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Monthly Recap: November in Sydney (2016)

posted by Courtney Jones December 5, 2016 18 Comments
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November in Sydney is a really great month.

Ok, so I don’t know about you guys, but I felt like November FLEW by! It feels like just days ago that I was writing my October Recap – wild.

So, November.

November started with Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation. Literally, stops a nation. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Melbourne Cup is a horse race that is a HUGE deal in Australia. So much so that it’s actually a pubic holiday in the state of Victoria, which unfortunately I do not live in; however, even in NSW it’s a big deal. Most offices (mine included) have champagne and food from 2.30pm, in preparation for the race that starts at 3pm. Everyone places bets, gets excited and drops what they’re doing when the race starts at 3pm. The race only lasts about 3 minutes, and a good amount of people head out for drinks for the rest of the afternoon. Australia is so weird, but so, so awesome!

Melbourne Cup Jet Set BrunetteThe following weekend I took a trip down the south coast with some friends to a beach town called Mollymook. We rented a cool condo near the beach, drank lots of wine and enjoyed being away from the city for a few days. Mollymok is an amazing place for a weekend trip. It’s chilled out, casual and has a great beach and some great wineries!Mollymook Jet Set BrunetteMollymook Jet Set BrunetteThe weather is starting to get nicer in Sydney, so I have been spending lots of time beaching and sunbathing! There are so many beaches within a few kilometers of me. I know, I knowwwww, I am spoiled.

I turned 29 in November, and wrote an article on my bucket list for my last year in my twenties. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually really excited to turn 30 next year! For my birthday, I went for drinks at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, which is absolutely one of the most Insta-worthy bars in the whole of Sydney.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Jet Set BrunetteJohn took me to the Mudgee wine region for my birthday weekend. Mudgee is AMAZING! I’ve been obsessed with the Hunter Valley for years, and I can honestly say that I now think I like Mudgee better!

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I also did another hike to the Figure 8 Pools, which is my favourite spot to visit in Royal National Park. I mean, seriously, how cool are these pools?!

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My most popular Instagram photo from November in Sydney:

Never stop dreaming. #loganwines

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This photo was taken at Logan Wines, a gorgeous and incredibly picturesque winery in Mudgee. I was recommended this place by at least four people, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The wine was fab…and this view!

What’s next?

November in Sydney was great, with a couple of amazing weekend getaways thrown in. December is going to be a quiet travel month, as I’ll be spending all of it in the city. Keep following to see how the Aussies celebrate Christmas!

What I’m super excited for is…Japan and Korea in January! Tokyo, skiing in Nesiko, Kyoto, Osaka and Seoul yesssssss! Let me know if you have any recommendations for any of those places! 😀

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18 Comments

kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com) December 17, 2016 at 4:31 am

Some great highlights from November. Thanks for sharing.
I’m in South Korea at the moment and its so beautiful. Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing though in January. I hope you have a nice break in December.

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:23 am

So cool that you’re there now! I will definitely pack warm clothes 😀

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Allison December 17, 2016 at 4:45 am

As a local, I know how awesome Sydney is in November. Melbourne Cup is a great excuse to do as little work as possible and I love that you think it’s a bit weird lol. I actually won a few dollars this year which never happens!

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

Ohh congrats for winning! 🙂

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Jen December 17, 2016 at 5:57 am

What a wonderful month you had! Wait, you are really that close to the beach? How lucky!! I would find myself spending my days there too if I had the chance. Oh, and those Figure 8 pools are amazing! Have you tried swimming there? Keep us posted on the Christmas celebration in Sydney! 🙂

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

Within walking distance to Bondi Beach! I did go swimming in the pools – so much fun!

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neha December 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

Wow..I am jealous of you..but I do want to wish you a very happy journey . Will await your travel stories

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

Thank you!

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Rashmi and Chalukya December 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Looks like you had a fabulous November. Mollymok looks an amazing place with those sprawling vineyards and the beautiful beach. We are yet to make to these part of the world, hopefully soon 🙂

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

It’s definitely worth a visit!

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Taylor Fuller December 18, 2016 at 1:09 am

wow! it sounds like you had a packed month! have fun in Japan in January!

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

Thanks! Looking forward to it 🙂

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The Travel Ninjas December 18, 2016 at 2:11 am

Renting a condo with friends in Mollymook sounded awesome. We can imagine ourselves bouncing back and forth between the wineries and the beaches. It would also make for a great romantic getaway.

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

Definitely good for a friend trip, romantic getaway or even a family trip!

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Sabrina December 19, 2016 at 3:24 am

I love the idea of your monthly recap! I wanted to go to the 8 figure pool when I was in Sydney, but never managed to do it 🙁 it looks gorgeous!

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Courtney Jones December 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

It’s such a unique little spot!

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Diana - MVMT Blog December 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! I’m getting jealous of your warm weather vacation as I’m sitting here in negative temps shivering my butt off! Have a great time in Korea and Japan!

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Courtney Jones December 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

I could go for some snow this time of year!

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