Beautiful Sydney, Australia

Is visiting Sydney part of your bucket list? Well, it was sure part of mine and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.  Traveling to Australia was a dream come true.  While I knew that I was going to have a lovely time, the city exceeded my expectations by far.  Personally, I traveled from Phoenix, Arizona and although it was a long flight to get there, I will do it again in a heart beat!  It is definitely a place that I want to go back to!  Here is a summary of my amazing trip.

Getting to Sydney and cost:

I found what I thought was a great deal in Groupon!  Yes, I said Groupon.  A 10 day trip to Sydney and Fiji cost me $1999.00 and included round trip airfare from Los Angeles, CA, all hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, and transportation to and from the airport to the hotels.  Click here to be directed to the Getaway section of Groupon and search for your all inclusive trip.  The hotel locations were in a very centric place and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotel accommodations.

I will warn that the trip was loooong.  A 14 hour flight is not easy to take; however, the City of Sydney is so beautiful is well worth it.  I also went at the beginning of September and the weather could have not been better as the temperature ranged from 60 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once you are in Sydney: 

You will be amazed by how friendly the people are, the streets are incredible clean, and the architecture is incredible.  Sydney Harbor is like an aquatic playground.  With only a few days to spare, I chose to purchase a Hop On Hop Off Cruise ticket that would allow me to explore Sydney by water.  The cruise had a very flexible schedule that stopped at the main landmarks and destinations including: Darling Harbor, Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly, and Luna Park.  Once you are at the Sydney Harbor you won’t miss the majestic views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Bridge.  You can purchase the Hop On Hop Off ticket for about $38 for a 24 hour pass.

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Hop On Hop Off Cruise – 24 hour pas

 

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View of the Opera House from the Hop On Hop Off Cruise

One of my most beautiful memories is riding in the Hop On Hop Off Cruise and taking the incredible view of the city from it.  You might want to note that the term “cruise” is used lightly since it is more like a boat designed to transport people from landmark to landmark.

Many is another stop that you will want to take advantage of.  The place reminded me a little of Southern California.  The island has a laid back vibe, with bike trails, great restaurants, activities and much more.  The atmosphere is welcoming and it is a great way to spend the afternoon.

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Manly Beach

 

Taronga Zoo:

You don’t want to miss this attraction!  Not only it is one of the many convenient stops from the Hop On Hop Off, but you don’t want to miss the charismatic kangaroos that Australia is so well known for.

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My friend Nancy and I at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia

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My date for the trip!

Blue Mountains:

Katoomba is the name of the city that houses Australia’s Blue Mountains.  If you are interested in leaving Sydney for a day this is a great option.  Katoomba is located less than two hours from Sydney by train.  The train is easy to use.  All you have to do is purchase a day pass and get on board.  This part of Australia reminded me a little of the red mountains in Sedona, Arizona.  The main difference is that the mountains have a a natural blue haze that results from the forest when it releases oil that then mixes with water vapor and sunlight.

 

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The Three Sisters at Echo Point

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Main Entrance

Will I Return to Australia?

Absolutely yes!  There are so many other places that I didn’t get to visit in Sydney.  While I was proud of myself for finding such a great deal in Groupon, I have to admit that I would have liked to stay longer if I would have known what a gorgeous place this is.  Also, keep in mind that Fiji is only a short flight away so check out my post by clicking HERE to learn more!

Hope you found this post beneficial.  Let me know what you think and if you are planning to visit anytime soon.  I am planning to go again in a year or two so I’ll be interested in your thoughts if you have visited this amazing spot on Earth recently.  Let me know and until next time!

Nicole

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