I wondered why discerning travelers used the line “There’s nothing like Australia” as they shared their experiences. Let me tell you how I discovered the answer with a trip to Sydney. Luckily, as a part of my business trip I happened to be in Sydney. Apart form a conference to attend, it was all about the city’s attractions which were a part of my Itinerary.
Sydney, one of the most developed and important cities of Australia was yet to be explored by me. As a frequent traveler I have been to quite a number of places to get unique experiences. A skiing experience in the Rhone Alpes, spa vacation in Bali and a trip to Rishikesh (a small town in India) to sense the Indian version of sanity, all these tours have delivered much more than just the physical experiences.
Landing at the Kingsworth Smith Airport (also known as the Sydney Airport) and admiring the city from the skies sets up the perfect mood for a visit to the city. The bird’s eye view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House makes you even more restless to visit them in person. When in an exemplary city like Sydney, you cannot just settle for anything less than excellent. Fortunately, my room was booked
in the Darling Hotel which was a slick and stylish hotel offering splendid views of the Sydney harbor. Not to forget, the spacious marble bathrooms were definitely a symbol of living life king size.
Flooded with thoughts and suggestions as to what to see first and how to begin, I started with the most visited and iconic attraction of Sydney, no points for guessing, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Also referred to as the “Coat Hanger” by the locals, the bridge has some aspects which were not known to me earlier. I am sure everyone who has been on the bridge knows about Pylon and Bridge climb. The former, which can be accessed from the pedestrian walkway gives you an insight into the history of the bridge while the latter lets you climb up the bridge to admire the cityscape.
Next on my list was the cultural centre of Australia, the Opera house. The marvelous structure gave architecture a new dimension. It plays a pivotal role in the cultural history of Australia and has been a fitting showcase for many international artists. Seeing a number of visitors getting themselves photographed with the structure as the background, even I was tempted to do the same.
It was time to settle the matter with my taste buds. All my experiences of eating in Sydney were surpassed as I walked into the Quays restaurant. One of the most well known restaurants of the city, Quay delivers some of the best culinary experiences amidst the views of the bridge and opera house.
The Snow egg desert is a favorite among the locals and was on top of my list. One bite into it justified it all.
If you plan to visit the Darling Harbour, make sure you grab an IMAX movie for best movie watching experience. Also, if you are a fish lover, make a point to see over 5000 fishes at one single destination, the Sydney aquarium.
For all those who do not know, Australia has some of the rarest native species. As the country is secluded from the rest of the world, it is home to animal species which are hard to find anywhere else. Don’t trust me ? Visit the Taronga Zoo which features the finest collection of native Australian species. The Zoo provides many facilities to get close and personal with these amazing creatures. After all that, land up at the Bondi Beach. One of the most famous beaches in the world and an attraction no beach lover can afford to miss. Referred to as the surfer’s paradise, I couldn’t wait to take on the adrenaline pumping waves of the cool blue waters.
Like many other travelers, I too had regrets of not staying longer and exploring other representative cities of Australia but even a visit to one gave me an answer as to why there is nothing like Australia.