Here’s a peek into my Australian adventure. Back when I made this trip, I didn’t have making a blog in mind, so I can’t really do a diary-like post (as in each day separately), but my future travel posts are going to be more detailed for sure.
This was my first solo trip, ever. And my first time out of Asia and experiencing winter. I cherished it even more since I purchased the ticket with my own money well-saved; it really felt like I deserved it.
Sydney is Australia’s iconic “city meets the sea” destination. It was wonderful, with the perfect mix of beach, good food and the kindest people! I noticed that some beaches were very family-oriented – kids outnumbered the adults in the water. I haven’t seen beaches like the white sandy ones back home, but the ones in Sydney come pretty close. Locals are extraordinarily friendly, and let me tell you, that friendliness gets absorbed by the travellers too. If you pass a car, you wave. If you walk past someone, you say hello. If you buy something, you have a conversation. I absolutely loved it.
Random fact: I found it pretty odd to drink water from the tap because Australian tap water is perfectly safe to drink!
One of my favourite experiences was climbing the Sydney Tower. It was such a leisurely activity – we had plenty of time to gaze out at the harbour and take it all in contemplatively. I valued that time so much. That said, I yearned for my phone. I couldn’t believe I was somewhere this breathtaking without a way to document it. I completely understand why they don’t allow you to bring phones or other personal items in case you dropped something, but I wished I had it with me nonetheless. I loved every minute of it. I’d love to go back and do a twilight climb so I can go during the beautiful colours of the sunset. Let’s hope I can return to Sydney soon!
If you’re making a trip, there’s so much to do. From walking to Bondi Beach, climbing the Sydney Bridge and Tower, a trip to the Wildlife Sydney to taking a day to stroll the city. That was the best part of my trip – merely walking around a new place all by myself, with nowhere to be. That’s when I really saw the city.
I’m so glad I came. Because while it was satisfying to finally visit Australia, it was so different from how I imagined.
Here’s a list of places I visited:
- Manly beach
- Sydney Opera House
- Guylian Chocolate Cafe
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Darling Harbour
- Red Fern (Suburb)
- Bondi Beach
- Pitts Street
- World Music Performance
- Hornsby (Suburb)
- Bales Park
- Beauchamp Park
- Lane Cove National Park
- Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
- Wildlife Sydney
- Lindt Chocolate Cafe
- The Rocks
- Royal Botanic Garden
- Sydney Tower
- Bronte Beach
- Tamarama Beach
Bondi Beach; one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia“Bondi” is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocksIf you are a fan of the American comedy series Modern Family, you might remember seeing Bondi Beach in the episode “Australia”!You’re looking at the Bondi Icebergs Pool. You can find out more on http://www.icebergs.com.au!Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk; the walk takes between 1-2 hours at a leisurely paceMade my way up a set of steep stairs to one of the highest points of the walk, check out this amazing view!One of Sydney’s most loved events, the “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition, is held in Bondi to Tamarama coast walkContinuing on from Bronte, the walk passes by the historic Waverley Cemetery which is perched on top of sandstone cliffs and rock platforms. The most scenic burial ground ever.
Now I’m going to show you some pictures of the glorious food I had during my stay!Really tasty home-cooked meal made by a Maldivian family living in Sydney!Biggest churros I’ve ever had…. SO GOOD.I was told Guzman y Gomez restaurant served THE best Mexican food so I had to try. Don’t you want a bite from that guacamole! At Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe to celebrate my cousin Dhadhu’s birthday! I love this photo, look at that view!
You probably must have noticed that I love flowers from the main page of my blog.One of my favourite photos from the whole trip! Came across this beautiful little shed while I was wandering about.Flowers started to bloom at the end of my trip. Love how I got to experience a little bit of winter and spring.The lovely couple that made this trip possible for me ❤️Sea Life Sydney AquariumManly Beach!Lane Cove; the neighbourhood I lived inDarling Harbour 😍 I would visit Sydney again just to come here.
View of the sunset from the Sydney Tower 😍Can you spot the rainbow in this one?Probably the best silhouette photo of myself! Sydney Opera HouseSydney Harbour Bridge My iPhone 6S doesn’t do justice to the actual view at night!
And that would be the last photo from my trip to Australia! It took me hours to select these from all the photos I took and I really hope you enjoyed seeing them. 😊 Have a fabulous day!