Our trip to Australia covered three beautiful cities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Our first stop is Sydney where we stayed for four days. The laid-back and culture-oriented Canberra was our next stop. From Canberra, we took a nine hours bus ride via Greyhound bus that passed by Albury going to Melbourne.
We left Manila via Cebu Pacific airlines and safely arrived at Kingsford Smith International Airport around 10AM the next day. It was a comfortable seven hours direct flight. Because we were full from the buffet at the Sky Lounge, we just rest and slept the entire trip. We woke up around 5Am, saw the beautiful sky from our window seat. It was a good time for a cup of Australian coffee.
For this post, we will cover our 4-day itinerary in Sydney alone. We were able to visit the major tourist spots including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks all the way to Bondi Beach. Highlights of this trip includes the Sydney Harbour Cruise with Captain cook cruises and the Opera House Guided Tour, both were booked on the spot and were not included in our itinerary.
Day 0: Manila to Sydney via Cebu Pacific
Departure from Manila: 11:25 PM
Arrival in Sydney: 1015 AM
Day 1: Arrival in Sydney
1100 Breakfast at the airport, Coffee at Veloce cafe.
1230 Took the train from the airport to Museum Station, fare is AUD18.50 (Going to
Song hotel). You may also take the bus at AUD22
1400 Check in at Song Hotel in Sydney. We paid Php2,870 for a
Double Room, shared bathroom with light breakfast buffet.
1430 St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
1430 Joined Sydney’s I’m FREE Walking tour starting at the Botanical Garden.
Places to visit:
- Royal Botanical Garden
- Walk around Circular Quay
- Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The Rocks District (evening tour)
1830 Walking tour, Evening schedule starts at 7pm
0800 Wake up and breakfast at Song hotel. Check out and moved to our 2nd home, an Airbnb located at The Rocks.
1100 Whole day Big Bus Tour going to Bondi Beach
1800 Back to the city for the Harbour cruise
1900 Captain Cook Sydney Opera House Cruise
Places to Visit:
- City Tour
- Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
- Ocean Bath
- Aboriginal Carvings
- Bronte Seaside Cemetery
- McIvers Ladies’ Ocean Bath
- Bondi Market – Open on Sundays. It offers original designer clothing, hand-made jewelry, arts, vintage clothes and more.
- Captain Cook Sydney Opera House Cruise with buffet dinner.
How To get to Bondi Beach: Take the train at Central Station and depart at Bondi Junction. From there take a bus to Bondi Beach.
Exploring Markets and the Chinatown in Sydney
- Paddington Markets – Open Saturday’s with 150 unique stalls offering creative
fashion and accessories.
- The Rocks Markets – Open on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Paddy’s Markets – located near Chinatown. They are selling fruit and vegetables. There are fashion-related items and tourist souvenirs.
- Sydney Fish Market
1900 Joined the Vivid Sydney at night
2100 Back to our Airbnb at the Rocks
0800 Opera House Tour (guided)
1200 Lunch at Opera House Kitchen before traveling to Canberra
1530 Took the Murray Bus to Canberra
1830 Arrival in Canberra
Where to Stay in Sydney:
Song Hotel booked it here
Address: 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Phone : +61292642451
417 Pitt St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 02000
Phone : +611800813522
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Watch our video featuring Arrival in Sydney, 1st train ride and the day one tour.
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