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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 31st 2018

As important as first impressions are, Sydney certainly knows how to make a good one. We arrived on Australia day and went to celebrate that at the Circular Quay. It was packed with people, there was live music from several artists, and oh.. those fireworks. I've seen firework shows before, but try to beat a firework show where jet skies are racing around the water firing off fireworks with the Sydney opera House on the background and reflections of the fireworks on the water. It was magical. After planning our next adventure (think rainforests, scuba diving and more!), we went to the Home bar: a multi-level nightclub with house, R&B and hiphop in separate rooms. The hostel had arranged a bus to the Home bar and we met a lot of nice people: I really enjoyed ... read more
Sydney Opera House
Skyline!
Ferry nice group photo ;)

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 4th 2017

AUSTRALIA here we come. Prior to leaving the NZ airport we are informed that it is necessary to purchase an Australian visa at the wicket. Flying over Sydney, you see hundreds of bays and white buildings with red rooftops. Wait for it.... yes, finally we focus on the beautiful famous Sydney Opera House and it is worth seeing. Checking into the hotel reveals that it is in the heart of Chinatown. What are some of those things in the store windows? In Peru they splay cooked guinea pig, and here it is splayed duck. A great way to see the city from a birds eye view is to take the double decker hop on and off bus. The city smells range from fresh water to yummy restaurant odors. An area called The Rocks houses many historical ... read more
Fruit vendors on the streets
Cool building!
The famous bridge - from the Rocks!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 25th 2017

Jan 2017 Sydney Alexandria Dec- Jan Back in Sydney and this time we were in small 1 bedroom apartment with 2 cheeky terriers in Alexandria. We were booked by a young couple who had a parent visiting from Italy and they were off travelling to Central Australia. We arrived on the 22nd and by Xmas day were well settled in so went sight seeing up the coast to Palm Beach. All the way up the coast groups were picnicking and celebrating their day off. We stopped at a few spots that caught our eye to take in the atmosphere of the coast and festivities. From Manly we went for a walk and admired the beauty of the bay before catching a ferry back to Circular Quay. We appreciated the convenience of where we were staying after ... read more
Dec- Tubby and Comet
Jan- Sydney Festival
The Grounds of Alexandria

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 26th 2016

SYDNEY 1st March - 9th March Arriving early morning into Circular Quay, always a special sight, the sun over the Opera House and the first view of the Harbour Bridge. Disembarkation was easy, however waiting for the transfer was not. No transport waiting for us, bookings all messed up and eventually tracked down the company responsible. It was only about 800 yards to the Mantra where we were staying so no big deal but it was hot waiting and seeing everybody else disappearing was a bit traumatic. This is our fifth visit, so what to do. The answer is loads, from museums to beaches to gardens. The apartment was ready early so off shopping only for essentials. Who do we bump into in George Street but friends we have made on Arcadia, Hilary and Phil. They ... read more
BIRD CAGES
BOTANIC GARDENS 1
BOTANIC GARDENS 2

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD March 5th 2016

Hi all, Sorry no blogs been too busy We are currently in Sydney and have been since the 1st MarchSince the non show at Bora Bora we have been to Tauranga, Auckland & the Bay of Islands We get back onto Queen Victoria on the 8th March and we will catch up with our news and pics then.Sydney has been full on, beautiful sunshine and hot hot hot!!!Tonight, Saturday 5th we are off to the opera (v posh) Bizets, The Pearl Fishers Catch up soon Al & Lin... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD February 14th 2016

My friend Sue contacted me a couple of days ago saying she was heading into Sydney for the afternoon / evening to check out the Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities, and wondered if I wanted to join her. I took up that offer! We met each other on the platform of our local station and caught the train to Town Hall station. We made a slight detour to a camera shop so I could buy a new camera strap, and then we headed to Darling Harbour. We crossed Pyrmont Bridge and had lunch in the food court. It was so hot! I had noodles and an ice cream. Yum. We then headed towards Haymarket and came across the CNY festivities. It was still daylight so we got to see the paper lanterns in daylight. We decided ... read more
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 16th 2016

We were returning to Sydney one last time to fly onwards from there. We flew back from Cairns on another Virgin plane and the flight path took us out over the Barrier Reef. It was lovely to see it from the air. The plane took off at 11.25 am and the flight took about 3 hours to cover the 1500 miles or so of the journey that we had taken about a month to travel in the opposite direction. We were only staying in Sydney one night, before moving on. Steve had dithered about whether to stay in what he described as a 'box room' at a conveniently situated airport hotel or whether to take the more expensive, but better provisioned, option of a Sydney central hotel. In the end the city centre option won the ... read more
Barrier reef from the air
Megaboom Hotel, Sydney
Sydney town hall at night

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 12th 2016

You know you're a backpacker when: You know where all of the free WiFi cafes and food places are. These include Dome, Maccas, Starbucks.. And you sit in there for hours with the same cup of tea. You wear the same clothes over and over again. And you don't care. Because you're a backpacker. You only wash them when they start to smell, or people avoid hanging out with you (that hasn't happened to me yet)... You're able to sleep with the light on. You can sleep with any sort of noise. You don't even need ear plugs as your immune to sound. The best feeling is finding out that your myki/metrocard/Opal card has money still on it when you go across the state border. You enjoy looking through the free food tubs in hostels, free ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 11th 2016

When I arrived back in Sydney that afternoon coming back from New Zealand, I checked my bags into the YHA city Central and as soon as I checked in on Facebook, my friend Alice called and said WE NEEDED TO MEET UP. I already had plans to meet up with Shak and Bhaskar so I said to her to meet us and let's all go for dinner. Bhaskar chose the venue... Spice Alley, near Broadway Bar. Alice met me at the hostel and we got totally lost trying to find Spice Alley. When we got there it was amazing street food, mainly Thai and Malaysian food my favourite! Shak got lost so we waited for him and then when he finally arrived, I had a pad thai... Amazing meal! It was lovely meeting up with friends ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD November 15th 2015

Our third and final day in Sydney dawned with sunshine streaming everywhere. We had to get into town earlier today because we planned to go on the "free" walking tour. We didn't know what to expect as the one in Cape Town hadn't been very good. We loved Sydney's though. Our guide, Leah, was so passionate about her home city and she showed us so many architectural gems and gave the human interest story of the city. We started in Hyde Park, this time at the grand Cathedral of St Margaret. From here we wandered past the Library of New South Wales, the old mint and the Rum Hospital. The story of this medical facility was fascinating. It was built to replace a bad clinic by some scurrilous rum importers in exchange for a monopoly on ... read more
North Sydney from Botanic Gardens
Library of New South Wales
Sydney Harbour Bridge




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