Needing a short break away in our gorgeous Sydney? You’ll be pleased to know we have you covered at any of our unique Randwick properties. The perfect place to relax and enjoy our great outdoors is here, so set up base in Randwick and spend the next two days exploring the local area. Two days and you will feel like a local, it's a perfect place to relax, revive and rejuvenate. Let's start you off on a journey of discovery in a place you may not have realised is full of a special Aussie experiences, that we've all grown to love.
Here's our suggestions to fill in a perfect weekend in the area.
6 am: The alarm's set
I set my alarm for 6 am, hang on a minute it's my weekend getaway, let's make it 7am I do need my beauty sleep.
7 am: Morning Walk
I head down to the ground floor cafe, Baked Republic, in front Perouse, for a quick caffeine hit, they roast their own coffee beans and just the smell of the grind is starting to brush the cobwebs away. Shall I grab a freshly baked pastry or nibble on a doughnut on the way? No not yet - I need to earn it first - let's go. I take off at a cool calm pace down Coogee Bay Road towards the beach. At this time of the day the area is buzzing with people exercising, yoga classes, dog walking, swimming and surfing across the bay, it's a hive of activity. Three deep breaths and my lungs are full of that fresh salty air - I decide to do a quick jog to Clovelly Beach and back, it's not as busy as the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk at this time of the day. I circle around my favourite Gordon's Bay - a little piece of paradise and watch the early morning Scuba Diving class submerge into the Underwater Nature Trail off Clovelly. Maybe they'll spot Bluey the local Groper fish, he swims around wagging his body and tail to welcome you into his sparkling blue sanctuary. I have a dip in the calm waters of Clovelly and swim up and down a few laps then it's out wrap a towel around - and I could walk a bit further to Bronte and it's famous bogeyhole for a swim, but now I'm hungry.
8 am: Sip & Savour Local - coffee and breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on the balcony of Seasalt Clovelly overlooking Clovelly Beach, it's one of our Sip and Savour Local Partners, just tell them you're staying with us and they'll look after you. Their menu is full of fresh, healthy produce, all day breakfast and lunch and their fresh fruit smoothies are delicious. Or walk back towards home, there's plenty of cafes open by now so take your pick, we have our local favourites all the way back up to our Randwick like twenty-two grams bakery and cafe or Page two cafe with it's bright coloured umbrella's shading the courtyard. When I'm in a new place I always follow the cyclists they can always sniff out a good local coffee. This is the perfect start to the day and to the New You!
10 am: Stroll across High Cross Park to the Sydney Light Rail and jump aboard.
It's Market Day at the Entertainment Quarter (EQ) - just 2 stops on the light rail. Sydney is known for its unique local artisan markets, there are so many to wander around, in fact you could spend you're whole day wandering from one to the other. Walk past the famous SCG and Allianz Football Stadium to Paddington and if it's a Saturday check out their famous Paddington markets.
Feel like a real local and get off the light rail Devonshire Street you'll find the design precinct of Surry Hills where there are so many little local galleries, interior design and homewares shops, plus fashion outlets to pick up a bargain. Surry Hills is full of hipsters and interesting characters for people watching plus some of Sydney's greatest restaurants - like the famous Nomad and Firedoor or wander up Devonshire or Foveaux Streets to Crown and you'll be spoilt for choice, there's the Clock Hotel, the Dolphin, Bill's, the Winery all well known establishments - or discover your own favourite.
1 pm: Lunch Time back at one our Locals
Come back to Randwick to treat yourself to a nice alfresco lunch – you deserve it after all that walking around. Try one of the great burgers at Burger10 - world famous top 10 burgers from around the world! Or if it's something a little fancier your craving, head to Baccomatta Osteria or Dumplings and Beer, Ra Ra Ramen or the Mckenzie Cafe the new Newmarket Dining Precinct on Barker Street, opposite the Royal Women's and Prince of Wales Private Hospitals. See the best of: Sip & Savour Local Recommendations in the Randwick local area.
2 pm: After lunch activities: Have a flutter on the horses with a glass of bubbles join the crowd at Royal Randwick Racecourse or hire a bike in Centennial Park. Catch the Swans or the Roosters at the SCG for an afternoon of footy with your mates. Grab your swimmers and head down to Coogee and dip in the Ocean Pools or finish your Coastal walk all the way to Bondi.
Check out what's happening at the Hordern Pavilion for all the latest concerts or try some local NSW wines at the Urban Winery or wander the local shopping precincts there's so much to choose from to see and do.
3.30pm: Feeling like something a little sweet ?
5.30pm: Stop in at the Coogee Wine Room to try this new Wine Bar right in the middle of Coogee. They specialise in unique wines from around the world and Australia's finest. They also do some great tapas if you're keen to nibble on something, straight from their farm to your plate.
7 pm: OMG It’s time to eat again!
There are so many beautiful eateries around you will be spoilt for choice, try the family run Beyond Lebanon a true local establishment on Alison Road, or head to The Spot for another Italian family favourite Mammas and Papas, Spanish tapas at Del Punto or the local Japanese and Sushi bar at Kinjo also just along Perouse Road.
9 pm: You're not tired yet? Want to head out for cocktails?
Join the regulars a millenial crowd down at the Coogee Pavilion aka "the Pav" or Lil' Darlin' much closer and just across from our property Perouse by Sydney Lodges. Maybe you'd like something a little more chilled catch a movie at The Ritz and a late night pizza at Maybe Frank - a salute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. This crowd from Maybe Frank also have a bar called Maybe Sammy at the Rocks in Sydney - winner of numerous international bar awards.
Midnight - it's Pumpkin hour: Back to Bed, Sleep in Jaw-Dropping Comfort
Time to crash, and what better way to do it than stumbling into your luxurious bed. These beds are seriously comfy and the sheets provide the comfort a pokies table does to a gambler, or a mother does to her newborn. Sleep well, you deserve it – and we will see you tomorrow to do what you missed today!