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48 Hours in Sydney!

After an awesome stay in Queensland, the next destination on my Australian itinerary was a 2-day trip to visit Sydney. I have always wanted to see the iconic Opera House in person, and was so lucky to be able to score some really affordable flights for under $120 CAD!

Shortly after landing at the airport, I took a train to Sydney’s central station. After a 5 minute walk I arrived at Bounce Sydney Hostel (the first time I’ve ever stayed in a hostel alone!) The staff were super nice and offered to store my bags, and they also gave me directions to Circular Quay. As I started making my way downtown, I came across a free walking tour of the city! It was so cool because the tour guides are locals of Sydney, and they showed us quite a few unique places that I never would have found otherwise! 😛 After a couple hours we ended up at the harbour, where I got my first glimpse of the famous opera house sails and the Harbour Bridge! I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing, because it was honestly one of the most incredible sights I’ve ever layed eyes on.. 🙂



On the first day, I walked ~43k steps in total (according to an app on my iPhone), which was so tiring… but completely worth it! I went across the Harbour Bridge to check out Luna Park, explored “The Rocks” district where I learned about Sydney’s convict origins, and went for a nice dinner at the Quay. Later that night I thought I might try walking back to my hostel.. but that definitely turned out to be a very bad idea. First of all, I really underestimated the distance, and I also had a scary encounter with a large man who started following me as I was walking down a dimly-lit street.. D: Immediately after I noticed this, I quickly ran to to a slightly busier street and jumped in the first taxi I saw. Luckily I arrived back at my hostel safely, and then was able to get some much needed rest.



The next morning I went to Darling Harbour. I found this district to be very touristy and expensive, but I really enjoyed the nice weather and views. 🙂 While there, I decided to have a late breakfast on the upstairs patio at the Hard Rock Cafe (which had an amazing view of the Harbour)! After that, I went to visit the popular SeaLife Aquarium, and saw all kinds of fish & sea creatures. It was expensive, but considering how much time I spent there, it seemed worth it. 🙂 I ended my day in Sydney by going for a nice stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens before flying back to Singapore, and then Jakarta.



Thanks for reading!


9 comments on “48 Hours in Sydney!

  1. Betty Taylor

    Thanks for the latest blog, Jackie. What an adventurer you are! We look forward to hearing the rest of the stories very soon. Love, Grandma


  2. Love your Sydney photos. It’s such a great city to walk around. I did that myself recently. Though nowhere near 43km that you did!


    • Thank you! Haha, it wasn’t quite 43km though… I have a step counter app on my phone and at the end of the day it said I had walked 43k steps 😛


  3. taryneyton

    Beautiful night photos of the harbour! I feel you on the walking everywhere – that definitely happens to me when I travel to cities. Walking is definitely the best way to see places and I get so distracted seeing the sights that I don’t realize how much walking I’ve done until I’m exhausted!


  4. What a whirlwind 48 hours you had! Sounds like you really made the most of it and you took some great photos too. Do you think you’d go back to Sydney if you had the chance?


  5. Jen Morrow

    43k steps is quite a bit of walking! It looks like you made the most of your 48 hours in Sydney.


  6. Wow, 43K steps, that’s incredible! What a workout. Sydney is so beautiful, the photos of the opera house are so nice!


  7. I am in Sydney right now! These are some great tips and you saw a lot of the city in just a short time. I managed to do all these in 2 days as well and my step count was crazy also. Getting fit. What did you think of Queensland vs NSW? I LOVED Tropical north Queensland, but Sydney is a really cool city!


  8. Thanks for this post … you have helped me plan up upcoming trip better. Which would be a good area to stay?


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