A travel journal
to Sydney by holeeling
Quote: Since my relocation from sunny Singapore to still sunny Sydney, I have been exploring this new environment. Here are some of the best things I have found.
Although it has become something of a cliche, the opera house is a magnificant Australian icon. It is a must-see for any first-time visitor to Sydney. In fact, it should be seen from all directions - from the Botantic gardens, up-close, and from a slow ferry to Manly to appreciate its beauty.
If you are tired of seeing the same overpriced, overhyped commercial goods in the shops, weekend shopping in the markets will be enjoyable. Even if you don't buy anything, it is fun watching the craftperson at work, chatting with them, or rummaging through trunks of vintage treasures.
Ferry rides are fun and offer some of the best sights in Sydney. Take a ferry ride to Manly or any coastal area and sit on deck with a camera and just snap away at the beautiful sights (especially in the evenings).
Coastal walks (Bondi to Bronte)
Get out of urban Sydney and to the beaches. Even if you don't swim or sunbathe, a walk along the rugged coast will offer you breathtaking sights and good exercise.
- Live near town to see the sights and save transport costs.
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The Rocks (Saturday and Sunday)
Open 10am to 5pm
The Rocks, just round from Circular Quay
This is the best-known market, close to the main tourist belt. It is near the Opera House, Circular Quay, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and is a good place to visit if you are in the vicinity. It offers a wide range of high-quality Australian arts and crafts, ranging from limited-edition photo prints, handmade jewellery, lip gloss in a shell, and modernist plastic lampshades. You can expect quality goods here with prices reflective of them.
Paddington Market (Sat)
Open 10am to 4pm
Oxford St, Paddington
This market along Oxford Street showcases some of the most innovative and beautiful handmade arts and crafts. Expect one-of-a-kind handbags, jewellery, picture frames, cosmetics, toothbrush holders, and more. The things here are less commercialised that those at the Rocks and many would make great gifts. Handmade things however do come at a price and you will be hard-pressed to find a bag for anything less than $30.
Paddy’s Market (Thur – Sun)
Thursday and Friday Open 9am to 4:30pm
Cnr Hay & Thomas Streets, Sydney
Like a traditional Asian market, this market is divided into two sections. One is the food section, which sells some of the freshest, as well as cheapest fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat. The quality of the produce here makes the pushing and shoving in this noisy and crowded section worth it. The other section is where to go for bargains on mass-produced, made-in-China-type goods. Here you can probably get 20 koala bear key chains for $2 and a T-shirt with a huge kangaroo for about $5.
New and 2nd-hand Stuff
Rozelle Market (Sat-Sun)
Open 9am to 4pm
Darling St, Rozelle (near Victoria Rd.)
This is a good second-hand market which would please shoppers interested in vintage. There are old clothes, books, bags, china, mirrors, and radios from all eras. The prices are reasonable (you can sometimes bargain with the seller), and you can find really cheap stuff if you are not picky (eg, T-shirt for $2) or very nice vintage lace or dresses. Being in a suburb, there are fewer tourists and people, so browsing is very pleasant.
Glebe Market (Sat)
Open 10am to 4pm
Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
This is a popular market selling both old and new stuff. There are handmade books and cards, as well as secondhand books and clothes, so this is a good market to visit if you want to see an eclectic mix of goods. There are many stalls cramped in a small area, so there is not a lot of space to manoeuvre in this market.
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