Phillip Hong
February 4, 2010
It was pretty obvious that I was not in Nova Scotia after bearing witness to the foamy warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Although people were strikingly similar to Maritimer folk, wearing jackets while freezing along to the constant and consistent sea breeze. I could tell that I was in Australia from the gawky, distinct accents of people who had passed me by.
No, I didn't expect Theodore the Tugboat to be moored here, swaying away with these gentle currents. Actually, I have already used this timed old reference from the nineties once before, and most wouldn't know anyways.
"Freezing along to the constant sea breeze..."
What was really quite notable about this city is the fact that much of its downtown is within an easy distance of its suburbs and the airport. In fact, there is a special railway line that shouldn't take longer than forty minutes from plane to Circular Quay - where its famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House can be found. My decision to stay at a hotel near the airport would have proved disastrous in any other city.
Circular Quay station is within walking distance from the city's ferries as well, so this is the ideal place to start your own journey in Sydney. The moderate, cool temperatures also played a key role in my visit, as I had grown a weary from the stifling humidity of Queensland by that point of my trip. This was an attraction that had been on my watchlist for over a decade, and it was all conveniently located.
The sails of the Opera House's design were quite beautiful, and the birds who had been resting throughout this architectural masterpiece added a nice down to earth definition to the walking and strolling. Mountains of tourists could easily agree to that statement.
This part of the largest city in Australia is full of wonder, as well as some haute couture that provides a depth that was only reserved for the wealthy elite. Political and social differences aside, there is something for everyone in this regard.
If you ever visit Sydney, you'll realise that the streets and parks aren't overgrown with wildlife and that rough and tumble image that we have expected, after watching beer commercials, simply isn't found here. There is a diverse set of photos to take, and the views are calm and sophisticated.
Paul Hogan, the famous actor from Crocodile Dundee, probably misled us with those commercials promoting a certain lager. Right, enough with the corny references!
Enough with the corny references!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a great sight to see, from a safe distance. There is a rather exciting option where you can climb onto the top of the structure (and pay a pretty penny for the privilege), but I chose stable ground instead - it's simply nice to spend my adrenaline on breathing in the fresh air of a dynamic city outside of Canada.
Don't expect a learning experience or the best tasting shrimp (no, prawns). But this part of Sydney is built to impress your eyes, and it's a sight to see.
This section of the Travel Guide presents an interesting view of the "land down under" by a traveller from north of Toronto. Thanks to some great weather and experiences, we can present you this special section and associated photo gallery.
Photo Gallery
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