April 28, 2017

48 hours in Sydney Series - The Explorer edition

In Sydney for business or a conference? Stumped on what to do when you are not tied up with work commitments? We’ve made it our business to put together a series of ‘48 hour plans’ for however you want to spend your free time in Sydney. Whether it’s getting out and about, sightseeing, or just having some down time. We’ve got the perfect 48 hours for you!

The first 48 hours is for those who want to get the most of their time in Harbour city and explore as much as they can.

The Explorer 

8:30 am: Morning coffee *Check*
9 am: Conference *Check*
3 pm: Time to explore the best Sydney has to offer

Day done and if a stiff drink in a dark bar isn’t your ‘cup of tea’, slip on some comfy joggers and head over to the harbour, where a good portion of any Sydney trip should be spent. Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay destined for Taronga Zoo. A short walk east and you'll soon find yourself on a bush track that weaves in and out of secret harbour beaches and lookouts. Keep an eye out for water dragons and kookaburras, as you continue for four kilometres, eventually ending in Chowder Bay.

 

Come evening and you are still in the mood to explore our amazing harbour city…*Plot twist* Hunger strikes! Lucky you booked that dinner cruise. Continue your journey around the harbour taking in the vibrant city views, while enjoying a deluxe buffet dinner.

If you are still full of energy, stumble over to Barangaroo where there are a string of bars for you to enjoy by the water and sip on some expertly made drinks. Kathryn, who is part of our Event Sales team recommends Hotel Palisade for a cocktail or 2. 

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Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney. Image credit: Anna Kucera

You are up early and ready for round two. Head to Australia’s most famous beach, and don’t forget your walking shoes because you’ll be doing the spectacular cliff walk – a distance of 3.5km from Bondi to Bronte. You start at the south end of Bondi and there are a few sets of stairs along the way, but the view across to Ben Buckler is stunning. The track is busy with joggers and strolling sightseers, but don’t let that discourage you from this spectacular walk. Reward yourself with a delicious coffee from one of the many cafes in Bronte.

Next you will want to hop over to The Grounds of Alexandria for lunch. Only 20 minutes by car from Bronte, The Grounds is the place for home-style food and specialty coffee. Situated in an old pie factory, you’ll be surrounded by red brick walls, wooden fences, fragrant herbs, fresh fruit and flowers along with a small animal farm – don’t forget to meet resident pet piggy “Kevin Bacon”.

On your way back to the Hotel, take a stroll through the streets of Chippendale and check out the street art that cover the normally bare walls. There are some amazing pieces to be found in the area as you wonder around the colourful streets.

Chippendale, Sydney. Image credit: Alex De Santis

A mid-morning means you’ll need a big breakfast. Stock up for the flight home with a full buffet breakfast at Four Elements – with a range of savoury and decadent sweet items, the Four Elements Buffet will not disappoint and have you ready for the trek home. Trains to the airport operate every 15 minutes from Central Station or you can organise a shuttle from the Hotel with our 24 hour concierge team.  

Keep an eye out for the next edition of 48 hours in Sydney, The Late Nighter. If this is you, you don't want to miss it - so you'd better like our Facebook page to keep in the loop

By: Alex De Santis