We arrived in Australia in the morning, after quite a long trip, we did a stop in Auckland, where we slept at the airport for six hours roughly. It was the beginning of a series of challenges and the first of them was passing through the immigration with our 14 packages of yerba mate explaining in English what that was! The second one was arriving at Nelio and Ive's house, friends of ours from Brazil who will put us up for a few days. Finally, after a train ride, a bus ride plus a long walk we reached their place. We were welcomed with a delicious breakfast. That first day in Sydney was dedicated to resting and going for groceries at a supermarket nearby.
On the next day we felt the winter weather, we left their home early morning to go to Sydney's CBD area, on a cold, rainy day. We went to visit some of the attractions nearby the CBD. Our first stop was Sydney's Observatory, where we visited the museum and enjoyed some panoramic views. Later on we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of The Rocks neighbourhood, where the history of it is accounted, The rock is one of the oldest areas in Sydney. We also went to the oldest Christian Church of Sydney.
On the next day we went to visit the area of Sydney's Opera House and Circular Quay, the first one is one of the landmarks of the city and the second one is the place where many ferry lines depart. As always, we chose the economic way, so we just visited the opera house's surroundings, the tour to go inside seemed too expensive for us. What we were completely sure about is going to watch a show inside the opera house is really worth it. Next time we will!!!
Since we were already there, after visiting the opera house we went to check City's Botanical Gardens, which by the way is one of the main attractions of Sydney. Later, we visited the city's cathedral and after, we had lunch.
We continued the day visiting Darling Harbour, which is a place surrounded by many interesting things, such as restaurants, museums, aquarium among others. We enjoyed the maritime museum, since it was the only one that's free. Later on, we went to Chinatown, which is the place, as its name suggests, where immigrants with a Chinese heritage live. To finish the day we went to check Victoria Queen Building, which is very famous for its architecture.
We began the next day with a short walk at Luna Park, it is a kind of amusement Park, however, we were only interested in the views of the famous Harbour Bridge, not in the park itself. Later, we went to see a fish market, where it is possible to buy fresh products directly from the fishermen or just walk around and eat anything there. We also visited Saturdays fair in the heart of The Rock, it was very interesting to buy some old stuff, handmade products or just to walk enjoying an ice cream. To end the day we went to see Hyde Park and ANZAC memorial, the last is a tribute to Australian and New Zealand troops, whom took part in the First World War.
On our penultimate day in Sydney, we went with our hosts to wander around Dee Why, one of the many neighbourhoods of the city, we liked its beach. Later, we went to sit at one of the many bars around the Opera House, we tried to eat like an Aussie, so we ordered fish and chips, some glasses of wine and beers. After watching the sunset we went to Darling harbour again, this time to check Saturday fireworks show. So this way we ended our first visit to Sydney. We already had planned to comeback for new year's eve.
Our last day in the city was just dedicated to packing and going to the airport and waiting for our flight to Cairns, the city that will be our home for the next five months.