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My Curated List of the Most
Divine Destinations Down Under

 

Home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, richest culture, and friendliest people, it’s easy to see why Sydney, Australia is one of the most desirable destinations on the planet. For your next trip down under, here’s my it-list for Sydney’s best places to lay your head, indulge your taste buds, and shop ‘till you couldn’t possibly carry another bag.

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Four Seasons​​​​
199 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
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Thanks to the impeccably friendly service and elegant, yet homey atmosphere, the Four Seasons is where I host my Academy events in Sydney. The incredible panorama views of the iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge don’t hurt either.

 

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Sofitel Luxury Hotel​​
61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
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You won’t be able to walk down Phillip Street without catching a glimpse of Sofitel. Completed in 1966, the building is one of the city’s renowned architectural icons. Paying homage its origins, Sofitel has carried a chic 60s theme throughout the hotel. Stop by Soiree for cocktails named after famous movie stars of the era, and a bar menu featuring gourmet retro cuisine!

 

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Park Hyatt
7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, NSW 2000, Australia
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Perched over the harbor, the majestic Park Hyatt exudes luxury and elegance from the moment you step into the lobby to the moment you hit the sheets. The Hyatt is also home to the ultimate spa treatment: the “Australian Awakening.” A 6.5 hour treatment, it will leave you manicured, pampered, and rejuvenated.

 

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The Darling​​​​
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, Australia
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The newest hotel on this list, the Darling is a spectacularly cool hotel with modern, Japanese-inflected style and unexpected design details like brightly colored coat hangers. Here, you’ll have not just a luxuriously large spa at your fingertips, but also an elegant casino and a series of fantastic dining opportunities.

 
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Aria
1 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555

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Chef Matt Moran is a food genius! Every dish he touches is not just dinner but a work of art. And as if the food weren’t spectacular enough, wait till you see the views of the harbor.

 

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est​​​
1, Establishment/252 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 3000

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When you’re simply craving flawless fine dining – fresh, seasonal food that is plated to perfection and a posh atmosphere – you can do no better than est.

 

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Sepia
201 Sussex Street, Sydney 2000, Australia
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Winner of Australia’s 2014 Restaurant of the Year Award, Sepia is a standout contemporary restaurant serving modern seasonal cuisine that draws inspiration from Japan. A collaboration between two noted Australian food personalities, Sepia offers fantastic seafood, killer deserts, and a luxe bistro ambiance.

 

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The Apollo Restaurant ​
44 Macleay Street, Potts Point 2011, Australia
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This industrial-chic restaurant in Sydney’s happening Potts’ Point neighborhood is one of my favorite new finds. Apollo specializes in fresh, modern, greek cuisine best shared family style. Their selection of whole roasted fishes and lush, vibrant salads is healthy and tastes out-of-this-world spectacular!

 

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Rockpool​
11 Bridge Street, Sydney, Australia
+61 2 8078 1900

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The flagship restaurant from one of Australia’s most awarded restaurant groups, 24-year-old Rockpool is one of the nation’s most famous places to eat. Serving not just meals but fabulous eight-course “journeys,” this is where you come to really indulge and honor your passion for fine dining.

 

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Mr. Wong​​
3 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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In a space that feels like a chic Parisian loft in the middle of China, Mr. Wong pays homage to classic Chinese influences in a contemporary style, offering over sixty dishes and an unrivaled dim sum selection.

 

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Sokyo
Level G, The Darling The Star/80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
+61 2 9777 9000

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Australia meets Japan at this fabulous restaurant at the glam Star Casino. The cocktails here are to live for and perfectly compliment the selection of fresh-caught sushi.

 

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Porch
110 Ramsgate Ave, Bondi Beach

This beachside cafe is healthy, casual, and chic—an embodiment of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle. With fantastic food, gourmet coffees and fresh-squeezed juice, you can see why this little gem captures the hearts and bellies of locals and tourists alike.

 

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The Atlas Kiosk​​​​
14 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia

This cute retro café serves up healthy cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean, from the Middle East to Spain and back. Funky and fun, it’s a great spot to drop in for a casual bite and enjoy some tunes on the jukebox.

 

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The Morrison
225 George St. Sydney NSW 2000
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One of my favorite things to do in the world is enjoy a plate of fresh oysters on the half shell, and in Sydney, The Morrison is the place to do it. At this elegantly casual bar and oyster room, the oysters are shucked and plated right in front of you.

