Updated: May 26, 2020
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge behind
In the second trip down the memory lane, my mind takes me back to Sydney, Australia where I spent countless unforgettable moments. I have had a chance to visit it several times as part of my job as a cabin crew and once on my own. Durations of these stays were usually between one to three days. To date Sydney is still one of my favourite cities out there and holds special place in my heart. It was my first destination in Australia and first in Oceania region.
As mentioned in earlier post I love big cities and when I think of places where I could spend the rest of my life, Sydney is one of the first ones that come to mind. It has it all, beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, tons of available activities and welcoming people always willing to help. Staying in the city centre means that majority of tourist attractions and activities are just a short walk away. While city has many world famous attractions such as Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and others, I prefer some less known attractions.
My walk through the city began downtown heading towards the Royal Botanical Gardens located right next to Sydney Opera House. It is the largest park in the city stretching from the Rocks (Sydney Harbour) to Potts Point (navy dockyard). Within the park there is a Westpac Open Air Sydney where movies are played on the big screen. Amazing view of the harbour can be seen in the background. At the edge of the park Mrs. Macquarie's chair can be located. This is the location where all those iconic postcard like pictures are made, with the both Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the frame.
The walk continues towards Hyde Park where Anzac Memorial (memorial to all Australians that served in the Defence Force) is located. Hyde Park is also Australia's oldest park. Going through the park I find myself in the downtown Sydney again. This time I visited Sydney Tower Eye where one can discover 360 degree views of city's skyline, 250 m above the street level. More brave ones can partake in Skywalk. It is an open air glass platform encircling Sydney tower at a height of 268 m above ground. It is one of the scariest things I've ever done and it challenged my fear of heights more than once. From the personal experience I can say it was worth it as the views from the top were amazing.
At this point it was already late afternoon so I decided to head towards my favourite part of the city Darling Harbour. Here lots of bars and restaurants can be found but most of all I find this area very relaxing and full of life.
Next morning my colleagues boarded a ferry and headed towards Manly Beach. Compared to Bondi Beach less popular but still well known. At the time of the visit, a surfing competition was taking place. All of us have never been to such competition before so we decided to stay and watch the programme, which believe or not was free of charge. Area was buzzing with surfing enthusiasts from all over the world and live music. The atmosphere made it very hard to leave and at that moment we all agreed that we have to come back as soon as possible.
Manly Beach (on a normal day)
After the visit to the beach we headed back to the hotel as it was soon time to leave this amazing city. Life of international flight attendant can be very exhausting but moments like this make it worth it. Visiting far away places such as Australia is not as easy now as it used to be but I do hope I make it back one day.
Hope you enjoyed the post. Next up is Tromso, Norway :)