Sydney Trip in 45 Photos
I love Australia. I can never get sick of going back there. I love the laid-back vibe, the coffee culture, the weather, the brunches… the list goes on. For four days I visited Sydney, the biggest city in Australia with a population of around 4.5 million. A few of the most common touristy places to go are of course the Sydney Harbour area with the iconic Sydney Opera House, then there’s the the Bondi beach, the CBD and also the Blue Mountains if you have enough time for a full day trip. The highlight of my trip is definitely the International Fleet Review which JUST happened to fall on the third day of my visit and it’s a 100 year Anniversary celebration of the Royal Australian Navy. Prince Harry and One Direction were in town to ring in the occasion which was accompanied with massive fireworks by the Sydney Harbour. That scale was matchable to New Years Eve and a quarter of the population reportedly flocked to watch the spectacle. Just my luck, it was really breath-taking. The atmosphere was terrific and that was one unforgettable night.
I stayed in a small suburb called Erskineville which is a fantastic location being right between the airport and the CBD, just two stops away from Central to be exact. It’s quiet and very family-friendly. Nearby Erksineville is Newtown which is the alternative inner-west area for great shopping and coffee. Just head to King Street!
The weather was beautiful the day we hit Sydney Harbour. Again, it’s pure luck because a few days ago it was super rainy. I walked half way through the bridge and the Opera House looks stunning from that vantage point. You can also check out The Rocks area and Museum of Contemporary Art if you are around the harbor. Also a must-try, Pancakes on the Rocks. There’s a saying that you’ve never been to Sydney if you didn’t try those pancakes. Look out for The Rocks Market if you’re there, lots of crafts, interesting stuff and great food on sale.
The famous Bondi beach is just about half an hour bus ride away from the CBD east-wards. There you will see all the surfers and babes in bikinis around the beach as well as joggers and dog walkers. If you want some quiet time do the Coogee Boardwalk which is Great Wall of China-long (ok I’m exaggerating but it was rather lengthy) and you can catch really nice view of the sea and the horizon.
If you happened to be in Sydney on the first weekend of the month, you gotta check out Surry Hills Market at Surry Hills (a great trendy neighborhood by the way), which is touted to be one of the best in town. Shop for vintage goods from clothes to housewares to vinyls from approximately 50 over stalls and take an ice cream break at the amazing Messina Gelato.
Shopping-wise, besides the usual big players Myer and David Jones at the CBD, comb through the entire Darlinghurst and Paddington area and you’re all set. Basically it’s the entire Oxford Street. Go for the local labels and boutiques like Bul, Incu, Gorman, Nique etc.