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24 Hours in Sydney

Sydney harbour bridgeWhat began as a spontaneous booking of flights a couple of months ago actually fell on the perfect weekend for a little break from everyday life.

I could use the word ‘stressful’ to describe the last few weeks as it has just flown by leaving me a little all over the place.

Lucky Sydney was calling!

It all began when mum and I expressed an interest in seeing Les Miserables. It wasn’t coming to Brisbane so if we truly wanted to we would have to fly to Sydney. This seemed like a great idea. Although about a month after booking came the release of the information of yes it would be travelling to Brisbane…oh well!

Les MiserablesFlights to Sydney from Brisbane are really quite cheap so a quick weekend away is actually a reasonable thing to do if you are wanting a getaway. What makes it expensive it that both the Brisbane and Sydney airport to city trains are $17 dollars each one way! Seriously, for a 15min ride! But still cheaper than a taxi I guess, it just annoys me!

Being a cheap little getaway we booked a hotel close to the Capitol Theatre so we could easily walk home after the show. Nothing flash, and I really mean that. Not to go into too much detail but some room switching had to occur as our first room was not up to cleanliness standards…I’m talking someone either had too much to drink the night before or some bad Chinese food and left a mark – yuck yuck yuck! Our second room was much better, but at that stage anything clean would have been!

Being in the middle of both China Town and Thai Town, food was everywhere and we went in search of a late lunch. We found a nice looking pub – a drink, yes, that was what we needed! The menu was a selection mostly of Thai food and I had a great Pad See Ew.

One thing that made the trip to Sydney worth it for Les Miserables was the Capitol Theatre. It is amazing and reminded me of the Palace Theatre on Broadway NY. That kind of impression and feeling you just don’t get at QPAC. The chairs, the roof that makes you feel like your outside and that fantastic staircase – it is just beautiful.

Capitol Theatre 2The show I have to say is probably the best thing I have seen. Ever. You forget just how many fantastic and powerful songs are in it and I am pretty sure I had goose bumps the entire time!

The next day we didn’t need to be at the airport until about 4pm so a trip out to Bondi Beach was the plan. My mum grew up holidaying there and it was nice to go back and hear the stories from her childhood and for her to see how much it had changed yet how much it was still familiar.

Being winter there were only surfers in the water and very few people on the sand. I can’t imagine what it is like in summer! We enjoyed a walk around up to the surf club, Icebergs for a few cold beverages and a yummy lunch. All with the most amazing view.

Beers at Bondi BeachBondi Beach

Bondi Beach 2By the time we got to the airport we felt as though we had made the most of our 24hours in Sydney and needed the rest the flight home would allow us. The flight allowed me to get through a good amount of my book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed which is amazing and I can’t wait to tell you about it in my next Reading Challenge update!

What is your favourite thing to do in Sydney? Have you seen Les Miserables and what did you think?

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8 Comments

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    obsessedwithtravel
    June 29, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    What a beautiful theatre! It’s been too long since I’ve been, we should go see a show! 🙂
    And my hot tip for Sydney Airport – catch the $3.50 direct bus to Bondi Junction; that’s what I used to do when I lived in Sydney and flew home to Brisbane often 🙂

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      sallyslifestylejournal
      June 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Oh great tip! Anything to get out of paying that outrageous price! Nothing better than seeing a live show – let’s put it on the to do list 🙂

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    Lynnette
    June 29, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Absolutely loved Les Miserables when they were down in Melbourne. Went to see it with my mum and it was such a great few days as we watched Grease, Once and Les Miserables pretty much a few days apart. Les Miserables is by far the most opulent, epic, powerful and affecting out of the three. I got goosebumps too! What amazing talents those performers are to be able to
    sing like that nearly everyday. 😍 I lived in Sydney for 8 months and it is such a lovely place for a visit 🙂 weekends in Sydney can be packed with lots of fun activity, next time you go, if it is in the warmer months, hit up the Bondi markets, have a drink at the opera bar and visit some of the cooler little inner city suburbs like Newtown and Surry Hills 🙂 shopping and eating heaven.

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      sallyslifestylejournal
      June 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      The power in their performances is truly amazing! That sounds like a lovely itinerary for the next trip and a great reason to head down that way again soon!

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    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I used to live in Manly with my boyfriend (now husband) so you’ve brought back some great memories. Although I have to say the Gold Coast/Brisbane is where I want to be these days, especially with 3 kids in tow!

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      sallyslifestylejournal
      June 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I really like Sydney for a visit, not sure how I would go living there. You just can’t really beat Gold Coast beaches though!

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    aliciaonemotherhen
    June 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I loved spending time with family in the not so flash burbs, loved every second. Loved the ferry to Manly and the lunch we had in Chinatown. Have been a few times now to stay, I really love Sydney 🙂

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    annemerton
    July 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    It looks like a lovely get away, especially because Les Mis was involved.

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