Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Another favourite place we visited in Sydney was the Chinese Garden of Friendship. We were staying in Haymarket, and this was only a few minutes away, and the website had some neat pictures. Let me say, that the pictures does not do justice to the real thing. This garden symbolises the friendship between the people of Guangzhou (a Β southern Chinese city, in the Guangdong province), and Sydney, hence the name.

As you come through the Main Entrance and go though the courtyard, you come across the Dragon Wall. Then as you keep going, you feel as though you’re entering another world.

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We spent almost two hours here, simply walking around and taking in everything. It’s so peaceful and tranquil and there was always something new to look at.

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Moving on, there was lots of bridges and pavilions to look out from. There was also lots of different trees and plants. We couldn’t help taking lots of photos everywhere we looked.

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As we made our way up and down the winding paths, we’d often stop to take photos, and then spend longer just looking around. It was a great way to start off our stay in Sydney.

We spent our whole morning at the garden, and we only left because we got hungry and needed to go to the grocery store to buy stuff for the week.

We would have loved to come back, but there was so much more stuff in Sydney we also wanted to see. If you ever go to Sydney, do not miss a stop at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Photos of the place are amazing, but being there is like being in another world.

Angela.

From Bondi to Coogee

From Bondi to Coogee

It’s been fun reflecting back on our Sydney travels. Today I wanted to talk about one of our highlights, visiting Bondi Beach, and doing the Bondi to Coogee walk.

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From Bondi to Coogee

It’s hard not to think of Bondi when you think of Sydney. It’s probably one of the most famous beaches in the world, not the top one, but I would think it’s up there. We went there twice, the first time we had to cut our trip short as my phone had a mini meltdown and we needed to head back to our hotel to see if we could fix it (SD card had corrupted it for some bizarre reason). Before we headed back though, we started following the coastal walkway. It looked neat, but we were dressed for the beach, not a long walk.

Then we chilled out on the beach for a bit. The water was colder than I hoped it would be, so I just lay in the sun. Here comes the obligatory feet on the beach shot.

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We came back a few days later, and focused on doing the walk. This was one of the best days of the trip. Just Rory and I hanging out, walking and enjoying each other’s company.

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The walk is very popular, there were many other tourists around, as well as many joggers. The walk had lots of stops that had exercises, Rory stopped a fair few times to try them out, and I just watched.

The walk took us around 3 and a half hours, we were just meandering our way over. It’s not a hard walk, and it makes for an enjoyable morning. The beautiful scenery just keeps on coming, and we stopped to take it in a LOT. I could see myself doing that walk on a weekly basis if I was a local.

In case you weren’t sure of where you are, there are signs to help you along the way.

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Finally, we reached Coogee. I found a giant chair and immediately climbed on top of it.

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We had lunch, and then took a bus back. We originally planned to go to the tour of the Opera House that afternoon but all the tickets were gone. So instead, we went to Paddy’s market, and wandered around Haymarket and Chinatown. We tried some ice cream dough balls. It was as described, a small ice cream ball, concealed by a small doughnut. It was a strange sensation, but not a bad one.

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At the end of the day, we bought ourselves some more little treats and settled in for an early night, and more adventures the following day.

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That’s the end of Sydney Adventures! I had so much fun recalling all these past events and looking over past photos. It was definitely a highlight of 2016.

Angela.

Darlington Harbour

Darlington Harbour

The hotel we were staying at was in Haymarket, which is a few minutes walk away from Darlington Harbour. Wellington Harbour is nice, but it’s tiny compared to Darlington (I mean, so is Wellington in regards to Sydney, to be honest). We were there practically every day and evening, just walking along and having a look at everything that was going on. We also took in a lot of the attractions there, such as the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Zoo Sydney and Madame Tussauds Sydney. We also ended our trip by taking a dinner cruise on our last night in Sydney. Darlington Harbour is just as good (if not better) at night.

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Sydney Travels – Darlington Harbour

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Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

As the title says, I did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing back in February. My partner, Rory, had done this before a fair few years ago, but I never have. As a native New Zealander, and a kind of fan of Lord of the Rings, it has been on my to-do list for a while. Now I’m not in the best shape, but this hike didn’t seem too daunting. At least not as bad as the Salkantay Trek up to Machu Picchu I did a few years back.Β So, a deal came up on TreatMe, we took it and went over Waitangi Weekend (February 6, a public holiday in NZ)

If anyone is interested, here’s a link to a map of the day hike:Β Tongariro Crossing

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We stayed at a lodge in Owhango, and got dropped off at around 7am at the Mangatepopo carpark. Already at the beginning, there was a lot of people. This is a very popular day hike (one of the most popular), especially on a weekend in summer. The guide who dropped us off said there was likely 1200 people hiking on this day. This led to very long lines for the toilet, as they are far and few between on this hike. So after a not-so-quick rest stop, we set off at around 7.20am. This hike is said to take around 5 1/2 to 6 hours if you’re just doing the main walk, so we were looking at finishing at around 1-1.30pm.

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New Zealand 101

Hey guys. So this is slightly inspired by my dear friendΒ Alli, who does a series where she researches places she doesn’t know much about, then enlightens us all on what she learnt. I’m taking a bit of a different route, and talking about a country I do know a lot about, and that I live in. It’s going to be slightly informative, but also poking fun a little at my lovely home country.

So, hey, where is New Zealand?

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Thanks Map of World.com

Yes, there we are in the corner. We are often forgotten in most maps in a lot of forms of media, and other things. I have a game called Pandemic, and we like to point out that NZ is barely on the map. In fact, in many movies, if a map comes up, see if NZ is on there. Most times, it’s a no. Which means in all wars and zombie outbreaks, we must be safe and laughing at the rest of the world as it crashes and burns.

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So, let’s learn more about this tiny country made up of a few islands at the bottom of the world.

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Makara Beach

Makara Beach

Hallo! Welcome to another little TBT post. Today’s is about a place I have very briefly mentioned before in the blog. It’s about Makara Beach. I had never heard of this place before, but Rory had frequented it with his family as they liked to walk there. So in 2015, on a Labour Day weekend, Rory drove us up there, so we could do this little walk up the hill.

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It was a very stony beach

As we made our way past the carpark, we came across this beach. It was very stony. To the left, there was a little path and a sign showing us more about the walk.

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A helpful little sign

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There were a few options we could take. We went with the ones that went up to the Fort Opau gun battlements. The full walk takes few hours, but we decided on just doing a small part (we got hungry).

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Travel Tag

Travel Tag

Welcome to another tag! This time I was nominated to do the Travel Tag by Pearl who blogs over atΒ The Pearly Life. Thanks so much for the nomination Pearl!!Β I’ve been really lucky to have done a decent bit of travelling, so this tag should be lots of fun πŸ™‚

What is your favourite place that you have visited?

Machu Picchu! It was so amazing and mystical. It literally is a hidden world, and the trek made me feel like I had earned my visit there! πŸ˜€

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