48 Hours in Sydney

48hoursSydneyWe had a quick 48 hours in Sydney last week at the beginning of Caroline’s visit, but I feel as though we made the best of our short time there. Here’s a look at how we spent it…

Day 1

We arrived in Sydney Wednesday morning and checked into our accomodations, The Royal Exhibition Hotel. That’s when we realized it was less of a hotel and more of a bar with rooms on top of it. We literally had to walk behind the bar and through a “staff only” door to get to our room. That’s when my lack of researching became pretty apparent. The location was very convenient, right in the heart of Surry Hills and directly across the street from Central Station, so we decided to forgive the slight stale beer smell. RoyalExhibition

The manager at the hotel suggested a cafe nearby while we waited for our room to be ready. We walked down the street to Cook and Archie’s for lattes and breakfast. The cafe was adorable and everything on the menu looked delicious, but I chose the Haloumi stack. It included several Aussie staples; avocado on toast, haloumi, poached egg and Dukkah. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it.
HaloumiStackAfter checking in and cleaning ourselves up a bit, we headed toward toward Circular Quay to catch the ferry to the zoo. It wasn’t a short walk, but after sitting on a plane for 22 hours Caroline was ready to move her legs. At Circular Quay we bought our Zoo Pass (ferry and zoo entry combined) and walked around the Opera House while we waited on our boat. CarolineOpera

The ferry ride to Taronga Zoo was only ten minutes but provided some great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Giraffes Pelican Penguins

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We spent about three hours at the zoo taking in the animals and the vistas. That place is HUGE so we picked and chose what we cared about seeing. Our favorite were the lemurs, who love to cuddle and hug each other. We took the ferry back into town, did some shopping and headed back to the hotel. We met fellow Aussie blogger and former Katy resident, Abby from Abby’s Roads, for dinner at Botega. The place was hopping even on a Wednesday night which was a testament to how good the food was. We were bad bloggers and did not get any pictures of our food or each other but a wonderful (and delicious) night was had by all.

Day 2  

After our big first day we had a little sleep in and got a late start to the day. We got dressed, headed out for brekky at Gallery Cafe and scarfed down a wrap before hoping in a cab to the Coastal Walk.

EasternCoastSince it was already almost noon when we started to head to the coast we decided to cut off the first couple legs and start at Clovelly Beach. I have talked about it here and here, but this really is my favorite walk ever. The views are just unreal. BeachWalkoutdoorsy BeachWalk2CoastalWalkThe walk ends at Bondi Beach, where we walked around, enjoyed the best lunch ever at Bill’s (discussed here) before ending the afternoon laying on the beach. The weather was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t stop commenting on how amazing the day had been. Bondi2We cleaned up at our bar/hotel and had a delicious italian dinner at Franco Franco in Surry Hills. I really love that neighborhood and am so glad we got to stay there. After dinner we caught a bus to The Rocks where we did some wandering and enjoyed a nightcap on the rooftop bar of The Glenmore Hotel. It was standing room only so we were just creeping by this pole the whole night. I actually told Caroline we were “working the pole” before realizing that would imply an entirely different type of night. Whoops.

poleDon’t mind my frizzy hair, the focal point of the picture is the pole we hung out with all night.

The Glenmore has amazing 360 degree views of the Harbour, so it was the perfect place to end our whirlwind 48 hour trip to Sydney.

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Friday Favorites: Live from Sydney

I’m coming to you from Sydney this morning. We actually should be back in Brisbane right now BUT my sister accidently booked our flights to Brisbane for the same day we landed in Sydney. Needless to say, travel rarely goes off without a hitch in this family (remember this incident). So we will be heading back to Brisbane shortly. While we wait on our flight I figured I would share this week’s favorites…

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Looking for a lightened up banana bread alternative? These muffins don’t have any butter or flour in them and are quite delicious. Plus you just throw all of the ingredients in a blender and then bake! Sunday was my birthday, so I wanted to do one of my favorite activities- bake. Plus with Travis and I both traveling during the week we needed something easy to grab for breakfast or a snack. These definitely hit the spot, especially with peanut butter on top. Next time I might add one more banana (I used two for 12 muffins). What’s so funny is that I pinned this recipe a while back and just now when I went to find the link I realized that it was by one of my favorite bloggers, The Well Traveled Wife. I didn’t even realize it when I was making the recipe!

Follow my Healthy Treats Pinterest board for more lightened up recipes like this one.

Taking Route 

A few weeks ago the ladies from Taking Route e-mailed me asking if I would be interested in being their featured blog of the month. I was so excited and grateful that they chose my blog from the Oceania region, I immediately accepted their invitation. Here is the post that went live this week if you want to read a little more about me.

My mom first introduced me to Taking Route’s website after seeing one of their articles posted on Facebook. It was started by two expat women who live in Southeast Asia with their families. They post really great articles for expats and also host a lot of guest writers that talk about the ups and downs of living abroad. On their site they have a directory of blogs from each region of the world as well. If you are an expat, you should definetly stop by their site and check it out!

Sisterly Time IMG_1666I’ve been looking forward to this week since we planned Caroline’s visit over Christmas. She flew out of London Monday night and a short 22 hours later met me in Sydney (Wednesday morning in Australia). She’s our first visitor since we’ve gotten settled in and I’m so excited to show her around our home.

Coogee to Bondi Walk


I first went on this walk with Travis last November (here). It was my favorite part of our trip so I knew I wanted to take Caroline when she came. The views were just as spectacular as I remembered and it was the perfect way to spend our afternoon. We actually cut out the first leg of the trip and started at Cloverlly Beach but I didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. After 11 hours of sleep and a 3 mile walk in the sunshine, Caroline was officially jet lag free.

Zuchinni Fritters IMG_2722

Our walk ended at Bondi Beach and we were on the lookout for a light lunch before hitting the beach. After walking around in search of the perfect cafe, we stumbled upon Bills. I had followed recommendations on our last trip and loved their breakfast. After looking at the lunch menu, Caroline and I decided to eat there. HOLY COW they had the best zuchinni fritters EVER. So good that we are still talking about them. I need them to open one in Brisbane ASAP.

They also have a London location called Granger and Co. with the same menu. If you are on that side of the world you need to check it out. You will thank me later.

That’s all for this week, I am off to frantically search Pinterest for zuchinni fritter recipes. I will be back with more Sydney tales on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

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