Arriving in Sydney was like a dream come true, my travel in Australia had begun and I have always wanted to visit the capital of NSW, and now here I am. It’s everything I hoped it would be. This glittering gem of a city rises from the background of Sydney Harbour as the sails of the Opera House fan out alongside the night-darkened waters of the harbour, the bridge magnificently spanning the distance.
My accommodations are located in Darlinghurst. I am in a nicely appointed furnished apartment within walking distance of pleasant cafés, Little Italy, and quite near to the CBD. It’s also not so far from Hyde Park. In fact, on my first morning here, I discovered that there’s simply no better way to start my day than with a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park after my morning coffee. I followed that up with a stroll through Darling Harbour. All that walking stirred my appetite, which worked out perfectly since Darling Harbour has nearly 40 restaurants catering to both diverse palates and budgets.
A visit to the QVB was next on my agenda. This historic building has housed markets and government organizations and was very nearly demolished at one point. Today, though, the Queen Victoria Building is shopping centre that takes up a full city block, providing even the most avid of shoppers plenty of options for some hard-core retail therapy.
After an exhausting afternoon of shopping, I stopped off at The Rocks for a drink. Although The Rocks may be home to some of the trendiest bars in Sydney, I chose instead to nestle into a corner of a quaint, old world-style pub looking out over the water reflecting the brilliant multi-coloured lights of the city.
It was time for me to head back to my apartment after that. I was ready for a nice dinner on Darlinghurst Road. After some spicy tapas and wine, it was finally time to turn in for the night.