Sydney: The City and the Wildlife (Itinerary)
This was my first trip to Sydney and although I have more often preferred to travel to non-city areas, it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Sydney is one of the busiest cities of the world which is abundance with arts and street life. It wasn’t just the city, there were also wildlife and beach activities that can be discovered which was the interesting part. It was definitely a lucky moment to have won this second trip for 2013 through an online contest via AirAsiaX. Therefore here’s a summary of the itinerary of the recent trip in Sydney which will be followed by the stories of the visit in the upcoming posts.
Day 1: Arrived in Sydney
9:00 pm – Decided to take the cab to Ibis hotel which proved to be a wrong move as the fare was so expensive (AUD $90) for a 25 minute journey. As it was night time, we didn’t want to take the risk of getting the train or a bus as we’re not sure of the exact location of the hotel.
10:00 pm – Walked around the hotel area to get familiar to the area. Since the hotel was located right smack at the Darling Harbour waterfront, there was quite a buzz of night time activity.
Day 2: The Wildlife and The City
09:00 am – Took the train to Featherdale Wildflife Park to see the local wildlife, feed them and pat the cute creatures. Train ticket was AUD $9 per person and entrance ticket AUD$28. (We received a 20% discount from the Sydney Guide Book).
2:00 pm – Headed to Circular Quay via train to view the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. (There is no charge if you’re walking around the area.)
4:30 pm – Decided to hop on the Ferry from Wharf 65 to Darling Harbour which is just near our hotel. The 45 minutes ferry ride came with free wi-fi and a stunning sunset view of the iconic Sydney architectures. (AUD $7 per person for one way)
8:30 pm – Was about to go out for dinner when we saw colourful explosions in the sky coming from the waterfront area. That was a nice surprise.
Day 3: Chilling in Sydney
9:00 am – Paddy Markets was just a few minutes walk away from where we stayed and in it you could find all sorts of souveniers, t-shirts and a wet market even. It’s a good place to shop for affordable items.
1:00 pm – The Chinese Garden of Friendship is located the harbourside and the childrens’ playground. It’s a nice contrast of eastern appeal in the bustling city of Sydney. Suddenly you feel as though you’re in another part of the world. (Ticket AUD$6 per person)
3:00 pm – What I looked forward to for this trip was the popular Bondi Beach to catch the beautiful sunset and it was indeed stunning. Graffiti walls lined up beach and surfers were busy making their way into the ocean with the high waves.
Day 4: Historical Visit
10:00 am – Ships ahoy at Pyrmount Bridge and we took this opportunity to do a little historical visit to the National Maritime Museum. If we had stayed longer, we would have been able to go for the Fleet Discovery and explore the huge battleships at the harbour. (Ticket AUD$7)
11:30 pm – One of the reasons why I chose to travel on this particular date was because of the Art & About Sydney located in Hyde Park. There were stunning large scales photos taken by the local photographers which showed the ‘Real Sydney’ life. There were also brightly coloured snails located around the city by the Cracking Art Group!
12:00 pm – A walk away from Hyde Park was the Hyde Barracks Museum which was designed by the convict architect to house convict men and women.
2:00 pm – Manly Beach is like it’s name, with manly people on the beach (no pun intended) but it was more private than Bondi beach. I loved it because it had a lot of independent cafes in its’ town. Be sure to look out for this stories too!
Here’s a video summary of the Sydney Trip!
Check out the map for all the places we visited in Sydney!
* This trip was made possible by the #AAXVividSydney Instagram Contest by AirAsiaX which we took part in April 2013 and won. Thank you AirAsia for the flight tickets and the 4 days 3 nights accommodations!
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.