Sydney, Australia (Day 5)

On our last day in Sydney, we decided to conclude our Australian chapter by ending where we began- the Sydney Opera House and its environs.

Our flight back to KL was not until later in the evening so we had ample time to make a brief round-up of the city beginning at the Rocks, inside the great Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and finally Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.

I loved everything about that day. The glistening cobalt blue sky that seemed to follow us everywhere, the uncharacteristically strong winds (while we were around the parameters of the opera house) that had us hold on to each other tight, the calmness of the Royal Botanic Garden which held at least 2-3 beautiful garden weddings that afternoon, the sound of the violin quartet soothing through every rustle of the leaves, the chirping of the birds in between, the brilliant Jacarandas against the emerald green lawns- everything and everyone seemed to be so happy and at peace. It was as if we were all joined by a familiar kinship- one that is innately understood by each of our hearts- that celebrates and glorifies life as it is, warts and all.

I knew I loved Australia even before I arrived. In a weird but not entirely unexpected way, it felt like home.

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Back at the Rocks!
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Perfect view of the Harbour Bridge.

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The heavy interior of the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.

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An unexpected gem on the calmer side of Sydney.
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Cafe at the NSW Gallery.

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Some of the beautiful aboriginal crafts. I love the simple geometric shapes. I’m sure each line, shape and colour tells a story. I wish I knew more.
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One of my favourite paintings there. The details are just amazing!

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We walked back into the Royal Botanic Garden to this cozy cafe just on the edge of the garden.

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As we headed back to the Opera House we came across at least two weddings around the garden. They were so beautiful and heart warming to witness. How could they not be against this spectacular backdrop? 🙂

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Party boat!

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Our favourite Jacaranda.
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Another beautiful wedding!

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We have so much love for this city. We hope we’ll return here soon!

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Sydney, Australia (Day 2)

Day 2 saw us walking along the coast from vibrant Coogee Beach up to the infamous Bondi Beach. We had a late start to the day so we managed to walk only half of the trail between the two touchpoints. The train from Sydney Central took us to Bondi from whence we took a bus to Coogee. Instead of walking north-southwardly (Bondi-Coogee) we started from Coogee and moved northwards towards Bondi, stopping midway at Clovelly.

The views from the coastal walk were as spectacular as they were magical. Everything just seemed so vibrant and alive- from the cloudless brilliant blue sky, the rich emerald green grass with the many exceptionally rare vegetation, the intensely golden-white sandy beaches and the deep blue ocean- making everywhere I turn seem so majestic. Even then I couldn’t believe that I was really in Australia and had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t just dreaming.

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First sight of Coogee Beach.

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The hilly side of Coogee. The beach-goers were either just chilling in the sun or reading.
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Dramatic cliffs just off Coogee Beach.
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My Rock :’-)

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A shy glimpse of Gordon’s Bay.

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The more secluded Gordon’s Bay, perfect for private picnics or dipping in the water.

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Clovelly- the half-way point between Coogee and Bondi where we cut our walk short and took the bus into Bondi instead.

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Soaking in the sun!
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Busy Bondi Beach.
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When we arrived the sun was already beginning to set. It was also so cold!
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Leaving our marks in Bondi.
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One of the many skilful surfers still out in the waves. Some remained even past sundown.

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We ended our day chilling at one of the clubs on Bondi before a short stroll down the almost empty promenade.