My Ultimate Sydney Weekend Competition

Win a $100 HotelClub Voucher towards your own ultimate Sydney weekend – read on and find out how you can plan your own ultimate Sydney weekend.

I was recently asked what my ultimate Sydney weekend would look like and it took me a while to answer – there are just so many options. I have finally settled on a weekend that pretty much revolves around the harbour.  I walk by it every day and I never get tired of seeing it. If you are a visitor to Sydney I think the weekend I have come up with below would be a great way to spend your time in our fair city.  If you are a local why not play tourist for a few days and remind yourself just how lucky we are to live here!

My Ultimate Sydney Weekend



I would start the day with a sunrise walk around the Sydney Botanic Gardens or the harbour foreshore (you can run if that’s more your style).  I love watching Sydney Harbour come to life.  This walk also offers plenty of great photo ops along the way so I can indulge my Instagram addiction and torture my friends too.

yum cha


Next, to feed the appetite all that early morning activity has given me I would jump on the free bus (555) and head downtown to Chinatown for a Yum Cha breakfast to rival those found in Asia.  There are plenty of good options but if you are not sure where to eat – check out this post of an old Sydney favourite Marigold restaurant on Simon’s Food Favourites, I also like Zilver in Pitt Street.  The Palace in Piccadilly Centre is a good option if you don’t want to head all the way downtown.

market city shopping

Once fortified it would be time for some shopping, Market City and Paddy’s Market are right by Chinatown and offer a chance to grab a bargain or two. If my finances are healthy I might hit the big brands in Pitt Street Mall and Westfield.

Dinner would really depend on my budget – Cafe Sydney or Aria for a splurge with a view or it the credit card was looking grim a quick cheap meal in Thai town, perhaps at Chat Thai or House or a Malaysian fix at Mamak.
I finish the day with some theatre perhaps at either the Opera House or The Wharf. I am also keen to try to catch the latest show in town, Strictly Ballroom, at the Lyric Theatre.


After all that shopping and eating I think I would start Sunday with a good paced along the Coogee to Bondi walk.  It’s so stunning even in the cooler weather of autumn.  I am all about rewards so for finishing the walk I would splurge with breakfast at Bondi – lots of choices here but I usually end up back at one of my old favourites, Gertrude and Alice or Brown Sugar.
bondi walk
After breakfast I would check out the Bondi market before heading up Watson’s Bay to explore South Head and some of the harbour beaches.
A couple of cold drinks at the Watson’s Bay hotel would go down nicely now and perhaps a bite to eat before catching a ferry into the city.
Watsons Bay Sunset
A ferry ride is perhaps my favourite way to end a day in Sydney, an the perfect place to catch some sunset shots of the harbour on your way home.

Do you want to get out and about for a weekend in Sydney?

Now it’s your turn. Thanks to Hotel Club I am hosting a giveaway.   I recently did an interview with Hotel Club about some off the beaten track spots in Sydney – you can read it here  – and in return one of you is going to benefit.

In order to celebrate the launch of their new ‘Ride Sydney – A Locals Guide to #SydneyLife’ video are giving away a $100 HotelClub voucher to one of my lucky readers!

All you have to do is watch the short video on A Locals Guide to SydneyLife below and tell us in 50 words or less about your ultimate Sydney weekend. The most creative answer will win a $100 HotelClub voucher toward booking your preferred Sydney hotel.

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Public transport for my Ultimate Sydney Weekend. 

Regular readers will know I am a public transport advocate so in order to make is easier for both visitors to Sydney and those of you who can be persuaded to leave your cars at home I have included below all the details you need to do this car-free.
Day 1 
Bus or train to Circular Quay
Free bus to Chinatown
Train from Town Hall to Circular Quay for dinner – Ferry to The Star.
Day 2 
Bus to Coogee from Central Station or Circular Quay
Bus from Bondi to Watsons Bay
Ferry from Watsons Bay to the city.

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