Sydney, Australia

DSC04121G’day, and welcome to Sydney! The first leg of my trip outside of North America!

I arrived in beautiful Sydney, Australia by ways of the M/S Rhapsody of the Seas on Sunday, October 14th pulling into the harbor somewhere around 6am. I opted to stay on the ship until about 9:30am (who would want to get off??!!) and bought a shuttle from Circular Quay (where the harbor is) to the Central Station (which is just about where my hostel was).

I stayed in Sydney at “Bounce Sydney” at 28 Chalmers Street from Sunday, Oct 14th to Sunday, Oct 21st. The hostel was located literally right across from the Central train station, which turned out to be fantastic!

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The first day I mostly spent walking around the area, trying to get a little familiar with it – found some food, bought a SIM card for my iPhone (Shauna told me what carrier to use). The week is well chronicled in my blog, but here’s a summary of the week…

  • Arrived via the M/S Rhapsody of the Seas on Sunday, Oct 14th around 6am (docked in Circular Quay).
  • Used public transportation the entire time, no car rental was needed.
  • Stayed at Bounce Sydney, located at 28 Chalmers Street from Sunday, Oct 14th to Sunday, Oct 21st. Accommodations were very nice, stayed in a 7 person room which was a bit much (people kept coming and going at all hours), so going forward will likely stay in a 4 person room, but the hostel offered lots to do, cheap food on some nights and very decent wifi.
  • Sights seen: Central Station, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge Walk, Customs House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Buskers at Circular Quay, Art and About, International Food Festival, Sydney Opera House, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, “Peek Tours” Free Walking Tour, eVent Cinemas (Argo), Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, Harbour Bridge Museum,
  • Memorable sights/moments: Circular Quay is a great place to spend some time, beautiful sights. On the last day I went across the pond and hung out there for a bit, great views as well. Darling Harbour was another place I really enjoyed, the Spiral Staircase Water Fountain really impressed me as did a lot of this beautiful area. Otherwise what I enjoyed most was walking all throughout Sydney – I really went through the city and started to learn where things are! Not to say public transit isn’t amazing – if I wanted to get somewhere fast the train was terrific.
  • Departed via Sydney International Airport to Auckland, New Zealand


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