My second Australian adventure happened in September 2014 – once again to visit my Aussie boy, as well as working and a pit stop on my way to New Zealand. After traveling around the US working in Miami, Columbus, New York and Los Angeles I was excited for a bit of relaxation, exploring and playing tourist.

After arriving at the airport we headed back to the Sydney Harbour YHA (www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/sydney-harbour), located in the historic harbour district of colonial Sydney. Checking in is an experience by itself – the hostel is located above an archaeological dig site with the items recovered such as coin purses, buttons, crockery all on display. The real draw card is the view – located on the rooftop terrace is a great outdoor area with views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Circular Quay and the Opera House.

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After checking in we went for a walk down in the Rocks to grab some breakfast and go exploring. We picked a great day for it as there was markets on! Got to see lots of great handmade crafts and even picked up a few bracelets. After grabbing breakfast at one of the local cafes, inspired by the dig site at the hostel we headed to the Rocks museum to learn more about the origins of the area. Most striking was the incredible street art located outside showing a timeline of the founding of the city.

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After getting some rest we walked down to O Bar(www.obardining.com.au)  to meet some friends for dinner. Located on the 47th floor, the rotating restaurant in the Rocks offers spectacular night time views of the harbor and city lights.

The next day we headed out to Cronulla beach for a shoot with the very talented Cameron Mackie. We met at Sutherland Station and drove through the national park to make our way to what seemed like a hidden island. The weather could not be more perfect.  With the talents of Lara Camilleri as the stylist and Samantha Lee for makeup we were stoked for the day to begin. We walked along the water’s edge and up a grassy noel and were welcomed to a little community of houses. These were all vacant but added such character to the location.

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While the Aussie boy had to head back to work, I spent time catching up with some friends that had studied abroad and also that were studying abroad from my home. We went to the big tourist spot Icebergs at Bondi (http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney) and this time round I had the hang of ordering coffee – almost too picture perfect to drink.

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A photographer friend in the US set me up with one of his friends in Sydney, Connor Langford, and we went for a wander along the Bondi to Bronte walk to take a few test shots. Despite being a cold and windy day we actually managed to get some cool shots!

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After the shoot we headed to meet some friends for a 6 course  de-gustation dinner with wines at Waqu (www.waqu.com.au) – a fantastic modern Japanese dining restaurant located in Crows Nest. Every meal that came out was picture perfect and the wines were chosen with care to match the flavors.

I had done my research before coming and found out that Vogue’s Fashion Night Out was on while I was in town – and I couldn’t resist. We headed into Sydney’s largest retail event located at Pitt Street mall – with big sales, fashion shows and free champagne – it was a hit.

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I really wish I could have stayed longer – there is many more great photographers I want to work with and beautiful locations to explore – but again it is bye for now Sydney – I will be back. Snapped this amazing shot on the plane leaving of the Sydney skyline in the clouds.

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Next Stop: Auckland, New Zealand

Written by Aimee C