Today is a very exciting day for me because I am checking a major item off my bucket list. I have always wanted to go down under and I finally got the chance to make that dream a reality. After a 15 hour flight (which thankfully wasn’t bad at all because I had a row all to myself) my brother and I touched down in Sydney, Australia! We left on Wednesday March 18 and touched down on Friday March 20th, totally skipping out on Thursday which was really weird. We went through customs, grabbed our Australian vodaphone sim cards, and bought a train ticket into the city. If you are trying to save a few bucks I would recommend taking the train into Sydney rather than a taxi. It was super easy and only cost about $13 USD compared to $46 for a cab. We are staying at the Travelodge Sydney for a few days which is really reasonable and right in the heart of Sydney. Everything is within walking distance and our room is quite nice for the price.
We dropped our stuff off at the hotel and were desperate for a proper meal so we headed next door to Joe Black Cafe. We soon realized that the prices in Sydney are a bit steep but the US dollar is stronger so that helps a bit. We ordered coffee and a cappuccino and were given the most awesome drinks we have ever seen. So fancy! We also ordered poached eggs and scrambled eggs and toast to eat and it was all so delicious (except my eggs were weirdly orange?). The prices may be high here but the food is amazing.
AMAZING cappuccino from Joe Black Cafe.
After getting some real food into our system we decided to head up through Hyde Park and George Street to eventually get to Circular Quay. We made it to Hyde Park which was really pretty and stopped along the way to talk to a stranger we met. He was from Chicago and had been here many times so he gave us some great recommendations. We stopped to take a photo of St. Mary’s Cathedral and headed over to George Street which is famous for its incredible shopping.
I think we’re wearing the wrong tourist gear…
Once we arrived at Circular Quay it hit me that we were really here in Sydney. The view of the harbour was gorgeous and it was incredible seeing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We decided to take a ferry over to the Taronga Zoo so we grabbed our tickets and explored a bit before catching the ferry over.
The ferry ride itself was awesome because it got you out on the water and gave you the perfect view of the opera house, skyline, and bridge. This was one of the coolest moments of the day.
We got a little rain on and off.
The zoo was really fun but walking around all day was exhausting. We saw all types of animals including kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, Emu, wallabies, and tons of other Australian animals. It was pretty cool. After the zoo we headed back over to Circular Quay and went to our hotel to check in and get settled. We went back out for dinner and found ourselves at the coolest little Thai place. It was vegetables and tofu and yellow curry for dinner then back home for a good nights sleep.
The famous Taronga Zoo!