“Funky two-level, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Darlinghurst. ”
3 things they loved about the trip
- Awesome rooftop terrace.
- The bath in a sunny glass-walled alcove looking out to the terrace.
- Walking distance to all Sydney's main attractions.
“Morag, a delightful, gregarious Scot happily rehomed in Australia, is an experienced home swapper who has had many a guest at The Terrace, her funky two-level, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Darlinghurst. She has developed her enormous rooftop space into a superb entertainment area with all-weather couches, lighting, heating, a fully-stocked cocktail cabinet, fridge, sound system, sun umbrella and even a garden. And if you time your visit for one of Sydney's many extravagant fireworks displays, Morag says her rooftop is one of the best viewing spots in town. A huge master bedroom opens onto the terrace while the adjoining ensuite features a bath in a sunny glass-walled alcove looking out to the terrace. The champagne bucket within lazy reach of a reclining bather is a charmingly decadent touch. Bubbles and bathing in the sun. A foodie and self-confessed coffee addict, Morag's kitchen is very well set up with an impressive coffee machine and other appliances from bread maker to juicer. A second balcony with table and chairs opens off the dining/living area so guests can make the most of Sydney's amazing climate, 22 degrees even on a winter's day. A six-seater glass dining table and a living area with a large flat screen TV and sound system complete the well-equipped living area. There's a second bedroom on the lower of the two floors, with a supremely comfy queen bed, an adjoining bathroom with large tiled shower, lovely toiletries and candles, and a small balcony with a lounger. The apartment has an original parquet floor, an eclectic fusion of mementos from Morag's travels and intriguing lighting choices. There are four flights of stairs up to The Terrace, but Morag came down the stairs to my rescue. She has no doubt performed porter duties many times before. Morag provided a very helpful compendium packed with information about the apartment and Sydney. On the border of Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Potts Point, the area is home to numerous top-class restaurants including one of my all-time favourites, Miss G's, a modern Asian fusion eatery. Directly across the road is the bustling Vietnamese cafe, Misschu, while a short walk away is the classy south east Asian restaurant, Jimmy Liks. I found my way around effortlessly. Kings Cross train station and multiple busstops are nearby, but I favour exploring on foot. I walked 10 minutes down Bourke Street to Woolloomooloo, along the waterfront path, past Mrs Macquarie's historic chair to the Sydney Opera House, jumped on the famous Manly ferry perfectly timed to watch a stunning sunset behind the harbour bridge, and back home through the botanical gardens. Sydney at its best. Next day I walked to Pitt Street shopping area in less than 15 minutes through Hyde Park with its lovely fountains, gardens and beautiful Anzac Memorial. On the return trip I visited the impressive St Mary's Cathedral. Later, I retired to Morag's rooftop to catch up on emails thanks to a fast wifi service. Ideally located for those keen to explore Sydney's city heart. And Morag is a treasure. ”