Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay which is situated on the harbour between Garden Island and Rushcutters Bay, is home to what was once, one of the colony’s (Sydney) finest homes, Elizabeth Bay House. There is a beautiful little public garden space (Arthur McElrone Gardens) which was once part of the grander gardens rolling down to the harbour from the home. We often visit these gardens as part of our Essential Sydney Tour.

A densely populated suburb with some very expensive homes “Boomerang” (considered the finest Spanish mission-style trophy home in Sydney with an asking price circa $60m) as well as many expensive contemporary and art deco apartment buildings.

Rose Bay – Vaucluse

Australia’s first International Airport was situated at (or more correctly) on Rose Bay.  Today it still serves as an airport but today only recreational seaplanes take off from this airport.

Lyne Park is home to Sydney Seaplanes and Catalina’s one of Sydney’s iconic fine dining restaurants. A place to see and be seen in glitzy Eastern suburbs.

Newtown – Erskenville

King Street Newtown is one of Sydney’s most diverse shopping and eating Streets. It is not for everyone as it is grungy/alternative and eclectic so you won’t find any big chain stores or upmarket “swisho” boutiques. And the best way to really explore King Street is to start at one end and walk the length and the back the other side. This may take an hour or more but well worth the experience. Recommend Octopus Design, Blue Dog Prints and Posters and Repressed Records.

Erskineville is more village like but also very interesting to wander around.

where to eat

Pastizzi Cafe – 523 King Street Newtown

Black Star Pastry – 277 Australia St Newtown



Oxford Street Paddington

img_6785Paddington (or “Paddo” as it is known) is an inner-city “trendy”suburb bordering Darlinghurst, Centennial Park, Woollahra, Edgecliff and Rushcutters Bay.

Paddington is a rare and largely intact example of an early Victorian residential suburb with its streets lined with distinctly Australian terraced housing.

Oxford Street is the main arterial road running through Paddington and is a one kilometre shopping strip featuring many international and local fashion designer boutiques as well as bookshops, cinemas and pubs/cafes and restaurants.  In addition, William Street which runs off Oxford Street has an eclectic group of designers and traders that sell their wares from tiny shops and terrace houses.

Paddington Markets are held every Saturday offering wares from local craftspeople, fashion designers, artists and jewellers.