Here I am on foreign soil, the country that I was born in, 7hours and 40 minutes (by direct flight) away from home. Left Malaysia at 11.50 pm Malaysian time, 10minutes behind schedule and arrived at the Sydney Airport around 10.30am local time on Thursday and the adventure begins!
Day 1 started off with checking into our accommodation for these 7days, the Sydney Malaysian Hall in Randwick. After finalizing our plans, we headed to the train station via bus. The Central station is hectic and fast paced just like KL Sentral.
Sarah recommended the 7day Multi Pass for travellers visiting Sydney for a week. $60 is a bit pricey but you’ll get access to all trains, buses, trams and even ferries. You can also ride the bus or train to nowhere, just to tour an area.
As I stepped out into the Circular Quay station platform, the moment took my breath away. From there the Harbour Bridge and Opera House were clearly in sight.
As we exit the station, we headed towards the Opera House to catch the tour before the final tour at 5 pm. We got into the 4.30 group. Before heading inside, a camwhoring session is a must! The Opera House looks different from what I imagined it to be it. The Sails which the roof is known as, are covered with white tiles and they sparkle in the afternoon sun. The Harbour Bridge aka Giant Coat Hanger can be seen right opposite the Opera House.
The tour is $35 for adults and $24.50 for students. It started on time, everything goes according to schedule in Sydney especially the public transportation and tours, and we started from the outside.
As we headed inside, the tour leader explained that the design is very simple, the ceiling is just plain concrete without any paint. It was beautiful nonetheless. Photos can only be taken in the foyer, no photos in the theaters were allowed.
We left the Opera House at sunset and hunted for Halal food on George Street. There’s a Chinese Restaurant with a Malaysian Halal logo and the food was both delicious and value for money. I would recommend the hot beef stew after walking in the chilly weather all day.
After dinner we went for walk on the UNSW campus, where Sarah is pursuing her Masters degree. We then took the free shuttle back to the Msian Hall.
That’s the end of Day 1. 🙂