Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

by Paris B on · 7 comments

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Last month, I was given an unexpected privilege by Olay to join a few other Asian bloggers in Sydney, Australia. I didn’t quite share any travel tales from there because I actually didn’t have many! It was a very busy 2 days there working and despite it being Summer, Sydney was hit by a cold spell! Just for the 2 days I was there – what were the odds eh? icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

But few sights seen or not, I thought I’d share them anyway. I didn’t spend any extra time coz I headed down to Melbourne the day after the activities ended, so this is the little I saw of Sydney icon smile Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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I took a walk down Pyrmont Bridge from the Darling Hotel where I stayed, and on my last day there, it was a hot and sunny day! So that was quite perfect for me to hang around the Harbour.

I’ll have some pictures for you so I’ll cut the chatter and just show you what I saw ok? icon smile Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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What’s a Harbour with sea gulls eh? From here, you can take a ferry across the harbour to Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, but I didn’t have the time so I left it for another time. I’m sure I’ll be back to Sydney again and when I’m next there, I’d be sure to take some time to properly explore the city and see what it has to offer.

Sydney Tower Eye and SkyWalk

We were taken for a once in a lifetime experience to the Sydney Tower for the Skywalk though which was great fun! I was hoping for a chance to climb the Harbour Bridge, but it would take far too long so the next best option was the Skywalk.

The Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure and overlooks the whole of the city. Right at the top is an observation tower, restaurant and if you’re a daredevil, take the Skywalk which is an open air walk around the top of the tower, including 2 glass-bottom stops! Hair-raising 40 minutes, I tell you!

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You do have to pay to take the high speed lift to the observation area and when you get there, you have a 360º view of the city. Here was my view of the Harbour Bridge although you can’t see the iconic Opera House.

I couldn’t document the Skywalk because we are not allowed to carry anything out there. You are given a short briefing, and then you have to put on these blue jumpsuits over your clothes. Be sure to wear flats or you won’t be allowed to go on the walk!

After suiting up, we were given these heavy belts and hooked up to a railing before you step out into the open air. Initially, it’s fine but if you are afraid of heights then this isn’t the thrill you’re seeking because there is barely anything between you and the ground, or in the case of 2 areas, a thick glass plate is all that holds you up! Scary, I tell you, especially when they tell you to jump on it, and it vibrates. Man, could have pee-d in my pants icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia I wish I had the photos but I don’t so you’ll just have to take my word that I did the walk and lived to tell the tale icon biggrin Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia Recommended for adrenalin junkies, but not if you are afraid of heights. You can read more about the Sydney Tower here www.sydneytowereye.com.au

We then had dinner at 360 Bar and Dining which is at the tower itself, and a revolving restaurant. I would recommend it for the experience so if dining there isn’t your thing (The food was ok, not excellent) then just go for drinks just before sunset and enjoy the glorious vistas of the sunset from the windows.

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This was taken just as the sun was going down and throwing it’s golden rays through the clouds. It was beautiful and all you want to do is snap pictures all evening until the lights come out over the city icon biggrin Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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360 Bar and Dining has a set menu with a choice of 2 or 3 course meals for a set price, which I thought was a good way for people who may want to have dinner there. I had a 2 course meal of pan seared scallops and a roast pork belly which was very good. It wasn’t excellent, but good enough. The chips were excellent though! HAHA Then again, I have a soft spot for chips icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

Worth going? Yes, for the views and the experience of viewing the city and the sunset from 360º.

Bondi Beach ~ Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

The popular Bondi Beach was the other place we visited but I didn’t have the chance to head down to the actual beach. I wasn’t quite keen to since it was freezing that afternoon!

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The waves were large, strong and angry as they crashed against the rocks… and yet I saw people out in the open sea surfing! No, folks. This is not your idyllic tropical beach with coconut trees swaying in the distance and a soothing breaking of surf on the beach as you sit with a mai tai in your hand.

This was seriously freezing, huge rolling white tipped waves that got larger and larger the closer they got to shore. The sky was grey and it was just freezing out there! Australians… or maybe surfers in general, they are a hardy bunch!

