“Just keep swimming.” – Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo, a childhood favorite movie brings me nostalgia. If you did not know, the movie took place in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. It is now one of my destinations that I want to travel to. However, my first stop in Australia definitely has to be Sydney.
I want to keep this trip as free as possible, so I will be exploring things that are offered for free in Sydney Australia. The first place I would love to visit are the Royal Botanic Gardens. Located on the picturesque waterfront with many beautiful sunny lawns, I could possibly enjoy my evening with a picnic and simply enjoy nature. To stay with the theme of nature, I would also visit The Royal National Park. Situated in there are naturally formed pools that takes the figure of 8, thus its name Figure 8 Pools. You can take a dip in these pools, however make sure to visit them during the low tide, as during the high tide, the entire area is underwater. Another nature visit I would love to explore are the Blue Mountains. I want to see what Sydney’s wilderness has to offer from Echo Point to the Three Sisters rock formations at Katoomba. If not for the nature, then at least for the kangaroos and koalas!
As an art fan, I would visit the White Rabbit Gallery. It is owned by a private art collector, featuring contemporary Chinese art. There is also a teahouse on the ground floor, so if I would like a break, I could always visit there to enjoy some Chinese teas and handmade dumplings. Another art museum I would visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). MCA features contemporary artwork from Australian artists since the 1950s. There’s a particular strong showing of recent indigenous artwork.
Another place that I would like to stop at is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There you can see an amazing 360-degree view of the city, the Sydney Opera House and the majestic Blue Mountains. What is the point of visiting Sydney if you do not stop at the Sydney Opera House? That is also another place that I would love to see in person. I can get to see what is behind it and get to hear stories of the building’s construction.
I also simply want to enjoy shopping at markets. Sydney is famous for its weekend markets. An example of a market would be the Paddy’s Markets. It is Sydney’s most popular market where you can find unique souvenirs, great clothes, or delicious food. I would also would like to experience some festivals, or simply enjoy the nightlife of Sydney.
Experiencing the Sydney, Australia life would be a spectacular one because I am sort of fulfilling one of my childhood dreams. I may someday even visit the Great Barrier Reef, but for now Sydney is the first step!