Vibrant buzz. Arts and culture. Food and wine. Shopping. History. Lovely. Expensive. Magnificent. Tourist trail…. SYDNEY. Nestled to a perfect spot with both inland and the coast on your hands, Sydney for many is the most lovely city the world. A collaboration of just the right city hype and the peace when you’re headed to other directions in some outskirts of the beautiful New South Wales. Sydney is your city of multiethnic destination, and your perfect city to experience dolce la vita as elite as New York’s or L.A., Milan or London (or would later think twice once I’d be able to set foot to those fashion-central cities?). Nevertheless, definitely highly-urbanized and home to chic and luxurious lifestyle, alta de sociedad, that is. Plus of course, the one of the Wonders of the World is here. What’s its like to have seen such icon and one of the Wonders of the World? Well such a question that I’d need to have pages to write down my reply if we are talking about feelings. But if I’d have to describe it with only one word, Sydney Opera House is : OVERWHELMING. In photos and searches online, if you’d type-in Australia, automatic that’s the Sydney Opera House on the big thought. Although as you have seen in my previous posts, there are endless numbers of must-visits in all of Australia, Sydney is of course a tick on the bucket list for many. Certainly for mine as well. A no-brainer that the Opera House is not to be missed when in Sydney. In fact, you CANNOT NOT go to the Opera House when in Sydney 😀 From the spot of the uniquely-designed Sydney Opera House is where the colossal but magnificent, Darling Harbour too, other adventurers did the “Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb” adventure which is obviously to climb the harbour. Of course for ones like us that seemed impossible, not my cup of tea. Although would love too if I’m specially-gifted with muscles, sadly (or fortunately), I’m not.
Marvel on the Opera House first, and work on your way around the Circular Quay for endless possibilities. Then take-off using colored-coded buses to take you around Sydney popular spots for sightseeing tours, without the heavy costs compared to cabs. Each color is designated with particular routes. One I remember that goes onto King’s Cross for you to savour some extraordinary nightlife (me : grinning like a Cheshire cat)… is the Red bus and the Blue one goes to Bondi beach. From the Circular Quay alone, there are countless things to do. This is where we based to go towards Manly Beach through a quick cruise. A blog I wrote about too here. Sailboats weave their way on the quay. New Year’s Eve in Circular Quay is an epic because Sydney is one of the cities from the whole wide world to celebrate New Year FIRST because of its standard time. Another from the multiple things you can do too while at the Circular Quay, there’s The Rocks. The historic The Rocks from where convicts from England started to dock off, like three centuries ago.
By foot or by coaches, we enjoyed walking at different streets just exploring. It’s as if it’s already a cultural immersion. Gothic churches, historic spots, brick buildings of course the very popular areas, sometimes you only see in TVs. And you’ll get to another historical tour when you’ll get to visit the Maritime Museum and check the ships (replicas) for the voyages under Her Majesty, the Queen and even Captain Cook’s. It’s interesting to know Australia was then called New Holland like New Zealand was New Zealand… or New York is the new York? Cockle Bay Wharf offers endless tourist attractions and fabulous cafes and restaurants. We had an expensive fine dining here with lobsters at skyrocketing price, At this wharf you’ll find the iMax, many buskers, marine life and ocean tours and many fun activities for kids and whole family.
What’s most recommended is : its a perfect city to get lost… yes literally, get lost. And of course, if you want to see the shape of Sydney from, both literally and metaphorically, ‘bird’s eyeview’, then the Sydney Tower is the best to do that. You’d be gobsmacked with the breathtaking views from up there. Sydney is so huge and busy that there are endless possibilities for you. I couldn’t actually point-out particular things to do other than make sure you’d see : 1. Sydney Opera House (and Darling Harbour), 2. Bondi Beach, 3. Manly Beach… because for sure, you might just love to merely explore by roaming around and visit some signature shops, patisserie outlets and historical venues. Signature shops and upscale shopping precincts are countless in Sydney. You’d have to pull huge stringline from your purse so you can shop for few stuffs. It’s absolutely price-y. But of course you pay for quality and the brand. Though for a born-bargain-finder like me, I always opt for markets where I can get cheaper stuffs especially from Chinese vendors.
I’ve got the chance to buy low-heeled shoes at Paddy’s (Paddington) Market upper section with so much lesser price compared to what I get in Perth. There are many markets to choose from, and at your visit watch out for schedules because most shops and markets in Australia are not open 7 days (for those who are used to have 24 x 7 shops in Asia…like me 😀 ) Then of course, cap the tiring walking day tours with a nice dinner. I don’t know but food is always better when you think you are dining in one of the famous cities in the world. See how I’ve loved the spring rolls better here than cooked at home 😉