Friday, September 8th, 2017
During our recent sunshine coast trip, we decided to stop over in Sydney for one day before heading back home to South Africa.
Sydney is massive! We bravely took on the task of trying to see as much as possible in one day. After spending all day out and about we went to bed that evening, with achingly sore feet, satisfied that we had conquered our quest to see Sydney in one day.
Bondi to Bronte
We started our morning catching an Uber to Bondi beach. Start your morning with a bagel and coffee and surf watch while you finish up breakfast. Once done, start embarking on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. The views are breath-taking and there are plenty of Instagram-worthy stops. Make sure to take an iconic picture at the Bondi Icebergs swimming pool.
Once done or whenever you have seen enough, catch an Uber to Ovolo Woolloomooloo.
Sydney Botanical Gardens and Opera House
Stroll through the gardens and make your way to the Farm Cove lookout to get an awesome first view of the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline. From there, follow the path until you get to the steps of the iconic Opera House.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Once you have taken enough selfies to last a life time, walk along the Circular Quay until you get to the steps of the harbour bridge. Use Google maps for this one as we had to try a few different routes to find the stairs. Walk along the bridge and get fantastic views of the Opera House. This is the best view in my opinion. Don’t pay to go up the towers as the view from the bridge is perfect.
Grab a cheap bite to eat and walk to the Queen Victoria Building to take in all its glory. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of construction going on during this time, but we were still able to get a good look before heading off for some shopping. Make a quick stop at Sephora (this is a must ladies) and wonder around some more. We didn’t stay too long as we knew our time was ticking.
St Mary’s Cathedral and Chinese Garden of Friendship
Make your way to St Mary’s Cathedral and take a quick tour of the inside before heading over to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Take a walk to Darling harbour and watch the sunset before calling an Uber to head back to the Opera House.
If you are lucky enough to be in town during the annual light show, make sure to take in all its glory. The show extends from the Opera House all the way through the botanical gardens. Once done catch an Uber to one of the best spots to eat, Din Tai Fung. After enjoying some of THE Best dumplings you will ever have, head home and take in the magnitude of steps you have accomplished in one day.
Friday, September 1st, 2017
Today I’m sharing some of my top things to do in sunshine coast for first timers. David and I were there for about 3 weeks. The first week was really relaxing and total chill out beach time in Mooloolaba. There isn’t a whole lot to do there but soak up the sun so that’s exactly what we did.
Guys this is what all zoos should be. I mean how many people can say that in one day they had a selfie with a kangaroo, a koala bear and a lemur. There are plenty of interactive areas where you literally walk around with the animals. I always wanted to be a zoo keeper when I was younger so this really hit all the right spots. I was in heaven. It’s perfect for a one day visit and you have more than enough time to see it all.
Sunshine coast has so many beautiful hike spots and its hard to pick just a few.
We really loved Kondalilla . It takes you into a forest and around a waterfall. At the end if you are brave enough you can take a dip in the lagoon. The water was crazy cold so we just admired it from outside. This is so worth every step and I’m so glad we did this.
Another great hike is Mount Coolum. We did this one on the way to Noosa. Its kind of hard core getting to the top, its allot of stairs but man the view is worth it. When you feel like giving up just keep going!
This is why I fell in love with Australia, Noosa is so so beautiful. Definitely a top pick.
Think prefect pristine beaches and some of the most magical sunsets you will ever see. Do not miss the hikes at the Noosa National Park . I would highly suggest the Tanglewood track which leads you to Hells gate. From there do the Coastal track back to the start. Right after hells gate and before picnic cove look for a path that takes you off track. This will lead you to the infamous Fairy pools. DO NOT MISS THIS, walk back if you can’t find it. Trust me it’s worth it.
This is one of my favourite cities to date.
Check out the Brisbane south bank parkland. It’s a lovely walk and if the weather is good you can dip into the man-made beaches.
Use City Cycle . This was such an easy way to get around. Brisbane is really well set up for bikes and it’s the cheapest way to get around the city. It cost a once off R20 rand and as long as you clock in a bike every 30 minutes those trips are free. Take the bikes to the end of the river and catch a City Hopper back to the centre. You get killer views of the city and if you time it right you can catch an amazing sunset.
Head to the Brisbane city hall and catch a ride up the clock tower. This is a great way to see the surrounding city and you also actually learn allot about the history of the city.
Right after city hall pop into Noosa Chocolate Factory which is right around the corner. Guys … the freeze dried strawberry covered chocolates…
This is a one-day trip from Brisbane and definitely worth a visit. We went via Tangalooma Resort which was great value for money. It includes the faerie ride, meal vouchers and free use of their resort for the whole day. The main attraction point is snorkelling among the ship wrecks which is a really cool experience. You can bring your own snorkelling gear or hire from the resort. Out of top snorkelling experiences, I would say I have had better (we had a really strong current and the water was a bit murky. However we were just unlucky and I’ve seen pictures online which make this a must see.
So those are my top picks of things to do in Sunshine coast, I hope that this might be helpful to anyone looking to visit. Other than the beautiful landscapes and really well behaved drivers, Australia has some of the BEST chocolates. David and I literally ate at least 1 slab a day.
No I’m not kidding…Yes it was worth it.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Hello, today I’m sharing my last little vlog from our recent trip.Hope you enjoy.