Australia

Laidback coastal lifestyle

AUSTRALIA , FOOD AND WINE , CITY ESCAPES , WILDLIFE , OCTOBER , OCEANIA

One of the world’s most iconic buildings poised on one of the world’s most photogenic harbours. The image of Sydney is imprinted in our imaginations. The reality of this seaside city is even more exhilarating — a spectacular coastline, a vibrant café culture, adventurous fusion cuisine, and a laidback outdoor lifestyle. Here you get a beach holiday and city break rolled into one.

Sydney Bondi Beach

From the breakers at Bondi beach to secluded rock pools for snorkelling, Sydney is surrounded by around 100 beaches. Miles of seaside trails and coastal cliffs are perfect for gentle hikes or scenic runs. And with sunshine guaranteed all year round, the weather makes outdoor sports a breeze (especially if you want to escape winter in the northern hemisphere).

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney’s inner-city teems with natural beauty, too. 46% of the urban landscape is green and there are over 400 parks and open spaces. In the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can spot orchids and pepperberries, flying foxes and water dragons, between fabulous views of the city’s two great landmarks: The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Opera House

It’s hard not to eat well in Sydney, where innovative chefs make the most of the quality and abundance of local products. Not least the celebrated wines from the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, a mere two hours away. The Hunter Valley is also one of the best places to spot wild kangaroos, helping you acknowledge that you really made it to the land down under.

Hunter Valley

For foodies and families, beach bums and outdoors adventurers, Sydney really does offer the best of all worlds. Sure, it takes forever to get there. But it’s totally worth the long haul.