Thursday, 23 October 2014

Australia, week two: Sydney

We arrived in Sydney on Friday 17th October and stayed at the 1888 hotel in Pyrmont. We booked this hotel through ebookers as we found a discount code that you could use if you booked through the app. It was a fantastic hotel, incredibly chic, denim shirts were the staff uniform and every room has an iPad! Something we didn't realise was that Pyrmont is a great place for caf├ęs and restaurants so it really was the perfect place to stay.

The only negative thing I would say about Sydney is the public transport. With Melbourne it's so easy to work out the trams but the buses in Sydney seem a bit of a maze. There used to be a monorail but they took it down last year as apparently it was only tourists who used it as it didn't link the popular area of Darling Harbour to the centre of Sydney called Circular Quay. A positive side to this meant we did a lot of walking!

The day after we arrived we went on an epic walk. We went to almost every area of the centre of Sydney, I say centre as the city has lots of suburbs like London. My favourite part of the walk was walking through the Botanical Gardens and ending up at Mrs Macquarie's point. This is where you can see Sydney Opera House in front of Harbour Bridge - classic Sydney view. 

On Sunday we went to Bondi beach where I swam in the Iceberg pools. These are pools that are right on the beach - sometimes the ocean even splashes into the pools. It was incredible. Our other activities in Sydney included a hop-on, hop-off harbour cruise and a tour to the Blue Mountains. On our final full day in Sydney we went to Manly beach. This was probably my favourite beach I've ever been to. However we did see a lot of dead jelly fish on the beach, which freaked me out a bit!

Again, I am unable to add photos from my camera so here are a few from my phone. I may try and do a post just on my camera photos when I get back home.

There will be one more Australia post after this one.

Alice





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  1. Your photos look great, I have been to Sydney and it was a really nice place, although I still feel like I enjoyed visiting Melbourne more.

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    1. Thank you! I loved Melbourne, I've heard some people say it's not worth visiting, which I totally disagree with, I especially loved the Fitzroy area, so cool! Thanks for reading! xx

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  2. What exciting adventures these are! I would love to go to Australia and New Zealand and my bf I and I hope to go after we have finished our studies. I'd love to get the working visa and stay for quite a while.

    You can think of these photos as the teasers, I can't wait to see more when you get back!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, neither me or my boyf had a gap year so we were very restless to go and travel once we'd finished Uni. We finished in 2009 and had saved enough to go to NZ by 2011 and then it took us another 3 years to save for Oz, but it was totally worth it! Hoping to go to Yosemite next! Thanks for reading! xx

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