I love Sydney, I love the cafes, I love the history and I love the fabulous shops….oh…and I also “like” the V8 Supercars. Now, let me take this opportunity to say that I am not a petrol head, I prefer to sit at a cafe with friends and chat all afternoon. But since my partner is one of the guys responsible for setting up the Sydney NRMA 500, I thought it would be fun to tag along. So while he is checking tyre walls and putting up stands, I am going on cruises and taking in all the sights.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear people talk about Sydney? Let me guess, it is either the Sydney Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Now while these two land marks are iconic and breathtaking, there is so much more to see in this beautiful city. If you have plans to visit the Opera house, then I recommend taking a walk through the botanic gardens towards the historic Government House. Late 2013, Government House resumed its role as the official Residence for the Governor of New South Wales. While visitors don’t get to see the entire property, the tour of the magnificent grounds and old buildings is very much worth it.
If you are visiting Sydney during the warmer months, across the cove from Government House is a fabulous outdoor cinema. Thinking of something relaxing and romantic to do, then this is one of those perfect date night ideas. The afternoon breeze coming off the water and a yummy ice-cream while you watch the latest block buster movie with your partner is perfect. If you would like a meal before getting cosy – St George Open Air Cinema also has a restaurant and bar which are located along the edge of the harbour. Enjoy a meal, drinks and a movie while taking in the gorgeous sunset views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline.
Heading east along the Bay from the open air cinema is Finger Wharf. This is were you will find China Doll Restaurant. This gorgeous restaurant was recommended to us by some of the guys from the V8 Supercars, so we made a reservation online and was contacted the next day by staff. Reservation confirmed, I dragged my partner away from his golf cart (they use around the race track) and drove to Woolloomooloo Bay. What can I say? The Chinese cuisine was simply delicious. I don’t remember what my partner had…but I had a crispy chicken dish with a side of Pork & Prawn Fried Rice. It was soooo yummy!! No I do remember…he had beef something lol….with mushrooms. Sorry – I looked at my photos but they are mostly of the sunset and a very bad photo of us both being silly. If you enjoy Chinese cuisine, then I really do recommend China Doll. The staff are friendly, the service great and the food delicious. Oh…and if you do go – try the Pear & Cardamom Daiquiri. Yummy!
With so much I want to see and do, I have had to put in a few appearances trackside. The guys and girls that put together these spectacular races really do need a pat on the back. They have been bombarded with rain, hail and lightening which has left some of the staff a tad frazzled. But come the 6th and 7th of December, it will all be worth it. In the meantime I need to jump online and organise another cruise, find were I packed my latest romance novel by Heidi McLaughlin and get some sleep.
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