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You can spot southern right whales and humpback whales as they migrate north along Australia’s Coast for the winter. The best time to watch them in action would be in May in the New South Wales and Tasmania and in June in Queensland and Victoria. It’s a sight to see.4. Witness the Southern Lights
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Sydney Opera House
Sydney is recognizable through its Opera House. Therefor, a visit here is obligatory. Listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Center List, this magnanimous structure is a gem in the Sydney sky. Built in 1973, it is well known for its architecture and design. Standing shaped like white sails on the Sydney harbor, the Danish Architect won many accolades for this structure. It marked the start of the Modern era for Sydney after its colonial rule.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The other iconic attraction of Sydney is the Sydney Harbour Bridge with its massive arc-like structure which makes it the world's largest steel arc bridge. 'Bridge Climb' organizes different kinds of climb on the arc structure of the bridge based on different price packages. If you have a few hundred dollars to spend in your budget, it is a lifetime moment to view the whole of Sydney from top of the bridge. You can also walk on the bridge through the pedestrian path paved along one side of the bridge which also gives your great views of Opera House and Sydney harbour.
Amber’s pick and something I’d never done in Sydney. We got a three-hour ride from Darling Harbor past Sydney Harbor with a crew that let us steer the boat and crank the sails. Mid-sail, the heavens finally opened up and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees. That night’s entertainment was St. George’s Open Air Cinema. It’s over now, but Bondi has one till March.
I accidentally timed my visit to Sydney to coincide with their annual Australia Day celebration. It was a happy accident as the city was one big party that day. Unfortunately, the Bridge Climb was booked up during my entire stay (always book that in advance!) but I did get to witness a terrific fireworks display over Darling Harbour. My first stop was the famous Sydney Opera House. It looks beautiful in pictures but I must say it was amazing up close. I’m not sure how many pictures one could possibly take of this building but I’m going for the record. The other major attraction in Sydney Harbour is the Harbour Bridge. It’s funny to see the constant stream of people climbing to its top. Wish I could have done that, it looks really cool up there. With the holiday, there were a TON of boats out on the water and since that looked like a lovely way to spend a few hours, I found the ferry terminal and bought a ticket to the far beaches at Manly. Mostly, I just wanted the ferry ride through the harbor but the beach was gorgeous, too. For my last day in Sydney, my plan was to check out the famous Bondi Beach. Bondi is a huge beach and was very crowded even at 10 am when I got there. I found a good spot and settled in for a while enjoying the atmosphere.
Today we have had a wonder around the city and its amazing. I completely love it. We have taken a trip to the harbor to see the bridge and the Opera house. We might have also stopped in a few shops on our way down, but you will be pleased to hear (mum) that I haven't managed to spend any money on clothes just yet! Tonight we are off out to the Side bar (in the basement of Wake Up) so we have bought two boxes of goon (boxed wine) on the way back, ready for drinking games before happy hour!
Featherdale Wildlife Park
It is always a confusion to whether visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park or the Taronga Zoo as it completely depends on individual choice. The Taronga Zoo holds a considerable variety of species and animals from all over the world and you a need a day to spend your time here. Also you need to pay an extra fee to feed and click snaps of Kola bear and Kangaroo. Whereas, Featherdale Wildlife Park is a sanctuary only to native Australian animals like Wallaby, Kangaroo, Wombat, Kola bear etc. and the entry fee is comparatively cheaper than Taronga Zoo for what it offers. The main advantage of this park is that you don't need to pay extra to feed and take selfies with Kangaroo, Wallaby and Kola bear and also you can finish your visit in half a day.
