I had to close my eyes. The Opera House has become the most iconic place of Australia, and I still remember how Australia celebrated the Y2K in this area when I was 9 years old. Fireworks were popping out of the Harbor Bridge, creating a melody of lights. Since then, I’ve really looked forward to actually seeing this site.
Now, 16yrs from that time, I’ve made it happen. I had to close my eyes, and tell myself that I am not dreaming. The Opera House and Harbor Bridge meant a lot to me as these icons were more of childhood dream than mere destination.
One of a kind, I can say. You, what are your childhood dream sites?
Here is my Itinerary!
- Morning to Noon: Flight to Sydney
- Afternoon: Sydney Opera House, Opera Bar
- Morning: Free City Tour
- Afternoon: Harbor Bridge (Tower and Traverse), Sunset of Harbor Bridge and Opera House superimposed
- Morning: Taronga Zoo [Yup, I went to a zoo!]
- Afternoon: Bondi Beach
- Evening: Meet Sydney people
- Whole Day: Manly Beach
- Morning: Market City (and purchase of souvs and cheap buys)
- Afternoon: Coogee to Bondi Walk
Let’s go through it, day-by-day!
One intersting find in Sydney is the Opera Bar which is situated beside the Opera House and the bay. At around 4pm, the bar becomes packed with corporate people mostly drinking wine. The mood is festive and everyone is talking loud, while being graced by the sunset. Got to try their wine and food!
The first day in Sydney was just really to put a big check on the Opera House. The first full day in the city must be spent on a city tour! What made this even more exciting is that it was kind of free! (Kind of because the tour guide indirectly asked for tip)
The tour started 1030AM at the George St. between Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral. Between those two buildings was an open space with these colorful chairs. I thought it was owned by a group of people or organization in the city so I was a bit hesitant at first to sit down while waiting for the guides. But I read a note that the chairs were actually installed by the City government in its thrust to have a more livable city where people can talk and bond with each other. What a great idea!
The tour covered these places:
Sydney Opera House
The Harbour Bridge
The Rock’s District
Hyde Park Barracks
The ‘Rum’ Hospital
St Mary’s Cathedral
Hidden Bar culture
Queen Victoria Building
Laneways & Art
Pitt St Shopping Mall
Sydney’s Oldest Cemetery
St Andrew’s Cathedral
Museum of Currency and Notes
My third day in Sydney was about trying to get farther from the Circular Quay/Harbor.
First, I went to Taronga Zoo, a destination to see native wildlife and rare exotic animals. I only had three agenda why I went there: Kangaroo, Koala and Tazmanian Devil!
In the evening, I met up with College pals based in Sydney!
Spent whole day of my 4th Day in Manly Beach with my college pals based in Australia. Did not take that much pictures since we just spent the whole day talking.
In the morning, spent the day on ‘shopping’ at Market City. Bought Rayban for half the usual price in PH.
In the afternoon, returned to Bondi but did the famous beach traverse “Coogee to Bondi”. But since I was feeling a bit more exhausted due to the long walks in the morning, I only did the half of it: Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach.
They say you can’t leave Sydney without this traverse. So I reserved it before I leave the place.
How much did I spend?
Though it was a more backpack travel, I did not limit myself much on food. Total of 35K.
- Flight – 7K (promo flight of CebuPac)
- Lodging – 6K (1K per night)
- Daily Food – 15 AUD/meal x 3 meals/day x 35 Php/AUD x 6 days = 9,450 (15 AUD is just to average the 10AUD and 20 AUD meals)
- Train (Opal Card) – 100 AUD x 35 = 3,500
- Entrance Fee, Random Food, Random Purchase, Drinks and Coffee – 9K
Where did I stay?
You have two options: Hostel or Airbnb. Both would be relatively cheap, but lodging in Sydney is generally expensive. When getting a place to stay, just consider being near a train station.
I stayed in an Airbnb house.
[To be updated]