28th – 31st December 2016
I have recently just arrived back in Melbourne after the most incredible week in Sydney for New Years and its safe to say that I never ever wanted to leave. We hardly scratched the surface of what Sydney had to offer but we gave it our best shot and packed in as much as possible.
We set of from Melbourne on the 27th and boarded our 12 hour overnight coach to Sydney. Unlike Asia there were no beds (sad face) just your standard seats which made for a slightly uncomfortable journey but as soon as we pulled into Central Station all was forgotten as the excitement kicked in.
We rented an apartment through Airbnb just outside the city in Edgecliff (1 stop from Bondi Junction and 3 from Central Station) it was the perfect spot. Luckily for us the owner had said we could check in as soon as we arrived which meant we were able to jump in the shower and catch up on some sleep. We decided to venture out in the afternoon and took a walk to McKell Park in Darling Point where we caught our first glimpse of the Harbour Bridge. That evening we had a BBQ out on the balcony with a glass of wine before getting an early night ready for our first full day in Sydney.
Day 2 was sightseeing day and I literally couldn’t contain my excitement at the thought of finally seeing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge – you see them in pictures so often and I was finally going to see them with my own eyes. Once in the city we headed for the harbour and walked out to Dawes Point which gave us an amazing view of the Opera House and also access to get up onto the bridge itself. Next we headed back along Darling Harbour and round to the Opera House, which for me was the highlight of the trip. After spending some time looking around and taking loads of photos we headed through the Botanical Gardens and out to Mrs Macquaries Point where the views just got better and better. After a long and tiring day (but absolutely no regrets) we headed back to the apartment for a BBQ and a few drinks.
Our plans for day 3 were to hit Bondi Beach, but first I spent the morning at a little meet up organised by travel blogger Mollie Bylett – it was really nice to meet other travelers and hear all their stories and plans. Afterwards I caught the train back to Bondi Junction and met the others at the beach. I wasn’t massively impressed by Bondi but that may have been due to the clouds so I am looking forward to when I go back in March with my friends to see if I enjoy it any more the second time round. That evening me, Daniel and Jean headed down to the harbour for a few drinks at the Quay Bar – it was a really lovely evening and we were all buzzing for New Years the next day.
Finally it was day 4, aka New Years Eve and the main reason for us heading to Sydney. We had decided that we would go back to Mrs Macquaries Point to watch the fireworks as we were so impressed with the views there from the day before. The gates opened at 10am and at 9.45am we were there ready and waiting with only a couple of thousand other people…! As the clock struck 10 it was every man for himself and the whole crowd surged forward in a race to be the first in – it was absolute mayhem! 2 hours later we were in and managed to meet up with the others. Unfortunately the spot that we had been to the day before was now closed off to the media leaving 16,000 of us to fight for the few remaining vantage points with a clear view of the bridge and opera house. We didn’t manage to get a very clear view ourselves but with a 12 hour wait ahead of us we were happy to have a spot in the shade!
Surprisingly the time flew by, we were treated to a stunt plane flyover at 6pm and some fireworks at 9pm and with the help of a few vodkas it was midnight before we knew it. The atmosphere was absolutely electric leading up to the countdown and when it finally turned 12 we witnessed the most incredible firework display that I have ever ever seen.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sydney P2 – Day trip to Manly, The Blue Mountains & MORE of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House!