My Down Under visit to Sydney was another solo trip for me after Eastern Europe. It’s my first visit to Australia and I literally jumped on Scoot’s promotional fares upon seeing it. I have heard so much about Australia from friends and wifey that I thought bustling Sydney would be a good place to start with. I simply cannot contain my excitement to finally see the stunning Opera House and Harbour Bridge. G’Day Mate for the next 4D3N!
The flight arrived at Sydney Kingsford Airport in the early afternoon. And I have to say that the legroom space of Scoot’s aircraft is rather good for a budget airline, Kudos to that! Getting from Sydney airport to city centre is an easy-peasy 13 minutes’ train ride to the Central station, which is quite near to Cambridge Hotel Sydney.
Hyde Park and St Mary’s Cathedral
Sydney’s CBD area is within a short walking distance from the hotel. Hence, it’s time for some wandering after the usual check-in procedure. And the first stop would be St Mary’s Cathedral. Maybe I should have relaxed a while more around Hyde Park too.
The good looking Cathedral seems to be a popular backdrop for wedding photoshoot.
Sydney Tower Eye and surrounding
Also did the touristy bit by visiting Sydney Tower Eye to have a quick overview of the beautiful city. One side of the tower faces the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. But sadly it’s more of a partial view since there are too many buildings in the way. Perhaps the better time to be here would be around sunset.
It’s also possible to step out of the internal observation deck by joining the Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk Tour. But I didn’t do that as cameras are disallowed and that’s a major bummer for me.
The Queen Victoria Building (or simply QVB) nearby is a majestic looking shopping mall. There’s even a tour for people wanting to learn some insights about the building.
Darling Harbour is the ‘happening’ leisure hub of Sydney with plenty of dining and entertainment options to choose from. Here’s where locals unwind the day with live music, food and drinks. And I am here to soak up the atmosphere.
The promenade and Pyrmont Bridge makes it easy to stroll around the wharf area to take in the views or enjoy an evening breeze. Popular tourist destinations here include Museums like Madame Tussauds, National Maritime and Sydney Aquarium.
Dinner was a very nice and tasty burger from Grill’d.
Harbour Bridge and Luna Park
After bidding farewell to Darling, it’s time to make my way across Harbour Bridge to Milson’s Point. There are many ways to reach there by either bus, train or ferry to Milson’s Point wharf. I opted for a bus ride. And my, this lookout has a great view of both Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. How wonderful!
The mesmerising view causes me to overstay despite the strong wind but totally worth it for a view as such.
Luna Park is an amusement just around the corner.
STAY: Cambridge Hotel Sydney
The location is the key reason why I opted for Cambridge Hotel Sydney. It’s relatively close to Central Station and CBD area which makes it easy for me to move around. The surrounding is quiet and safe – Surry Hills Police Station is just right across. The comfortable spacious room was a pleasant surprise for a central hotel and the balcony has a great view too. It’s valued for money and I would definitely recommend Cambridge Hotel Sydney.