Australia has always been a dream / on our bucket list, and it’s safe to say that the land down under definitely lived up to everything we always hoped for!
Where to Stay: The Old Clare Hotel – From the Sydney Airport, you can take a quick train ride to Central Station and the hotel is a 7 minute walk away. This boutique hotel is SO cute and had by far the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in.
Drinks / Dinner at the Opera Bar
Walk along the water / through the Rocks region to Pier One Sydney Harbour to view the Igloos!
Pop into the Museum of Art on your way back.
The Grounds of Alexandria – The Grounds of Alexandria is a beautiful styled garden with markets, cafes and flower shops. It is a trendy place that gets quite busy so be sure to get in there early to take photos.
Travel Recommendations: Take a train from Central Station then walk to the Grounds of Alexandria
On the walk back, pop into Mecca Coffee Shop!
After breakfast, jump on a train all the way to Circular Quay. Then walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge! This is such a cool way to see the city!
We walked straight to Celcius Coffee which is located right on the whaft. Tip: Wait for a table inside so you can sit right on the water! After the most delicious waffle of your life, jump on the ferry back across the water. This was one of our favorite parts of the day as you could see both the opera house and the bridge!
We then walked over to the Royal Botanical Gardens and had pretty stroll through the gardens! Then we popped into the NSW Art Museum which had free entry!
We ended the day at the Butler Sydney which was HANDS DOWN the best meal in Sydney. Highly recommend this restaurant. Get the chicken sliders, the Pipian Chicken, and the cauliflower. And don’t forget a spicy marg!
Byron Bay is a lovely surfing town 2 hours south of Brisbane, 1 hour from Gold Coast and an 1.5 hour flight from Sydney. It is the perfect weekend getaway and the place to chill. Luckily for us Byron Bay is home to many healthy eating cafes serving local produce.
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of the most popular places to watch sunrise and sunset in Byron Bay. From the lighthouse you have a perfect view overlooking the surrounding area. To access the lighthouse you can either drive and park close to the top, however there are a limited amount of parking spaces. When we arrived just before sunrise, all the carparks were full.
The more popular way to get to the lighthouse is to do the coastal walk. From Wategos Beach, you can follow the coastal walk up which takes roughly 10-15 minutes. Cape Byron Lighthouse is busy for sunrise and even busier for sunset, so having this place all to yourself is quite tricky. The lighthouse is still a beautiful place to spend your afternoon and admire the ocean, so we definitely recommend checking it out.