Big town, wildlift experience and architecture
23.12.2012 - 25.12.2012 25 °C
I've been really slow to update my travels, so I will do my 3 days in Sydney in one go.
Arrived at 11am to Sydney airport and took the airtrain into town. Very easy connection and took me only 15 min to the nearest station. Short walk along Hyde Park to come to my hotel. Had to take a couple of hours walk until I could get my room, so grabbed lunch and sat in Hyde Park for a relaxed break followed by a walk in the surroundings. Back to my room, changed to lighter clothes and headed for the shopping streets and to get a feeling of the the australians and the big city stress. Took a tea break in one of the big shopping malls before later in the afternoon jumped on the Hop on Hop off bus. Very convenient way to go around the main city and get a grasp of all main buildings, history, structure of town and distances. Did the whole tour during 1,5 hour before returning to my room. Had a relaxed meal at one of the restaurants nearby.
My big day for wildlife.
Walk to Darling Harbour to first of all go to Wildlife Sydney and Sydney Aquarium. In a ticket package I also included Mandame Tussauds and a trip up to Sydney Tower Eye.
In Wildlife I saw all kind of native animals including kangaroos, wallabyes, crocodile, kookaburra, emu, cassawary and of course koala. Got one of my dream come true by petting a koala and also got my picture taken with them. Sooo cute, but ooh so sleepy. They have such a cool style when they sleep. Just look at my pictures. You will fall in love with them just like I did.
I did a quick round in Madame Tussauds were most famouse australians were sculptured in wax and also some non-australians. Most I recongnised and some were totally strangers for my. Fun to see anyway.
Further on I went to Sydney Aquarium were I could see all kind of sealife from penguins, fishes, sharks and a dugong to all kind of coralls. Fascinating how colourful animals can be and the diversity of all species. Amazing!
Afterwards I met a fiend over a great dinner by the harbour and saw a Christmas show to celebrate that it was a month until Christmas day. Did you know that in Australia Santa come by boat and Santa's helper are rowing a canoe! All finished of with a great firework.
Final day and today all focus was on architecture and buildings.
Started with a ride up the Sydney Tower Eye, 183m above ground. Had great weather so could see the whole wide spread city and suburbs. Good short information on screens all the way around to get info of what you could see and where everything was situated. From there I walked to the Opera House and got on a tour. An amazing building and history about one of worlds most famous buildnings. It has a fantastic structure and building precision. The location by the harbour is superb and the views from the front is great. You totally understand why they positioned it at that spot. On my way to my final building structure, the Harbour Bridge, I went to the Rocks. This is the old part of town with old houses and a daily market with all kind of art, handcraft and spangles. Then I reached the beginning of Harbour Bridge and started the long walk over it. Great old structure and it's always fascinating how these structures hold together. At the far end I got a new view over the Opera House, which was one of my goals for the bridge walk. After some refreshments in my room I went back to the Opera house area and Circular Quay for dinner with a great view over the harbour.
I can say, I would have liked a couple of more days here, even though I'm not a bigtown girl. 2,5 days is way too few in a big city like this.