Travel Journal (9/16/2019): Arriving in Sydney

All things considering, we had a very successful first day in Sydney. We arrived at 6:30am after nearly 30 hours of traveling and we weren’t all that tired. Lucky for us, we were able to plan out and execute our sleep fairly well during our travels. The key was not sleeping until the second half of our flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, and then getting a good chunk of rest then. That aligned us up with the daytime and nighttime hours at our destination, which really helped when we landed.

When we arrived in Sydney, we caught an airport shuttle that takes you between the airport and the downtown hotels. It took us a bit longer than expected to get our baggage, go thru customs and immigration, and then take the shuttle downtown. By the time we got to our hotel and checked-in, it was about 10:30am. We dropped our bags, grabbed a quick shower, and then were off to see the city.

Our first stop was the infamous Bondi Beach, which did not disappoint. This iconic beach is one of the world’s most famous, and for great reasons. The beach itself has amazingly soft white sand, but that isn’t the only thing that makes Bondi one of the world’s best beaches. The soft is extraordinary and coastline to the sides of the beach is breathtaking. Whether you are up for a swim, a surf, or just want to people watch, then Bondi is a must see when in Sydney for sure.

After walking part of the way between Bondi and Manley Beaches, we worked up quite an appetite. Lucky for us, there were plenty of great restaurants in the Bondi Beach area. We picked an authentic Chinese restaurant called Homemade Noodles and Dumplings Kitchen, and it was fantastic! The freshly made noodles and dumplings were absolutely sublime and we both agreed that this would be a meal we would talk about for quite some time.

Recharged with food, we carried on our exploration of the city. Our next stop was Darwin Harbour where we would explore they Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanical Gardens. This area of Sydney is so incredibly beautiful that it really is hard to convey in writing. You see pictures and you read about Darwin Harbour and how pretty this area of Sydney is, but until you see it with your own eyes, it really is hard to fully appreciate the beauty of this city.

That’s it for my first journal update. The next few days are supposed to be fairly rainy while we are in Sydney, so it remains to be seen what the agenda will be. We are both troopers and won’t let a little rain ruin our plans, so you can still expect to see some updates from me. It also might be just the excuse that we were looking for to go and see a show at the Sydney Opera House. That would be an incredible experience.

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  1. Great start to the trip! The area around Sydney harbour bridge / opera house really is beautiful. Also great job on actually getting going on day one! I was completely wiped out when I went haha.

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