Sydney, Australia

Sydney. Such an incredible city with so much to see. We chose a hotel right in Darling Harbour, a spectacular waterside location in the heart of Sydney. It’s packed with attractions, restaurants and bars.

We went in winter, it was absolutely freezing but they had a winter wonderland attraction that was very cool. Igloos, ice castles and snow machines everywhere. It never snows there so this was pretty magical.

Two of the most popular attractions are the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. We bought a pass that gave us entry to those and to Madame Tussauds, which I had wanted to go to forever.

The aquarium is awesome, really cool for families and they cater well for the kids. MJ particularly loved the dugongs, the sharks and the stingrays. We spent hours there and took a gazillion photos.

The wildlife zoo was also lovely and has a lot of the animals native to Australia there, including the snakes - YUCK. But they are secure so its ok. It’s interactive too, MJ was able to pat some of the animals and you could watch the animals being fed and hear talks about them.

All the attractions take your photo on arrival and set it on different backgrounds, there's an option to buy it when you leave. They are pricey but a nice memento of your time there, we bought this one which is still a family favourite. But those butterflies, not real :)

Madame Tussauds was such a highlight. How good having your photo taken with all the celebrities, even if they are made of wax! If you're into that kind of thing, which you can see we most definitely are, we 100% recommend it!

A great way to see the sights is to do a hop on-hop off bus tour. With only three days in town it gave us a glimpse at all of Sydney's major attractions at a reasonable price. The tour guides were super knowledgeable and helped us learn a lot more about the city.

We were staying near Chinatown which we loved. So much great food - could not get enough of the dumplings! On one of our walks to Darling Harbour we came across the Chinese Garden of Friendship. What a beautiful place. So peaceful and serene, these gardens are secluded and you forget your in the hustle and bustle of a major city.

And finally a stop to one of my most favourite places, The Grounds of Alexandria. Seriously, this place is an experience. Set in one spot is their cafe, restaurant and bar, garden, bakery and patisserie, coffee roastery, animal farm, florist, markets and more. Set aside a couple of hours to make the most of it. I go back every time I’m there and the photos don’t do it justice. Check out their Instagram, it’s next level.

The Grounds Patisserie

That was the perfect end to a very cold but incredibly fun family trip.

- Kiki

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