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A Day in Sydney

What to do in Sydney if you are there for a day? Well, you can roam around the city by foot and see its iconic places.

Anzac Memorial

Anzac Memorial is located in Hyde Park on the eastern edge of Sydney Central Business District. It is the place where important occasions like Anzac Day and Remembrance Day are usually held to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.

Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed as “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. It has a measurement of 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level. After building it for eight years, it finally opened in 1932. In 2007, it was added to the Australian National Heritage list.

Opera House

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect. It opened on 20 October 1973, and in 2007, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Opera House is a multi-venue for performing arts in Sydney with over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people.

Bonus: “Forgotten Songs” in Angel Place

“Forgotten Songs” is an art installation created by Michael Thomas Hill. It was installed in 2012 at Angel Place in George St to Pitt St, Sydney. This installation commemorates the songs of 50 birds once heard in central Sydney before they finally moved out following the European settlement. The sounds coming from the birdcages change as the sun starts to disappear. The songs of daytime birds can be heard during the day while the sounds of nocturnal birds can be heard when the sun vanished at night.

Indeed, these are the places worth seeing when roaming the beautiful city of Sydney!

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Worst time to visit the Blue Mountains in Australia

One of the must see places in Australia is the Blue Mountains. It is two hours by train from Sydney’s Central Station to Katoomba. Its name was derived from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests in this World Heritage area. The blue colour is formed when tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapour and sunlight.

If you are a person who truly loves nature, you will love it here! Cliffs, caves, waterfalls, and many more are delightful and refreshing to see in this place.

The worst time to visit the Blue Mountains is during the winter when it is raining. The reason why is because fog starts to form, and so you will not fully enjoy the view of the whole Blue Mountains.

Thus, if you are planning to see the Blue Mountains, it would be better if you will schedule it not on a rainy day…

But, hey! We were still happy even though it was raining during our visit to the Blue Mountains, and all we could see was fog instead of The Three Sisters!

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Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha is a perfect lookout to view the whole of Brisbane from the Central Business District (CBD) to Moreton Bay. It is around 30 minutes away from the city of Brisbane.

There are many activities that you can do at Mount Coot-tha such as the following:

  • mountain biking
  • birdwatching
  • cycling
  • walking
  • hiking

At the bottom of Mount Coot-tha is the Botanic Gardens. It is where you can find The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, the largest planetarium in Queensland. Here you may attend a show in the Cosmic Skydome to take a tour of Brisbane’s current night sky. You may also visit the display zone to take an astronomical journey from the time of Big Bang up to the present day solar system.

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You may reach Mount Coot-tha by car, taxi or bus. Taxi fares from Brisbane City range from $26.00 – $37.00 (AUD) depending on the time of day and day. Meanwhile, Translink bus travels from Adelaide Street in Brisbane City to Brisbane Lookout every day.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia is the oldest and the largest koala sanctuary in the world. It is 12 kilometers away from Brisbane City and is open from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee for adult is 34.20 AUD while 19.80 AUD is the ticket price for a child.

With 130 koalas, a guest would be able to enjoy holding one of the koalas in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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Not only koalas are the available animals in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There are also a wide array of Australian native animals that can be seen in this place. These animals are as follows:

Kangaroo. It is a marsupial animal that is indigenous to Australia. A male kangaroo can reach up to 2-meter tall and weigh about 90 kilograms.

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Wallaby. This may look like a kangaroo, that because they belong to the same family. However, you will notice the difference between a kangaroo and a wallaby through its size. A wallaby is smaller than a kangaroo.

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Tasmanian Devil. This animal is regarded as the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It was before native in mainland Australia, however now, it can only be find in the island state of Tasmania.

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Wombat. It is another marsupial animal that is native in Australia. It is about 1 meter in length with a short and thick tail.

Platypus. This mammal is one of the five extant species of monotremes that lays egg instead of giving  birth to its young.

Aside from the above animals, you will also encounter different types of birds at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary such as cassowary, lorikeet, laughing kookaburra, barking owl and many others.

If you are a person who does not like animals, surely you will begin to love animals after visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary!

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Five things that made me say “Oh!” in Australia

Australia is one of the continents that many has dreamed to explore. I was excited to travel to Australia during its winter time. Here are the five things that made me say “Oh!” in Aus(Ohs)tralia:

1. Accommodation. It is expensive! Oh my G! A 3 to 4 star hotel price in Southeast Asia is equivalent to a hostel price in Australia. Nevertheless, it is somehow worth it because the hostel I booked was within the central area and I could roam around the beautiful places in Sydney by foot. In fact, the hostel where I booked conduct group tour to its guests. That’s where I was able to see the whole Central Sydney, by joining that group tour!

2. Water. Oh my! It’s pricey! A bottle of 600ml water costs 3aud/3.5sgd/121php. Would you believe?! Bring your own water if you do not want to be dehydrated during your trip!

3. Double-decker train. Oh! They have it! I got too excited when I was able to take a double-decker train for the first time in my life. Well, no use as I still sat at the first level! 🙂

4. Manual train door. This is the experience I would never forget during my Australia exploration. I am used to experiencing having automatic doors to open when in a train. However, when I was in Brisbane, I kept waiting for the train door to open. It was not opening until the lady helped me to press the button. Oh shocks! Okay, so a button is needed to be pressed!

5. Exotic animals. Traveling to Australia is also memorable to me because I got to encounter lots of its native animals. Koala and kangaroo are famous animals in Australia. However, I saw other animals which I have not seen before such as wombats and tasmanian devil to name a few. Oh gosh! Tasmanian devil was so scary to see as it munches its crunchy food!

These were the unique experiences I did not encounter from all of my other travels. Australia is the land of “ohs”, I mean the land down under! Traveling to Australia is indeed one of the trips to remember!

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Hunter Valley: The Oldest Wine Region in Australia

Hunter Valley is one of the popular wine regions in New South Wales. It was established in the 19th century by James Busby, the father of Australian wine. This region is best known for Chardonnay, Shiraz and Semillon.

Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours away, Hunter Valley is worth to pay a visit when you are traveling to Sydney.

First activity in the Hunter Valley tour is the wine tasting.

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After that, the tour host or the guide will bring you to the cellar to show you how wine is made and where they are kept. Wines are stored in a keg until they are ripe for drinking!

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Finally, the Hunter Valley host or guide will bring you to the vineyard.

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Not only wine is available at Hunter Valley. They, too, have a wide variety of cheese to choose from.

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Aside from wine and cheese, Hunter Valley has an amazing landscape!

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If you get lucky, you will also get a chance to meet wild kangaroos along the way from Sydney to Hunter Valley or Hunter Valley back to Sydney!

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Never miss visiting Hunter Valley when you are in Sydney!

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