The thing about living in a place like Canberra, means that it’s easy to jet off for quick weekend trips away interstate.
Last weekend, my Mum and I travelled to Sydney for a girls weekend away.
Weekenders are great because they give you a chance to get out of your home town, spend time away in a new and exciting town or city, get a couple of nights rest and relaxation, and then head home on Sunday and feel ready for the week ahead (and sometime’s wishing you were still away!).
I’ve travelled up to Sydney quite a few times before, but surprisingly never written a post about it.
Sydney is a place where there is SO MUCH to do. So much so, that each visit is a different one, spent in a different part of Sydney, doing different things.
This particular trip for Mum and I was dedicated to a bit of shopping, heading to the theatre to see Aladdin, and spending a day at Bondi.
HOW WE GOT THERE
The options for travelling from Canberra to Sydney include flying, catching the bus, driving, or catching the train.
On this particular occasion we decided to catch the train up for a change! Having only once caught the train to Sydney before, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable, quick and effortless the trip up was.
It look about 4 hours to travel from the train station in Canberra, to Central Station in Sydney, and the arrival at Central Station made it easy to then navigate to a train that took us to Town Hall (the station right across from where we stayed).
Considering catching the train meant that we could take as much luggage as we liked, and meant we didn’t have to worry about driving or parking in Sydney, means we will definitely be catching it again.
WHERE WE STAYED
On this particular occasion, we stayed at QT Sydney.
Having stayed here a few times before (and having previously worked for their sister company QT Canberra), I knew my way around the property, and also knew that it would be the perfect place for Mum and I to stay a) because it’s right across from Pitt Street Mall and b) because it was only a few blocks away from the theatre – aka the perfect location.
If you’ve ever stepped foot in a QT Hotel before, then you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when I refer to their hotels as being quirky.
QT Sydney is no exception, being seriously hip and seriously cool. The rooms are relatively spacious, and come with a variety of inclusions including FREE MOVIEEESSSS (not going to lie, we did watch a few of these upon returning to our room at 11pm Saturday night, what ragers!).
Built within the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings, QT Sydney has a a great Gothic, Art Deco and Italianate influenced architecture. The hotel has a fantastic restaurant – Gowings Bar & Grill, an inviting Gilt Lounge Bar, a downstairs coffee shop – Parlour Lane Roasters, a day spa – spaQ, as well as meeting and event’s spaces.
Both mornings Mum and I enjoyed a delicious coffee and breakfast at Parlour Lane Roasters, however had to give Gowings Bar & Grill a miss this time!
In room features such as luxurious King sized QT Gel bed (it feels like a cloud), complimentary WiFi, in room cocktail making kit (yasssss), as well as MALIN+GOETZ amenities and views of the iconic Queen Victoria Building, are also welcome features.
As always, our stay here was a fantastic one, and we will be back!
WHERE WE ATE & DRANK
As you all would know, there are an overwhelming amount of good places to eat in Sydney. On this particular visit, we ventured only to a couple of places.
Parlour Lane Roasters: This is located at the entrance to QT Sydney and is a great little spot for a morning coffee, breakfast or quick lunch. We ate breakfast here both mornings, as it was extremely convenient for us.
Parlour Lane Roasters is also adequately priced, and their food is absolutely delicious!
NOMAD: We literally stumbled across this Surry Hill’s wine bar as we were on our way to the theatre.
NOMAD is an upbeat restaurant in a converted warehouse serving contemporary cuisine with Middle Eastern accents. As we were only after a few share plates and snack items, this was the perfect pre theatre place to visit. Highly recommend the Grilled Scallops!
Icebergs Bondi Club: Having visited Bondi many many times, and taken the obligatory Bondi Icebergs shot (see below), I had never actually eaten at Icebergs before.
Here we enjoyed a typical club lunch, but the view was the real reason we were there, as it was simply spectacular. We could have easy spent hours and hours just people watching below, and looking out to sea.
This is a definite must-do if you’re visiting Bondi. We were super surprised that we were able to get a table too!
WHAT WE DID
Shopping: We literally shopped till we dropped on Saturday.
In fact, Mum had to actually go and have a lie down in the afternoon because we’d been on our feet so much! We mainly stuck around the Pitt Street Mall area, and headed to Westfield, Strand Arcade, and the Queen Victoria Building.
Saw Aladdin the Musical: This was one of the main reasons we headed up to Sydney, and one of the most memorable ones too!
Having always been a massive fan of Musicals, ever since I was little – I was my usual excited self as we entered the theatre.
Having never actually seen Aladdin the Disney film before (I know, what is wrong with me?), I had no expectations as to what the show would be like. Two words – fucking incredible. I don’t want to give anything away in case some of you are planning on seeing it, but all I will say is that you MUST go and see it!
Visited my best friend’s masterpiece in Bondi: Our main reason for visiting Bondi was so that we could see my best friend Emma’s masterpiece on the Bondi wall.
Most of you who know of Emma, will know that she is an extremely talented artist, and was given the opportunity to draw one of her artworks onto the famous Bondi wall.
This artwork took her two weeks to do late last year in the horrific December heat, and it looks absolutely breathtaking. Without sounding biased, it was literally one of the only artworks people were stopping to take photos with whilst I was there yesterday!
Overall it was a fantastic weekend away spent with Mum doing things we love to do! We are already planing our next trip up later in the year to see Kinky Boots (yes, we are Musical obsessed!).
Have you been to Sydney lately? What do you like to see and do?