Melbourne and Sydney Trip 2008: Last Day in Sydney

Due to last night’s New Year’s Eve celebration, we started our last day in Sydney late. Ben recommended we get some pancakes so we went down to the city. By bus. I would have loved to drive down to the city since it will be so convenient although parking is expensive. But considering that we’re paying AUD3 for the bus ticket one way, we would have AUD24 to spend on parking. That would probably be enough to let us park for about 8-10hours in the city? Hmm…

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Pancakes on the rocks.

Pancakes on the Rocks (website) is a restaurant that is famous for its pancakes. Although I’m not a very big fan of pancakes, it seemed like a popular place that we should check out.

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Many different pancakes to choose from. The pancakes come with a lot of toppings like nuts and bananas. The 4 of us ate close to RM100 worth of pancakes for lunch.

Since we were near Circular Quay, we went to explore the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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You can also walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s structure for a fee. Not recommended for people who are scared of heights.

Because Sydney is so big, it has 2 CBDs, one in the north, and one in the south. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an arch bridge that links the two together. The steel bridge is actually “over-engineered”, with many redundant load paths so failure of a part will not cause the bridge to collapse. The bridge was presented with the International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by The American Society of Civil Engineers in 1988. Like the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is also a very famous icon of Sydney which means you shouldn’t skip it when you’re at Sydney.

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One of the many bolts and nuts that hold the bridge down. The bridge uses 6 million rivets to keep it together.

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Taking a walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks (south) to Milsons Point (north).

Walking on the bridge is free. It gives you a great view of Sydney and the harbour below. To get on the bridge, go to Circular Quay and look for Argyle street located west of the quay. There you will find a flight of stairs going up the bridge. Your walk on the bridge begins here and will take you all the way to the other side to Milsons Point. The journey is about 1.5km and will take you around 30 minutes. There are observation points on the bridge also but you have to pay to go in.

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View of the Sydney Opera House from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From the bridge you can also see boats and ships passing into the harbour. There’s a lot of traffic even on New Year’s Day. Spend some time up here and enjoy the great view.

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Group photo on the bridge. It was pretty windy on the bridge so the hot Sydney weather wasn’t posing much of a problem.

Our walk on the bridge ended at Milsons Point. It looked completely deserted compared to last night. At Milsons Point we took the train back across the bridge to Town Hall train station. From Town Hall we walked to Sydney’s Paddy Market at Haymarket.

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Sydney’s Paddy’s Market at Hay street, Haymarket.

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Paddy’s Market reminds me of Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

And like Queen Victoria Market, Paddy’s Market sells all sorts of things and it is a good place to get souvenirs from Sydney. Above the market is a shopping center with a food court. The food court offers a lot of variety, including some popular Asian cuisines. And at Paddy’s Market, don’t be surprised to see Asians everywhere.

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My favourite laksa is around AUD9 per bowl here.

Places in Australia have very interesting (read: funny) names. There’s one place in Sydney called Woolloomooloo and we thought it might be worth visiting. So we walked from Paddy’s Market to Wooloomooloo which is about 2.4km away. If you plan to walk, travel light and carry refreshments with you. Walking is good because it exposes you to a lot more places.

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Monorail tracks running through Liverpool Street.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales on Art Gallery Road.

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Finally we reached Woolloomooloo so we can take a picture of this sign and then go home.

Woolloomooloo is a very quiet place. It has a bay for mooring boats. Other than that there’s nothing very interesting here. We took a cab back to Malaysia Hall from here and it cost us 15AUD, cheaper than taking the bus and train. So next time when you’re traveling around Sydney, do consider using a taxi because the fares here are pretty reasonable and every taxi driver uses the meter.

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Coogee Bay.

Once we got back to Malaysia Hall we took the car out to Coogee Bay. Coogee Bay is another beach located very near Malaysia Hall and just a bit south of Bondi Beach. It’s not as big as Bondi Beach but again, it reminds me of St. Kilda Beach back in Melbourne. There are several BBQ pits here but since it was a public holiday it was packed so a BBQ wasn’t going to happen.

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Walking along Arden Street. There are lots of places to eat on this street, not to mention bars and pubs.

We got some kebabs and sat down at the beach to watch the sunset. But since Sydney is on the east coast, you can’t really see the sun disappearing below the sea. But sunrise should be good.

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A Proton Satria HYBRID!

Since we had to leave Sydney early tomorrow, we retired to Malaysia Hall early at 9pm.

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Playing poker.

And here’s a video of our room. This was shot during our last night here:

That pretty much wraps up our trip to Sydney. There are a lot more places that we didn’t get to go like Manly. Then again we didn’t have a lot of time here in Sydney. But I’m glad that we covered the important landmarks. If I’m coming back to Sydney again, I’ll spend more time at the Sydney Opera House and have more meals at the Sydney Fish Market. And of course, I’ll want to join the New Year’s Eve countdown again at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Trust me, it’s an unforgettable experience.

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