Australia Adventure – Sydney – Part 3

Sydney History

Back into 1788, the First Fleet of Great Britain transporting thousands of convicts arrived in Sydney. Admiral Arthur Phillip who led the fleet become the first governor of New South Wales and founded the city of Sydney.

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Sydney harbour also known as Port Jackson named after Sir George Duckett.

at noon we where…about 2 or 3 miles from the land and abrest of a bay or harbour within there appeared to be a safe anchorage which I called Port Jackson.

James Cook who discovered the harbour

The statue is Admiral Arthur Phillip around Royal botanical garden.

Despite all the tedious history, whether it stirs up your heart to sail in the Sydney Harbour, the biggest natural harbour in the world?

Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lying here is a shipyard, operating between 1857 and 1991. It played an important role in the second war world. Here, hundreds of ships were built, and ships were repaired here.

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  • Take a boat in Circular Quay

On the island, there were more seagulls than visitors. Be aware of “Agression Seagulls”. At the time when I went there, less than 10 people I had seen on there. All the island was like my private island. Apart from seeing lots of abandoned factory, you also can enjoy the fascinating view of the Harbour. PS: here is also a camping site.

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Lying on the beautiful lawn, with all the blue water sparkling in my eyes, I relaxed and felt calm. All fatigue was gone.

Watch the promo of Wolverine at Cockatoo Island ! Youtube link

Next stop !!! Let’s go to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef !

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Australia Adventure – Sydney – Part 2

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


A continent that is disconnected to other world, creates its own specialty.

In Sydney, it is very convenient to go to most of the tourist attraction by walking or public transportation.

Here is the map of trains in Sydney : Download

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  • Madame Tussauds
  • Wide Life Sydney Zoo ( Two zoo in Sydney. The other is Taronga Zoo)
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

I visited the latter two attraction. In my opinion, they both worth a visit. Especially, if you only stay in Sydney, the most convenient way to see all special kinds of Australia is to visit Wide Life Zoo. As well, you can get a hug with koalas.  Besides mild and cute animals, crocodile which length is 5 meter. Its name is Rex. Fierceness is in his nature. He is renown of killing his wives. For entertainment, the zoo offers a feeding show that Rex will jump out of the water and make a huge bite!

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Tasmanian devil

Their size can be like a small dog. They are endangered.

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Wallaby

They look like Kangaroo. The difference between them is size, and the width of their tail.

Kangaroo is bigger, has bigger tail.

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Cassowary

This heaviest bird in the world. Around 70 kg.

When I traveled in Queensland, I saw twice in the roads !

They can be easily found in zoos, but this one is the most beautiful I have seen.

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Next Stop ! Sydney TowerIMG_20140804_164847

  • 305m height
  • built in 1970
  • a 4D cinema beneath it. (Not really special)

See the whole Sydney !

They offer combo tickets including the followings

  • Sydney Tower Eye
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

You don’t have to buy all in one, you can only choose where you want to visit. Find the price

In the meantime, I saw some free tour around the Sydney Tower.

Join them and start a “free” tour.

What is free tour?

  • usually walking tour
  • tips a guide valued by your own.

You can find free tour information here.

I joined a lot of free tours in different cites, it is a really good way to know more historical knowledge.

Next post: Let’s go to Cockatoo Island by “Fancy boat”

Australia Adventure – Sydney – Part 1

You cannot say you know yourself, unless you have explored your inner world.

Asia and Europe are the continents which I most visited.

At this time, my target was Australia, an ancient continent full of mother nature.
Australia is famous of its rainforest, desert, coral reef and wild animals. Their famous animals are Koala and Kangaroo.
Besides animals living on the ground, there are numerous species living at the Great Barrier Reef.

Due to my budget, I chose to fly with budget airline : AirAsia. During the flight, there was a stop in Kuala Lumpur. It  took me 5 hours to wait for the transfer flight. That’s pretty exhausting especially I was thirsty! There was only “one” water fountain in the waiting hall!! Many people there were trying to find it, unfortunately it hide very stealthy. How did I find it? I googled it! It is near the Q3 Gate !! Hope you guys can find it. Spending more than 17 hours, eventually, Sydney, here we are! By the way, don’t check too many boxes on the arrival card, or you may turn up being inspected by customs like my friend. Sitting over there, he was interrogated by customs. wpid-img_20140802_184342.jpg

Airport to Sydney CBD is about 7 km. I bought the train ticket from the airport station to King Cross station for $17.
Sydney Train Network Guide : download here
My hotel, Springfield Lodge is near King Cross Station in 5 mins walks. The room there is quite big enough for three people. We only have two people, but we got 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Its location is near red-light district. Beyond my expectation, at night, it wasn’t so noisy. I’ve never had a chance to go into any of them.
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IMG_20140803_173811Red light district: according to the guide I took in Amsterdam in May 2015, she said that the prostitutes in Australian, they have to show their physical examination to clients. In comparison to prostitutes in Amsterdam, they don’t need to show any medical record to clients, which I think it is risky.
In the next morning, I went to Sydney Royal Botanical Garden, Opera House, Saint Mary Cathedral on foot from Springfield Lodge about 15 mins walk. Under the heat of the Sun with the cool air, it was pleasant for a walk. Streets are very clean, drivers are also very polite there. The city seems very clam, everything there is wonderful to me.
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The statue of the first governor in New South Wales  : Captain Arthur Phillip He served in British Navy. After American Independent War,
he was sent to New South Wales which needed a civil administration and a system for emancipating the convicts.
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The National History of Sydney
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Australian White Ibis
The largest in Ibis family, can reach twenty-eight years of age.
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 Dragon Blood Tree in Royal Botanical Garden
There were a storm that destroyed the tree as you can see it. It cannot be pulled up again, because it will break, when doing it.
Walking through the botanic garden, I saw the most famous places in Sydney.
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Sydney Opera House
Construction started in 1959, Finished in 1973
Beside it, there are a lot of restaurants, and cafes.
Hunger conquered my stomach. I had to eat ! IMG_20140803_131724
Also, I wasn’t the only one who starved, there were hundreds of seagull trying to steal my hamburger.
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Another viewpoint from harbour bridge
How long is Sydney Harbour bridge? 1.149km
Can I climb it? yes, you can if you pay around 200 AUD.
Unfortunately, I didn’t climb it. However, I walked through all the bridge with breeze touching my face.
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There is nothing better to see lots of ships crossing the golf.
Imagine in the second world war, Sydney was one of the military harbour. Hundreds of cruisers were sailing through here.
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Let’s sail to the next article, to experience the amazing animals in Australia !