Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the largest and most populous city in Australia. It is consistently rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world (while Melbourne is currently at #1 spot). It is also the home of the iconic Sydney Opera House. On the CNY of 2013, a friend and I had a chance to travel to this exciting city. Sydney is the first stop of our 9D8N Australia trip.

We booked an accommodation from and it is located in Darlington which is a good walking distance to public transport, coffee shops, convenience stores, and some tourists. After checking in and meeting our host, we immediately went to Paddy’s Market, which closes at 5PM.

Paddy’s Market is a large market in Sydney which sells fruits, vegetables, clothes, and souvenirs. This is where we were able to score some good cheap stuff.

After Paddy’s Market, we walked to Chinatown then spent the rest of the evening exploring Darling Harbour.

The next day, we did a HOHO bus tour around Sydney.

Then we took the route going to Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Sydney and is popular for surfing. Being the closest beach to the city centre, it is Sydney’s busiest and most visited beach. It was a very cold and breezy day when we went, which probably explains why the beach is not crowded as expected – which is somehow a good timing for us. We did the coastal walk and saw some amazing rock formations.

The next day we did a guided tour to the iconic Sydney Opera House to discover it’s history and what’s inside this famous landmark. Unfortunately, there are some areas where picture taking is strictly prohibited.

After the Sydney Opera House tour, we took the ferry to the beach-side suburb called Manly. Some might wonder why is such place called “Manly”. Well according to history, Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip of the Royal Navy of England because he was impressed by “the confidence and manly behaviour” of a group of Aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour and so the placed was called “Manly Cove”.

I personally enjoyed and liked Manly more than Bondi (but perhaps it was because of the weather in Bondi when we visited). I like that the beachfront promenade is lined with (Norfolk Island) pine tress, which is a prominent feature of Manly Beach. There is a commercial area called the Corso, where you can find some shops, cafes, and restaurants. Like Bondi, this is also a popular surfing beach and there are also some interesting rock formations when you do the coastal walk.

On our way back to Sydney Harbour, I was able to snap more pictures of the Sydney Opera House. Just point and shoot whenever possible! 😀

Then we decided to walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Oh, it was long walk but the views of the Sydney Harbour were spectacular!

After that long walk, we went to Gelatomassi, which serves the best home-made gelato. 🙂

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