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Sydney Day 1

Falling in love with a city

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Day 1
Our flight to Sydney left at 8:30am so it was an early day for us. I was sad to leave New Zealand, and if I'm honest there was a part of me that was just thinking it would have been so much easier to just head back to the UK, rather than having to learn a new city and country all over again. I was very tired, and when we arrived at our Airbnb just after 11:30am, all I really wanted was a nap. Thankfully we had been provided with a very big and powerful fan, which was great as it was so hot!
I had a bit of a nap and then, with Laura still deeply asleep, I went out for my first wander around Sydney.
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I headed over to Mrs Macquaries Point, where I got the iconic view of the Sydney Opera house and the Harbour bridge.
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I wandered around the botanic garden for a little bit.
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Heading back towards the Airbnb I walked past St Mary's Cathedral. I did go inside too, however there was a service going on so I didn't take photos inside.
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I also walked past the ANZAC memorial, which was much bigger than I had expected!
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Posted by pkaplicz 13:40 Archived in Australia Tagged opera_house sydney Comments (0)

Sydney Day 2

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Laura and I split up again this morning as she wanted to explore some of the places I had been yesterday, whilst I was eager to go to the zoo (mainly to see some koalas)!
This was my first taste of the Sydney ferries, which were very easy to use and give some great views of the city.
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The zoo was very easy to walk around, and had plenty of information available. They are doing quite a lot of work there to open a new Savannah enclosure, but there was still plenty to see, including a platypus and wombat!
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Once I got back I explored the Rocks district a little bit. This is a much older part of the city centre, and had a nice feel. From here I got a really good view of the harbour bridge.
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My last stop of the day was to walk up to the Opera house itself. From afar it actually looked much smaller than I imagined, but close up you could see the size of the building.
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Unfortunately my foot was really hurting by this point, so I hopped on the train to cut 20mins off my walk back, and rested in the airbnb a bit whilst preparing for tomorrow!

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Sydney Day 3

Bondi bound

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Today was the day of our walk along part of the coast. The Bondi to Coogee walk is supposedly one of the most popular walks in Sydney, and is really easily accessible. It is a 6km walk, however with my foot still playing up a bit we decided to walk a slighly shorter section of the walk. We got the bus to Clovelly and got our first glimpse of the golden beaches and waves that Australia is known for.
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We moved on to Bronte Beach where we cooled ourselves down by walking through the water. It was absolutely lovely, and really showed that Aussie beach vibe that is so well known. There were quite a few people about, but it wasn't crowded (it was a Wednesday midmorning).
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Our final destination, Bondi beach, was now in sight, as was the famous Icebergs club. We settled at the beach for a bit, watching people surfing (a skill I would love to have but don't think would work with my balance...). It was really beautiful and nice to just chill out for a bit.
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Sydeny Day 4

A rainy ending

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Woke up today feeling sad that our trip was nearly at an end. It definitely didn't feel like I had left home 6 weeks ago, in fact it felt like no time at all. The day greeted us with rain absolutely chucking it down. After dropping off our bags for storage at a hotel near the train station I donned my raincoat to head to the Sydney Opera House in the hopes of booking a tour for later in the day. Tickets were available for the afternoon, so we chose a 2:30pm time and instead headed onto the ferry to Manly. Thankfully the clouds started to part at this point, and we were treated to more sunshine.
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We had to head back quite soon in order to get on our tour of the Sydney Opera house. I was surprised by how much I loved the tour. It was really interesting and a great chance to see inside the building, plus our guide Suanne was really great and made the hour fly past.
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Sadly, it was now nearly time to head to the airport. We collected our bags and headed on the train a bit early in order to try and beat rush hour. I absolutely loved my time in Sydney and definitely want to go back one day, despite the idea of another 28hrs of travelling!

Posted by pkaplicz 13:55 Tagged sydney sydney_opera_house manly_beach Comments (0)

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