So it’s been awhile since I last headed to Sydney, Australia, so it was a real treat for me to head down under for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Destination New South Wales. What a perfect blend it was to be able to cover two things I love, fashion and travel. As a fan of Australian fashion for the past few years for its effortless clean lines and fuss free cuts plus my insta-stalking the #foodstagrams of @koentadyy and @msyan_, I  was ready as I could be to visit Sydney.

WHAT TO SEE

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With my eyes wide open I set out to experience and to share with you my top spots in the first of my three part series on Sydney, Australia, for herworldPLUS. During my short stay, I managed to head down to Bondi Icebergs Club twice, and why not? Located at the iconic Bondi Beach, I caught the sunset there on one day and got in some people watching on another afternoon. I got a glimpse of the work-life balance that is embraced in Australia. Bondi Beach is located just 20 minutes away from the centre of Sydney city. How envious I was of those people to be able to enjoy the beach and yet still have the hustle and bustle of city living. 

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While I was there I discovered that Vivid Sydney, a light, music and idea festival, was happening. I was bummed out that I’m no longer there to experience it but the event happens every year and you are sure to find something that you’ll be interested in, check out the website in advance before you go so you can book tickets. Also, don’t miss the light show at the Sydney Opera House. Take a walk and you will get to catch up with the light show before heading inside the opera house for performance from artists such as Tiny Ruins, Deafheaven or New Order!

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Whenever I am overseas, I try to head to a museum and boy, The Powerhouse Museum did not disappoint. It was an honor to be able to see the Isabella Blow – A Fashionable Life exhibition. I have been a huge fan of hers since I was a student, and I never thought that I would be able to see her pieces in real life. This is one that I will always remember.

WHAT TO EAT

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If these sorts of things are not your cup of tea, I am sure being on a seaplane will catch everyone’s attention. Did you know that you can book a flight on the Sydney Seaplanes to Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel at Whale Beach and have a wonderful day out with a yummy lunch overlooking Whale Beach. Rumor has it, this is a hot spot for marriage proposals. 

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I have a sweet tooth like you would not believe and I’m always up for dessert, chocolate, sweets etc. So when I got the chance to try one of the world’s most Instagramed cakes, the Strawberry Watermelon Cake, from Black Star Pastry, imagine my joy! 

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Another sweet joy that all dessert lovers must hunt down is the Koi Dessert Bar by popular chef Reynold Poernomo. If you are up to a date with the TV show Master Chef Australia, you’ll know that he has recently created a dish called Moss. This beautiful creation not only looks breathtaking but also takes your taste buds on a journey. Great news, this dish is now available at his dessert bar. Now isn’t that a great reason alone to jump on to the next flight to down under?

Stay tuned for Nicole’s next exciting adventure in Sydney. If you’re interested in travel, check out these stories: How to look fashionably flawless and beat jet lag on your next trip!, This is the only travel guide you need to find the chicest spots in every city and 4 most beautiful luxury spas in the world