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My journey in the land of Oz

0 Comments 05 July 2011

My journey in the land of Oz

This is a guest post written by Ela Krawczykowska for MyDestination.com.

As far as I know, Australia sounds as exotic as Far East countries to Europeans. But don’t worry – you don’t have to plan your journey now. Summer in Australia is from December to February!

I visited Sydney, a harbour city of Australia. For 75% of the population of Europe it’s the capital of Australia… the real one is Canberra! Sydney is very busy – beaches, cafes, bars and the harbour are ALWAYS full. But that’s the charm of the city as well.

If I wanted to tell you now about all the places you should see in Sydney, this will probably end up being a book… So I will try to include the MUST SEE list at least!

First thing is definitely the Sydney Opera House. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 and became the symbol of Australia. It has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site. I think it is fair to say that it’s one of the most popular performing arts centres in the world. And the most popular building to take a picture with!

Second iconic place in Sydney is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or simply the Bridge. It’s like Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or Eiffel Tower in Paris – a symbol. It is linking the city with North Sydney. There are many different things to do around the bridge. You can cycle across, picnic under, or climb over it!

Photo courtesy of MyDestination.com

Photo courtesy of MyDestination.com

Other interesting spots include the Rocks, Darling Harbour, Sydney Olympic Park, Luna Park and Royal Botanic Gardens. Art lovers should go to the National Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Museum, the Museum of Sydney and see the small chic galleries in east Sydney.

Best beach is Whale Beach or Palm Beach. Bondi is very touristic, but to me it’s a bit overrated and always crowded. If you’re looking to spend a day shopping and having a nice lunch, check out Paddington and Surry Hills. The best food is in Zushi restaurant, they serve amazing Japanese dishes. For dessert, go to Bourke Street Bakery and order and lemon tart. Yum yum!

The major party district in Sydney is on Oxford Street. It’s packed with cafes, bars and clubs. Another, quite popular among Ozzies, is King’s Cross. On Oxford Street, I recommend Dr. Pong. It is modelled on a bar in Berlin, all beers are served in red plastic cups and there is a ping-pong table in the centre so people can play beer pong. It has a super-cool vibe, is spacious and the decoration is very trendy and colourful. The food is amazing as well! Warning: don’t play beer pong if you want to avoid a hangover the next day…

Sydney has hundreds of accommodation options. If you’re backpacking, check Bondi Beach or Haymarket. They both have many backpackers in every season of the year. Bondi is a cool area and you can walk to the beach from there. Haymarket is very central, and also good for mid-range accommodation. There are also luxurious hotels all over Sydney. The most expensive hotels are located in the Rocks.

Photo courtesy of MyDestination.com

Photo courtesy of MyDestination.com

Sydney is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. It’s hot, arty, sporty, glamour… Amazing people, food, nightlife, plenty of things to see and do… Do you need anything more?!

Check out http://www.mydestination.com/sydney for more information.

This is a guest post written by Ela Krawczykowska for MyDestination.com.

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