Have you ever been to a place for the first time, and it was simply love at first sight? Like it instantly captured your heart, and you can’t wait to go back? That’s how I felt when I visited Sydney, one of the largest cities in Australia. Sydney didn’t have to do much to make me fall in love with it; all it had to do was just be itself. 😉 Seriously! And because I want to make my trips as authentic as possible for my fans, I am opening my Australia travel diary exclusively on this site! Read on to discover my day to day adventure in the Land Of Oz!
Day1 and Day 2:
Like a scene in a romantic movie where the girl and the guy almost don’t meet because of different circumstances, that same thing happened to me on my Australia trip! We were supposed to leave on a Monday and my visa arrived on a Saturday. I am a strong believer that if things are meant to happen they will, and it turned out I was meant to go there.
When I first stepped off the plane, I immediately noticed the wonderful weather. It was about 18 degrees celsius there, not too hot, not too cold. Like the weather, the people and culture of Australia seemed to be so balanced, laidback even. I was so used to the hectic, fast-paced life in Manila, so just soaking in how relaxed Australia was felt really, really good. Australians are really into fitness, it is quite a usual thing to see people jog or bike around even on a weekday, and their well-rounded lifestyle really seemed to reflect on their physical appearance. There were so many beautiful people around!
Another thing I noticed was how diverse the culture was. People from different ethnicities were living in harmony. It looked like a global melting pot, and I thought it showed the maturity of the nation- how Australia believes in acceptance and respect of the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each person.
Speaking of diversity, I actually didn’t know that there are some Pinoys there who wanted to see me, so on my first day I posted on my social media accounts hoping to meet with my Pinoy friends. The day after I had a meet and greet with my fan-mily over there and I had a lot of fun! They were incredibly nice and sweet! Meeting some supporters in different countries is always super awesome, it shows just how small our world is and how Pinoys will always be connected to one another. You guys know who you are, and if you’re reading this, thank you again and I hope to see you again! <3
My first two days in Sydney were pretty hectic, just how I like it, hehe. (I’ve always been the type of girl who likes to be busy, who always has a lot of ideas and dreams and goals in her head) and since I was determined to make the most out of my trip, I jumped right in, took a city tour, and had a photo op at the famous Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is Australia’s number one tourist destination; it has 8.2million visitors and more than 2,000 shows a year from concerts to plays to kiddie shows.
If you like nature (like me), and you have #InstagramGoals (like I do), check out Hyde Park and thank me later. It has several fountains, pretty theme gardens, lush greenery, and colorful flowers, perfect for your IG and Facebook photos. You can also go boating, play tennis, ride horses, or sit around and just make muni-muni …hehe.
Moving forward…here’s a travel tip for you all. As beautiful as Australia is, it can also be a tad bit pricey, (but worth it), so it is super important to know how to make the most out of your pocket money. To get around, I suggest you try the Hop On and Hop Off bus. For 50 Australian dollars, you get 24 hours of very convenient transportation. For one ticket you can go to various destinations. There are two lines, one blue line which has buses that will take you to Bondi, a suburb of Australia, and one red line which has buses that will give you a Sydney tour. The tours overlap at various stops, so you can jump from the blue line to the red line. There’s professional audio commentary on the buses about the places that you will go to, and every 15-20 minutes, a bus stops at each destination on the tour so if you want to stay longer at a place…no sweat! You just hop on the next bus! The city tour has 23 stops while the Bondi tour has 10 stops. Super sulit, right!?
While it’s good to have an itinerary, being open to your surroundings and talking to the locals can give you these once in a lifetime uber epic travel moments! On my third day, I saw these fliers at the ground floor of the hotel where we were staying. The fliers advertised a trip that included the Blue Mountains Manor House and Featherdale Wild Park for just 160 dollars. The best part was it turned out to be just me and my group on the trip, so I paid the price for a group tour and it turned out to be a solo tour! Don’t you just love these travel surprises?
And so for my third day I had my animal adventure at Featherdale Wildlife Park. If you do decide to go here, be ready for a hands-on experience with friendly, furry creatures! For 80 dollars you can hug a koala. Visitors can also feed a kangaroo, or if you have more budget you can have a private session with reptiles or mammals. This is an animal lover’s paradise! 119 Australian dollars will get you a meet and greet session with reptiles, while 149 dollars will get you a private session with a Wallaby, kangaroo,Quokka, possum, and wombat. Parang meet and greet lang with celebrities pero this time with animals!
Regarding foodie recommendations, don’t miss the Blue Mountains Manor House. The food is really yummy there; if you like a good steak go here! It was very delicious and the meal I had was part of our package. In every trip, just like life, there are ups and downs, and after sharing my highlights there was also a teeny low light. I felt a tad bit disappointed with the Three Sisters, it’s an unusual rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. If you like hiking you might enjoy the place, but after gazing at the huge rocks shaped like sisters, there wasn’t much to do here. A 20 minute walk will get you the closest to the rock formations and a photo here will could be a nice addition to your photo album.
On my fourth day, I had an experience I still dream about to this day! For 195 Australian dollars, I went on a wine tour in Hunter Valley and visited several vineyards. At the second vineyard I went to, if you like the wine you can bring home a bottle. I hardly drink alcohol, but since I am always on a quest to be healthy, I had some red wine. The antioxidants in red wine lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. In fact, several studies have shown that MODERATE wine consumption is better for you than not drinking at all. Operative word being MODERATE hehehe!
Happy birthday to me! I began my birthday by attending mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney to thank God for all my blessings and to thank Him in advance for all my future blessings. When you begin the day with prayer, you can never go wrong! And since it was my birthday, I also made it my shopping day, shopping for myself and for my loved ones. I was so excited to shop, I didn’t have lunch so I could peruse all the shops along Pitt street because the stores close at 5pm. I hope you get to learn from me too guys, because skipping meals is still wrong, so plan your day a bit earlier so you can visit all the stores.
The funny thing was, I was so busy buying chocolates for my friends and family I only got to buy an M and M chocolate bar and eyeliner. Okay lang naman, basta happy ang loved ones, happy na ako. Anyways, nabawi ko naman with a nice Italian birthday dinner at a restaurant at the Sydney Tower, It is Sydney’s tallest structure. Kung fan ka ng magagandang view, mabubusuog ka talaga sa mga view in Australia so don’t forget to bring extra power banks for your social media posts. After 5 glorious days I know even better why Australia used the tourism slogan “There’s Nothing Like Australia” –because they were telling the truth! I plan to study in Australia in the future, maybe take a couple of short courses here and there, because life is too short to not do what you want, right?
To end, I hope you enjoyed reading the pages of my Australian travel diary, and learned a few things along the way, as well. More than just entertain, I also want my readers to learn, and be inspired by my experiences and vice- versa. So do drop me a line on my social media accounts on my recent travel escapade, did you like it, hate it, or did I miss out on some valuable spots and fun experiences? Can’t wait to hear from you guys!
PS: Please watch my Sydney travel video on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/0RwP-tfzfBE 😉