We took an overnight flight to Sydney. So when we reached Kingsford Smith Airport, coupled with the timezone difference, it was just past 7am. Good timing to start the day.
It was a Saturday, so probably the only chance to catch the weekend markets. Our first stop was Sydney Sustainable Markets
at Taylor Square. There are a few farmer's markets in Sydney and I was deciding between Taylor Square and Eveleigh Markets but decided on Taylor Square because I thought we could check out Oxford Street along the way as well. There were 20 odd stalls selling fruits, vegetables, bread, honey, etc. On afterhought probably farmer's market may not be that great a stop for tourist, unless you have ample of time in Sydney.
The next stop was The Rocks
. Before that we would pass by Customs House
and Circular Quay
. Any tourist guidebook would say The Rocks is a must go, and so is The Rocks Market
My sense of the Rocks Market is that it is one of those doing tourist business. But anyway if you are looking for Australian honey, there is an outlet of Superbee at The Rocks.
From The Rocks you can see the Sydney Opera House from afar, and also you are just next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
. So we crossed the bridge to the opposite side at Milson Point, where the Luna Park is. Milson Point offers quite a nice vantage point where you can see both the Bridge and the Opera House in one frame.
We then went to Sydney Fish Market
. Monster crabs, giant lobsters, cheap oysters, they've got them. My advice is, don't get the platter, you'll probably be drown by the fries and fried calamari.
The next stop was relatively nearby Market City
(aka Haymarket) and Chinatown
. "Skip-able" in my honest opinion but you have to see it to believe it. Nevertheless, Chinatown offers Chinese food (duh!) if you need rice and noodles.
Then we went to QVB
(Queen Victoria Building). Must-go, no question asked. It is a shopping mall, very old one. I'm not a shopaholic but I really like the old tiles, the 2 old clocks and the old elevator.
We checked out Westfield
, bought some stuff at Jurlique (good gift idea to bring back). Wanted to go up the Sydney Tower Eye but there was a long queue.
It was Christmas Eve and there was a Christmas Eve Carols and Fireworks at Darling Harbour
. We had dinner at Harbourside
, one of the few places in Sydney where you can have night shopping (not even talking about late night!) We also strolled along Cockle Bay
on the way back to the hotel.
Right, that's about our first day in Sydney. Tiring especially considering the lack of quality sleep on the flight and the number of places we checked out. I was a bit of overly ambitious to pack in so much in the itinerary, and in fact I wanted to check out Bondi Beach
on day 1 as well.
Day 2 would be day trip to Canberra on Christmas Day!
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