Amy McPherson shares her perfect day in her home town of Sydney, Australia.
Waking up to a glorious Autumn Saturday morning, where the sun is no longer as harsh and the light cooling breeze refreshes my sleepy conscience, I will want to step out early for a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Not before I’ve had some exercise to clear my head.
So I begin the Iron Cove Bay Run, a 7 kilometer circuit that takes me along the water of Parramatta river at Sydney’s inner west. I jog at a leisurely pace and watch the rowers from two nearby rowing clubs practice on the calm and peaceful water on the bay, before heading back to Leichhardt, Sydney’s Little Italy for that cup of well-deserved coffee and some fresh flaky pastry from Berkelouw Cafe & Bookshop on Norton Street.
After refueling my energy and having flipped through the daily news, I hop on a bus and head down to Circular Quay where I get off, turn left and visit The Rocks, where its Saturday markets would be in full swing, with stores selling handicrafts, boutique clothing designs, jewelry, collectables and snacks.
Towards the end of George Street with the market meets the harbour I stand close to the bridge and look up to the bridge climbers about to make their ascend and wave, as they step one by one onto the ladders of Sydney’s most famous icon.
Across the water, the Opera House will be glistening in the mid-morning sun as I follow the shoreline back towards the Quay, past the Overseas Passenger Terminal where a large cruise ship would be docked, and head out on the Manly ferry towards Manly.
The Manly ferry is one of the most economical and spectacular way to see Sydney harbor. It journeys past some of the most exclusive suburbs along the water front, where houses were build to be seen, and past the Zoo on the left where the animals enjoy the same glorious view from their cliff top open enclosures. The best place to sit is on the top deck right at the front, where it’s prime position to take in the view without the risk of getting splashed by the occasional stray wave.
By the time I arrive at Manly it will be mid-day and my stomach will begin to grumble to be fed. So I grab some takeaway fish and chips from one of the many stores on The Corso, and take it to a picnic table near the beach to enjoy.
The temperature will be the hottest by now, so after my feast I walk along the walkway towards Shelley Beach, where the waves are less intimidating and go for a swim. Shelley Beach is also a great snorkeling and diving spot for beginners and with that in mind I plan for another day to visit.
For now, I relax and dry off in the sun, and head back towards the ferry terminal to return to the city.
Upon my return to Circular Quay I visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and admire the creativity and courage of modern artists portraying their thoughts and ideology through various mediums and means.
I will have a ticket to see a Sydney Symphony concert at 7pm, and there wouldn’t be time for me to go to my favourite restaurants in Surry Hills, so I settle for dinner at Rockpool, an award winning seafood establishment in The Rocks before my concert at the Opera House.
Post concert, I sit down with some friends at the Opera Bar and end the day sipping cocktails, sharing gossip, and watching the lights bounce off the bridge and Luna Park in the distance.
What would your perfect day in Sydney look like?