I booked the hotel based on it's location right on circular quay, and we were able to get a good discount on a harbour view room. Being completely honest the room itself was a bit of a let down, but the views were to die for. We dropped our bags and head for a walk through the botanical gardens, which were just across the road.
We walked around to Mrs Macquaries chair and took some photos of the view across, from there we walked back around the edge of the park and into circular quay to see the opera house (I'll do a whole post on the opera house because it is INCREDIBLE) and the harbour bridge.
(hands up who loves a cheesy tourist photo?)
From there we decided to hop on a ferry over to Manly, on the advice of my friend Rach who swears it's the best beach in Sydney. The weather was totally on our side and we had a lovely 30 minute ferry ride across the harbour.
We got off at the other end and made a little stop in Aldi and Coles to stock up on food and drink for the evening, then head straight to the beach.
Manly beach is absolutely gorgeous although, I am totally biased, not as great as the Perth beaches. We spent the evening napping, eating and planning the rest of our time in Sydney whilst watching the surfers- if only we'd packed our bathers!
Have you been to Sydney before?
Keep an eye out for my next Sydney post!