Northern Beaches, Sydney

There are so many places to explore in New South Wales but when it comes to Sydney, the beaches are what I’ve fallen in love with. A sunny weekend is the perfect opportunity to catch up with the family while tackling one of Sydney’s famous coastal walks. We packed the new X3 with the day’s supplies and headed for the Eastern Suburbs for the start of the Bondi to Coogee walk. We started at the famous Icebergs swimming pool, taking in the iconic view, as the surfers took to the waves. The walk takes you down the Eastern coast, past Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, Gordons Bay before arriving at Coogee Beach and enjoying brunch in the sun at Coogee Pavilion.

Back in the car and heading for home, it’s still a novelty for me to take the Harbour Bridge across the water and up to the Northern beaches. The panoramic sunroof in the new X3 makes the ride even better, as everyone has a front row seat looking up into the criss-crossing structures. Later in the week we had the privilege of climbing the bridge ourselves. It was a brilliant experience that I would encourage any visitor to undertake. The panoramic views of Sydney from the top are outstanding, especially when looking out to the Opera House, where we were to spend that same evening, indulging in one of Sydney’s finest restaurants, Bennelong.

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. 

Palm Beach is a beautiful part of NSW. The peninsula is lined with towering pines and it’s golden sands dissolve into the bluest waters with every wave that crashes ashore. We were even lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins from the beach on arrival, playing in the waves and stealing the limelight from the local surfers. Before we set up camp on the beach, we headed on a short but steep walk to the top of the headland, where heritage-listed, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, keeps watch over one of the best beach views in NSW. On your way back down, stop off at The Boathouse for a healthy lunch whilst watching the sea planes come into land, before picking up the inflatables and heading into the surf with the dolphins. 

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.

The comfort and space of the X3 made navigating Sydney a breeze, ticking off the Botanical Gardens, The Rocks, the newly opened Barrangaroo House, Billy Kwong’s fantastic restaurant in Potts Point, surfing in Manly, relaxing at neighbourhood favourite, The Sandy Bear and finally delivering us to Point Piper for our final stop of the trip. Here we boarded a small sailing ship and cruised out in to the harbour’s water to join the rest of the city in celebrating the arrival of 2018 and witnessing what we can only describe as the greatest firework show we have ever seen. What a way to end the perfect family reunion with the new X3.