foodie pics are so cute and I love all of the gorgeous architecture too!

    HEather xoxo
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  16. This place looks amazing! I have always wanted to travel to Australia and this would be one of the places that I would love to see.

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  17. You made Australia look like such an amazing place.

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  18. My fiancé and I are still making a list of places to go for our honeymoon. Need to add Australia.

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  19. What a wonderful honeymoon it looks like you had! I always love to hear what people's favorite food spots are when hitting big cities, so I'm glad you included them. That final photo of the opera house through the trees with the sunset is gorgeous!
    -Kristin
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  20. wow. what a beautiful area, even the mall looks gorgeous! I love your pictures and you look great in the green top and moto. I am looking forwad to traveling this year. i will say, your pics always make me hungry too! :-)
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  21. So glad that you enjoyed your days the most. I love to read travel blogs to see what the world has to offer. I may travel this year so just going to list down my favorite spots. Let's see where I head to.
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