Each time I visit Sydney, all my activities mostly revolve around the same things: art, beaches, and food. Ringing in the New Year in Sydney is no exception, apart from maybe a few bonus fireworks being thrown into the mix. Despite an 11 hour road trip each way ( because that’s what happens when you leave your travel plans to the last minute) a short stay in Sydney was just what I needed to start the New Year afresh.
Hi, my name is Sophie and I’m an art gallery junkie
. For me, no trip is complete without a cultural excursion to an art gallery. It’s one way for me to stack cities up against each other. “You’ve got James Turrell? Well WE’VE got David Lynch
” etc. My trip to Sydney
coincided with the opening of the Light Show exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art
, which I was really looking forward to. Photos weren’t allowed inside the actual exhibit (although plenty of people were trying) so the ones here are from the Luminous exhibit and other collections. The next day I escaped the torrential rain and retreated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
. Despite visiting the art galleries on separate occasions, they’re so close by that you could easily nerd out and make a day of it. While there was plenty to see at the Art Gallery of NSW, I did go during a weird in-between phase so a few of the collections were in the process of either being dismantled or put together. Turns out I missed out on some really interesting exhibits like Loud! and Matisse And The Moderns by only a few days. While there are plenty of other galleries in Sydney I would have loved to have visited, like the White Rabbit Gallery, the MCA and Art Gallery of NSW are must-dos for those short on time.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Gallery of NSW
[Images taken on an iPhone 6 and edited in VSCOcam]
If you follow me on Instagram
, you’d have noticed that I’ve spent the past couple of days in Sydney. With fairly limited time, I basically ended up doing the Instagram tour of Sydney. I flew in on Friday to rainy weather and spent the afternoon hanging out in cafes before meeting up with friends for dinner. Thankfully I woke up to blue skies on Saturday and spent the morning sweating it out on the Bondi to Bronte walk, eating brunch at Bondi Wholefoods, and checking out the Bondi Farmers Markets. After a fairly healthy morning it all went downhill from there with a visit to Aqua S and a night of drinking and delicious food at a friend’s engagement party. Sunday morning was spent at The Grounds of Alexandria before heading to Pana Chocolate for some raw chocolate treats. In amongst all of this I also managed to check out the shopping, visit a few art galleries, and of course stop by the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I also took a bunch of film photos which I’ll hopefully post up here shortly.
1. The classic Bondi Icebergs shot
2. Sea salt ice cream with sweet popcorn from Aqua S
3. Flowers at The Grounds of Alexandria
4. More cuteness at The Grounds of Alexandria
5. Coffee from The Paramount Coffee Project (which was conveniently so close to where I was staying)
6. It’s Such a Thin Line Between Clever and Stupid by Aleks Danko at the Museum of Contemporary Art
You can see a few more photos from the trip over on my Instagram.