The five of us went down to Sydney on Friday, August 03 for a short visit… $45/person each way – woo hoo!
Mike and I had to head back on the 6th because of class but my family stayed until the 9th before heading to Perth.
Here’s a sorta-long summary of what we did!
Day 1 – Aug 3
Landed around 3:30pm and was picked up by Chet Muoi and his wife!
Went right away to check into our residence at Oaks Hyde Park Plaza. A great price for the location but the apartment we had was definitely too small for 5 people. Sleeping 3 nights on a dinky sofabed did terrible wonders on my back!
Immediately headed out. We walked down to Darling Harbour and up to visit the Sydney Aquarium. Very lively with beautiful views by the harbour.
The aquarium was well worth the visit! Lots of fun 🙂
About to head in…
All manta rays have such cute faces!
The fish, they cry crystal tears!
Fluorescent jelly fish and enormous crab
Nemo! Dory! I’ve found you!
We finished the map and got our gold coins! Chocolate, who could resist?
We headed back down to Chinatown for a visit and ended the night with a late Korean dinner – yum yum!
Day 2 – Aug 4
Woke up early to check out the rooftop facilities – heated pool, jacuzzi and a great view – what more do you need?
By 10:30am, we were on the train and headed to Cabramatta to meet my dad’s family.
A great dim sum lunch where we got to meet some family members for the first time and catch up with many others.
Lunch was followed by a walk around Viettown and then ‘the rounds’ What does that mean? Going from one person’s house to another for a few reasons: to check out their home, to talk some more, and to eat of course 😉
We visited a total of 5 homes and soon it was time for dinner! Amazing food at a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant that left us completely stuffed.
We ended the night at The Star Casino. I cannot understand the appeal of losing money but lots of people looked like they were having fun 😛
Day 3 – Aug 5
A day to ourselves, yay! My mom came down with a migraine so didn’t join us for the first part. The four of us headed out to see more of the city. We decided the first stop would be Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.
Onwards to the Sydney Fish Market, but on the way there, we got distracted by a lovely cafe and tasty treats.
When we finally got there, I wanted to leave immediately, haha. I really don’t like crowds… and it was SO crowded. Asians everywhere, haha. We did pick up a bottle of wine and some sashimi to share, very tasty!
Headed back going through Darling Harbour again to check it out during the day. Then we walked over to see… (you guessed it!) the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Then hopped on the free bus (love the free bus) back to our residence to pick up my mom for the evening activities – luckily she was feeling better!
First up, Mme Tussaud’s! Had a great time ‘meeting’ all the famous people!
Then over to the Sydney Tower Eye to check out Sydney at night – so pretty!
Then back to Opera House to see it again but against a black sky!
Finally ended the night with a super late but amazing Japanese dinner!
Day 4 – Aug 6
Wake up, pack up, go home! 😦 No time to do anything but haul ourselves to the airport, eat breakfast and head back to Brisbane! Luckily… our flights weren’t delayed! 🙂