“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world”– Mary Anne Radmacher
After 2 nights in Singapore, we headed over to Sydney. It was only for just over 24 hours but my actual dream come true to finally go to the other side of the world. It was a flight time of just under 8 hours and arriving early in the morning, we made sure we saw as much as possible. We lucky to be staying so close to Sydney Harbour Bridge and was a case of getting ready as quickly as possible then heading out.
We walked down to the harbour then jumped on a ferry that would take us to Manly Beach. The more popular beach is the famous Bondai Beach but we opted for the less obvious one and headed for Manly which is situated among the Northern beaches of Sydney. It is ‘7 Nautical Miles’ from the Circular Quay to Manly beach and you get amazing views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera house and the surrounding area. The temperature in the city was a bit cooler when we had arrived in the morning but as soon as we hit the beach, it was a lot warmer and people were in the Ocean and sunbathing on the beach. After a walk on the beach we had lunch at a beach side restaurant and just relaxed for a couple of hours after the flight enjoying the sun.
After our trip to Manly Beach, we headed back to Sydney Harbour on the ferry and then went to Sydney Opera House. For me personally being a Brit, as well as Kangaroos and Koalas, Sydney Opera House is probably one of the first images I think of when I think of Australia so to actually be there, up close and personal was quite surreal but truly awesome to be there taking in all the sites I’d only ever seen on tv or in pictures.
Obviously by this time it was cocktail time so we went to one of the bars at the waterside. It was evident the area was a hub for business as everybody just looked so smart and professional and as it was so busy, just seemed like the perfect place for people to relax and socialise after work.
Sydney by Night
After a long but such a fun day, it could only be finished off by seeing Sydney by Night and it was like seeing it for the first time again when it was all lit up. After a few drinks at the harbour, the night ended in a local pub where the locals made us feel welcome straight away. 24 hours in Sydney is not long at all as it is amazing but it is another city definitely on my ‘to go back to’ list.