Since my husband is Australian, we are lucky to be able to visit Australia often. We frequently visit Melbourne but this last trip in December 2018 we got to visit Sydney for a few days as well. I have put to together this guide with the help of some family and friends who are local to Sydney, for anybody traveling here that is looking for the best beaches in Sydney, the best places to eat in Bondi Beach and some go to sight seeing you won’t want to miss! Enjoy – Meg


New South Whales, Australia


New south wales

State Capital

Sydney is the State Capital  of new south wales and is also the most populous city meaning it is crowded and has the most amount of people living here over anywhere else in Australia!

How big?

658 Suburbs

With a little over 5 Million people living in Sydney, that makes up 65% of the states population. The main city is about 25 kilometers (11 miles) with the greater region outside of that. 

Drive to Melbourne?

how far is it?

You can hire a car and drive from Sydney to Melbourne in about 8 hours (Kinda like going from OC to San Fran) or you can fly there in just 1.5 hours

Famous for

Sydney is famous for it’s beautiful beaches, the Sydney opera house, and of course the famous Harbor bridge over the water! The city is busy, full of energy and has warm sunny weather most of the year. Avoid June and July as those months are rainy and cold. 

fun facts

2018 named

World's most expensive City

best month to visit

December is our favorite month because it's the start of summer and it's warming up but not crazy hot yet.

30,000 years

Australians have lnhabitated the area for 30,000 years


Ranked 10th in the world
quality of living 98%
Making Sydney one of the most
Livable cities 99%
Top 15 most
visited cities in the world 85%
over 45% of the population born overseas
3rd largest foreign born population in the world 55%
raked 11th in the world for
Economic opportunity 95%



Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. Known for it’s soft white sand, amazing surfing and 1000’s of tourists along side local “SidneySiders”. The crowd is health conscious, trendy yet laid back. There is plenty to do in this beach town, and you can’t leave Sydney without it!

best beaches

Sydney is home to many lovely beaches! Here are my top 3 favorites 

(not including Bondi which is mentioned above) 

Manly Beach

Tamarama Beach

Bronte Beach

The Food

Believe it or not, Australia is not all shrimp on the barbie and steaks on the grill. It is extremely multicultural in Sydney and the locals eat Thai food, Dim sum, and mediterranean along with some Aussie favorites too! Below i’ll list out our favorite places to eat when visiting along with some local favorites who frequent here often. 

We always get a good laugh when we walk into a cafe, becuase Australia is full of coffee snobs! And by snobs, I mean they know their shit and they literally call our American coffee “piss water”. The word is still out weather the coffee is better in Melbourne or Sydney but in either event, most cafes will focus on the coffee more than the food. If you like strong coffee you are in luck. If you’re like me and like “piss water” be prepared to order a mug of hot water, a shot of espresso and say goodbye to your half and half creamer. They have never heard of it lol. 


Fine Dining

Public Dining Room

2A The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088

Rockpool Bar & Grill

66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000

Doyles on the beach

11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay NSW 2030

Hugos Manly

Manly Wharf, 1 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

The Boathouse

 2 The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088

Bistro Moncur

116A Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Casual Dining


2 Mitchell St. North Bondi 2026


Albion Ave Paddington 

May Kwai Chinese

 710 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029

Manly fish cafe

25/27 S Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

El Indio Bondi

222 Campbell Parade, North Bondi NSW 


1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

For the kids

This 30-hectare botanical garden, event venue and public recreation area is good for kids and adults alike! The kids will love to explore the gardens and run around.


The Sydney Aquarium is full Australian animals and quite impressive! You’ll want to bring the kids here!

The iconic opera house is located on the harbor and is designed for performing arts. If you check the website they always have great kids activities going on.


Wine tasting

25 best date ideas in Orange County

Urban Winery Sydney – The city’s first true urban winery and the city heart of the A.Retief wine label. Plus it’s not a far drive so you won’t have to spend an entire day here!

Hunter Valley– For $110 you can get shuttled from Sydney to Hunter Valley and tour 5 wineries along with a picnic lunch! Be prepared for a full day leaving at 7:00am and returning at 6:30pm

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Hi friends! It's me thatocmomlife AKA Megan. I'm here to share with you guys all of our favorite places to go and the things we love! I love to showcase fun things to do with kids in the area, beauty products, shopping deals, and our travel adventures! I am a California girl, born and raised. I am married to an amazing man who happens to be Australian. We have two beautiful kids that we like to raise with the American roots and the Aussie roots too! Everything I share here, I truly believe in and I am a stickler with only working with companies that I have personally tried and am comfortable sharing. This platform has given me the greatest gift, and that is to be able to work from home and raise my kids! I am so grateful for all of the support and THANK YOU for following me and encouraging me every step of the way! XO - Megan

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