Surry HIlls/Darlinghurst



Description:

Check out Sydney's grooviest inner city precincts, followed by a cruisy day at the beach.

user rating

Author: JHN


Day 1 - Sydney, Surry Hills


Start your day by checking into one of the chic little designer hotels in Darlinghurst. Both L'Otel and The Kirketon are recommended - modern, clean and stylish refuges from the busyness of the surrounding streets. They're five minutes walk off Oxford Street, along Darlinghurst Road, which is, with parallel Victoria Road, well known for cafe culture and good resturants. Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are Sydney's funkiest centres for design, art and nightlife. By day they are filled with artists and designers and all manner of creative people, bristling with cafes, idea*, and desperately trendy haircuts. By night they are a haven for the most ba*e instancts of humanity, drinking and picking up amongst the neon lights. King's Cross, on the edges of Darlinghurst, ha* many well known nightclubs, lots of British Backpackers, and is Sydney's best known red light district. But all that awaits! For now, head off out of your hotel and hail a cab for Chinatown - a*k the driver to drop you at the Dixon Street mall, the pedestrianised street that lies at the centre of Chinatown, the spiritual heartland for the 300 000 Sydneysiders of Chinese decent. There's heaps of places around here that serve Yum Cha - just wander around and follow your nose. It's a great way to start the day, trust me. Afterwards, you might like to walk off your meal in the lovely Chinese Gardens (there is a small entry charge). It's ea*y enough to work your back towards Darlinghurst on foot. Unfortunately You'll pa** through some of Sydney's less lovely streets, so you might want to break the trip up with a visit to Hyde Park, a long orderly park which provides some much needed air to the crowded CBD, the skysc***ers of which you'll see running alongside the park for a kilometre or two. Lunchtimes this park spills over with suited picnicers. By now, you're in Darlinghurst. Head up Oxford Street a* far a* Crown Street. This street is the artery of Surry Hills, and features a number of excellent cafes and vintage stores, where you can while away your time making all those purcha*es you'll wish you hadn't when the time comes to try and make the weight limit flying back home. Further into Surry Hills, down near Devonshire Street, you'll find the Ray Hughes gallery, one of Sydney's best spaces for seeing emerging young artists' work, and the Brett Whitely Studio Museum, which is the eirily well preserved Studio of perhaps Australia's most talented painter, who died 20 years ago - but it's like he just left yesterday, his paints s***tered around, his records lying on his shelf. A* evening starts to fall, you might get to thinking about your stomach. Surry Hills is home to Sydney's best known Thai resturant, Longgrain, so you might want to check that out. In Darlinghurst, you'll find the Little Italy of Stanley Street, where there are many good cheap eats. At night, you might want to explore the red lights and the tra*hy tra*hy discoteques of Kings Cross - well known clubs include Hugo's Lounge, for a more upmarket clientele, and the indie and electro haunt of Candy's Apartment; alternatively, if you're into theatre, try to Old Fitz in Darlinghurst for indie productions, or for plusher, yet still cutting edge productions, try the well known Belvoir Street Theatre in Surry Hills. If you're a gig-goer, the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills is a legendary breeding ground of Australian bands, and bigger touring bands often play the Gaelic Club. Spectrum on Oxford Street is also worth checking out, a proving ground for the more fa*hionable of local bands. Your belly full of beer, wine or food, it's now time to navigate the problem of staggering home to your hotel.... good luck!


1

Chinese Garden of Friendship

user rating

Location:

28 Harbour Street
Darling Harbour
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9281 6863
fax: +61 (0)2 9281 6334


2

Kirketon Hotel

user rating

expert pick

Location:

229 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9332 2011
fax: 61 2 9332 2499


4

Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

Location:

2 Raper Street
Surry Hills
2010 Surry Hills, Australia

Contact:

tel: 9225 1892
fax: +61 2 9225 1842


6

Ray Hughes Gallery

Location:

270 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9698 3200
fax: +61 2 9699 2716


7

Hyde Park

user rating

Location:

Elizabeth Street and College Street
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9240 8788 (Tourist Information)


8

Sydney Jewish Museum

user rating

Location:

148 Darlinghurst Rd
Darlinghurst
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9360 7999
fax: +61 2 9331 4245


9

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

expert pick

Location:

1C Mrs. Macquaries Road,
The Domain
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9358 6686
fax: +61 (0)2 9358 6540


10

Kings Cross

user rating

Location:

Darlinghurst Road
2011 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9255 1788


12

The Old Fitzroy Hotel

user rating

Location:

129 Dowling Street
Woolloomooloo
2011 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9356 3848
fax: 61 2 9368 0470


13

Belvoir Street Theater

user rating

Location:

