Blue mountains is about two hours drive from Sydney. The water vapor makes the place looks BLUE so that’s why they call it Blue mountains. Scenic World is our first destination and it had a really long queue in the ticket reception when we arrived. As the staff recommended us, we first took the cable way and saw the spectacular view of Blue Mountains. Then we walked around the forest and take the railway back to the top. The railway was quite scary for me!! It was really steep!!!
When you see vineyard, you know you arrive at Hunter Valley.
Hunter valley is famous for its wine. Especially the Semillon and Shiraz. We spent one morning in the wine school. It was so much fun to learn about wine tasting and we tried so many kinds of white and red wine. We even got a certificate after the class.
Wine school website: http://www.hunterresort.com.au/wine/wineschool.htm
The wine school also provides room to stay, but we stayed in another guest house called “Splinter’s Guesthouse”. There are only 3 rooms and the room is really lovely and Bobby, the owner provided us delicious cheese and dessert wine! It was really amazing and relaxing just to sit outside while enjoying the wine during the evening. The place is very calm and I felt so close to the nature! The breakfast prepared by Bob was so delicious!!
Splinter’s Guesthouse website: http://www.splinters.com.au
First day of 2014, we visited the Featherdale Wildlife Park which is around 50 min drive from Sydney City center. There are 3 main zoo near Sydney. I saw a lot of good comments on this one and it allows tourists to touch the koala for free, so we decided to come here! This zoo is not big but we still stayed there for 4 hours! A lot of animals were just outside walking around with the tourists. I also saw some interesting creatures which didn’t exist in Asia. The kangaroos were so lazy and laid down almost all day…
The koala is super adorable!!!! They are mostly sleeping as well but in all kinds of cute gestures!!! There is a Koala Sanctuary place where we can touch them and take a photo with them!
Today is the last day of 2013!!!! Crossing the Darling Harbour, we arrived at the Fish Market — the cheapest seafood you can get in Sydney =) The weather is super hot and It’s crowded with people in the market.
A very exciting morning cause finally I can visit Campos Coffee!!! I’ve read so many good comments about it and fortunately it opens during new year.. unlike the rest of the cafe I found are all closed… Campos Coffee only opens in the morning during NYE, and we came all the way to Newtown just to taste the delicious coffee. IT’S TRUE!!! The coffee here is amazing!!! I can say it’s the best I’ve ever tasted!!!! I had affogato and the espresso with ice cream are totally a perfect match!!! I also tried Latte and it was fantastic too!!! I will definitely come back to Sydney for my Campos coffee again 🙂
Later, we walked around Surry Hills. It is a very relaxing area with a lot of lovely little houses! Definitely enjoyable just to look at those houses and maybe try another cup of coffee along the way.
First day of my Sydney trip, I visited the Rocks. It was just next to Circular Quay. We walked here from Hyde Park. This is my first view of Opera House from the Rocks… kind of small.
Central Business District is definitely not as magnificent as the one in Singapore!
I like the Rocks very much because the buildings here are ancient and pretty.