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A Postcard From Sydney, Australia

By Anna Watt

This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller. 

Having last visited Sydney as a backpacker over 20 years ago, my visit this time feels very different. I’m spending my time rediscovering old haunts, exploring the very best this city has to offer, and doing lots and lots of walking.

It starts with a refreshing early morning walk around the Botanical Gardens, an oasis of nature right next to the bustling city centre. It’s also a great way to shake off that dreaded jet lag. Spanning an extensive 74 acres, this is the largest botanic garden in Australia and has spectacular floral displays year-round.

When in Sydney it’s essential to get out on the water, so we take the commuter boat from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, east of the city, where we follow the Sydney Coastal Path north. We pass Camp Cove Beach, with its incredible views of the city, and Lady Bay Beach (a local nudist spot) before reaching the historic red and white-striped Hornby Lighthouse.

Back at Watsons Bay, it’s a short bus journey for a reminiscent trip to Bondi Beach, where I based myself all those years ago. There are now a lot more designer clothes shops, high-end beauty salons and fancy eateries than I remember, but the beach remains as beautiful as ever. 

Well fuelled, we head south to walk from Bondi through Sydney’s eastern suburbs to Coogee Beach. The route takes in spectacular cliff-top views, and plenty of beaches and parks, as well as passing some magnificent beachfront houses that you can dream of moving into once that lottery win comes in. Walk complete, we reward ourselves with a bite to eat at the trendy Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop bar.

Back in the city, no visit to Sydney is complete without drinks at the world-famous Opera Bar, with its water-side views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay. It’s the perfect place to complete my walk down memory lane.

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This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller.