There are so many words you can use to describe Sydney, I often liken it to a smaller version of Los Angeles – busy but full of beautiful people, water side hotels and many restaurants & bars to be seen at. Through blogging I have been lucky enough to experience many of the iconic Sydney experiences like cocktails and dinners at Icebergs in Bondi, exercising alongside Avalon’s beautiful beaches and photographing some of Sydney’s iconic skyline from the top of Center Point tower.
So when tasked with the idea of doing an Urban Discovery with Ford’s new sporty little SUV, the EcoSport, we decided to stay in our own city and do a little exploration.
First stop: Pier One Sydney Harbour
I love hotels, there is something magical about being transported to a place where you can relax and feel like a million dollars. And hotels with water views are even more special. So for our staycation we chose to stay at the Pier One Sydney Harbour, just around the corner from Circular Quay with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House within 2 minutes walking distance. Views of Sydney Harbour greeted my boyfriend and I as we walked into the lobby, and after a quick check in process we went up to our room and were greeted with another beautiful view of the water. But what really took our breathe away was the shower – with two clear walls, you can enjoy the view as you get clean. While I do love a bath tub in a hotel room, I think this was a satisfactory substitute.
The room size wasn’t massive, but it was lovely with unpretentious decor and a mini balcony. So what more could we ask for? Oh right, room service. We got that instead of popping down to the hotel restaurant because sometimes eating in a king sized bed and watching movies with your man is bliss enough.
The only things missing from the Pier One Sydney Harbour was a spa and inhouse gym. I am a sucker for hotel spas and gyms. But for an affordable one night staycation by the water that was close to the CBD, this is a great hotel.
Next stop: Tamarama Beach (a few times)
Living in Sydney, you turn into quite a water baby. After all much of the city is surrounded by water. One of my favourite Sydney beaches in Tamarama Beach, just a short skip away from Bondi Beach, it’s quieter and gets some nice waves for those who like to splash about in the water. Plus around the end of the year, it is also surrounded by amazingly creative works of art for Sculptures by the Sea. Needless so say, that was why with the boyfriend behind the wheel, we made a few drives to Tamarama Beach in the Ford EcoSport to swim and relax and just watch life go by for a few hours.
What else did we get up to in our Ford EcoSport?
- Getting to and from personal training sessions with Eagle Eye Fitness
- Attending launch events, meetings and running other errands. We definitely made the most of it’s SUV size and pilled many things into the boot, from workout gear to furniture and shopping.
- Somehow we found time to check out the Sydney Festival, and got parking in the CBD thanks to the compact-ness of the Ford EcoSport with it’s manoeuvrability and fuel economy. of a compact car with the practicality and robustness of an SUV in a contemporary and stylish package.
- Oh and there were the many times my boyfriend had to change the music streaming from my phone via Bluetooth with Ford’s SYNC™ connectivity system on his steering wheel. Mainly because I can not sing and I knew all the words to the songs 😉
The Ford Eco Sport and stay at Pier One Sydney was provided by Ford Australia for editorial review. All comments and opinions are our own.