‘As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination.’
Travelling with Shahrul was a great adventure and a learning experience. We’ve learnt more about each other. I am the adventurous one and love spending the whole day exploring, while he is the laid back one and would rather go home early for a relaxing evening. We’ve learnt to give and take during this trip and learnt to compromise for one another. As this was our first big trip together, there were times where we argued or got snappy with one another. But we still had the best time in Sydney and definitely learn some important new things.
On the way to Sydney….
Arrived in Sydney around 12 noon and of course we went to get data plan for our phones cos without 3G, I’ll die hahaha!
After that, we took the train to Riverwood to meet our Airbnb host. FYI, public transport in Sydney is way more expensive than Singapore. We stayed 4/5 stations away from the airport, but our train fare cost AUD17 EACH! That’s because there’s a surcharge, according to our host. Shahrul and I spent AUD100 just on transport for the trip! Goodness! But definitely still the cheapest way to get around.
Our Airbnb house is just soooo lovely, and Katrina and her husband were so nice and friendly to us. Buying fruits for us one evening, offering advice to us on what places we should visit and sending us to the train station when we arrived and were heading back to Singapore. If anyone of you plan to head to Sydney and prefer a cheaper accommodation than a hotel, let me know, I can give you Katrina’s contact. We spent about SGD65 per night for the Airbnb. Lovely place and lovely hosts.
Oh yesss! Another plus point of staying there? You get to see a beautiful sunset every evening from the kitchen!
We headed to Aqua S for some much needed ice cream! Best and prettiest ice-cream I’ve ever eaten! The ice-cream is soft and doesn’t taste too milky (which I dislike). Do note that they change their ice-cream flavours quite regularly so what I had when I was in Sydney, may not be on the menu when you visit. what I got was sea salt with melon milkshake with two toppings; fairy floss and grilled marshmallow, while Shahrul just got the melon milkshake ice-cream. The fairy floss was quite difficult to eat, I must say. It was sticking to my hands and the sleeve of my shirt. Definitely not a nice sight haha. But the grilled marshmallow was the BOMB! It’s just so soft and it melts in your mouth! YUM!
If you think my choice of flavour was weird, think again! It was soooooo goood!!! A mix of saltiness from the sea salt and sweetness from the melon milkshake. Best of both worlds!
Definitely worth visiting!
Aqua S (12pm-10pm)
27/501 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
PS, do note that the opening and closing times given varies everyday so do google if you plan to visit any of the food places listed in this post!!
We headed down to Paddy’s Markets. I didn’t quite like the market as I was hoping for an open-spaced market like Paddington’s Markets. But if you would like to get cheap souvenirs and fruits, this is the place.
Paddy’s Markets (10am-6pm)
Hay St & Thomas Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Next, we went to another ice-cream shop. I swear, the first day is all about ice-cream. I mean, who cares we’re on holiday right? We can eat whatever we want.
We visited Good Times Artisan Ice Cream.
Not a big fan of this ice-cream as it was too creamy and tasted too much like milk. But it’s definitely pleasing to the eyes.
Good Times Artisan Ice Cream (6pm-11pm)
87B Macleay Street,
Potts Point NSw 2011
Woke up bright and early to head to Devon Cafe for breakfast.
Devon cafe was the best cafe we went in Sydney! The food was just so mouth-watering good!
We ordered the Cookies & Cream, Crab Gone Chili and Double Trouble. My favourite was the Cookies & Cream. No better words to describe it but FUCKING GOOD! Anyone with a sweet tooth like me should order this.
Devon Cafe (7am-4:30pm)
76 Devonshire St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Next we went to Sephora for a major spree!!
Yes people, when I say major spree, I mean it! Hahaha
Went to Paddington’s Markets next. It is still my favourite market to visit even after seven years!
Things are a bit more pricey there but they do sell a greater variety of products and clothes. You can also just head down for a meal if you don’t want to shop as there are quite a few food vendors.
Paddington’s Markets (10am-4pm)
395 Oxford St,
Paddington NSW 2021
For dinner, we decided to cook, well Shahrul cooked and I washed the dishes lol.
First place to visit? Sydney Tower.
Beautiful view but it got a little boring after like 10 minutes. Should go there to view the sunset.
Sydney Tower (9am-9:30pm)
100 Market St,
After that, we headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Just a piece of advice, DO NOT feed the Macaws!! Bloody hell, I got bitten by one! Damn you stupid birdie!
We went there to visit the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and it was just beautiful!
Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquaries Road,
Sydney NSW 2000
Next stop? The Sydney Fish Market.
Try to go on a weekday. We went on a weekend and a weekday and the weekend was so packed! Also, there were people complaining about the Chinese tourists as they were very noisy. So weekday is definitely better.
Sydney Fish Market is a MUST go! The 2 oysters are AUD10! The lobster was only AUD21! Holy cow! And the cheesy scallops is a definite MUST try! And it is only 3 for AUD11!
Sydney Fish Market (7am-4pm)
Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road
Sydney NSW 2009
The last place we visited that day was Watson Bay. We took a ferry there and had a great view of the Harbour Bridge along the way.
Before heading home, we went back to Aqua S for ice-cream again.
Sea salt with tomato flavour with 2 toppings; grilled marshmallow and sweet popcorn. It’s a weird mix of flavours and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous one.
We went for the Blue Mountains Day Tour.
Had a good workout that day. We trekked twice! And each trek was about 2 hours long!! Went home with sore bodies haha
Our tour guide, Adam was so fun to be around. He brought his rubber snakes with him and went around scaring people!
I asked Adam if he could bring us to Lincoln’s rock, and he was really nice to oblige.
After the tour, which ended at 6pm, we went to Westfield Mall at Hurtsville to watch Captain America: Civil War.
Boy, are movie tickets really expensive in Sydney!
One ticket is AUD20!! And they only sell cheaper tickets on Tuesday at AUD 17 which is still very expensive compared to a movie ticket in Singapore. But I just love watching movies overseas and it’s a good experience.
went for a walk at Bondi Beach.
Headed for lunch at The Grounds Of Alexandria
We had buttermilk fred chicken wings, spiced steak tartare, steamed South Australian mussels and the ground bread pan for two! Bon Apetit!
The Grounds Of Alexandria (7am-9:30pm)
7A, 2 Huntley St,
Alexandria, NSW 2015
Took a train down to meet Shahrul’s teacher for dinner before calling it a day. Got her a bouquet of flowers from the florist at The Grounds Of Alexandria.
Breakfast at the Sydney fish Market again cos the food is simply DELICIOUS!!
Headed to a cafe at Bondi Beach for dessert. It’s called Speedos Cafe, We shared a plate of vegan pancakes. Not too bad considering it’s my first time eating vegan food.
Speedos Cafe (6am-6pm)
2/126 Ramsgate Ave,
North Bondi NSW 2016
Visited Blue Points Reserve in the evening to watch the sunset.
Blue Points Reserve
Blue Points Rd,
North Sydney NSW 2060
Dinner was made by chef Shahrul again.
He cooked Ravioli and sweet & spicy beef chunks.
Visited Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Featherdale Wildlife Park (9am-5pm)
217 Kildare Rd,
Doonside NSW 2767
Lunch at Hello Kitty Diner
Hello Kitty Diner Australia (11am-9pm)
436 Victoria Ave,
Chatswood NSW 2067
For our last night in Sydney, we did something special! To celebrate our 16th Monthsary, we went on a Captain Cook Sunset Cruise.
Captain Cook Sunset Cruise
Darling Harbour King Street,
Wharf No. 1
It was an exciting and adventurous trip with my love and I can’t wait to travel again with him soon <3