Sights of Sydney

Where celebville meets style central down under
Wednesday , 17 August 2011
A breathtaking view from the Shangri-La bedroom window
A breathtaking view from the Shangri-La bedroom window
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Welcome to the Shangri-La
Welcome to the Shangri-La
The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Lobby Lounge
The Lobby Lounge
Altitude, the Shangri-La's one hat restaurant
Altitude, the Shangri-La's one hat restaurant
Inside Altitude
Inside Altitude
Dine in style with spectacular views outside
Dine in style with spectacular views outside
Inside the bedroom
Inside the bedroom
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Looking for a city that’s got it all – pristine white sandy beaches, fashion, buzzing lunch bars, sensational sightseeing and celebrity hot spots? Well you don’t find them much better than in Sydney. And rightfully so. With a smorgasbord of designer digs, must-see attractions and fantastic weather all year around, this Australian city is a top tourist destination. Only have two days in the city because you’re jet setting somewhere else next? Perfect! We’ve got the two-day-tourist-guide for you.

Touchdown in Sydney and make a beeline for the harbour, which is at a crossroads of art, culture, shopping and a hop, skip and a jump to Manly – another one of Australia’s beautiful beaches. Looking for a hotel to rest your head? Then hit the Shangri-La. It’s a home away from home for international jetsetters, who come to coo over the colossal landmarks – the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge – which are perched on the doorstep of the hotel. Checked in? Great. Spend the first half of your morning exploring the harbour, which is home to two of Australia’s greatest structures, so you’ll want to get plenty of snaps. We know you have a poser in there somewhere!

Next, head to the pier and buy a ticket to Manly. The ferry ride to Manly will take about half an hour, so settle in and get ready to see the breathtaking views of the harbour. Once your feet are back on solid ground take a casual stroll to Manly beach, just five minutes from the ferry port, on the other side of the harbour. There are plenty of cute cafes around so choose a menu and grab a seat. After your meal take a stroll down the boardwalk and then back to the boat. Ferries leave every half an hour from both ports until midnight. Burnt off lunch already and looking for dinner? Head back the hotel and make reservations at Shangri-La’s one hat Altitude Restaurant. But before you head up for dinner make sure you take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary sundowner’s and canapés. Then, make your way over to dinner on the 36th floor of the hotel, which is positioned perfectly for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding harbour. You’ll want to peruse the menu because there are a variety of tasty dishes to tantalise any taste buds. There’s also a wine connoisseur on hand to help you choose the perfect pairing. Bon Appétit!

As your bats for lashes flutter open the next morning be prepared to gasp as you wake up to views of the breathtaking harbour below. You really can’t imagine getting tired of the view. After your buffet breakfast pack a day bag – Louis Vuitton’s clear plastic beach tote will do – and head twenty minutes out of the city to Bondi. Spend the day lounging on the world famous beach – home to the hit television lifesaving show Bondi Rescue. Soak up the atmosphere of this bustling little beach town and enjoy the sights, sounds and seriously tasty seaside dishes at the many scattered restaurants and cute cafes littered along the beach’s main road. Dine al fresco and keep your eyes peeled, it’s a celebrity stomping ground! After lunch meander around the shops or head back into the city to shop your shoes off at Oxford Street, Queen Street or any of the little pockets along the way. After all, you can’t leave Sydney without buying a designer Australian piece for the wardrobe and these shopping streets are brimming with boutiques.

While you’re there...

Visit the Aquabumps Gallery
Bondi beach is home to the Aquabumps gallery, which dishes a daily taste of surfing life with images galore. Browse the narrow photo gallery for the hottest snaps of Sydneyites surfing and early morning beach-goers.

Go to the Opera
Thousands of people stroll the perimeter of the Sydney Opera House daily but not everyone bags a ticket to the hottest events in town. Gents take your suit and tie and ladies have the Louboutin’s ready for a night at the Opera. Or perhaps the ballet is more your scene?

Where to stay
The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, is the perfect escape with hard to forget views. If you’re looking for a sophis space to rest your head then this luxe location is a must book. Located at 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, it’s central to all major forms of transport and comes complete with all the major facilities you’d expect from a leading hotel. For more information or to book a stay visit www.shagri-la.com/sydney.

Spotted
Native Australian’s Miranda Kerr, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett all head back to the city to visit friends and family. But other A! lister’s who hit the city include Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Then again how many A-listers haven’t been there?