guest post {Kitty - Kitty and Buck}

Hello to all of the beautiful readers of In Whirl of Inspiration! My name is Kitty and I blog over at Kitty & Buck. I am so happy to have been invited to guest post on Debbie's lovely blog! I am going to share some secrets about Sydney, Australia (my home town). I imagine you all know about the Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Opera House! But today I'm going to share some of the local secrets! I hope you enjoy my insider's guide to Sydney! All photos are sourced online, and credited back to the original source.

I am so lucky to live in a country with so much natural beauty. I know many people think of the 'outback' and the beaches, but we have so much in between! There are mountains with skiing, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and pine forests. Here are a few activities that I love to do outdoors in Sydney.

photo via: The Experience Junkie
The Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a chance to meander along the coastline of Sydney in the Eastern Suburbs and take in the beautiful beaches and parks. You can pack a picnic lunch and stop anywhere along the way for some rest and foodie indulgence.

The Royal National Park is the second oldest National Park in the world, after Yellowstone National Park. I am so lucky to live so close! I spend a lot of time walking through here. If you want to have an easy picnic, Audley is a very popular location inside the park. It has a kiosk that is newly renovated and offers cafe food as well as high tea. Or you can pack lunch and cook a BBQ or just have a picnic. Aside from relaxing on the picnic rug, you can also hire a rowboat (or kayak) and paddle down the river. I spent many weekends as a small child picnicking down here.

Audley photo via: diah123 on Flickr
Lady Carrington Drive is a trail that is an easy walk and stretches for 10km to Waterfall if you choose to go on a hike (but it's still 10km back! perhaps just do a part of the walk)

Garie Beach photo via: cvn76hk on Flickr
Inside the park there are also many beaches, my favourites are Burning Palms, Wattamolla and Garie beach. I also really enjoy heading to the town of Bundeena. You can catch a ferry here from Cronulla. Bundeena used to be a holiday area, but now many of it's residents are artists. You can walk along the cliffs towards Marley Head and watch whales migrating, it is spectacular!

Here's a little list of extra places to enjoy the natural beauty in Sydney:

Sydney is finally catching up to Melbourne with the introduction of a small liquor license, which means there are a lot of small independent bars opening. Because this is a fairly new movement in Sydney, the list of bars and restaurants changes very quickly! I won't write too many as there'll be something new and interesting next week, it changes too quickly! There are a few places that are always around though.

photo via: Opera Bar Website
Opera Bar, Circular Quay. This IS touristy, but I'm not sure you can resist the possibility of having a meal on the edge of Sydney Harbour, sitting underneath the Opera House forecourt, looking over to the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. It is very beautiful at night time with all of the lights on the Harbor. I like to go there in the afternoon, before seeing a show at the Opera House, and before the crowds and DJs settle in. But if you like crowds and DJs, head there on a Friday or Saturday night!

photo via: Mietta's
Le Kiosk at Manly is located on Shelley Beach, which is a secluded beach off the main drag in Manly. The restaurant has prime beach front position and it perfect for a special occasion! A bonus tip: Catch the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay. It travels through Sydney Harbour, past the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, then through to Manly. The view is amazing from the ferry, and good for catching some photographs. When you get off the ferry, walk through the street mall, and when you reach Manly Beach, turn right and walk all the way along the promenade, then along Fairy Bower walk, to reach Shelly Beach where Le Kiosk is located.

There are many other beautiful places to eat and drink!

  • The Winery in Surry Hills (and Manly) for a nice dinner
  • For some Southern Charm in Sydney (in the shape of a bar) head on down to Shady Pines Saloon
  • Indulge in High Tea at The Victoria Room in Darlinghurst, it is beautifully furnished and a real treat!
  • My favourite place for a super cheap eat is "Sizzling Hot Pot" in the Dixon Arcade in Chinatown. It's underneath the street level in a food court, the sizzling plates are amazing! And the lady who serves you called my boyfriend and his male friend "little girls" to make fun of them. Hilarious! You might need to email me for directions if you're not a local, it's a bit tricky to find :)
Thanks for reading, I hope I've been able to share a side of Sydney that you didn't know about. I still have so many places to share with you, but I'll save those for another time! Thanks so much for having me Debbie!

Thanks so much for this Kitty! I hope you liked it guys. If so make sure to check Kitty's blog. If not, make sure to check it too! :)

I have a serious crush on Australia, so this was the best guest post I could ever ask about. And maybe there will be a Australia-I-love-you-guest post part II. Who knows? 


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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