25 Belvoir Street
Surry Hills
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9698 3344
fax: 61 2 9319 3165


14

Hopetoun Hotel

user rating

expert pick

Location:

416 Bourke Street
Surry Hills
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9361 5257


15

Govinda's & Movie Room

user rating

expert pick

Location:

112 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9380 5155
fax: 61 2 9360 1736


Day 2 - Sydney


Wake up sleepyhead! Time to shake off the sleepiness and hangover! Stumble out into the bright Sydney light (the peculiar quality of light is something tat most visitors to Sydney comment on - the light is bright and ha* a yellowish tinge to it) and pick from the wealth of cafes that line Darlinghurst Road. Compet**ion's feirce in this part of town, so it's hard to get a poor coffee, so don't worry too much about which particular cafe you choose. Breakfa*t done, duck up to your room and grab your towel, swimmers, sunscreen, a decent hat, and sungla**es, stick 'em all in a bag - it's beach time! Catching the 380 bus down Oxford Street to Bondi Beach is a Sydney tradition, and now it's your turn to join in. It's not a long walk from your hotel to Oxford Street - so shuffle down and wait for the big blue and white bus to come. There should be a bus within 10 minutes or so. And don't worry about knowing when to get off - just stay on until the ride terminates and to your right there will be a ma**ive strip of sand. That's Bondi Beach. Now, hopefully for you, its summer or Autumn, when the water is warmest. But the water is seldom that cold on Sydney beaches - with the exception of Winter. And even in Winter, there are many hardy souls who take to the water. Far better, however, that it is a hot summer's day - a**uming this to be so, find yourself a spot on the sand, stretch out your towel, make sure your hat and sungla**es are in place and sunscreen applied (because the sun WILL burn you, don't think it won't - the streets of Sydney are littered by tourists burnt an angry red) and settle in. Maybe spla*h around in the shallows. Remember to swim between the flags - this parts of the beach are safest and are watched over by life guards who will come and help you if you get into trouble in the water. This ha* happened a couple of times to the author! When hunger strikes there are a number of take-away stores on Campbell Parade, just behind the beach. For a more healthy option you might want to check out The Earth Food Store, which is on a little side street directly behind the beach. It's perfectly acceptable to just lay around on the beach for much of the day, with occa*ional visits up to the Bondi Beach strip to get supplies. However, should the will strike you, you could pack your bags and essay off on the Bondi-Bronte cliff walk. Heading South (left a* you face the water) away along the beach, just follow the trail that leads off up the hill. This path leads spectacularly along the coa*t - great views back over the beach and then along beautiful weathered stone, waves sma*hing against the rocks. You'll pa** Tamarama Beach, which ha* dangerous rips (currents that drag swimmers out to sea) - so be careful if you decide to swim. It's about a half hour to an hour (depending on how fa*t you walk) to Bronte, which is a pretty little cove with a sandy beach. Once again, the currents around here can be dangerous, so be careful. Later, after the sun sets, it's time to eat. There are a number of options in Bondi - just stroll around and see what takes your fancy. If you're after something a little more fancier and with spectacular views, the Icebergs Dining Room is an expensive option with a good reputation and GREAT views, right snug against the beach. There are also good options to be found on Bondi Road, in the strip of shopping that is to be found up the hill away from Bondi Beach (a*k a local for directions). There are a number of pretty decent resturants around here; Laurie's does ta*ty and cheap vegetarian options. If you want to go out in Bondi, Icebergs is a well known exclusive kind of bar - high prices, lots of models, sportsmen, and a long wine/spirit list. If your ta*tes are a little rougher, The Bondi Hotel or Beach Road Hotel are good watering houses, if a little on the large side, filled to the brim with locals and tourists having fun. Truth be told, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross are more the party capitals in Sydney, and that is where you're best off headed if your ta*tes in nightlife are more exacting. Have fun!


1

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Location:

1 Notts Avenue
Bondi Beach, PO Box 7053
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9365 9000
fax: 61 2 9365 9099


2

Earth Food Store

user rating

Location:

81 Gould Street
Bondi Beach
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9365 5098


4

Tamarama Beach

user rating

Location:

Gaerloch Avenue
Tamarama
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9255 1788
fax: +61 2 9265 9222(Tourist Information)


6

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Start from Bondi Icebergs Club
Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9130 5311
fax: +61 2 9265 9222(Tourist Information)


7

Bondi Beach

user rating

expert pick

Location:

Bondi Beach
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9130 5311


8

Sculpture by the Sea

Location:

Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk
2022 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 8399 0233


© 2014 NileGuide.com   ·   Blog   ·   Facebook   ·   Contact Us   ·   About Us   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms & Conditions