After nearly three weeks in Thailand, we were headed to Auckland, New Zealand, our new home and base for travelling widely around North and South Island as well as other parts of Oceania. Our flights worked out that we had 24 hour layover in Sydney enroute to Auckland from Bangkok. This is obviously not any time at all to travel in a place properly but we made the best of our time here and plan to be back here during our three month road trip around Australia in 2016.
We got in early morning around 830am and our next flight was the following day at 830am. We took the train to our friends place who lives close to central, dropped our bags, had a short rest and headed to Darling Harbour. From there it was lot of walking, sightseeing and enjoying the nice chilled vibe of this beautiful city. The temperature was just perfect, in the low 20s, a nice change from the intense heat we had in Bangkok.
Here is a snapshot of all that we did and would recommend highly if one had only 24 hours in Sydney.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Located in the heart of Sydney just next to the Sydney Opera House, this was one of our favourite spots of the day. We saw bird species we hadn’t seen before (or only in zoos), enjoyed the open space and greenery and the trees were something else!
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Iconic symbols of Sydney, the Opera house was very impressive to see. Kids wanted to walk on the top of the bridge but there wasn’t anytime this trip. The waterfront outside the Opera House was buzzing, really nice atmosphere – people having drinks and snacks, street performers everywhere, music playing. Reminded me of South Bank in London but less crowded and touristy.
The kids particularly loved this part of the walk. We started off here so they had lot of energy and weren’t weary yet from all the travelling. There were so much to do here – for a complete list see here. There were many restaurants and bars, two wonderful play areas which Shama made good use of! There was plenty of attractions to visit but we didn’t have time. Sea Life Aquarium, Madam Tussauds, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Captain Cook Cruises to name a few! The aquarium was highly recommended to us.
Beautiful Buildings and Architecture
Ashique had flown out of Bangkok 10 days before us and also had a 12 hour layover in Sydney. Whilst lot of the things we did were similar, he did few other additional things which were really interesting. Also saw these spiders which I am glad we didn’t encounter!
Chinese Garden of Friendship
We passed this on our way to Darling Harbour and it looked very pretty from the outside. We didn’t pay to go in but if we had more time, we definitely would have.
Even though we didn’t really get to dig deeper into any one area or even get past this one part of Sydney, I really enjoyed the chilled out vibe and the great atmosphere of this city. It was very easy to walk around in, food was wonderful and there was so much more we could easily do here. We did find most things were really expensive but we had been warned about that. Just need to plan it really well so we can make the most of our slow travel through Australia in 2016!