The local's Sydney
Home to the Opera House, Bondi Beach and a stunning backdrop of blue skies – not to mention a jam-packed calendar of events – it's easy to see why Sydney is one of Australia's most popular destinations.
Have a seaside brekky at The Boathouse
For a morning cuppa with a side of coastal views, it doesn't get much better than The Boathouse. Tucked away in the seaside suburb of Balmoral, this local café specialises in breakfast staples like bacon and egg rolls and toasted banana bread. Don't want to wait for a table by the water? Grab one of their buttermilk scones to take away and soak up uninterrupted ocean views from the headland instead.
Escape the city at Social Hideout
Sydney's Eastern Suburbs are known for their brunching institutions, but they're not the only place to find an Insta-worthy feed. At Social Hideout in Parramatta, you can get the same photogenic food fix without the crowds. Go for the famous pink pancakes with seasonal fruit or keep things simple with smashed avo on toast. When you're done, you'll be able to walk off your brunch in the scenic Parramatta Park, with more than 85 hectares of gardens to discover.
Grab a bite a Leura Garage
If you're planning on exploring the Blue Mountains during your stay, Leura Garage is the perfect place for a pit stop. Fuel up for an adventure with lunch in their eco-friendly dining room or unwind post-bush walk with stone-baked pizzas and share plates. With an all-day menu available seven days a week, this café-meets-cocktail bar has you covered, no matter when you're in town.
Sip rooftop cocktails Coogee Pavilion
An unbeatable finish to the Bondi to Coogee walk, this multi-level restaurant and bar is famed for its killer cocktails and coastal views. Beat the heat on the ground floor with wood-fired pizzas, ping pong and giant scrabble or grab a seat on the sun-drenched rooftop for ice-cold drinks with a view. Either way, you and your mates will have plenty of ways to unwind before making the trek back to Bondi.
Visit a historic pub with harbour views
If you'd rather stare out to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, skip ‘The Pav' in favour of an afternoon at The Glenmore. Known for its 180-degree views of the city's iconic landmarks, this historic watering hole makes it easy to sightsee without heading to Circular Quay. And with plenty of attractions located nearby, you can keep exploring after your pint.
Dig in to dumplings at Uncle Ming's
Rather sip below street level? Trade the city's rooftop bars for underground dumplings at Uncle Ming's. Home to some of the best pork buns in Sydney – not to mention a massive collection of Japanese whisky – this late-night eatery and bar is an ideal way to start, or finish, a big night out.
See a natural wonder at Wentworth Falls
Only a short drive from Leura Garage, this scenic walking track is a must-do attraction before or after lunch. And while it may not be as well-known as the famous Three Sisters, this local trail is one of the Blue Mountains' best kept secrets. Follow the steep but short walk to reach Fletchers lookout, then continue on to reach Wentworth Falls. It will take you about an hour from start to finish, but the spectacular views are more than worth the trip to the top.
Take a break on Bare Island
Sydney Harbour has a handful of islands you can reach by ferry, but you don't need a boat to explore Bare Island. Located in Botany Bay near La Perouse, this former fort is now a prime picnic location, with guided tours available to explore the historic grounds. And if you're a keen swimmer, you're in luck. The surrounding reefs are a hotspot for local divers, so don't forget to pack your fins if you fancy a dip.
Tackle the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
Connecting Bondi to Coogee Beach, this six-kilometre coastal walk is a must-do activity for first-time visitors and Sydney veterans alike. And with everything from rock pools to restaurants dotting the path, it's easy to spend an entire day getting from point A to point B.