Travel: Sydney’s Bondi Beach and The Historic Rocks District

nicole in the park in sydney

The second part of my Sydney trip involved visiting my close friend Nicole (pictured above), who was my housemate while living in Toronto. Nicole is a nurse in Paediatric Intensive Care and is very passionate about her patients. She is also an amazing baker who has made many delicious birthday cakes including a s’mores cake and the most delectable black forest cake I have ever tasted!

Our first outing was a trip to Bondi Beach. If you follow BNE Style’s Instagram you will have seen my appreciation for Sydney’s abundant street art! At Bondi I was excited to find a wall of art facing out towards the ocean (the Staffys, pictured below, were my favourite).

As it was too cold to swim we ate fish and chips and went on an adventure along cliffs, with breathtaking views of the ocean and surfers below, to Bronte Beach.

bondi beach street art

bondi beach street art

bondi beach

bronte beach

shells on bronte beach

On another outing we explored the historic Rocks area (where the buildings were built with mainly sandstone, hence the name). It used to be a slum during the early settlement and although many of the buildings were destroyed some have been restored, and are now used as residences and tourist attractions.

One of my favourite childhood books was Playing Beatie Bow (by Ruth Park) which is set in the Rocks area in 1873, and walking through this area brought the world from the book to life!

view from the rocks sydney

staircase in the rocks sydney

the rocks sydney alley

nicole the rocks sydney

quote in the rocks sydney

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”

historic queen victoria building sydney

And what visit to Sydney would be complete without seeing the beautiful and historic Queen Victoria Building? This building was constructed between 1893 and 1898, originally designed as a shopping centre, it was then used for a variety of other purposes until its restoration in 1986.

queen victoria building inside

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