Gemma in Sydney

We spent our stay in Sydney at Langham Hotel, which we unanimously considered outstandingly beautiful. Tucked into the back streets not far from the infamous “The Rocks” shopping area, Langham Sydney was classic in design, with wide sweeping corridors, opulent décor, large rooms with smart, chunky furniture, and some great views over Darling Harbour.

As gorgeous as the hotel was I was excited to leave so I could get my first glimpse of the Opera House. The Opera House is such an iconic image and is something I have known since my earliest days, but as we walked under the Harbour Bridge nothing could prepare me for seeing it up close and personal.

Sydney from the Water

We spent a few hours one afternoon just walking around the Harbour, under the bridge, then around to the Opera House. There was no need to spend any money, as we just soaked up the gorgeous atmosphere.

Hot Tip: The one thing you MUST do above all else while in Sydney is to see the city from the water. We joined Sea Sydney Cruises and the Calypso for a 4 hour yacht ride around Sydney Harbour, and we were treated to the sight of the boats used in the Sydney to Hobart Race that launches every boxing day. I have 10 photos of the bridge at different angles as we went under it in the yacht. The architecture is stunning!

Sydney Harbour

Over the nights during our stay the Vivid Light Festival was taking place. This is dotted around Sydney Harbour, The Rocks, and Darling Harbour. It brought together countless artists and different light installations so that anywhere you turned came to life as something interesting, inspiring, and fascinatingly abstract. Technicolor lights were even projected onto the Opera House, painting it with It was a magical array of colours. It was a truly special evening that will stay with me for the rest my life.

Hot Tip: If you want the ultimate in luxury experiences in Sydney look no further than The Shangri-La Hotel. We ate in their restaurant Altitude. It is on the 36th floor and has 360 Degree views of Sydney taking in the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. We sampled a tasting menu where they paired the food and wine to perfection. Yet another pinch yourself moment.

After Sydney the far east called, and it wouldn’t be long until we were on our way to Hong Kong for the last leg of our journey.


Keep an eye out for more of Gemma’s diaries from her round the world trip!