Expat Travels: Australia-Part III

by - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Oh I definitely saved the best for last!!

Sydney, Sydney, Sydney! Lawd have mercy Sydney, Australia sure did steal my heart!

As always, I underestimate how much I'm going to enjoy a place. I only spent four days in Sydney since I was there during the most expensive time of year, New Year's Eve. Since I've already detailed that experience I want to highlight the place that has become one of my favorite cities on the planet.

I got to Sydney a day before NYE and immediately hit the ground running. The HoHo bus had me good for:

  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Circular Quay
  • Darling Harbor
  • The Sydney Opera House
  • Elizabeth Street shopping and greater Sydney
  • The Sydney Tower Eye (Sky walk featured above! Bravery!)
  • Bondi and Coogee Beaches
  • The Rocks
  • and much, much more
I tell you what: the harbor is stunning, the opera house is STUNNING in person. Just stunning.

One of my favorite areas was Darling Harbour. It's very vibrant and has lots of entertainment options. There's also an excellent vantage point of the skyline from the harbour.

The best damn gelato I've ever had. EVER.
You can't see it, but there are three different flavors in the cup.

...and I lounged around in the Royal Botanical Gardens before leaving. Oh how I wish I could have come here for the NYE Fireworks show! Very peaceful. I could have stayed all day.


And let's not forget the beautiful Bondi and Coogee Beaches, respectively.

There's a nice coastal walk between the two beaches. It's about 60-90 minutes depending on your fit level. In summer it can get quite crowded (which I found annoying). Nevertheless it is still a lovely place. I sat on a cliff for about an hour just taking it all in.

I had a nice lunch at the ecclectic Mojo's Tapas Bar in Bondi. They might have the best sangria I've ever sipped.

In an effort to redeem myself from chickening out on the sky climb in Surfers, I did the Sky Walk at the Sydney Tower Eye on New Year's Eve. I still have a healthy fear of heights but this was FUN!



Four days in Sydney is laughable, but I won't be too hard on myself considering the time of year it was for the area. Granted, it is incredibly expensive, but it is so very worth the time. I'm returning in September of this year en route back to Vanuatu, another locale I did not spend nearly enough time in.

All in all my winter vacation, spent in summer, was phenomenal. It was both relaxing and fulfilling.
I rarely ever do return trips, but I can only hope to have these same feelings when I return later this year.

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