We know, we just had the CNY holidays in Hong Kong but with the Easter break coming up in less than 2 months, its time to start planning your next trip. The benefits of planning ahead is the massive cost savings and you get to pick the best hotels! We want to recommend a trip down under this April and our travel expert friends at Flight Centre has given us their hot tips on where to stay, what to do and where to shop.
Why Sydney, well…we have three big reasons; first the fantastic weather, in April, its Autumn in Sydney and the temperature will be around warm in the mid 20s °C, it will be bright, sunny during the day and cool in the evenings. The other reason is the very favourable currency exchange, which is currently trading at HK6 to 1 Aussie. Other reasons, well.. good food, wine and coffee and the people are very friendly. So change your money to Aussie now and book your tickets.
Butterboom x Flight Centre Special HK$300 off deal
The third reason is that Flight Centre and Butterboom have designed a special deal just for our readers, when you book any flight + hotel package with Flight Centre, you can enjoy HK$300 off your total quoted cost. Offer valid from 1 March to 30 June 2015. Just mention you want to use the Butterboom HK$300 off deal when you call up to book your flight.
- Flight Centre Hotline: 2830 2899
- Offer valid from 1 March – 30 June 2015
What to do in Sydney:
Start at Circular Quay on the iconic harbour. Catch a show at Australia’s most recognizable landmark, the Sydney Opera House, or if you like an adventure, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Also on the shores of the Sydney Harbour, just a ferry ride away is the famous Taronga Zoo, one of the best place to watch the giraffes and elephants against the backdrop of the city skyline. However if you are like us beach worshipers, head for the beach as Sydney’s beaches are legendary. Join the locals for a refreshing swim at the iconic Bondi Beach or Manly Beach.
For a meal with a view, few Sydney restaurants can beat the idyllic setting of those found at Circular Quay, except maybe the celebrity favourite Icebergs restaurant that overlooks Bondi Beach. Away from the water the historic setting of The Rocks is home to some magnificent restaurants such Quay and Neil Perry’s Rockpool. For something more lax, head out of the city to suburbs like Potts Point and Surry Hills. Some cheap and cheerful dining favourites to try include Bangbang Espresso in Surry Hills and Macleay St Bistro in Points Point.
Icebergs – One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach, Sydney. Tel: (612) 9365 9000 www.idrb.com
Quay – Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney. Tel: (612) 9251 5600. www.quay.com.au
Rockpool – 11 Bridge Street, Sydney. (612) 9252 1888. www.www.rockpool.com
Bangbang Expresso – 113 Reservoir Street, Sydney. Tel: (612) 9281 0018
Macleay St Bistro – 73A Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney. Tel (612) 9358 4891. www.macleaystbistro.com.au
Where to stay:
From chain hotels in the CBD to holiday apartments at Bondi, Sydney accommodation is as diverse as its suburbs. If its luxury you seek then you may want to splurge on a room at Sheraton on the Park or Park Hyatt at the Rocks – Sydney’s most expensive hotel. The further out of the CBD you stay, the cheaper the price tag. For an ocean view, Bondi, Coogie and Double Bay are home to a range of resorts, hotels and apartments.
Sheraton on the Park- 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Tel: (612) 9286 6000 www.starwoodhotels.com
Park Hyatt at the Rocks – 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney. Tel: (612) 9256 1234 www.sydney.park.hyatt.com
Where to shop:
Start your Sydney shopping adventure at the Pitt Street Mall, home to dozens of department and specialty stores including the celebrated Westfield Sydney as well as the iconic Strand Arcade for a taste of Aussie fashion. However if you want to know where the Aussie fashion insiders shop… well head to the city’s designer precinct at trendy Paddington Street; visit their open air weekend market held at the heritage-listed sandstone Paddington Uniting Church and check out some of Australian well loved designers Charlie Brown, Sass & Bide, Alannah Hill, Ginger and Smart. For fashionable vintage and quirky wares with a lower price day head to Newton.