This week I have been fortunate to gain a four day work experience with two popular Australian magazines, this means that I have had to travel up to Sydney with my Mum. Although it is only one city up from Melbourne, I have learnt that there are so many differences from the city I know and this unfamiliar but captivating city. In a short few days, Sydney has become by far my most loved city in Australia. Yesterday was the day where I explored most of the city and became a classic tourist with my camera and map. And so, in classic blogger style, I would like to tell you all about my adventures.
Firstly, my adventure consisted of heading to a market with my mum down near ‘The Rocks’ on George Street. ‘The Rocks’ is the oldest part of Sydney with cobble stone lanes and old vintage buildings. Instantly, I was captured by a busker who had a voice as smooth as Lint chocolate. His name was Mark Wilkinson, a British busker playing for anyone who was willing to listen. Over an apple juice and coffee, my Mum and I listened intently as he covered hit songs such as, Riptide with his guitar.
From there, we caught a ferry across the Harbor to Manly. Any city that involves getting a 20-minute Ferry ride classifies in my books as a city for adventures! Manly felt like an entire new place! It was completely beautiful with picturesque beaches. Eating a seafood lunch is a must when looking over this beach as it was relaxing and exciting. My recommendations for Manly would be to catch a Ferry early in the morning, head for a nice shop in the centre before going for a quick swim to cool off. It would be the perfect scenario with plenty of popular shops and space on the beach.
Next on the agenda was visiting the iconic Opera House, so after a ferry ride back, we headed to the Opera house and ventured up the many steps to the top. Did you know that the arches of the Opera House are actually separate buildings and in one of the arches is a restaurant? Because I certainly did not know it until I had the chance to wander around each arch. The top level of the Opera house outside the arches has a magnificent view across the harbor which needs to be on everyone’s bucket list to see! It’s incredibly beautiful and I could have stayed there for hours just watching the boats and ferry’s travel across the bay and either under the Sydney Harbor Bridge or out through the heads of the bay.
Now my question for you is, do you ever think that you are too old to catch a ‘Choo Choo train’ that shows you around the largest botanical gardens in Australia? Well as a legal adult I can say that you are NEVER too old for a ride on a choo choo train! At the beginning of the Royal Botanical Gardens (from the Opera house) an electric train service will take you around the 70+ acres pointing out the iconic places throughout the gardens and explaining different sculptures, buildings, plants and sections – including the section of the gardens which was a part of the very first farm in Australia. With adults only being $10 and Students and Children being $5, it is a very cheap and fun service that lets you see more of the botanic gardens than you could in 20 minutes on foot. I would recommend this service to everyone despite your age. It is an amazing way to learn about everything the Botanic Gardens have to offer, especially if you are only in Sydney for a limited amount of time!
I could go on forever about how amazing Sydney is and all the places you need to go if you visit, however I will keep it short, and simply say that wherever you are in the world, during Australia’s Summer or Spring, it is so important that you adventure over to this beautiful city and simply explore the streets and what it has to offer!!