Well once again, time has got the best of me and I am now finally posting this over a month later... I am sorry to whoever reads this! This year has gone crazy fast, I just can't keep up!
But, Sydney was amazing! I would totally live there and absolutely loved it!
I had been searching the 'Grab a Seat' deals from Air NZ each day hoping that someday an unbeatable deal to Aussie would come up. And then it happened! $250 round trip per person, from Wellington, non stop, on dates that worked for us! I was so excited!! So less than 2 weeks later, we were off to Sydney!
We arrived EARLY Friday morning into Sydney international airport (not the best airport) finally made it through customs and hopped on the train into town. We quickly checked into our hostel and then headed into the sights. First up; Westfield Sydney. Its huge! Its so nice! the food was delicious! I had a delicious veggie dog and Colin a hotdog, but this isn't ordinary food court food, its easily a few steps above. Westfield Sydney also has luxury restaurants on the 6th floor and a crazy yummy chocolate bar (which we went to!)
After filling up on a super early lunch we headed towards the New South Wales Art Museum. Admission is free to most attractions which is really nice. There were some great exhbits and beautiful art! We passed an amazing cathedral along the way...
Below is a video of the Ionic Opera House!
We got up early once again (had to make the most of our 3 days!) and hit the streets to find markets and other wonders Sydney had to offer. In Darling Harbour we found the 2000 Olympics monument which was pretty cool to see. Darling Harbour in general was super cute, right on the water with the CBD of the city in the background.
The ferry offered amazing views of the harbour and was a quick ride across. Manly had some great beaches and a great ale house (Colin found of course). We also did a great walk throughout the island and managed to catch the ferry right as it started to pour down rain!
Our last day in Sydney was spent out at Bondi Beach, its a pretty famous beach (Colin and I watch Bondi beach rescue on tv) It was beautiful! We found this fun market with all sorts of trinkets and then had a delicious lunch and went to soak up the sun!
Our last night was spent having a yummy dinner and watching the Rugby games and making our last walk back to the hostel before jumping on a plane first thing in the morning and then heading back to work.
Sydney was amazing! and if this year living in NZ has taught me anything, its that traveling is super easy and you can just buy a ticket and go! I can't wait to continue this around the US/other places in the world that are on our lists! :)