The winner for our annual funnymoon destination was Sydney and northern NSW, with a repeat visit to the Gold and Sunshine coasts as a bonus extension. We arrived in the wildest storm of the summer and the rain continued through our ten day stay. Any visions of sunny headland walks and lazing on golden beaches were replaced with gumboots, wrestling with rusty umbrellas and wave ravaged ocean pools. The perfect antithesis to the crispy WA summer we had left behind.
It was Tom's first visit to Sydney and he was suitably impressed with the delights of its iconic harbour. I never tire of the great coathanger and the opera house, and get a kick out of unexpected glimpses as you move throughout the city.
The general focus of our days were coffee, gallery, bookstore, coffee, op shop. I declare the public transport map to be incomprehensible, and so we walked the streets of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, through the Botanic Garden and back to Circular Quay for the glorious ferry trip to my cousin's apartment in Manly.
Our little list of picks :
Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills
Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills
Ben Quilty exhibition at National Art School (until 13 April)
Follow, Surry Hills
Shelf/Life, Surry Hills
Published Art Bookstore, Surry Hills
Architext (architecture & design bookstore), Potts Point
Flamingos & Dingos, Newport
Koskela & Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery
Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington
See these spots and more on our google map. In the absence of a smart phone, I had to print out sections of the map and carry hard copies, much to my cousin's dismay. Good grief, so last century.