24 Hours in...Sydney

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
As I said in this post, I'm going to be travelling a fair amount with work this year, and so I've decided to start a new series on WLDN. As I'll have a small amount of time in each city I visit, I thought it would be quite fun to share my time in these cities with you on here. Think of them as mini travel guides - things to do in the city in 24 hrs.

The first one is pretty epic...

Here is my 24 hrs in Sydney!
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
If you follow me on social media you'll know that at the end of February, I was in Sydney. I was only there for four days (three nights) and a lot of those days were spent working but, I did manage to see a little bit of the city, and tick off a few sights that I was keen to see.
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
The Grace Hotel is situated in the perfect location to explore the city. The rooms are spacious, and they have a roof terrace and pool - perfect for a spot of sunbathing!

The Grace Hotel, 77 York St, Sydney

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
The Sydney Opera House is up there with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty, and seeing it in person was pretty awesome. One of the best ways to see it is by water - we got a ferry over to Milsons Point, which takes you under Sydney's other amazing landmark - the Harbor Bridge. 

Other things to check out: Gardens of Alexandria, Luna Park, Bondi Beach (and a whole lotta others!)

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
Ripples is located right under Sydney Harbor Bridge, giving you the perfect views back across the city. The food is pretty decent as well. 

Ripples, Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
If you're a Londoner, then you'll of heard of Granger & Co. Bill's was setup by the same guy behind those restaurants. Rather confusingly, they are not associated with the restaurant chain with the same name that are over here in the UK! There's a few of them around Sydney offering up some pretty yummy Aussie food - their scrambled eggs are the best! 

Bill's, various locations

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
If you're after something a little fancy, head to the Opera House where you'll find Bennelong. Situated inside the Opera House, with some pretty amazing views, you'll find this a little hard to beat.

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
Another one with some pretty crazy views, is the Opera Bar. The cocktails are great, and the food menu showcases local suppliers. It's a casual affair and if you can grab a seat out on the terrace, then you'll have the most amazing views of Sydney.

Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
With over 40 unique flavours (including Very Salty Nuts - oooer!) Gelato Messina is somewhat of an institution in Sydney - they've even teamed up with Tim Tams and created several flavours. 

Gelato Messina, various locations

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
Obviously I managed to fit in some retail therapy whilst in Sydney. Our hotel was right in the middle of the main shopping district, so it was easy enough to navigate. They have a HUGE Westfield shopping centre, but my favourite place was the Queen Victoria Building, which was full of great boutiques and chains (including my new favourite store, MECCA MAXIMA)

Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street

24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis
24 Hours in...Sydney by Laura Lewis

There is so much to do and see in Sydney, and 24 hours was definitely not long enough!