Strzelecki – A Day in Sydney

The Ride and Seek journey began in Sydney back in 2011, which was home to the founders Dylan and Meg for over 10 years. It is fair to say that we know it well, and we would argue it merits a multi-day pre-tour stop. In the context of ‘A Day in Sydney’, though, we’ll do our best. If you arrive early, don’t hesitate to reach out for any warm-up bike routes. Centennial Park, for example, is a wonderful spot to stretch your legs in the heart of the city – be it on a bike or not. Alternatively, we could send you some of our favourite routes that pass through some of Sydney’s wonderful National Parks. Our own stay in Sydney was focused on the Eastern Suburbs, with Bronte Beach being home for 5 years. The choice of the neighbouring Bondi Beach to start your tour is linked to our familiarity with that particular area of Sydney. Those beach suburbs encapsulate the wonder of Sydney as a major city with a bonafide holiday destination.

Sydney offers a unique blend of iconic landmarks, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. Start your morning with a delicious brunch at one of the city’s trendy cafes, fueling up for a day of exploration. You’ll find an amazing Aussie breakfast with an accompanying Flat White coffee, pretty much wherever you might end up staying before the tour starts.

After that, begin your Sydney adventure at the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural masterpiece. Take a guided tour to learn about its fascinating history and intricate design.

Next, stroll along Circular Quay towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an engineering marvel offering breathtaking views of the city and harbour. For the adventurous, consider the BridgeClimb experience for a thrilling ascent to the bridge’s summit.

From Circular Quay, catch a ferry to Manly, a picturesque beachside suburb known for its golden sands and laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic Manly Corso, lined with shops, cafes, and surf boutiques.

After soaking up the sun and sea breeze at Manly Beach, head back to Circular Quay and visit The Rocks, Sydney’s historic neighbourhood. Explore its cobbled laneways, heritage buildings, and artisan markets showcasing local crafts and gourmet delights.

For lunch, indulge in fresh seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants in Darling Harbour or Barangaroo: Sample Sydney’s famous fish and chips or savour delicious oysters from local oyster bars or the famous bugs pictured below.

Morton Bay Bug Salad with Rocket, Asparagus and Saffron Aoli

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in nature at the Royal Botanic Garden, a lush oasis in the heart of the city. Take a leisurely stroll through themed gardens, enjoy scenic views of the Sydney Harbour, and spot native flora and fauna.

Continue your cultural exploration with a visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, housing an impressive collection of Australian and international art. Admire works by renowned artists and discover emerging talents.

As the sun sets, make your way to Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand. Our Strzelecki tour starts here. Join locals and visitors alike for a sunset walk along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, offering stunning ocean views and hidden coves. On that walk, you will pass through Bronte Beach as well, which is where the dream of Ride and Seek was first conceptualised.

For dinner, explore Sydney’s vibrant dining scene in Surry Hills or Darlinghurst, known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, wine bars, and rooftop eateries. Indulge in modern Australian cuisine or international flavors, paired with local wines or craft cocktails. Search out a Messina gelato store as well for an amazing dessert. Local tip – the original Messina gelateria can be found in Darlinghurst.

End your day with a leisurely stroll along Circular Quay or Darling Harbour (pictured), admiring the city lights reflected on the water and taking in the lively atmosphere of Sydney at night.


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