Before you get stuck into planning your itinerary for your trip, it’s important to work out where you’ll base yourself. It’s a great idea to choose a central location that allows easy access to public transport and is in walking distance of some of the main areas you’ll want to visit. Zara Tower is located right by the CBD in the cultural haven of Surry Hills, a hop, skip and a jump from public transport and an easy walk to some of Sydney’s most popular attractions.
After jumping out of bed bright and early, why not head out for a hearty breakfast to get you fuelled for the day. Check out Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills for some chilled vibes and incredible menu options.
Once you’ve done, head off on a stroll through the famous Hyde Park and make your way to Circular Quay by foot or train. After you take in your first glimpse of the Harbour Bridge take your time to walk around to the Sydney Opera House. If you’re a planner, book your tour ahead of time - or take a gamble and see if you can join in on the day. The tour is totally worth it, just for the view of the Harbour Bridge from the top of the magnificent internal staircase.
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Head back over to the ferry station at Circular Quay and make your way over the water to Manly. If you weren’t suitably impressed with the view of the Harbour Bridge before, you certainly will be as you dance over the waves straight past the famous landmark. Make sure you get a seat outside, if the weather permits, to take full advantage of this experience.
Once you arrive in Manly, why not enjoy lunch on the water’s edge at the Manly Pavillion. Then wander down the foreshore and take a dip if you remembered your swimming gear and a towel. There are plenty of places to do a spot of shopping or pop in for a sneaky afternoon tipple.
Back across the Harbour, head on down to The Rocks and find the Museum of Contemporary Art or perhaps take a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the pedestrian path. Wander down the old cobblestone lanes of The Rocks and find yourself at Pony Lounge & Dining for dinner and drinks not to be forgotten.
If you’ve still got steam left, head back into the city and make your way to Marble Bar on George St, an old speakeasy that has been beautifully refurbished, for the best cocktails in town. Once you’ve had your fill, make your way by foot or uber back to the comfort of your luxury apartment at Zara Tower for a relaxing night’s sleep to recharge for day two.
After taking some time to appreciate the comfort of your bed, pack your walking shoes and your swimwear and make your way to the famous shores of Bondi for the spectacular Bondi to Bronte cliff walk. The track may be busy, but it’s totally worth the experience. For brunch, there are tonnes of cafes to choose from like Good One Bondi, The Nine or The Icebergs Terrace. Then chill on the beach and take in the beauty of one of the world’s best-known beaches.
Travel back to the CBD and head to the glorious Royal Botanic Garden taking in the beauty of these manicured gardens as you wander. Then carve out a few hours to check out the latest exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW or peruse the permanent collection at the gallery for free.
Back in Surry Hills, find yourself a table at NOMAD for dinner and experience the best local and seasonal produce on offer. Then roll yourself back to your suite at Zara Tower to enjoy a relaxing night of Netflix and rest your weary feet. Another comfortable night’s sleep and you’ll be ready to head off on your way in the morning.