Sydney is a harbour city and is best enjoyed either with a view of the water, by the water or on the water! While the city itself is quite spread out with a lot of great neighbourhoods, I have a couple of favourite spots by the water - some iconic, and a couple are hidden gems!
You can't visit Sydney without spending some time at Bondi Beach. While the southern end of the beach with its iconic Icebergs pool captures most of the tourists, locals know North Bondi is the place to be. Whether you're relaxing on the sand, the grassy knoll (if you can find space!), or frolicking on the rocks, North Bondi is magic. It is also worth taking a walk around the houses and buildings in the area - beautiful bright colours and fabulous original art deco apartments in bright hues.
The balcony at North Bondi Fish is a great place to have a drink and watch the beautiful people.
If, like me, you prefer your beaches secluded, Redleaf Beach and pool are perfect. Redleaf is a harbour beach which means no waves and perfect for swimming. It is totally hidden and most Sydneysiders don't even know it exists. Grab a juice from the tiny kiosk and enjoy the serenity!
Potts Point is the best part of Sydney if you ask me. Located just moments from the city and right on the Harbour, it is a hub for beautiful vistas, unique shops and great food. Australians love coffee and if you can find a balcony in Potts Point, its the best way to enjoy your morning brew. If you can't, every single cafe in Potts Point (and there are plenty) will come up with the goods.
The area is full of amazing restaurants and bars - 'Chester White Cured Diner' is a fun and delicious bar serving amazing wine and small plates...try the cacio e pepe (pasta served in a wheel of pecorino cheese) and thank me later.
Other favourites are 'Apollo' for delicious Greek food and 'Yellow' for amazing vegetarian food. If it's lunchtime I recommend hitting one of the area's great delis and putting together a picnic to enjoy down at Beare Park by the harbour...another of Sydney's hidden gems.
If that's not enough for you, find yourself a boat to take it all in by water. A ride on Sydney's iconic Manly Ferry is always a good idea, and if you can find yourself a yacht (there are loads of charter companies) to take in the city by water, even better! Enjoy Sydney!