Having lived in Melbourne, Australia, for almost 9 years, I finally travelled to Sydney for the first time ever last week.
Planning the trip was easy and quick with Bezurk (a Ruby on Rails application, made in Singapore, I’ve lost faith in travel agents since a long time ago), Wotif (a JEE application, Australian made, works like a charm but they really need a design makeover), and Google Maps (I want my goddamn placemarks on the print result).
I must admit that I like Sydney CBD better than Melbourne’s. My favourite hangout in Sydney was a little cafe in QVB (great ambiance), totally loved the chocolate croissant accompanied by a glass of latte. Another favourite spot was Royal Botanic Gardens, it was totally relaxing, lying on the grass just looking at the blue sky. Last but not least, I think Makoto serves the best sushi.
As for the touristy activity, I took a 2-hour train ride to Katoomba followed by a bus ride to Blue Mountains. And yes, I did all the Scenic World’s Skyway, Flyway, Railway, and Walkway. I also did the bushwalk thingy to Echo Point’s The Three Sisters.
Some pictures from Sydney: