Sydney and New Year go hand in hand. They are totally synonymous with each other, so of course, when we began planning our Christmas trip we knew we would have to do the slightly cliched (but bucket list) New Year’s Eve in Sydney!
We discovered we had friends from the UK who were also going to be there when we were so we planned to hang out with them too. After much deliberation and searching we booked Hotel 57 in Surrey Hills for around £225 a night, the time of year meant prices were pretty high. Location wise, it wasn’t central but it was in a really cool area, close to the main train station with lots of little independent cafes and bars which we enjoyed exploring. The room itself was fine; it was tiny with no windows you could actually look out of but it was clean and modern. Rather than a traditional breakfast, there was a coffee machine in the foyer that you could use 24 hours and then there were a variety of pastries put out in the morning for you to help yourself to. Needless to say, we headed out each morning to find a more substantial Aussie breakfast but the husband did enjoy the coffee making facilities!
We got tickets for Luna Park for New Year’s Eve which was so much fun (how could drunk adults in a theme park be anything but fun?!) and gave us an incredible view over the Harbour Bridge and the river for the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen in my entire life! Seriously, they were better than I could have dreamed!
The only downside was trying to get back to our hotel at the end of the night as we were on the other side of the river – we ended up walking a long way and paying a fortune for an Uber but it didn’t spoil an awesome evening and a fabulous start to 2017!!
We spent the rest of our time exploring the city, taking a river tour and hanging out in Bondi. Despite having a great time, and it being the perfect end to our time in Australia, we didn’t fall in love with Sydney like I thought we would which I know surprises a lot of people! I think, due to the time of year, a lot of places we would have enjoyed were closed for the holidays. I think we need to go back again at a different time of year and really experience Sydney! What a shame!!