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This week we visit Sydney and its surrounds uncovering not only the trendy and modern, but also the history and heritage. Discover exquisite dining and cultural immersion within Sydney's city limits; but then venture out from this cosmopolitan city and discover rare gems that offer comparable pleasures, without the city's hustle and bustle. Join us as we explore Australia's most popular city and beyond.
Where to Stay
Situated on one of Sydney’s most picturesque avenues, Spicers Potts Point is comprised of three meticulously restored Victorian terrace houses. Surrounded by fashionable shops, cafes and restaurants, this modern boutique hotel is has a private club feel that peacefully envelops you once inside and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.
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Set among rolling vineyards and native bushland, Spicers Vineyard Estate is the perfect home base to enjoy the wine country for delectable food and luxurious indulgence. Located on its own private three-hectare Hunter Valley vineyard, its an intimate retreat focused on personal service and gourmet indulgence perfect for couples or groups of friends looking for a modern Aussie escape.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is located in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region. Set on 2800 hectares of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort combines absolute luxury with a quintessentially Australian bush experience. The elegantly appointed villas feature their own swimming pool, double-sided fireplace and private veranda with stunning valley views.
Nestled within 45-acres of magical subtropical rainforest, is a celebration of nature, responsible luxury and the local environment - this is Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. Unwind poolside with signature cocktails and pool service in the 25-metre infinity pool. Don't forget to treat yourself to a treatment at their multi-award-winning day spa.
Where to Dine
Overlooking the pristine waters of Whale Beach, Jonah's is an award-winning Hatted restaurant where the contemporary Australian cuisine on the menu is possibly the only thing that can divert your attention away from stunning views. Tantalise your tastebuds with the array of options on the menu — from fresh oysters to sublime rib-eye.
It’s only fitting that the very best of Australia’s produce and wine take centre stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant. Chef Peter Gilmore curates an inspiring menu that he believes envisages the essence of Australian cuisine. Anticipate a dining experience filled with sophisticated tastes and cooking techniques that truly highlight the flavours, diversity and quality of australian produce.
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Salivate over modern Italian cuisine while overlooking breathtaking views of Bondi Beach at Icebergs. The menu is designed to change seasonally, giving diners the opportunity to sample a variety of Italian dishes prepared with the best Australian produce on offer. Taste the depth of Italian flavours amidst all aspects of your dish that will open your eyes to a new appreciation of Italian dining.
Located in the Southern Highlands of NSW behind a curved street-front door lies the best coffee in The Highlands, at The Press Cafe. The baristas are dedicated to offering perfection in a cup - which is just what every coffee-drinker desires. The teas on offer are handcrafted by Little Wilding Tea Co, organic herbal teas brewed with mind, body and soul in mind. Pair your revitalising tea or coffee with an item from their menu where the produce is 100% sourced from local small batch producers.
What to Experience
When you stroll down the streets of Sydney, do you know the story and history behind every building, statue or monument? Download the Culture Walks App and explore a range of self-guided itineraries you can explore in Sydney's streets. You'll be amazed at the history you can find within the city streets and trendy laneways.
If you have a love for all things art and culture, you cannot miss the opportunity to watch a performance at the Sydney Opera House. The performances within feature what's new and exciting in Australian theatre; and the building itself is an inspiring piece of architecture that Sydney has become known for. In May, the iconic white sails of the Opera House becomes the epicentre of the annual Vivid Sydney festival of light illuminating the city with state-of-art projection mapping displays.
You don't have to be a sommelier to appreciate good wine. Explore the lesser known (but just as sophisticated) wine region of Orange — known for delectable wines and exceptional local produce. Sip your way through the countryside followed by a divine meal and taste local flavours that flourish in this cooler climatised, high altitude region.
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Take the time to leisurely stroll through the exhibits and learn of the stories and hidden connotations within. The gallerys' collection features Australian, Aboriginal, European and Asian inspired works of art.
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The World Heritage Listed region of the Blue Mountains, is simply described as magical. The region compliments its undisturbed natural environment with eco-friendly tourist attractions. Visit The Three Sisters and learn of the Aboriginal dream-time legend. Walk through colourful gardens and spectacular bushland. Or seek a refined luxurious stay enveloped by nature at one of Travel Associates hand-picked favourites, Spicers Sangoma Retreat.
Talk to your local Travel Associates advisor about planning your next unforgettable holiday to Sydney