Bloggers Guide to visiting Sydney

It’s time to round up my top places for inclusion to the bloggers guide to visiting Sydney. One of the most iconic places to visit in Australia, and a holiday destination I love!

Last weekend I headed up to Sydney, kicking off with a smooth flight from rainy Melbourne with Australian airline, Qantas. The flight was relaxing and exciting, as I anticipated my winter weekend escape to the vibrant and picturesque city, enjoyed with some inflight entertainment and a read of the latest Traveller Insider magazine.


Bloggers Guide to visiting Sydney


Bloggers Guide to visiting Sydney

Flying with Qantas over NSW Snow Fields

Qantas Travel Insider



After a smooth landing and a bus ride from the airport into Surry Hills, I checked into my accommodation – Rydges Sydney Central. The hotel is located around the corner from Central Station and is a short walk away from other well-know Sydney landmarks including Darling Harbour, Star City and China Town as well as prime shopping destinations like Oxford Street and World Square.

A big thank you to the lovely team at Rydges for hosting myself and fellow Bloggerati members. We were certainly made to feel right at home and were in prime-position to enjoy everything that Sydney has to offer to tourists.


Rydges Sydney Central

Melbourne Girl - Ryges Sydney Central



My new Samsonite Lite-Cube luggage made life super-easy for me during my commute. With an ergonomic handle and extra lightweight design, the cases took me from Melbourne to Sydney in style.

The Lite-Cube matte and Ivory Gold finish make for the perfect travel accessories for a weekend getaway.


Samsonite Lite-Cube Spinner

Rydges Sydney Central - Melbourne Girl



On Friday evening we celebrated the launch of the new office space in Sydney for Nuffnang Australia. The event was held at the luxurious ECQ Bar at the Pullman Hotel, with over 100 guests gathering to commend the expansion of our blogging agency in Australia.

With stunning views of Circular Quay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the bar is the perfect place to celebrate an occasion (or have a girls night).



Bloggers Guide to visiting Sydney - Australia



Saturday started with a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by my inaugural Uber ride to lunch at World Square. Lunch at Burger Project thanks to Qantas was amazzzzzzzzing! I’m a huge burger fan and the latest addition to the Rockpool Restaurant Group did not disappoint.

Inspired to take this great gourmet burger to the people, the team at Burger Project served us up a variety of their menu items including their namesake ‘Burger Project’ burger, cheeseburger, crispy hot wings and moreish hot chips. Whatever your pick, I recommend you wash it all down with either a chocolate thick shake or house made ice tea.


Cheeseburger - Burger Project

Burger Project - World Sqaure Sydney



With our jeans un-buttoned, the blogging team headed water side, to spend the afternoon sailing Sydney Harbour with East Sail. Sydney Harbour is one of the most iconic harbours of the world. With over 20 sailing yachts to select from, EastSail offers a variety of Beneteau, Dufour and Sydney yachts to make your Sydney Harbour sailing experience enjoyable and special.

On-board, we took in some of Sydney’s top attractions and despite some rain, the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I cannot speak high enough of the sailing adventure… Put it on your bucket list!



• Harbour Bridge

• Sydney Opera House

• Luna Park Sydney

• The Rocks



Sailing with East Sail

East Sail - BloggeratiSydney

Sydney Harbour



Dinner on Saturday night at Spice Temple. Head Chef Neil Perry greeted our group and he was only too happy to pose for photos with each of us (fan girl moment) in the bar, before seeing us through to our long, intimate and immaculately presented table.

The restaurant served us up a gourmet selection of Chinese fare and zodiac-themed cocktails in their chic, black-and-red surrounds. The service was some of the best I have ever experienced and the venue is certainly one to put on your must-eats list when visiting the vibrant bustling city of Sydney.


Spice Temple Digital Door

Spice Temple

Spice Temple - Dessert Photography



Sunday came around as quickly as expected and we met for the #BloggeratiSydney conference in the Macquarie Room at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney. The talent group was able to gather and discuss some very important secret bloggers business in comfortable and tech-savvy surrounds.

We were nourished with delicious eats and endless coffee to keep us going throughout the day. It was an absolute honour to brain storm with such a wonderful group of key Australian bloggers including Candice from Vintage Current, Debs from Learn with Play at Home, Kelly from Be a Fun Mum and Chris from The Life Creative.


Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Breakfast



Before I finish, I’d love to also thank Felicity Grey and the amazing team at Nuffnang Australia, who continue to go above an beyond for Melbourne Girl.

Without their very valuable partnership, I wouldn’t be where I am today as a blogger, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to experience such wonderful getaways like this trip to Sydney… Thanks so much team!




A big thanks to our amazing sponsors Destination NSW, Qantas, Rydges Sydney Central and Spotlight.


This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Destination NSW.











Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


  • July 27, 2015

    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Emily your photos just blow me away! It was such a fun weekend and I came home feeling incredibly inspired. You didn’t mention the amazing presentations you did at our conference – you’re one very clever girl!!

  • July 27, 2015

    Imogen Lamport

    So great to catch up with you again Emily. Thanks for sharing your tips at the conference.

  • July 27, 2015

    Helen Edwards

    Lovely! So good to meet you although you are one of the team I didn’t get chance to chat to personally. I hope to soon and love your pics! thanks for sharing your wisdom x

  • July 27, 2015


    You are right about unbuttoning those jeans after the buger project! That food was so good!

  • July 27, 2015


    That shot of Luna Park is amazing! Great to spend time with you again on this trip!

  • July 27, 2015


    Love your pictures! A delight, as always, to spend time with you! Thanks for all your great instagram advice as well! x

  • July 27, 2015

    Kate Lloyd

    Looks like you guys had such an amazing time away. I look forward to joining you next time.

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  • July 27, 2015


    What amazing photographs and it was so awesome to meet you in person finally! Looking at all the food I want to go back right now for another meal! 🙂

  • July 27, 2015


    Such a blast! I had a ball. Great to see you Emily, as always.

  • July 30, 2015


    Looks so fun! Glad you all had a good time. Hoping to catch some of the Nuffnang team this week – back in Melbourne town again! xx

  • July 30, 2015

    Emily Collie

    Send me a tweet when you are here… Super busy but may be able to squeeze in a coffee x

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