Late 2017, I received a wonderful news that I successfully won a job that I applied for and got interviewed in Singapore. This great opportunity is not in Singapore but this opportunity has allowed me and my family to relocate from Manila to the land down under. And so in May of 2018, we have embarked on a journey to face new challenges in the beautiful city of Sydney.
Australia would be the 4th continent that I been blessed to set foot on and we have specifically chosen Sydney to be where we want to settle into. The charm of its harbour and the Opera House made us decide to choose this city. Well, we have found a good house in a suburb north of Sydney.
We arrived at the latter end of the Aussie autumn period and we have faced our first challenge which is getting adjusted to the cold weather, specially as we move through winter. But luckily I’ve got good friends who helped us through the first few months.
In our first few months, we have made time to check out some of Sydney’s main attractions. Of course, we had to visit the Sydney Opera House, located at the Sydney Harbour and is sharing the view of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Both attractions may be reached by the train system through the Circular Quay station. It was great to finally see one of the most iconic structures in the world and not only one but two at the same location.
The Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are two such beautiful structures that these are so impressive to look at. Since we have moved, we also got the chance to see the Harbour Bridge from different vantage points. Aside from Circular Quay, the Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay also offers a great view of the bridge from the other side the Sydney skyline behind it. Taking a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo or from Taronga Zoo also offers this great view. The hill where the Sydney Observatory is located also offers a great view.
Well Sydney is not just its harbour. It also have a number of beautiful structures that could give you a feel of being transported back in time or make you feel you are in the old cities in Europe.
There is the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) that is located beside Sydney’s Town Hall building. The QVB was built back in 1898 as a marketplace following a Romanesque revival architecture. It has been restored to what is now a retail center and still kept two mechanical clocks called the Great Australian Clock and the Royal Clock its atrium areas. The Sydney Town Hall building also boasts of a beautiful Victorian architecture. One may also find a miniature of the Sydney skyline located in the Town Hall building.
Not far away, the Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians or better known as the St. Mary’s Cathedral is another beautiful landmark of this city. The main cathedral was built since 1868 following a Gothic style. This church is huge and reminds me of the St. Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels.
Going further south of Sydney’s business district, near it’s Chinatown, the Main Quadrangle building of The University of Sydney also is one beautiful landmark. It has a wide lawn area in front of it which can offers a good spot for taking photos. Also this building makes you feel like you are entering one London’s royal buildings, or as my daughter feels like she’s in the halls of Hogwarts.
Well these are some of the beautiful spots in Sydney and there are still more to see like the Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Hunter Valley, Taronga Zoo, and more. Will be writing separate blogs for these locations as we visit these and hopefully soon we’ll get to visit the other Australian states.