my short and sweet 5-day vacation at sydney was a success. i enjoyed every single day of my stay there with my friends and even sometimes just walking around the city on my own. i always feel exhausted upon reaching the hostel every night because of the endless walks but then it’s all part of the traveling experience. most of the time, i prefer walking around than riding the train or bus since this allows me to explore more the hidden places. most days, i do my city tour-ing then just contact my friends by afternoon to meet them.
i stayed at alfred park budget hostel in surry hills area. it is very close to the city business district and just a walking distance to the central railway station. most of the houses in that area are old style houses just like the hostel where i stayed. i’m lucky because this place is located at central sydney which is close to the airport as well as the major tourist attractions.
everyday, i walk for almost 20 minutes from the hostel going to central railway station. then from central railway station, i find my way out going to george street, which is the main avenue for commercial and retail establishments. hmm, reminds me of makati’s ayala avenue.
passing by queen victoria building, a romanesque styled shopping mall where i mostly hang out while waiting for reg. this is one of my favorite places because of the free wi-fi! hahaha.
then walking again along main street passing through shops, buildings and offices.
i walked the entire 3km stretch and finally ended up at circular quay. i spotted a rappelling activity at one of the buildings there. i also asked for a photo souvenir with one of the local guys there. haha. this guy knows manny pacquiao!
…and finally i saw the sydney opera house and harbour bridge. my legs are so tired after walking all the way from the hostel to this part. 2-3 hours of 3km alay lakad lang naman.
i walked up the stairs going to the opera house and from there, you will see the beautiful view of the sydney harbor bridge and the city skyline.
walking for a few more minutes brought me to the royal botanic garden and entrance is free of charge. and since i’m very tired from the long walkathon, i rode the tourist shuttle along with the other oldie tourists. a few minutes of sitting inside the shuttle is just priceless. here you can see the beautiful view of the opera house and the city skyline. i could just sit here all day enjoying the view while listening to the sound of the waves…ahhhhhh perfect!
later in the afternoon, i met up with reg for our dinner date. i always look forward seeing her after work since that’s the only chika time we have. she also brought flaire along with her whom i met on a few lakwatsa trips back in the ph. we had dinner at pancakes on the rocks at the rocks. i had the best walking tour here at the rocks dahil best in lost and found lang kami ni mader. lamon mode after maligaw. hehehe. 🙂
despite getting lost and feeling very tired, i enjoyed every single moment of that day — sights, stories, friends and food. lastly, walking under the sydney harbour bridge on a sunset feeling the cool spring breeze on your face is just ❤. lakas maka senti ehhhhh. hahaha. tsarlot!