Travel: Sydney City Adventure

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.

central railway station

 george street

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.

queen victoria building

inside qvb

then walking again along main street passing through shops, buildings and offices.

stroll along downtown sydney

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!

circular quay

…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.

sydney opera house

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.

view from the opera house

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!

city business district

sydney harbor from macquarie’s point at royal botanic gardens

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. 🙂

the rocks (photo credits to mader)

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!

sunset is ❤

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