I recently spent a few weeks in Sydney, an Australian city that truly has something for everyone: the shopper, the wine lover, the beach goer, the opera fan, the athlete. I stayed in a Sydney furnished property in Paddington, a Sydney suburb a few kilometres from the central business district. I loved being so centrally located. Paddington itself has numerous gourmet food outlets and trendy cafés, cinemas, and other entertainment venues. My apartment was comfortable and furnished luxuriously with a DVD player, a plasma TV with cable, a washing machine and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and plenty of DVDs for my downtime.
Of course, I didn’t have a lot of downtime. After checking out the weekend Paddington markets, which are best known for their art and fashion offerings, I headed out to explore The Rocks. The Rocks is a historic district and where Sydney really began, and home to even more shopping. After spending more time on George Street and finishing up with dinner in a quiet colonial pub, I headed back to my apartment for an evening in. The view from my balcony was beautiful and relaxing.
I have always been an animal lover, so Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour was one of the highlights of my trip. Sydney Aquarium has more than 650 species, including dugongs, platypuses, stingrays and jellyfish, all on stunning display. After that, I simply had to stop by the Taronga Zoo, too, for a peek at their Tasmanian Devils and little Australian penguins.
No visit to Sydney would be complete without a trip to the World Heritage-listed Opera House. I caught a show after taking a behind-the-scenes tour. The perfect ending to my night at the opera was a glass of Australian wine in the Opera Bar. Another Sydney must-do is the bridge climb. Although I am no athlete, the Harbour Bridge has several climbs that are appropriate for people of various fitness levels, and I was able to find one perfect for my needs.
All in all, it was a fabulous holiday, and I cannot wait until I can visit Sydney again.