Sydney, Australia is sometimes referred to as the Los Angeles to Melbourne’s New York. It’s the jewel of the Pacific Ocean, an international hot spot for culture, fashion, food and sunshine... and it sparkles! Here’s how to experience Sydney and its surroundings in Bravolebrity style.
1. Go to the opera.
The World Heritage-listed Opera House on Sydney Harbour is the most recognizable structure in all of Australia. The breathtaking building resembles the white sails of a yacht is and the inside is even more beautiful. For the past five years the iconic Opera House has been matched with the more accessible but equally glamorous “Opera on the Harbour," by Opera Australia. The outdoor production gives a view of both the harbor and city skyline and the Opera House and allows for fireworks to punctuate a particularly expressive aria, or say a fire-breathing dragon to accompany this year’s production the Chinese-Italian death-marked drama, Turandot. Get a platinum booth for pre-show dinner and drinks in the theme of the production and high-tea and drinks at intermission, of course.
2. Hit the beach.
Bondi Beach! Bondi is a celeb studded beach where surfers and fitness fanatics congregate to workout and enjoy the golden sand, sun, and ocean. There are changing rooms, lockers, cafes, and a gelato shop in the pavilions. Coin-operated barbies are available alongside ice cream sold on the beaches. While in Bondi, dine at the swanky Icebergs Dining Room and Bar attached to an actual swimming club. The posh restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine served by Italian-accented waiters in proper suits and ties. The Australian Michelin star equivalent is called a chef hat and this establishment has two. The direct views of the ocean via the huge glass panel windows are breathtaking, especially at sunset with a cocktail.
3. Stay at the QT Sydney.
It is a 200-suite boutique hotel with a blend of gothic, art deco, and Italianate-influenced architecture. It has a quirky, sexy theme which includes kinky items in your mini fridge — but is classy enough for a business stay. Inside is an amazing restaurant named Gowings after the historic building it’s located within — and the best urban spa in Sydney, QT Spa, which houses an authentic Turkish hamam.
4. Go to the park.
Bangaroo Reserve is Sydney's newest and most spectacular park in which a former container wharf has been turned into a re-imagined Sydney Harbour headland. The site is rich in Aboriginal history and cultural significance and the Barangaroo Aboriginal Cultural Tour Program gives visitors the chance to connect with the world’s oldest-living culture. Mariah Carey’s new fiancée, handsome and colorful Australian billionaire James Parker, is involved in this revitalization project, in which the other 50 percent of the reserve features a six-star VIP Parker’s Crown Casino to be finished in 2020, a finance hub, and a residential neighborhood.
Shopping is fabulous everywhere in Sydney, with great department stores like David Jones and centers like Westfield for an overload of options. The Paddington neighborhood has an area known as the intersection Oxford Street and Glenmore Road in is a strip of handpicked edgy boutiques and upcoming Australian designers on the corner. One Point Seven Four has the best handmade-in-Italy sunnies. Camilla has the best pure silk kaftans and Zimmerman has an amazing selection of swimwear.
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