 

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North Bondi Fish ​​
120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
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Easy beachfront dining doesn’t get much better than North Bondi Fish, the stylish bungalow from Chef Matt Moran, one of Australia’s top celebrity chefs. You can absolutely traipse in here in a caftan and slides, beach bag in tow, and enjoy a casual seaside meal with a sophisticated, gourmet twist.

 

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Nomad
16 Foster Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia
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Foster Street in Surry Hills is one of Sydney’s most happening strips, and Nomad one of its freshest new eateries. A lofty dining room clad in danish modern furniture, this chic restaurant’s minimalist menu sparkles with exciting ingredients and unexpected flavors. Add a meticulously curated selection of fine Australian wine, and you’ve got Sydney’s hottest new dining destination.

 

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Icebergs Dining & Bar ​​​​
1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Surrounded by the turquoise blue-green of Bondi’s waters, Icebergs is the perfect place to kick back and relax to the sounds of the ocean while you nourish your body with top-notch Australian/Italian cuisine.

 

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Chiswick Restaurant & Bar
65 Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025, Australia
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At Chiswick, Chef Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan of Aria dish up modern Australian cuisine with ingredients from their kitchen garden. The vibe is homey and comfortable, with natural light flooding the casual yet modern dining room.

 
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Simone Forte, Hair & Make-up
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To keep up that superstar look while in Sydney, book Simone Forte for all your hair and makeup needs. She is a master when it comes to beauty and can take you straight out of bed and transform you into a goddess.

 

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Endota Spa, Four Seasons​
199 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Endota is the largest luxury spa franchise in Australia, and their Four Seasons outpost offers the most glamorous experience of them all. Try their four-hour “the be-all-end-all” package when you’re in need of a totally sublime body renewal.

 

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The Day Spa, The Langham
The Observatory Hotel, Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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This underground spa with lavish, towering pillars channels the classical decadence of Roman times. You’ll love their range of opulent treatments, including a massage that uses body cream infused with 24k gold.

 

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CHI, the Spa at the Shangri-La​​
Blu Bar On 36, 2/176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Inspired by traditional healing methods found in many Asian cultures, the deluxe treatments at CHI are designed to re-balance your body’s energy by harnessing the elements. A Jet Lag Recovery treatment, for instance, is just the thing to refresh you after your flight.

 

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Park Hyatt Day Spa
7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
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Despite its location in Sydney’s bustling the Rocks neighborhood, this spa feels totally secluded and relaxing. After any luxury treatment, such as a their signature Aromatherapy facial, you can take in the city from the serenity of the hotel’s fabulous rooftop pool.

 

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Venustus Australia
381 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
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This stylish boutique spa is the perfect place to stop in during a day of shopping in Sydney’s vibrant Paddington district. I love their chic organic products and intuitive approach to healing.

 
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Bambini Wine Room 
185 Elizabeth St., St. James Trust Building
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
61-2-9283-7098

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Craving a glass of pinot? This intimate wine bar, decorated with crystal chandeliers and marble tabletops, is home to an extensive list with over 30 by-the-glass pours.

 

Grain Bar
199 George Street Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Inside the Four Seasons, Grain is a bar built for celebrating. With sculptural wood paneling, exposed rafters, and mod wooden furniture, this sprawling space manages to be as cozy as it is swanky.

 

Bondi Hardware
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Once an old hardware store, today Bondi Hardware is easily one of the hippest bar/restaurants in town. Here every cocktail is crafted to perfection and each glass of wine has its own story to tell.

 

Tour a Vineyard​​​​​​
Blu Bar On 36, 2/176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Head into the magnificent Hunter Valley to see how some of the world’s best wines are produced from seed to cork. McGuigan vineyard tours kick off at noon and finish with a tasting of their finest bottles.

 

The Winery
285a Crown St, Surry Hills 2010, Australia
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If you can’t decide whether you’re a bigger fan of food or wine, this is the spot for you. With a list to please the most discerning connoisseur and dishes to compliment every glass, it’s the perfect place to indulge both passions.

 

THE BEST OF AUSTRALIA
381 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
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Visit this month’s Girls Guide on Aussie Wines for some of our must-try wineries and vineyards down under.

 
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Pitt Street
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In the heart of Australia’s most cosmopolitan district, the Sydney CBD, this pedestrian section of busy Pitt Street boasts many flagship chains and over 500 specialty stores. In between shops you’ll find entry to grand shopping arcades where even more fashion awaits!

