30 April 2015
NBC TODAY show host anchor Savannah Guthrie arrives in Sydney this week, for a special live broadcast of one of America’s top-rating morning TV shows on Monday. Here are 10 “must-do” Sydney experiences Savannah should add to her itinerary.
1. Brunch at Pinbone
This cool Woollahra eatery may be relatively new, but its Sunday brunch is the stuff of legend. The all-day breakfast menu includes such delights as maple-glazed bacon and pumpkin tart, and scones with sausage gravy. The coffee’s great, too.
2. Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway
Burn off those breakfast calories and find out why Sydney is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities on this 10km coastal walk with stunning harbour lookouts along the way. Time it right and you may spot a few whales and dolphins in the distance.
3. Pick up a souvenir
Forget tacky snow domes. Sydney is blessed with an abundance of creative talent, from fashion designers to artists. Savannah’s loved ones in the US will be delighted with a trinket from Sydney’s Dinosaur Designs, or perhaps some cool new threads from local fashion luminaries Camilla and Marc, Joe Bananas or Dion Lee.
4. Lunch with a view
There’s no shortage of fantastic waterside locations in the Harbour City. Travel a little further afield for spectacular Sardinian offerings with a gorgeous beachside setting at Pilu at Freshwater.
5. Pamper yourself
A long-haul flight can take it out of a person, so Savannah should consider a rejuvenating treatment at endota spa in the historic The Rocks precinct. Perhaps the indulgent four-hour “Be-all-and-end-all” package including yoghurt cocoon, massage, facial and pedicure?
6. The high life
Savannah will feel right at home sipping a cocktail at the New York-inspired Blu Bar on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel… apart from the panoramic views of Sydney’s stunning city centre and harbour, that is.
7. Dining diversity
Sydney is one of the world’s hottest food destinations, due in no small part to its strong multicultural influences. Hot tickets for dinner include the newly relocated Billy Kwong in Potts Point for modern Australian-Chinese flair, Korean-influenced Moon Park in Redfern, or one of the ever-expanding Din Tai Fung outlets for award-winning Taiwanese dumplings.
8. Take a stroll
Listen to the waters of Sydney Harbour gently lapping the wharf as you take an evening walk around Circular Quay, checking out Sydney’s two greatest icons – the Opera House and Harbour Bridge – from one spectacular location.
9. Catch a show
Sydney’s packed events calendar has something to suit everybody, from food and wine celebrations to sports showcases featuring top international teams. Stay a little longer, Savannah, and check out the spectacular Vivid Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas from May 22 to June 8.
10. Take a trip
Sydney has myriad short break options within a three-hour drive of the CBD. Savannah should make a plan to visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, or sample some of our best boutique wines in the Hunter Valley.