After starting the day indulging in pastries and fresh fruit at The Menzies buffet breakfast, we went to explore the inner city of Sydney, heading in direction Hyde Park. I really enjoyed the look of the big avenues, featuring a mix of ancient and modern architecture, artistic elements and a surprisingly generous placements of trees.
We visited the ANZAC monument, which is situated in the Hyde Park and is quite an impressive site to visit. It’s design is absolutely beautiful and elaborate and the building also hosts a very informative museum about the ANZAC history. During opening hours there even is a free guide that will tell you everything about the memorial and the symbolic in it’s design.
Next stop was the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where we have seen some of the plenty free exhibitions. We absolutely loved the modern and contemporary exhibitions, especially one named “Colourwheel”, that was dedicated to the modern use of bright colours and playful combinations – but also “Our spirits lie in the water”, which is exposing indigenous art of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We proceeded to the Botanic Gardens, where we took the eastern river walk up to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, one of Sydneys best viewpoints offering stunning views over the Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. And again, do yourself a favour and refrain from public transport and tourist buses, if you can. All of this in in walking distance. It might be a longer walk than the one yesterday, but it definitely is manageable and you will be rewarded with a much better impression of the city and a better overall experience of you trip.
As our time at Sydney city was coming to an end, we ended our stay with some drinks at the Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. As the name suggests, the cocktail lounge is located high above the city, on level 36 of the prestigious 5-star-hotel, allowing guests to enjoy breathtaking views of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sounds too expensive? Surprisingly it isn’t. The beers are all priced around 10 AU$ and glasses of wine start at 12 AU$. Just make sure you get there straight after they open at 5 pm, in order to get the best seats directly in front of the windows, which usually are taken very quickly.
So we stayed in this marvellous place for quite a while, drinking cocktails, soaking in the fantastic views and watching the sun go down over the city. A beautiful spot to relax, after a busy day of sightseeing and definitely one worth visiting when you get the chance!
Later in the evening, we picked up our baggage at the hotel an travelled to Bondi Beach, to spend the next two days by the ocean. Looking forward to tomorrow!