And that’s the thing about travelling. Once you’ve decided to travel to a new place, all your dreams are centred on that day you’ll be roaming freely on that land. Sydney, for me, has been a dream destination since the time I stumbled on a YouTube video that featured some of Sydney’s most popular tourist destinations. However, I started reading more about the city and my heart grew fonder when I realised the city had more to offer than just the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. So when I finally got the chance to visit Sydney, I was able to make the most of it. Here are some of my favourites from the places I visited and things I did, which some people may think are off the beaten travel trails.
To be honest, I didn’t have my highest bid for Sydney Harbour when I started my tour. After I took an elaborate tour of Sydney Opera House (because that I didn’t want to miss, for heavens!), I decided to go on a short sightseeing tour around the Harbour, so I could head over to the less-explored places in Sydney. Although there were countless sightseeing tours to choose from, I decided to go with the lunch cruises in Sydney. Best decision ever! I boarded a luxury catamaran cruise from King Street Wharf that gave everything I could ask for and still didn’t burn a hole in my pocket. This fully air-conditioned Sydney lunch cruise served up an unlimited roving banquet lunch with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour attractions. And hey, it also had a fully licensed bar on board. Could I be more fortunate?
Bare Island Fort in Botany Bay
So there I was, on my way to a not-so-popular destination in Sydney: Bare Island Fort in Botany Bay. For film buffs, this might sound familiar as it was the shooting location for the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Mission Impossible II. This fort was built in the 1800s, when Sydney was under the attack of colonial forces but was later turned into a home for veterans of the war. The fort is surrounded by the mighty Pacific waters and you could spend hours here brooding on the beauty of the fort and its premises. If you’re into history, then this place has an intriguing story of how Australia almost became French.
Street Art in Newtown
My next stop was Newtown, Sydney’s most prominent art hub, where I found myself the happiest. It was indeed an awe-inspiring experience as I wandered around the Newtown Town hall, taking in the stunning wall paintings and posters. Move towards Randwick to see more dynamic works of art that are sure to leave you spellbound. From what I inferred, it would’ve been too silly of me not to grab a quick bite at Newtown’s famous Black Star Pastry bakery. And when I finally tasted their signature Strawberry Watermelon Cake, it was Christmas in my mouth!
I could go on and on about the wonders I saw and things I did here. But I leave that to you! Make that bucket-list right away-of places to visit before you die and feel inspired to live a life you’ve always dreamed of.