So many of us pack our bags and take the early morning trek to the airport, complete with awful airline coffee, just to spend a few days over the ditch for work. At first it is exciting (I’m very much still in that stage, but old-hands at this experience will tell you it can become a drag very, very quickly.) I did just this recently, heading to Sydney for a 24-hour work trip with The Iconic. Instead of jumping straight back on the plane, I decided to make the most of the Australian hospitality and spend the weekend in Sydney. Having just 48-hours is daunting, you want to make the most of it, while also being rested and rejuvenated upon your return to work on Monday. So, how did I make the most of my time?
The most important part of your stay anywhere is where you call home for your trip. This doesn’t mean a five-star luxury option (although this is great), rather, it means staying somewhere that meets your needs. For example, I was after somewhere centrally located, had a fully equipped kitchen, an awe-inspiring view (as Sydney’s light festival, Vivid, was on) and options to work off the food and wine I knew I would devour during my ‘holiday’. For me, home became Fraser Suites because it ticked all of these boxes and gave me apartment goals (yes, I pretended I was Carrie Bradshaw living in my inner city apartment, what of it!?)
Located near the Town Hall and Darling Harbour, the suites were also within walking distance to two train lines meaning getting around was incredibly easy. After a long week of work there are two options, go hard or go home…so I opted to stay in my new home with divine room-service and a glass of wine, enjoying the view.
Saturday is the day to make the most of!
Bondi Brunch. It would be rude not to, right? Some highly-recommenced spots include:
Lox Stock & Barrel
Porch and Parlour
Iceburgs Dining Room and Bar
Bondi to Coogee Walk. After brunch what better to do than stretch your legs and get some fresh, sea air. The walk is beautiful, no matter if it is a scorching hot day or slightly overcast.
Shopping. Again, rude not to! The best spots to shop include
Queen Victoria Building
Westfield Bondi Junction
Pitt Street Mall
Tonight is the night to brave the crowds and try one of Sydney’s restaurants. Of course, eating alone isn’t a lot of fun which is why we found a few gems that are perfect for solo-diners
Cho Cho San
10 william street
Start the day off right. All of your needs are understood at the Fraser Suites, coffee? Tea? or perhaps you are more into a hot chocolate? I made myself a tea, cut up some fresh Australian fruit I grabbed yesterday and hopped back into bed (with a doughnut because this was a holiday and holiday calories don’t count…)
Get Cultured: Sydney is a beautiful city, there is no denying that. After a little RnR on Sunday morning (and getting up early, again, thanks to my body clock thinking 7am was a sleep in) I had time to explore. Here are three of my top beautiful, and educational, things to do.
Walk the Harbour bridge (for free):
While a lot of people (tourists) pay to walk the bridge (okay, they go a little higher) you can get your morning cardio by walking the bridge, either both ways or one way. If you only want to walk one way, and want to end up at The Rocks, catch a train to Milsons Point station. Otherwise, if you want to walk both ways, start at the Rock’s District and follow the signs.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia:
You know the art you look at and think ‘had I kept my finger paintings from kindy I could be rich?’ Well, this museum holds some of these sorts of art, including a bike that is art … but they also have some incredible work in so many different mediums that you leave feeling incredibly cultured.
Grounds of Alexandira:
As you can see (below) it is an absolutely stunning spot. Don’t miss Kevin Bacon, the giant pig … and make sure you get their early as tables go quick! You can get takeaway and eat in the gardens at their seating areas, which is equally as nice.
I flew out around 3.30pm (AEST), which got me back to New Zealand around 9pm (NZST). The timing was perfect, I had Sunday morning to be stressfree and not rushing to the airport early, but I didn’t arrive back late enough that Monday morning was a struggle.
HOW TO TRAVEL LIKE A BOSS
- Get better deals by deleting your browser’s cookies or using incognito browsers. Some airlines and other travel sites will show you higher rates each time you come back to their site.
- Keep an eye out for all-inclusive hotel details, like Fraser Suites Winter Escape package. Deals that include Free Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast and late check-in are the dream for relaxing (especially when they include wine on arrival!!)
- Take a power board, this will make it easier to charge things at the airport and in your room, and also means if you are travelling further afield and need an adapter you only need one!
- Always pack a change of clothes in your carry-on. Whether you spill your coffee on you mid-turbulence or your case gets lost, no one wants to turn up to a meeting unprepared.
- While the front rows of sections have more leg room, they are often given to families with young babies. Time to weight up more leg room or babies suffering from sore ears during take off…