10.30AM- 12PM: You might wake up a bit sore from all the physical exertion of the previous day – unlike the Aussies, not all of us have calves of steel! Make a late start and grab some grub from Bourke St Bakery in Surry Hills before heading out of the city.
For breakfast, a morning pastry and coffee will do the job, but pack one of the bakery’s famously flaky, juicy meat pies for later. Then hire a car and drive the coastal Royal National Park in Southern Sydney.
12PM-3PM: The drive takes less than an hour if you travel via Princes Highway. Once inside the park, stretch your legs at the Visitor’s Centre, and help yourself to a map of the area. The amazing thing about this park is that you don’t need to be active if you don’t want to be – you can hit one of the many beaches and vegetate all day, you could embark on one of its many walking trails, or even pitch a tent for an overnight stay.
Wattamolla here is the perfect day-trip spot. There are two routes from the parking area – one takes you to the top of the cliffs from where you get unimpeded views of the ocean and have a great chance of seeing humpbacks and southern right whales from May to November, and the other leads to a small waterfall and a beach.
3PM-5PM: Exit the park, and drive to Bald Hill Lookout Point at Stanwell Tops and gape at the famous Seacliff Bridge before heading back to Sydney. The slight detour is worth it!
5PM-6PM: Venture into Sydney’s inner west on your way back to the CBD and bite into a “tellabab” – a Nutella kebab at Tella Balls Dessert Bar in Dulwich Hill. This loaded dessert that’s all the rage here comes with Nutella, strawberries, banana and white chocolate shavings stuffed into a donut pocket. The dessert bar even has a custom-made chocolate rotisserie!
7.45PM- 9.45PM: Waddle to The Rocks and go on the adult-only Rocks Ghost Tour, if you dare. Expect spine-chilling stories of murder, suicide, haunting and ghosts.
Then, lower your heart rate with a drink at the Wild Rover in Surry Hills. The bar is hidden behind a huge unmarked door, and has over 200 whiskies on its menu. It’ll open you up to reliving the prohibition era at Soda Factory up the road, where you’ll find dinner, live music and beverages. There’s a secret door that goes through a phoney 1950s Coke machine – need I say more?