On an outcrop overlooking the rocks and sea is Icebergs Dining Room and Bar (website) which is a smallish restaurant done in eye pleasing white, punctuated with colourful cushions. The restaurant overlooks the rocks against which you can hear the pounding of the surf. My pictures were taken from the inside where I was relatively protected from the chilly winds. The restaurant is very popular and I believe that reservations are required for you to be assured of a table.

Because the lighting was so bloody good that day (man! Every photographer’s dream even if I’m not one!) you are getting a boatload of photos from Icebergs icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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Since I was by the sea, I naturally had a fish. It was pretty good although the superstar of the lunch was the Gamberetti, lightly dusted local shrimp served with lemon and aioli.

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I promise you, I wish I did not have to share because I’d have quite easily and happily gobbled up every little shrimp! They were sweet, succulent and absolutely delicious! If you go there, be sure to have it – and don’t share! icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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This was parma ham with caramelized onions and buffalo mozarella which was very very interesting. Not for the lactose intolerant, so I took a little bit only to taste. Wish I wasn’t lactose intolerant though icon razz Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

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And I’m very happy about my catch of the day for some reason LOL! icon biggrin Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

That my friends, was the fun bits. The rest of the time was work and snuggling up in the hotel room while we waited our turn for various assignments. And here are the lovely ladies who I got to know while I was there. They’re friendly and oh so young! Oh my … LOL

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Clockwise from left: Deana (PR), Martha (Philippines), Beatrice (Singapore), Rachel (Singapore), Kryz (Philippines), Moi and Valerie (Singapore) ~ Photo credits to Beatrice’s camera and Valerie’s wonderful height that allowed us all to fit in the frame

So that was my little trip to Sydney and I am grateful to Olay for the opportunity and to represent Malaysia there! icon biggrin Travel Tales: A Very Quick Visit to Sydney, Australia

If I were to go again, where else should I visit? I know I missed out on a ton of places!

I know for sure I’ll go and hang out at the Sydney Fish Market. I love the fresh seafood produce that they cook on the spot for you. I’m salivating at the thought!

Paris B

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liyeun December 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

Oh I miss Aussie! Love their food, their market and beaches! Sigh…. and u are lactose intolerant too? The many things we cant take sometimes affect others who dine with us, hahaha…. anyway ur 2 days there seems like fun, still!
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December 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Haha I’ve always been a Europe girl but it was nice to visit Australia because I prefer their wines! Some day I hope to go back and tour the wineries :D Oh yes, I’ve developed lactose intolerancy in the past few years so no dairy products for me. Not a bad thing to be honest. Helps keep the weight down :D

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Jyoan December 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Oh I love it!!! The adrenaline junkie in meeee. I have seen Bondi beach countless times on NatGeo show, the waves are bad, people break themselves all the time. (But of course, many are unscathed.) would love to be there personally!

I want to see your Melborned stuff, please. :D trust you, cos I intend to visit Melbourne soon, heard it is the best place in Australia (I should ask Tine, huh? Haha.) but yes, would like your take on Melborne.

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December 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Haha yeah the waves at Bondi were scary huge! It might have been the weather too, I don’t know. I’m afraid I won’t be blogging my trip to Melbourne because I didn’t go anywhere. Just went to the city centre once for a quick look see as I spent more time catching up with people and bumming with friends. Sorry! But Tine will be a good person to ask :)

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Jennifer December 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Kudos on embracing the Skywalk. I would have cringed and run away! When I was in Sydney, it was rainy and cold, so unwelcoming. Haha, it seems the seagull is a favourite animal in photos as I also have a photo of the seagull at the harbour. Looking at your photos brought a lot of memories of my first trip to Australia. Glad you had an awesome trip, lovely weather, lotsa food and nice hotel stays!

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December 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Haha once you make that decision to go out, you’re stuck. No turning back! It was quite scary I’d admit but the view is breathtaking! Sydney was wet and cold for me too! The sun only chose to shine on half a day. What a way to remember the city eh?

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Jennifer December 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

True that, Australia in general, has a mysterious way to leave lasting memory in each of us. But it is still one of those cities and countries that we must go at least once. The koala plush, Melbourne, the women friendly weather (4 seasons, me likey), the scenery and of course, the tonnes of relatives and friends that we have here and there :) I’d love to visit Melbourne again, this time better clothed to fully enjoy the outdoor and recreate warm memories of it.

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