After leaving Manly we drove over to Bondi where we were staying for two nights before the long drive back to Brisbane. We were staying at the Adina which was all new and modern and in a good posse not too far from Bondi Beach. After checking in we went for a walk from Bondi Beach around to Bronte Beach. This is such a beautiful walk and I really recommend it. It was a beautiful warm autumn day and there were people out and about everywhere.
For sunset we headed to Watsons Bay to find the Hornby Lighthouse. It took us a while to find and the conditions weren’t right so it didn’t happen in the end. The sunset was a bit of a fizzer too that afternoon so we headed back to Bondi. We tried Burgers and Ribs for dinner which was yum. The next morning we were up early to photograph Coogee Ocean Baths. Coogee area is really nice and the baths are beautiful. I am so surprised how many old ocean baths are still around and how popular they are. The sunrise was lovely.
After that we headed straight up to Hornby Lighthouse to catch the last of the soft light on the beautiful red and white stripped lighthouse. Hopefully I will get back there again one day to photograph it with an amazing sunrise behind it but Im pretty happy with what I got for now!
After breakfast we went for a walk around the not so famous side of Bondi. It was still nice and then it was a bit of a relax day. All the early starts and hectic days were catching up with us finally. I was starting to come down with the cold that Andrew had had for the last few days so we went for lunch at Earth to Table in Bondi Junction. I have wanted to try this place for so long and it was worth the wait. Its a raw vegan cafe and we both had a juice with so much ginger in it our heads nearly exploded but it was definitely what we both needed. Even if you are not into raw or vegan food, give this place a try. You will be surprised at how delicious everything is and its so healthy for you. Healthy food doesn’t always have to taste bad!!
After lunch we went for a drive down to Botany Bay for a look. We drove passed Long Bay Jail which is the maximum security jail for NSW and houses all the really bad Australia criminals. I was really shocked at how close to suburbia it was. Once returning back to Bondi it was almost sunset so we just walked over to Icebergs Pool but the sunset was another fizzer! So off to dinner again. This time it was mushroom fettucine from The Little Italian. I have to say, these guys know how to make pasta. It is run by a local Italian family and they hand make all there own pasta and you can definitely taste the difference. I think it would have to be one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had.
The next morning which was ANZAC day we got woken up at 4:20am by the fire alarm in the hotel and we all had to wait in the lobby until it was clear which was slightly annoying but I was getting up at 5am anyway to go and photography Mahon Pools at Maroubra. The weather was overcast with really strong winds. The waves at the pool were massive and I nearly got washed off the rock by one of them. There was a crazy man who decided to get in the pool for a swim and there was no chance that I would have been able to save him if he started drowning in that wild weather. Luckily he was a good swimmer!
After sunrise we headed off for breakfast to Porch and Parlour which has a pretty loyal cult like following. Even though the weather was atrocious there was still a line up to get in. They are supposed to do a really good Chai latte and I have to agree! It was pretty good! After breakfast it was time to start heading back towards Brisbane. It was probably a good time to leave as the weather had turned nasty. We swung by Orchard Street which is an organic juice bar in Bronte before leaving. It was another place I wanted to see while we were in Sydney. I like to drink green juice on a regular basis because it contains so many wonderful health benefits. The Green Meadow juice that I had from Orchard Street was the best damn green juice EVER. So smooth and with exactly the right balance of sweet to compensate the greens! I wish they were in brisbane, I would go there everyday!! You can read Part 5 of our Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip here!
The next and last chapter of our road trip is from sydney back to brisbane via Armidale to capture the beautiful Autumn colours so stay tuned.
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