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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Finally, the Hunter Valley host or guide will bring you to the vineyard.
Not only wine is available at Hunter Valley. They, too, have a wide variety of cheese to choose from.
Aside from wine and cheese, Hunter Valley has an amazing landscape!
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!
Never miss visiting Hunter Valley when you are in Sydney!