Sydney

Sydney! This is where everything started. I was here last year and spent almost a month exploring this city, so there were few places left to go. As soon as I had gotten off the airplane I thought “Hey, this city does feel like home” and this was the feeling I had the entire time I was there. I was already familiar with the transport system and the main places in CDB. I could get here and there very easily, although I still don’t know all main intersections, which are the reference points they use there. I knew where to go to buy everything I needed or where to find good and cheap food. Obviously Sydney is a huge city, so there still are many places to go and a lot to find out about. I had only few days in the city, so I went to places around CBD that I couldn’t go last year. I spent a day walking around Chinatown. The neighborhood itself is very interesting, full of good restaurants (by the way how can Asian food be so good and so cheap? I’d rather not know the answer) and nice buildings with Asian architecture. But the most amazing thing there is the Chinese garden. Check out some photos I took there:

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Tea House

Tea House

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Dragon Stone

Dragon Stone

I also took some cool photos from Sky tower. Here is one of them:

Sydney bay

Sydney bay

Another thing I couldn’t miss this time was the Blue Mountains. This is a national park (the second largest canyon in the world) full of trails to hike, caves and climbing spots. I spent 3 days there and I have to say, it wasn’t enough time to explore the place entirely. There is so much to explore there!!! On the day I arrived I did a half day hike to Wentworth falls. This was my first contact with the eucalyptus forest that covers that area. Initially the landscape looked poor and repetitive, but once you are inside this forest you notice a big diversity of fauna and flora! Starting from “The Three Sisters” I walked on the edge of the cliff full of lookouts and at some point I went down to see the falls. Then I walked back into the Leura forest. To close the day I had to go up back to The Three Sisters by the Giant Stairway. I thought the name was one of those names that they made up just to thrill tourists, but in fact it was quite accurate.
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Lonely mountain

Lonely mountain

Bounder

To serve, to strive, not to yield

The three sisters

The three sisters

Next day I went to a longer trail to Leura cascades and Gorgon falls. The original plan was to start at The Three Sisters, going down to Leura forest using the same stairway I used the day before and continue the trail inside it. But the view from the cliff was so amazing that I changed my plans and went by the cliff top walking track, which was a good decision as you can see in the next photos.

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Gorgon falls

Leura falls

Leura falls

Check the smoke on the left side

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I got to the falls faster than I expected, maybe because I changed the trail, but since I had time, I decided to go until Evans lookout. There I took probably the most beautiful photos from the canyon. You can see that the pictures that the fog looks gray instead of blue (that gives the name of the place, the blue “fog” is in fact the evaporation of a oil produced by eucalyptus trees). That’s because there was a fire on the top of the cliffs.

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More smoke

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Even though this was my second time in Sydney, I was again amazed by the life quality this city offers. The criminality rate is very low, they have a public health system that works, very efficient transport system, and their lifestyle is just perfect! You work 8 hours per day and as soon as the clock reaches 5PM you go to the beach, to a park, or simply go home. It is also very common to see people working out during lunch time. I am quite sure I would enjoy a lot to live in a city like this.

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Cherry blossom

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Sunset at Sydney bay

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Habour bridge

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Sydney Opera House

 
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Opera house again. I just never get tired taking photos of it!

 

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Thank you Sydney for the amazing time I had there! Next stop: Melbourne

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