Sydney in April

Usually April in Sydney is warm; balmy autumn where the evenings are still and you can go out to dinner with no need for a jacket over your shirt. This year there were numerous showers and the temperature cool. For two days late summer returned only to be blown away again by bitingly cold southerly winds. We expected to return home to similar chills to be confounded by a Christchurch basking in more Sydney-typical warmth of 24°.




Things to do in Sydney:

  • take the train from the airport to the city – an easy & efficient journey
  • get a red weekly [or whatever] travelpass for bus, train, ferry – great value
  • for wonderful views of the harbour & several Sydney bays take the ferry from Circular Quay to Watson’s Bay
  • have a pre-dinner drink in Zeta Bar, level 3 at the Sydney Hilton
  • eat at Fishface in Victoria Street, Darlinghurst [you can book a table if you go before 7]; at Forbes & Burton also in Darlinghurst for excellent modern Australian dishes in a beautiful old stone room; at the tiny Spice Market [or take-away] in Double Bay [there is also a branch in Kiribili] where you will get exquisite Thai food – be sure to try the Betel Leaf Parcels and the Banana Flower Salad; at Blackbird – Balcony Level at Cockle Wharf – lively atmosphere & fast service
  • buy food snacks & treats in David Jones foodhall [you can eat them there at the communal tables]
  • browse shops at the huge Westfield Mall at Bondi Junction [DJ have a foodhall here also]
  • take a train to Milson’s Point and walk back over the Harbour Bridge to the Rocks & Circular Quay
  • take a bus to Bronte for the coastal cliff-top walk back to Bondi
  • visit the art gallery in the Domain [in April the Archibald Prize paintings are on show]
  • plus the contemporary art gallery at Circular Quay/Rocks
  • visit the Chinese garden in Darling Harbour
  • indulge your need for coffee & pastries at Fratelli Paradiso Challis Avenue Potts Point

~ by crisargos on Thursday, 1 May, 2008.

2 Responses to “Sydney in April”

  1. At some point, you gentlemen should try the Löwenbräu Keller, in Sydney, which serves fairly traditional Bavarian food (with an Australian twist).
    You can find them quickly via google. And while “beer” may not be your style, they do it well, and the food is fantastic!

    We missed you guys while you were away. I might just call you sometime soon to catch up!

  2. thanks for the suggestion Martin – if we ever find Sydney as cold again beer and wurst sounds like quite a good idea. There are of course a huge number of eating houses beyond those few i mentioned, and some several more we know and would recommend – these were but our most recent experiences. Mind you some of our favourites from previous visits no longer exist which is a huge shame. We loved in times past The Edge in Riley Street East Sydney for its excellent brassiere style food and entertaining waiters; Mangin’s Salt, and Lulu; a bistro called Ditto in Victoria Street which served the most excellent fish and chips, [and their steamed green beans as a side dish were perfection] – this establishment later, refurbished, became eDom; and Fez where we had our first taste of Morocco. Also in East Sydney were Bonne Femme, and later, Stella, a neighbourhood bistro which served good quality standard fare for the locals, like crumbed fish fillets on potato mash with aioli; and Cafe 191 in Oxford Street for coffee and boy watching. They’ve all gone, and we miss them.

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