05.06.2014 - 10.06.2014
Well been here a whole week, and I could run out of good things to say about this place, there really are so many places to see and things to do, not to mention the food is awesome. The first week has really been a bit of a whistle-stop tour of some of the major sights of Sydney, and at that I still haven't done them all, so week two could be every bit as eventful. The fact that Vivid Sydney has been on during my first week has meant that the already amazing sights, such as the Harbor Bridge and Opera House become even more spectacular when night comes.
So, Vivid Sydney has been a really good welcome to Sydney, as there has been so much more than just lighting up the major sights, like on Tuesday when I went to the aquarium and was treated to a firework spectacular after coming out of the aquarium and then a light show later on. Darling harbor certainly didn't disappoint and I have been there a few times during the first week, and that is not even touching on the amazing aquarium. The shark descent is a real highlight, but there was a surprise from the start with a baby duckbill platypus around the first corner....WOW!
Got my first experience of the beach on Saturday when I caught the ferry to Manly, which is another very nice place, not only was the beach stunning (even if the weather wasn't) but the corso is heaving with nice bars and cool shops. Really was good to get to just sit on the beach and look out over the sea, and watch the surfers all waiting to catch the next wave. I caught the Rugby Union in a bar there, and as gutted we lost it so late on.
A few of the days have been kind of throw away days, where I have just headed out of the hostel for a walk and seen where it has taken me (mostly to Darling harbor or Circular quay), but Sunday I had the idea of turning one of these walks into a visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground, which owing to the fact that it is winter here now was a bit of a ghost town, but the size of the place was pretty impressive, which bodes well for when I get to visit the MCG. I will say that a lot of these walks have been broken up by having to dive into a bar to avoid the weather, which has been really bad my first week, but can't have everything.
One last thing, but possibly one of the best of the first week was the visit to Taronga Zoo. Lets just say if the aquarium was brilliant, this place was even better. The setting is unbelievable and the zoo is really engaging, with parts that you can walk through where the animals run wild. That bit was amazing but also a tad unnerving at first. A couple of highlights was the tigers, who seemed to want to put on a show with two of them really going at it (fighting that is) and another was the Barbary sheep, it was amazing to see them running and jumping around the rocks, with just there little hoofs...Unreal! Some of the sights of the city that you can get from the zoo are pretty breathtaking, especially when the sun is shining, which it actually was for a change!
All in all a great first week, and can't for the trip to continue, which may actually involve moving north to get farm work, who knows......