Autumn in Sydney…

Sydney Harbour Bridge in autumn

… is glorious!! Who would have thought that leaves on the sidewalk and in parks could be so deliciously colourful! Yay to four seasons, there is something so nice about having cold(er) weather, and seeing trees and plants not just decked out in green all year round…

A weekend in Sydney and I feel like I’m back in slow-mo country here in Queensland again. Actually, the best part was driving home from the airport, a mere 14 minutes door-to-door, incredible.

That said, Sydney was a blast, from going to a Hawks vs. Swans AFL game at Olympic Park (totally unexpected, I might add!) on Friday night, staring at some 1940s swing/rock’n’roll dancing madness in the Botanical Gardens the next morning, to seeing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge basked in glorious blue sky and sunshine.

Hawks vs Swans, ANZ Stadium, 9 May 2014

Taking a ferry trip to Watsons Bay in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs turned my hair into some funky version of a bird’s nest (I think) but I was rewarded with some fantastic views of Sydney Harbour, and oh, some naked men (mental note for next time… Lady’s Bay is an official nudist beach so keep eyes firmly on path unless you want to see middle-aged walking beer guts…).

And thank goodness for hairbands or the walk out to South Head and Hornby’s Lighthouse would have been one of those ‘eat-your-hair’ moments given the wind…

From there it was off to Bondi Beach, which seems to be all it’s cracked up to be with plenty of surfers going to start surfing once the sun has actually set and it is dark. Never seen that before. Had dinner at a fabulous little pizza place (Gourmet Slice) on Gould Street in Bondi, gourmet spicy lamb pizza and leek & potato soup – and all gluten-free, big yay!! (On that note, Sydney obviously hasn’t quite been hit by the ‘gluten-free’ craze as Melbourne has, or at least I appeared to have more trouble finding places that served GF food than I’ve ever experienced before.)

Compared to Melbourne, Sydney seems a bit pretentious to me but I do love going there for short bursts of time! It is an incredibly busy, narrow and oh-so-cramped place (is there any real estate available that hasn’t been taken over by some form of concrete?!) but you’ve just got to marvel at the amazing, natural Sydney harbour and the city that sprawls and drapes itself around it.

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