Honeymoon Island is a flat sand bank that was recently created by the wind dragging sand inside Aitutaki Lgoon, in the tiny Pacific territory of the Cook Islands. The sandbank is populated by a few bushes and several palm trees grown from the coconuts planted by the many couples that make the trip down here as a sign of their eternal love. The whole island can be walked in fifteen minutes and reached by a 45 minutes boat ride from Vaipae, Aitutaki's main town. It is said that couples used to come here to get married, hence the name. There are various arch-like structures made of bamboo and local flowers under which couples exchange their vows. 7) Aileen from I am Aileen: White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Sydney Harbour Bridge
This arched bridge, fondly known, as the "coat hanger" is one of Sydney's most popular sights. It runs over the Sydney harbor to join the Central Business District to the North Shore. It is the world's largest bridge and a major landmark for the city. It is almost equivalent to what the Statue of Liberty is to New York. It has been a part of Sydney's history and till today continues to be a part of its rich architectural heritage.
Sydney Cricket Ground
It’s a dream come true for any cricket fan to walk on the lush grass turf of Sydney Cricket Ground, have a seat at the away and home team dressing room, walk along the walk of honour, visit the commentator and media room, get lost in the history of Sydney Cricket where history of records was created by the cricket giants. The daily guided tour of Stadium starts at 10 am from the Allianz Stadium Office. Do not miss to have a look at the commemorative plaque in remembrance of 'Philip Hughes'.
3. Blue Mountains: Home to some endangered Aboriginal tribes, blue mountains got there name due to the presence of Eucalyptus trees which emanate oil fumes which mixed wih air in the atmosphere tend to give out a blue hue to the surroundings. There is a Aboriginal show that you can catch which details there history and lifestyle. TIP: Make sure you stop by Leura- a fairytale village on your way back for a quick bite of the local cuisine and humongous helpings of locally made yummy ice-cream :)
The girls went on their secret shopping adventure, so I went over to the park with the boys, played cricket for the first time in my life and soaked Grant in the pool of reflection at Hyde Park, which gained me a soaking in return of ice cold water. Had the best Spaghetti Bologenese cooked for us for dinner by Mike tonight too, it was delish!
Named after the original Hyde Park in London, this is the oldest parkland in Australia. Once a popular racing ground and a turf for various other sports, today this 40 acre park is only a humble reminder of the city's past. This huge space filled with gardens and a main fountain at the center is perfect to lay back and absorb the two-hour walk. A perfect end point to the journey.
Second day started with visiting the world famous Bondi beach. Unlike most of the days, sunshine choose to be stingy. A little bit of downpour and lot of wind gave way to surfers to fully utilize the huge waves. My father’s umbrella could make it’s way to Sydney since we made an effort to fully know the weather forecast beforehand. Like an unusual sight, Bondi was uninhabited.
For the seriously stylish shopper, Oxford Street is where high street fashion effortlessly mingles with artistic standalone boutiques and home-grown designer labels. Running all the way from Darlinghurst up till Woollahra, keep an eye out for Camilla, Ginger & Smart, Easton Pearson and Ellery.DARLING STREET
This suburb is a delightful little undiscovered gem. Thanks to a local’s recommendation, my roommate and I took off on a ferry and docked on the tiny peninsula of Watson’s Bay. Aside from a seafood restaurant, pretty little harbor, and itty bitty stretch of sandy beach, we initially wondered what else there was to do. But just hike up through the park in the middle of town to the ocean side of the peninsula (it’s a 5-10 minute walk, don’t worry) and you’ll see why the locals recommend it: the views are spectacular. Walk along the cliffs and climb up to the lookout point, where you are greeted with a salty ocean breeze, sweeping views of the South Pacific on one side, and the city skyline of Sydney on the other.
Amber arrived in the morning, so we had the whole day ahead of us. After a rest from her 11-hour flight, we took the ferry to Circular Quay so she could see the Bridge and Opera House. We took the customary photos, then strolled down George Street to Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building — major CBD sites complete. We stopped for food and drinks with some friends at one of my favorite pubs on George Street, Cheers.
Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
Magnificent stained glass windows, 19th century staircases and the stunning central dome are some of the features of QVB that will leave you awestruck. As for the shopping, once you’ve had your fill of all that’s designer, look up kikki.K. It’s a boutique overflowing with beautiful knick knacks, must-have stationary and gifts that are going to make you reach out for the credit card, much more than you had planned. qvb.com.auOXFORD STREET