An undisputed supermodel of a city, Sydney wows (and wows again) with liquid thrills, iconic architecture, cosmopolitan glamour and a stellar food-and-drink scene
Sydney’s eye-popping setting, sprawled around one of the world’s best looking harbours, keeps tourists slack-jawed. Locals, however, are more likely to be found ogling fashion-forward labels in Paddington’s glam boutiques or enjoying cocktails in party-hard Darlinghurst – the laneways buzz with brilliant bars, boutiques and restaurants. Explore arty Newtown, ramble around the Rocks, take a boat trip or two and set off on a scenic coastal walk. Beyond the harbour city lie the Hunter Valley’s vineyards, the staggeringly beautiful Blue Mountains and – eight hours away by car – Byron Bay’s laid-back beaches.
Miranda Krestovnikoff is a British radio and TV presenter specialising in nature. She is a qualified scuba diver, a wandering gourmet and an accomplished musician. We sent her to Sydney to report back on her adventures; you can watch her video from Sydney above.
Miranda says: ‘What surprised me in Sydney is how many cliff top and coastal walks there are, all accessible right from the city centre. You can even walk from north to south via the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For a little respite, I jumped into a water taxi from Palm Beach and sped around the headland to a fantastic little restaurant right on the water, hidden in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: Cottage Point Inn. I dined on carpaccio of line-caught snapper served raw with strawberry vierge, celery and basil, washed down with a glass of perfectly chilled rosé. A superb spot – I just didn’t want to leave!’
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