[Travel] Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 (Day 2)

by - Monday, November 05, 2018

On the previous post on my blog, I was updating the stories on Day 1 and sharing the journey from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sydney, Australia by using the Singapore Airlines on 13th September 2018 (Thursday). On 14th September 2018 (Friday), it's the real story of discovers to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. 

Actually, my first tour in Australia is beginning in Sydney, Australia for 3 days and 2 nights. The moments we're arriving at the Sydney International Airport, we're starting the tour with the Sydney City tour by private minibus. 

Before I start sharing about my Sydney city tour, I would like to share some basic information about the Sydney City. Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. But Sydney is not the capital city of Australia. The capital city of Australia is the Canberra, Australia. 

Sydney is located on Australia's east coast; the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and sprawls about 70 km on its periphery toward the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, and Macarthur to the south. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas, and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,131,326. 

The first location we visit is Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. It is also known as Lady Macquarie's Chair. The Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, in a peninsula in Sydney Harbour. It was hand carved by convicts in 1810, for Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of Major-General Lachian Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales. The peninsula itself is named Mrs. Macquarie's Point, and is part of The Domain, near the Royal Botanic Gardens.

TIP 1 – this location is a nice and wonderful place to take amazing photos together with the popular icon of Sydney City, which is Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The second location we visit is the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. The Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The Government of New South Wales, led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, authorized work to begin in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and schedule overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation. 

The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Garden, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As in of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. The building is managed by the Sydney Opera House Trust, an agency of the New South Wales State Government.

On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been listed on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate since 1980, the National Trust of Australia register since 1983, the City of Sydney Heritage Inventory since 2000, the New South Wales State Heritage Register since 2003, and the Australian National Heritage List since 2005.

TIP 2 – try exploring around the Sydney Opera House area and also looking the best angle to take the best photo of the Sydney Opera House. It is because once you're close with the Sydney Opera House; it's a little bit difficult to take the best photo with it. P/S: I take time almost 30 minutes just to find the best angle of the Sydney Opera House to take photos with it. I do a lot of photography experiment until I happy with the final result. 

The third location we visit is Sydney Fish Market. On this day, the tour does not include lunch for the members' tour so we need to buy our lunch by ourselves. Lucky, they take us to the Sydney Fish Market so we take this chance to buy our lunch. The Sydney Fish Market is a fish market in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The market sits on the Blackwattle Bay foreshore in Pyrmont, 2 kilometers west of the Sydney central business district. It is the world's third largest fish market. 

It has a variety of seafood shop in this place and we're free to choose what's kind of food we like to eat. It is because the Sydney Fish Market also has shops that serve the seafood meals to the customers. Some of the shops also allow you to pick your own seafood and choice what's kind of cook style you like in the same shop. The price seafood meals (lobster, prawns, and scallop) of my mom and sister choice for our lunch is AUD $43.50 (RM 137.25). The Sydney Fish Market has many seating tables even inside the market or outside of the market. It is free to choice and seat.

TIP 3 – kindly beware of the seagulls if your choice to eat outside of the market. Some of the seagulls are willing to steal your foods. So please not give your foods to the seagulls, even it has the signboard about it. 

The fourth location we visit is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design. 

We're passing by the Sydney The Rock Area before we're riding the cruise along the Sydney Harbour. The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney's city center, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. 

After the one-day city tour, we're checking in our hotel in Sydney city. I feel tired all day because I can't get consistent sleep time in the plane even I'm excited to look the Sydney city in the first time.

We're staying at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour for 3 days and 2 nights from 14th September 2018 (Friday) until 16th September 2018 (Sunday). It is just nice located at the Darling Harbour area and beside of China Town in Sydney. This hotel is the 4-star hotel in Australia. Since we are three persons so we request to stay in the triple room. It's a nice room with the three single beds and also has a small corner of dining. 

We just get around 1-hour rest in the room hotel before we're headed to the Star City Casino for seafood buffet dinner. This dinner is including in our tour. It is a nice restaurant and also serves a variety of food to choose. 

After dinner, we're straight going back to our hotel and rest. It is a long day for me and I need my beauty sleep for the next day. That is all my stories on day 2 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about discovers Sydney and Melbourne, Australia based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Discovers Sydney & Melbourne, Australia in September 2018 – Day 1, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, and Day 8.

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