East Coast of Australia: Celebrating 2017 in Sydney

We arrived in Sydney the day before New Years Eve, which was also my mum’s birthday. I haven’t really felt homesick whilst we’ve been away as we’re mostly busy with either doing something or travelling somewhere, but with Christmas and my mum’s birthday in the same week and not being there for either definitely made me miss home.

Darling Harbour

We spent our first night in Sydney eating and drinking around Darling Harbour. When we left London our housemates (who are Australian) bought us a leaving present which involved a night of being wined and dined. We had so much fun, it was such a treat! We visited three different locations around the harbour and enjoyed one course in each.

The bright lights of Darling Harbour

Adria Rybar & Grill was the first restaurant we visited. We enjoyed our starter here and a bottle of wine. We shared a tasting platter which included: grilled haloumi & eggplant, grilled king prawns, grilled calamari with mediterranean vegetables, humous and fresh bread.

First course at Adria Rybar & Grill

We were quite full after we finished and we weren’t sure how much more we were going to be able to eat.

For our second course we went to Cyren. We shared a seafood platter piled high with lobster, rock oysters, mussels, smoked salmon, tempura prawns, fried fish, calamari and chips. I’m not a huge fan of seafood but I actually enjoyed this and I also tried lobster which I hadn’t eaten before.

A blurry picture of us with our second course at Cyren

Our final course was at Stacks Taverna. The chocolate platter and cocktails was a great end to the evening.

The happiest person in the world!

We were well fed… maybe a little too well fed. We hadn’t eaten that much in ages! We slowly made our way back to our Air BnB and crashed out.


New Years Eve

We woke up on New Years Eve slightly hungover, which isn’t the best way to start off the New Years celebrations 🙂

We left our Air BnB early the following morning and headed over to the hotel we were staying in for the next couple of nights. Sam’s mum had kindly treated us to a couple of nights of luxury. We were staying in the Novotel at Brighton Le Sands. We had such a nice room with views looking over the pool and out to Lady Margaret beach. We felt really spoilt.

View from our hotel room

Our friends who we stayed with on the Gold Coast joined us in Sydney for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. They came over to our hotel where we had drinks on the balcony before heading over to the harbour for the fireworks.

Waiting for the fireworks

There are so many places to watch the fireworks from, but some had already reached maximum capacity so they had been closed off. We found a viewing spot near The Rocks where we had a good view of the Sydney Opera house and the Harbour bridge. We sat on the grass with everyone else and waited. It was 7pm so we had a little while to wait, although we found out that some people had been there since midday!

The family fireworks were starting at 9pm, and leading up to that we watched stunt planes soaring through the air. It was quite cool!

Midnight came around and we watched the most spectacular fireworks show. I don’t think I stopped saying wow! The number of times I had seen them on TV it was awesome to be in Sydney watching them. It was such a great way to bring in 2017!

Sydney New Years fireworks

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