Places to Visit 2018: Sydney Australia
Sydney, Australia has long been on the rise as one of the most popular places to visit. Sydney the best beaches, unique fashion designers, world renowned djs, real estate reaching an all-time high, trendy new restaurants’ and a booming nightlife. Also as of 2018 gay marriage is officially legal, it’s safe to say Australia is HOT right now and it’s not just because it’s summer down under! It seems that everyone in Sydney has this cool, go with the flow vibe that’s warm and inviting.
This year I rang in 2018 under the famous Sydney bridge at Luna Park (which is also an amusement park). It was by far the best fireworks display I have ever seen and everyone there was emotional when Macklemore’s song Same Love came on as the rainbow of fireworks flooded the sky. Everyone in Australia could feel the love and I couldn’t be happier to be here during such a historic moment. I then headed inside the atrium where several popular djs were lined up to play. I saw Tkay and Pnua, both Australian even though Tkay is originally from Zimbabwe, they both killed it going on until well past 2am. I must say attending Luna Park for New Years is by far the best way to see the world’s most incredible New Year’s fireworks display, take a few rides, play some carnival games and see some stellar djs.
One of the most popular areas in Sydney, Bondi beach, turned out to be one of my favorite parts of town. It’s a vibrant and trendy surf area packed with the best restaurants, bars, shopping and beaches! It is also home to the Instagram worthy spot, Icebergs. Icebergs not only has breathtaking views from the pool, lounge and restaurant it is also home to an athletic club. I would highly recommend spending a day here by the pool which is filled by overflowing ocean water. Then head upstairs to have a drink at sunset with the most breathtaking views at Icebergs bar. Although I did have dinner at the Icebergs restaurant one night, I wouldn’t recommend it. You pay for the view not the quality of food and Bondi is home to so many fantastic restaurants why settle. Restaurants I would recommend would be Fonda, Drake eatery, Bills or Skinny dip for breakfast.
If you are looking for the best places to enjoy a drink after a long beach day I would recommend Bucketlist, Hotel Ravesis, or Beach Road. Some other amazing spots that aren’t in Bondi I’d recommend are Farmhouse, Chula, Ms. G’s, Mr. Wong and the Opera House Bar. If you are looking for beaches that won’t be packed with tourists then the two best are Milk Beach and Kutti, both hidden but if you google they will pop up on the map! You should also spend a day over at Manly beach, a short ferry ride and viola you have made it. Here I’d recommend going to Manly wines right on the beach or heading over to the wharf and catch a view of the sunset while enjoy some authentic Austrialian beers. There’s also some fantastic shopping in Sydney, it is home to the largest Westfield mall, the Queen Victoria Building and Bondi Junction, all fantastic shopping areas. My favorite street to shop on was in Bondi on Gould St. Here I stumbled upon this vintage store Molly Brown and was able to find a vintage Valentino Blouse as well as vintage Levi’s shorts, there was so much to choose from and they are constantly getting new things in! There is also Tuchuzy, Vineroy, Jac and Jack Bondi Born and more throughout this iconic area that are definitely worth going into. If you are looking to see some wildlife while in Sydney, I would recommend going to the Featherdale Wildlife Park just about a 45 min drive from Sydney. There’s also the Taronga zoo in Syndey near Manly beach, but you won’t be able to get up and close to the koalas, kangaroos and wombats like you can at Featherdale. For accomadations, id recommend the QT in Bondi if you have the cash to spend, The Vibe hotel in Ruschutters for a less expensive tab or a hostel for those on a budget. There are plenty of hostels throughout Sydney and backpackers are more than welcome to embrace the culture. Overall I’d say Sydney would be a number one choice to visit this 2018 and be sure to allow at least two weeks to do it right! Cheers!