If you are looking for the perfect location for a special meal, you can’t do much better than the Opera House’s own Bennelong. Housed in one of the iconic sails, you feel a real sense of theatre as you sit, ready to have your tastebuds wowed. Here, celebrated Australian chef, Peter Gilmore, has created a gastronomical journey through his idea of the essence of Australian cuisine, using the nation’s finest produce and wine. We feasted on exquisite dishes of Macleay Valley Suckling Pig, Fraser Island Spanner Crab and Princess Charlotte Bay Bug Dumplings, before indulging in desserts of rich Chocolate cake, Crème Caramel vs. Mille-Feuille and the superb Cherry Jam Lamington. After a truly memorable meal, we took a stroll along the water’s edge, exploring the sights and taking in the view of the illuminated Sydney Harbour Bridge, reminiscing about our climb that very morning, before returning home to the Northern Beaches.
Another worthwhile location to tick off the list whilst in NSW, is Palm Beach. Located 40 kilometres North of Sydney, it’s a great day trip for the X3. Rising to see the sun coming up fast, we decided last minute to go, so I used the BMW Connected App to set the GPS destination and also make sure the air conditioning was in full flow for four frantic passengers, running out of the house. We packed an Esky, obligatory inflatables, made a quick summer playlist and then I simply placed my Note 8 on to the car’s built-in wireless charging plate and hit the road.