Blissful coastline – check. Health-conscious eateries – check. Scenic running trails – triple check!
With its dynamic cityscape and pleasant parks, Sydney offers a visual panorama unlike any other city on Earth. Which is great for a run! Come join over 33,000 runners at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival happening on 17 September 2017. Register your spot here and plan your Sydney getaway with this hearty and healthy itinerary!
DAY 1: Arrive in Sydney
Morning/Noon: Check in hotel. Rest and relax after a long flight.
Late afternoon: Flex your muscles and go for a late afternoon jog around Centennial Parklands, a scenic park made up of three major urban parks which is simply perfect to start your trip with. While there, be sure to check out a slice of history at the Federation Pavilion, Australia’s federation monument.
Evening: Head to Potts Point for dinner at Yellow. This modern bistro has recently turned its menu fully vegetarian, perfect to keep those calories in check! Sample amazing food along a wine list which emphasises on organic, natural and rare wines.
Day 2: Beautiful Bondi
Morning: Start your day with a morning run along the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi. The route offers breathtaking views of sparkling bays, secret rock pools and cliff-top sights as you journey across five beaches. Other attractions to check out here include the ocean baths, aboriginal carvings, and Waverley Cemetery.
After your run, head over to Jo & Willy’s Depot, a favourite amongst locals for scrumptious and hearty breakfast meals. Amongst the most popular items on the menu are Caveman Eggs, Hipster Three Grain Breakfast Bowl, and the Green Eggs and Ham.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the sunny and sprightly Bondi. Laze on the beach, have a dip at the iconic Bondi Icebergs Pool, and visit Aquabumps Gallery for some fine art photo prints as souvenir to bring home. When hunger strikes, indulge yourself with lunch at Blanca Dining, followed by sweet treats at Gelato Messina. Still hungry? Head to Bills Bondi for some ricotta hotcakes.
Evening: Feast on Lebanese fusion fares such as Duck Shawarma Pastilla or Cahrqoal Octopus at Nour Sydney. This pretty restaurant decorated with pink tubular chairs also offers tasty vegetarian dishes like Cauliflower Falafel and Lebanese Dumplings.
Day 3: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Wake up, it’s run day! After breakfast, make your way to Bradfield Park in Milson’s Point, the starting point of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. This year’s event comprises four categories including Blackmores Family Fun Run (approximately 3.5km), Blackmores Bridge Run (10km), Blackmores Half Marathon (21km), and Blackmores Sydney Marathon (42.2km). Whilst the Bridge Run finishes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, all other categories finish at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Day 4: Blissful Blue Mountains
Morning: It’s time for a little road trip to celebrate your effort and achievement! Located just 2 hours’ drive from the city centre, Blue Mountains is a popular getaway from Sydney. Here, you can marvel at valleys, waterfalls and rugged sandstone tablelands whilst learning about the region’s ancient Aboriginal heritage.
Afternoon: Visit the Jenolan Caves, the largest and oldest caves in Australia. With a total of 300 caves, it is one of the most outstanding cave systems in the world. One of them is Lucas Cave, which features a 54-metre high chamber dubbed as ‘The Cathedral’, as well as a spectacular limestone formation named ‘The Broken Column’.
Next, enjoy some tea and cakes at The Wintergarden Restaurant at Hydro Majestic Hotel. Featuring panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley, the Hydro Majestic is one of Australia’s most iconic historical hotels.
Evening: Stargaze at the Blue Mountain Observatory. With an elevation of nearly 1,000 metres, the Observatory Cottage boasts immaculate skies that closely resemble the conditions found in the Australian outback. On a clear night, you would be able to view the Milky Way as well as the Magellanic Clouds, two irregular dwarf galaxies in the southern hemisphere.
But don’t forget to drop by Leura Garage for delicious dinner inside what used to be an automobile service garage. Nowadays, this modern diner serves local produce infused with Mediterranean flavours. Can’t decide between Spanish Seafood Paella or Moroccan Tagine Hot Pot? Try their Nundle Smoked Trout Pizza!
Day 5: Depart Sydney
With your finisher’s medal and holiday memories to last a lifetime, it’s time to bid adieu to Sydney. Until the next Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, that is!
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will take place on 17 September 2017. For more info and to register please visit www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au.
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