Sydney: Bondi Beach and Beer

We have friends from CA who moved to Sydney about the same time we settled in Auckland. At first, I naively thought it’d be easy to see each other often. But upon realisation that New Zealand is in fact far from literally any other country, my dreams of weekend-ing together were quickly shattered. They’re so close, yet so far away.

Fast forward 1.5 years later and we find out they’ll be moving home by the end of 2018 – and we had yet to visit! Brett had been to Sydney a handful of times for work, but never to be a tourist. So we booked a trip for our next public holiday weekend – Queen’s Birthday in June.

I’ll be honest, I did very little research for this trip. And that’s because Janine is an even better planner than me! Thanks to her and Andrew for being the best tour guides and hosts.

Here’s the local-approved 3-Day Weekend Itinerary:

Friday night: Fly from Auckland to Sydney

  • Our flight was delayed, so we spent the evening with frantic conversation over a couple drinks before bed.

Saturday: Craft Brewery (Self-Guided) Tour

  • First, a walk on Bondi Beach and brunch at the local RSA. I love that they’re members! So Aus.
  • Then on to the beer. (They know us so well!) We were able to walk between a few breweries in Marrickville, including: Willie the Boatman, Batch Brewing Co, and The Grifter. 
  • Walk around Vivid Sydney. Each winter, Sydney lights up the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Zoo and more. It was such a treat that we happened to be there to see the light shows!


  • Dinner in Barangaroo, a new super swanky district. We had dinner at Meat & Wine Co. (amazing) and a whiskey at The Baxter Inn, a hidden, underground bar where there’s a thick bound book from which to choose your tipple.

Sunday: Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

  • What an awesome reco. Starting from Bondi Beach and the Bondi Icebergs (which I’d been dying to see thanks to Instagram), the 6km path meanders along cliffs, past beaches and an amazing old cemetery, and ends at Coogee Pavilion for lunch. This place was a foodie wonderland – with multiple floors of coffee shops and restaurants of varying cuisines and fanciness levels. We opted for the top balcony for Mediterranean.  


  • Local tip – Play Lawn Bowls at Clovelly Bowling Club on the way home. Even if you have no idea what lawn bowls is. They’ll teach you the rules – and even if you’re terrible, you’ll be sipping a local beer on a cliff top in the sun.
  • Back to Bondi in time for the neighbour and resident bird enthusiast to feed the cockatoos. (Side note, Janine takes the absolute best Instagram stories of these birds on her balcony. Apparently they are noisy and poop everywhere – BUT I LOVE THEM and couldn’t wait to see them in action.)
  • Relax until dinner in Bondi. We had the most amazing food (and quickest service ever!) at Bangkok Bites.

Monday: The Ferry Trip and Fish Market

  • We saved the tourist trip for last. We caught the ferry to Circular Quay, to get the quintessential Opera House and Harbour Bridge views (and snaps). Plus, a quick stop at the new James Squire brewhouse


  • On to the fish market for a fresh sushi lunch… and to witness the ‘bin chickens.’

Finally, it was off to our flight. It was quick weekend trip, but we got to cover some awesome highlights and hang out with wonderful friends. Sydney, we’ll be back!


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