 

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Oxford Street
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In the heart of Australia’s most cosmopolitan district, the Sydney CBD, this pedestrian section of busy Pitt Street boasts many flagship chains and over 500 specialty stores. In between shops you’ll find entry to grand shopping arcades where even more fashion awaits!

 

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Darling Street​​
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A charming place for a little retail therapy, Darling Street’s sweet 19th century buildings are dolled up with intriguing galleries, boutique bookshops, and chic house ware stores.

 

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The Queen Victoria Building
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Wondering what it might feel like to shop like a Queen? Shop for all your high-end wardrobe needs at the glamorous Queen Victoria Building to find out.

 

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Darling Harbor ​​
285a Crown St, Surry Hills 2010, Australia
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The largest recreational pedestrian area in Sydney, Darling Harbor is a popular waterside tourist destination, flocked to for its fun mix of shops, restaurants, events, and attractions.

 
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CAMILLA
132A Warners Ave., Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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How many Caftans can one woman own? If you’ve been to Camilla’s then you know the answer—not enough.

 

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Zimmermann​​
500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia
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Gorgeous Australian sisters Simone and Nikky are widely known for their fabulous resort and swimwear collections, and beloved for their ready-to-wear lines as well. Their high-quality, yet carefree designs have made Zimmerman one of the most desired labels to come out of Australia.

 

Country Trader​​
197 Young St, Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia
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The Country Trader is a sprawling showroom filled with pieces—you’ll be impressed to learn they have all been selected by one discerning eye. Geoffrey Clark choses each item in his shop for its rare beauty and international value. Expect to find an eclectic yet visionary collection of antiques, new pieces and exquisite oddities.

 

Elements I Love
124 James St, Leichhardt NSW 2040, Australia
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The owners of Elements I Love travel frequently to France and India to bring back treasures for their Surry Hills shop. Anything from the boutique’s quirky collection is sure to add charm to a room.

 

Witchery
1 Link Rd., Sydney, New South Wales, 2020, Australia
61 2 9693-2392

Witchery is one of Australia’s best department stores, with an exquisite selection of clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products and housewares for men, women and children.

 

Tuchuzy 
Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Cult shopping destination Tuchuzy carries the hippest collection of local and international designers and luxury brands.

 

Blood Orange​​
35 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011, Australia
(02) 9357 2424

Beloved for its minimalist approach to style, Blood Orange’s carefully curated selection of international and local designers is a favorite among the fashion set.

 

Cara & Co
Shop 4001, Lvl 4, Westfield, 188 Pitt St, Sydney
(02) 9226 9999

Cara & Co is a concept store that delivers a unique shopping experience. The artfully arranged, eclectic collection of fashion, art, books, technology, and beauty products is infused with playfulness.

 

Harlequin Market​​
94A Oxford St, Paddington
(02) 9357 4433

Harlequin Market is a fashionista’s treasure chest, with a selection of the best Australian fashion alongside coveted vintage threads.

 

Parlour X
213 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
(02) 9331 0999

Stocking edgy high-end designers like Carven and Viktor & Rolf, the ultra cool Parlour X is one of the city’s premier multi-brand boutiques.

 

Sass and Bride
Shop 4012, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Take a Yoga Class on the Beach ​​
Yoga by the Sea
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach, NSW, 2026

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Yoga is one of my favorite ways to relax my mind, body and soul, and I can hardly think of a better place to practice than on beautiful Bondi Beach, with the ocean mist blowing through my hair.

 

Visit a Local Market​​
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On Sundays since 1993, Bondi Beach Public School hosts its famous market. With stalls filled with artists, crafters, up-and-coming designers, and exotic imports, you are sure to find something unique and original to take home with you.

 

Spend a Day at the Gardens
Royal Bontanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquaries Rd.
Farm Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
61 2 9231-8111

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With a sprawling 75 acres of majestic gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens is a fabulous place to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy the serene beauty of nature.

 

Take a Scenic Walk​​
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Take a 6km stroll along the coast from Bondi to Coogee, enjoying amazing views, intimate beaches and rock pools along the way. Stop to have a picnic, eat at a local café, or sit back and watch surfers shred the famous waves.

 

Get to Know Australia’s Wildlife ​​​​
Taronga Zoo- Gold Tour
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If it’s been a long time dream of yours to meet a koala or kangaroo, take a VIP Gold Tour at the amazing Taronga Zoo. Experts will introduce you to native critters in an intimate setting, photo-opps guaranteed.

 
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