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Sydney - Queen Victoria Building - m.z. photo

,, Recently I’ve mostly visited Sydney which is an excellent destination in its own right. Just the whole setting of the place work with the harbor the Domain, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Opera House, and the Botanical Gardens. I particularly enjoy walking around the Botanical Gardens set as they are down by the harbor.

When I lived in Sydney I used to walk from Potts Point down an impressive set of steps and through Woolloomooloo across the Domain and through Hyde Park and into the city center.

The pubs in Woolloomooloo (one of the best names in the world) were open in the morning to cater to the dockworkers coming off the night shift. But Woolloomooloo has sadly succumbed to gentrification these days. However, you can still make a detour to Harry’s Cafe De Wheels for a pie if the mood takes you. “Harry's Cafe de Wheels is an iconic pie cart located on Cowper Wharf Road in Woolloomooloo. They are best known for their dish "Tiger Pie", a type of Australian meat pie named after the original founder of Harry's.” (WIKI)

If you're hungry and want to go a bit upmarket it's worth going to Kings Cross. It is the red light district and has a very good selection of excellent restaurants as well. You can find almost any type of food from around the world.

You might fancy a trip to Paddy’s Market which despite the name has a distinct Chinese flavor to it. There are thousands of cheap items imported from China elsewhere. Clothes, goods, cosmetics, food including fresh food and plants. The fresh food section is at the end of the market place and you will see sellers shouting to get shoppers.

All over Sydney, there are lots of good bars if you go for the more downmarket ones you can meet plenty of characters. (Alan Durant, 2021)



“We bought an OPAL card, which everyone gives such complicated instructions about online. In fact, all you have to do is this: If you’re setting off from Circular Quay, go to one of the ticket booths by the harbor, ask for an OPAL card, and tell the vendor to load it up straight away with $20. This should be enough for at least two days’ sightseeing (it can be used on the metro/trains, bus, trams, and ferry). The card is contactless, and the machines are sometimes on the vehicle (on the bus, for example) and sometimes outside on the platform (for example on the tram). The card has to be swiped both when boarding and disembarking any mode of transport. And that’s about it. (2020)”



Sydney - Bondi Beach - Kata photo


“We bought an OPAL card, a process which everyone online describes as insanely complicated. It actually works like this: If Circular Quay is your starting point, go to one of the ticket vendors at the port, ask for an Opal Card, and tell them to put a starting amount of $20 in credit on it. With this, you can travel for at least two days (it’s valid on the metro, train, bus, tram, and ferry). It’s a contactless card, so for some types of transportation (e.g. bus), the scanner is inside the vehicle, while in others (e.g. the tram), there is a scanner on the station platform, which should be used before boarding. And that's it.” (2020)


Destination in brief

Sydney is located at the coast of Tasman Sea in the south-east region of Australia. Sydney is the largest Australian city, but not the capital city (which is Canberra)

The city got its name after a British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney (at the end of the 18th century).

Population (in 2020):4.9 million - The top five ethnic origin are Australian, English, Irish, Scottish and Chinese - The top six countries of birth for people are Australia, England, China, New Zealand, India, and Vietnam.

Languages: The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Sydney are: Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Greek.

About one-third of the Sydney residents speak a language other than English at home.

Religious makeup:  27% No religion, 22.6% Religious affiliation not stated, 16% Buddhism, 14.6% Catholic, 4.7% Anglican, 2.4% Hinduism, 2.3% Christian, 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.8% Uniting Church, 1.6% Islam.

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 3600 USD -  (while in Melbourne: 3300 USD, and Australia's average is 3200 USD)

Each year around 3.4 million international visitors visit Sydney.



Sydney - MLC Centre - 67 storeys - Elter photo


Australia -Sydney - Harbour Bridge - Elter photo

Sydney - Harbour Bridge - Elter photo

Sydney - Harbour Bridge - Elter photo

Harbour Bridge

Australia - Sydney Opera -Elter photo

Sydney Opera

Center Point

Sydney - Center Point - Elter photo

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