Sydney Honeymoon… where to visit/eat?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The Blue Mountains are lovely but I don’t think you have time for them.  It’s quite a trek. If you clear a day to go to the Blue Mountains, go to the Jenolan Caves. Amazing!  

Toms of great restaurants in Sydney but one of my favorite places to eat is inside the mall next to the Hilton (St George’s Street??? Anyway there is only one Hilton in Sydney and only one big department store/mall/arcade thing next to it). The bottom level is a gourmet market where you can buy cheeses, artisan breads, meats, you name it, then takeaway or stay there and graze. There’s a raw bar too. I’m not doing it justice– it’s an amazing place! 

There’s an outstanding (and cheap, at least by Sydney standards) dim sum house in the Sydney Fish Market. 

What is your budget?

Post # 4
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@teaberrie:  If you want to drop some serious cash then Cafe Sydney (on Circular Key) has amazing food/cocktails and the view is stunning overlooking the Harbour Bridge. I took FI there for his 30th birthday and it was amazing. If you go make sure you request a table on the balcony. Also Opera Bar (next to the Opera House) has great views too of the bridge and what not so is good for a drink, particularly at night with all the lovely lights on.


I’ve also heard good things about Pony Lounge and Dining in the Rocks. Have fun!

Post # 5
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@teaberrie:  Posting to follow, because we’re planning a very similar honeymoon! Spending a week travelling Australia and then a few days in Fiji to cap it off. So excited.

Post # 6
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Posting to follow also! Just planning a trip there with my mom so I want to see what others suggest!

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@teaberrie:  Food-wise…

1. Hurricanes in Darling Harbour – make sure you book!  Great steak.

2. Rockpool at the Rocks, expensive but beautiful

3. The Lord Nelson Brewery – for fun!

4. Russell Wine Bar..possibly been renamed to The Push Bar?  Its in The Rocks.

Also do the Rocks Markets if you are there on the right days…

The Rocks Markets 
10am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 
Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place

Post # 9
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

@teaberrie:  Sounds like an amazing honeymoon!  My sister married an Aussie and lives there now (they actually got married in Fiji)!  If you need a place to go and experience the REAL Fiji, I suggest Wananavu.  It’s a few hours away from airport but gives you THE BEST experience.  I cried when I left there.

For Sydney, visit the beaches.  Take the drive along the Northern Beaches if you have a car – otherwise Bondi and Manly are most popular.  Personally I like Manly better, or Shelly beach which is just across from Manly.  Go to the North Head and South Head lookouts.

Skip the zoo.  You can see the same animals back home at any zoo, in my opinion.  I did the zoo and was a bit underwhelmed.

If you have time and enjoy wine, go to the Hunter Valley wine region.  Amazing scenery and heaps of vineyards to try.

Opera Bar is a good choice.  There is a shorter tour of the Opera Hours I think, and I did that and I felt like I got a good enough tour (didn’t need to spend the extra $$ for the big, lengthy tour).

Do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb if you have the time and $$.  If you are limited, at the very least I suggest going to the top of the pylons for a magnificent view of the city.  The Australia Heritage Hotel is near the bridge climb, and it has a great patio overlooking the city – especially at night when the Opera House is all lit up.

The Rocks area is great – plus it’s right off of Circular Quay!  There is a hotel there that is the most expensive in the city.  If you are going all out, try to book in there. Lots of fun little pubs and old charm in the Rocks area.  Check out The Oaks for a good patio, apps, and beer.

Have a MEAT PIE while you are down under as well – amazing!  The Upper Crust is in Manly and is so good.

I have heard great things about the Blue Mountains; unfortunately when I went there for school, the area was completely fogged over and rainy so we didn’t see a thing.  Quite disappointing but I hear such great things so sounds like it’s a gem!

A lot of the things on your list you can do pretty quickly just by strolling around.  For public transit, don’t trust the bus schedules… my sister tells me they run on their own time.  Trains and ferries are the way to go.

You can’t go wrong in Sydney or Fiji! So jealous, enjoy! 🙂




Post # 10
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@teaberrie:  We absolutely looooved the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, shopping around the city (so many cute boutiques), and doing the Pylon Bridge Climb. We considered doing the main Bridge Climb but it’s soo expensive – I honestly thought the Pylon Bridge Climb (which was free I think? or maybe a few dollars?) had stunning views and was an adventure in and of itself. better to save the $$ for a nice meal, if you ask me!

Absolutely do a tour of the Opera House. I found the tour super fascinating, and I don’t usually enjoy tours that much. Try eating kangaroo, emu, and some other Australian specialties! And there are SO many great ciders, you’ve got to try some of those.

We went to NZ and Australia for our honeymoon; here’s my recap of Sydney:

Post # 11
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@teaberrie:  We’re going late October-early November!

Post # 13
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Lollybags:  I’ll second cafe sydney, and add that you should book early and ask for a seat on the balcony – the view is breathtaking!


For lunch type places I can recommend Mamak near darling harbour/Chinatown – amazing roti, and good size portions. Get there earlyish or you’ll have to queue

Also din tai fung – either Westfield shopping centre in the CBD or in the world centre. Try the xiao long bao – pork dumplings filled with soup. So good! Again get there early. 


For fancy dinner places, I can recommend Flying Fish (again great views) and Sushi E. 


For dessert you can try out the macarons at Adriano Zumbos place or gelato Messina (both in the star casino near darling harbour)



Sydney has some incredible restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

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