Last week, I went on an adventure in Australia for a week. After yearning for such adventures for a awhile, I decided to go to Uluru at the center of Australia but in order to go there, I had to transit a plane from Sydney so I decided to stay in Sydney for a few days.
Day 1: Drive around town
I don't usually like to travel in cities because I came from Bangkok, and it is crowded as hell already, but Sydney is a much easygoing city than I expected. In my 3 days there, I met up with friends, had a great coffee at the The Grounds of Alexandria, walked the Bondi Beach, Watson's Bay, Darling Harbor and had an awesome german feast at the Löwenbräu Keller (it's like a mini Oktoberfest!) all on my first day. Thanks to my friends (Pac and Nat) who drove me around and allowed me to see how people live around the city. I then went to this very hip, very party-environment hostel called the Hostel Wake Up! near the Central Station. They have a great club down in the basement with activities like Speed Dating and Trivial Night every Friday. It was new and was an interesting and refreshing experience. I met so many fun people during my 2 nights stay there.
Day 2: The Sydney's Urban Walk
On my second day, I decided to follow an urban walk trail I found at Travelistly which starts off at the Milson's point train station (2 stations away from the Central Station), walked across the Harbor Bridge to the Pylon Lookout ($11), climbed the tower to have a beautiful 360 view of the city and its attractions. After that I walked down to The Rocks (There is a market during the weekends), stopped for a Kebab, while observing the locals near the Circular Quay. After that I decided to go for a walk inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (free) and then headed to the Opera House. Through the Opera House, I walked along the coastline to the Royal Botanic Garden and through it, I ended the walk at the Mrs Macquarie's Chair. The Mrs Macquarie's Chair gave me the perfect view of the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge at once. I then headed back to my hostel heading south, through the Hyde Park, St Mary's Cathedral and back at the Hostel Wake Up!.
Day 3: Saying Goodbye
Leaving this place is hard because after a few days, you are just starting to get used to the lifestyle but that's how travel works, we bond and we leave. The thing I missed most about this place is the outdoor cafe culture that you will see everywhere in the city. There are many cool cafe almost every blocks I've seen. For example, as my friend drove me around the Oxford street, I saw this very cool old bookstore/cafe and sold 2nd hand books and serves coffees. I think it was pretty but unfortunately, I didn't get to try it out because of my limited time, so If you want to go there, here's the website: Ampersand Bookstore & Cafe, and please do let me know how it was in the comment. :)
And this sums up my 2 days itinerary of Sydney. If you like walking around and finding peace and solitude while in the city, I really recommend you go on this urban walk. There are always things to see along Sydney's coastline.
February 26th, 2014
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