I was lucky enough to be able to spend one of my Christmas holidays in Sydney, Australia, of course kudos to the Zuniga and Reyes families. I’ve always known the “Land Down Under” as a place famous for its Koala bears and Kangaroos. After the whole experience, i can say that what makes it more special is the ultimate “family” bonding that we had there.
For this trip, we didn’t really have an itinerary. Our tito and tita hosts were the ones who prepared each day’s agenda for all of us. Apparently, I liked the idea of having a surprise agenda for the day, probably because I was used on keeping everything planned as I wanted. We had a good mix of city and nature trips for the whole Christmas break. I must say though that Australia has a well-preserved environment, no wonder why they usually have family picnics, backyard barbeque sessions, and even swimming parties.
To share, here are the places we visited, you might want to go here too when you have your own vacation in Sydney!
- Echo Point Lookout – provides a panoramic view of the Southern Blue Mountains (because of the blue hue when you view it due to the light refraction onto the mist of vast Eucalyptus trees in the area), and the iconic Three Sisters (because it resembles a rock formation of 3 figures, with its own Australian legend). This place is very cold and chilly so make sure to bring your “jumper” (Australian term for sweater). The view is so relaxing- if you are up for some soul searching, then go here.
- Scenic World Blue Mountains Australia – tourist attraction in the world heritage site listed Blue Mountains and has 4 main attractions – Scenic Railway (52 degrees inclined passenger train), Walkway, Skyway, and Cableway.
- Featherdale Wildlife Park – one of the well-known animal parks in New South Wales and is home to several Koala Bear and Kangaroo.
- Darling Harbor– harbour located near the Sydney City, and has a large recreational area for both dining and family entertainment.
- Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge– the Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center that also serves as Sydney’s iconic landmark. Festive New Year celebrations are also being held around the area. The Harbour Bridge on the other hand is an operational bridge that connects the North Shore with the Central Business District. Both of these structures create a great frame for the city. I really like the “chill” ambiance of this place too.
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- Bondi Beach – famous beach within the Sydney area. This is one of the most visited tourist zones in Australia. I assume boys will have a good time here!
- Wentworth falls lake – near Scenic World, this place is a good venue for family picnics. You can also see several people walking their dogs and swimming in the lake. We had a very good barbeque lunch and picnic here. The whole family prepared some mats and all of us stayed under the shade of the big tree. After eating, we even fell asleep because of the cold air. Oh, good life!
- Nurragingy Park– it is an open park (natural bushland) in Blacktown area. Good place to stroll and spend free time
- Bbq party in your own backyard– don’t forget to have a good barbeque outdoors wherever you will stay in Australia. We stayed at Uncle Boy’s house and we experienced the barbeque tradition for several times. One of the best we had is during the Christmas eve where we a sort of reunion. Drinks, great food, fun talks, great food again ( Tita Helen’s best ham ever, Tamana’s Pavlova, Tita Pot’s super yummy ube cake, various barbeque from everyone and a whole lot more!), and lots of pictorial! Definitely a memorable experience for our Sydney visit!
That’s it for our Sydney trip! Hope we can come back again soon to explore the other parts of Australia and even New Zealand.