In The Land Down Under

 In Australia, New South Wales

I planned my trip in the land down under for months. It took me awhile to come up with itinerary. Few months before my flight, I made sure to see most of Sydney by making it a 4 days, 3 nights trip. But a week before my scheduled trip, a most devastating news came to me. My almost a year relationship ended via text message from the United States to the Philippines. I was so depressed but I was a little optimistic that I can save our relationship, I re-booked my airline trip from Sydney to the US making my tour in Australia a 2 days, 1 night trip.

This is how my 2 days, 1 night itinerary went in Sydney, Australia:

I arrived in Sydney from Singapore at 1030H via Scoot. I went directly to the hostel I booked which was Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks. Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks was about 25-min from SYD airport via taxi or Uber.

Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks

Sydney Harbour YHA – The Rocks was built above archaeological remnants of the colonial Sydney. The hostel combines state-of-the-art facilities with a heritage experience and is the only hostel in the city’s historic harbourside precinct – The Rocks – with the stunning panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. It is located in 110 Cumberland St, Sydney, The Rocks, NSW 2000, with phone number: (+61) 2 8272 0900 or visit the site.

The Big Dig Archaeology Education Center which is part of Sydney Harbour YHA
Artifacts dug from the location
Sydney Harbour YHA Social Area
Famous tourist spots in Australia
Stairways to the rooms
Bunk Beds
Sydney Harbour Bridge view on the rooftop deck of Sydney Harbour YHA
Sydney skyscrapers

After I got settled in the hostel, I met these roommates, two lovely ladies from San Diego, California. Their names were Kelsey and Stephanie. I always traveled alone but it would be fun if I tag along with their discover Sydney trip. We talked and it seemed that all places that I would love to see were also on their list to visit. Our first stop was the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On our way there from the hostel, I got to take some photos of city center.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney was ginormous. It has Herb Garden, Palace Rose Garden, Art Gallery, Herbarium, Learning Center, Mrs Macquaries Point, Main Pond, Maiden Theater, some shops, restaurants, cafes and more. But not to worry since there were signages for tourists not to get lost.

We started our walk around the city at 3PM Sydney Time and spent an hour in the Royal Botanic Garden. We went to the nearest train station which was Martin Place. Our second destination was Bondi Beach since we want to witness the famous sunset.

We got off the Bondi Junction. It was almost a 30-min train ride. While we were in Bondi Junction, we were kind of hungry. Good thing, Kelsey was a good navigator. From Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach, it was about 35-min walk. Here are the photos of our adventure to the beach from the train station.

We were starving, thus, we ended up going to the nearest burger pub. We went to Moo Gourmet Burgers. They have lots of choices but I wasn’t up for a steak challenge so, I got a delicious Australian beef burger instead. They were also affordable. After we satisfied our guts, we went directly to the beach. Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. It has reliable waves for surfers, laid-back cafes around the street for trendy and health-conscious locals and tourists, casual pubs for backpackers and travelers, and has dramatic scenery from the clifftop to the coastal walk for walkers and joggers.

It was already 8PM Sydney Time. Kelsey and Stephanie have decided to drink in the nearest pub. Since I don’t drink, I told them that I’ll just go back to the hostel. I got in the hostel thru Uber and went to the roof deck to witness this view of the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House at night

The next day, Kelsey and Stephanie have left since their flight back to San Diego was early. I got the whole day before my flight back to the U.S. and of course, I haven’t visited the iconic landmark of Sydney. My next destination was the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, bicycle, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic the city’s CBD and the North Shore. The bridge is one of the iconic view of Sydney and has been the famous location for tourists to visit.

Just the opposite of Sydney Harbour Bridge was the most known landmark in the world, the Sydney Opera House. It is everybody’s dream to set foot and take a photo with the Opera House. Every year, Aussies celebrate their New Year countdown in this location.

Sydney Opera House

The iconic landmark, Sydney Opera House, is a multi-venue performing arts center in the city. It has been named as one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings in the world.

That was how I spent my 2 days and 1 night in Sydney, Australia. I have seen the best of the city and have explored from skyscraper metropolis to sunset perfection beach. Sydney has indeed the city, beach and suburban living in one. Check out my vlog for my Land Down Under trip.

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