Dec 16, 2016

Visit to New South Wales - Sydney Nov14 to 18 2016 (PART 1)

Australia is a country that full of memory, I studied at Adelaide and done my Bachelor of Mass Comm course at there. A country that I grow up and learnt a lot at there. Last month, I receive the invitation from Destination NSW and visit to Sydney. 
This is the third time I visit to Sydney! But I still feel damn excited!!! This is a beautiful city that worth to visit repeat. I’m glad to visit here as a blogger and today I’m going to share with you guys every beautiful things in this trip J

Lets start the first part of my trip.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Sydney – fresh air, cool weather and blooming purple Jacaranda trees.  Let's start our trip!! 

Oh yeah! I have Nasi Dagang with Chicken Curry to begin my trip with. Rice of all trades! AirAsia X' Nasi Dagang, specially prepared using the traditional recipe from Terengganu and Kelantan, is served with savoury chicken curry and pickled vegetables.

We landed at Sydney at 10am. Once arrive at Sydney International airport after collect our luggage and go through Customs. AND our Destination NSW host, Yvette Peverell, meet us at ‘Arrivals’ with a sign with our names.  Warm welcome from them!!

After that we transfer to our lunch at ‘the café’ at the Grounds of Alexandria. This place Enjoy our first lunch at there and surrounded by all the beautiful flower~ feel so romantic and warm!! The waiter and waitress are so lovely too!! 

With a holistic approach to food and design; The Grounds offers a wholesome and rustic menu. The kitchen uses sustainable practices including; picking fresh herbs every morning and working with full time horticulturalist to grow seasonal produce for the menu. It located in an old pie factory from the early 1900’s, The Grounds of Alexandria is the flagship venue for its specialty coffee. The site hosts a coffee research and testing facility alongside a café, opening onto a luscious garden of heirloom vegetables and fragrant herbs.

After lunch we transfer to our accommodation!! Check in at our accommodation at Mantra 2 Bond Street. This hotel has been newly refurbished. Set in the Central Business District, this sophisticated hotel offers a chic restaurant/bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also a fitness centre, a rooftop pool and a hot tub.  After check in, we received a bottle of red wine from the hotel. Such a big surprise for us J

After two hours of naps, we start to visit around Sydney town area.

Here is a few suggestion for exploring Sydney include :
Sydney Opera House – a great photo opportunity looking out to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the excitement of a thriving, cultural centre. Beautiful against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House is a thriving hub of art, culture and history. It's one of the world's most distinctive buildings, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. One of the best ways to experience the Sydney Opera House is to see a show. Don't be fooled by the name the Opera House Sydney's premier venue is not just for operas, but for ballets, plays, pop music, symphonies, comedy, contemporary dance, musical theatre and much more. They also run a host of behind the scenes and backstage tours, to get up close and personal.

Take some lovely picture standing with Opera House in the background before we leave. 

Then, we process to Enjoy dinner at Bel & Brio – a new food hall in the foodie precinct of
Barangaroo courtesy of Destination NSW. 

Here is restaurant details:
Bel & Brio 
T3.01, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW
T: 61 2 9299 9107

Omg!! The food here is super delicious! I still remember how it taste like! Especially the
desserts, it taste so special and amazing! Definitely will go visit again during my next trip to
Sydney. Bel & Brio has a menu that takes inspiration from traditional European cooking
styles to create dishes that are centred on fresh produce, much of which is grown on the Bel
& Brio Farm. The menu is designed for sharing, and is complimented by an extensive wine
list of 400 wines. Start with a classic cocktail and enjoy a quick bite, a long lunch or 
dinner with family and friends. 

After we done our dinner, we back to hotel by cab. Because of 8 hours of flight everyone feel tired. 
So here, we done our first day!!


Second day, after wake up we took our breakfast at hotel lobby, Memento Bar & Kitchen. Then, Walk a flat 10-minute walk to Circular Quay ferry terminal, and depart for Taronga Zoo via  Sydney Ferries.  I’m so excited because it has been 5 years I never visit to   zoo =p
Enjoying 15-minute ferry ride on Sydney’s beautiful Harbour. We are surrounded by the amazing  view. I wish that we can stay longer time on the ferries. 

Finally... a group photo for us :) 

After Arrive at Taronga Zoo Wharf, Take the free cable car from the Wharf to the main entrance of the Zoo.Taronga Zoo, a leading zoological garden and home to about 2,500 animals including native wildlife and exotic rare and endangered creatures. Just 12 minute ferry ride from the city,the zoo has a number of ever-popular exhibits such as Koala Encounters, the Gorilla Forest, Australian Walkabout and Great Southern Oceans. The zoo is on the elevated land along the waterfront at Bradley's Head, Mosman which is a great vantage point to take in the harbour vista.  Some say the giraffes have the best views in town! 

We have a fun time with those animal. Especially the koala bear, this is the frist time I stay so near with them. They are really cute!This kangaroo is so excited for his treat and we can’t handle it. Such a cute baby!! I feel like a kids again at the Toronga Zoo!!

After spending 3 hour with those cutie animal we tooCaptain Cook Fast Ferry departs Taronga Zoo Wharf for Watsons Bay and Lunch at iconic Doyle’s On The Beach Restaurant!! 

Watsons Bay is Australia's oldest fishing village and remains a thriving local inlet popular for its scenic locale and fresh seafood. Overlooking a prime expanse of Sydney Harbour, Doyles on the Beach has long been a fine dining Sydney institution for those looking to experience fresh fish, lobsters, prawns and more. 
Enjoying our lunch by the sea, with the beautiful view! In additional to that, the seafood there is fresh and taste so well!!  A best place to enjoy seafood for seafood lover like me!!

Here is the restaurant details:

Doyle’s On The Beach Restauran
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, Sydney, NSW
T: 61 2 9337 6214

             Watsons Bay is a great place to experience some of Sydney's finest qualities. Visit Watsons Bay, take a stroll along the picturesque coastline or wine and dine at one of Australia's most celebrated seafood restaurants. One of the best ways to enjoy the harbour views around Watsons Bay is to take a coastal walk. There are two walking paths from Watsons Bay wharf – one which takes you north past Lady Bay Beach, and then on to South Head where you can see the Hornby Lighthouse.  The other walking path meanders south past The Gap, an ocean cliff facing the Tasman Sea, and then along past the Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse

Discover stunning views of city and ocean!!it's the easiest eat to escape the city and yet still enjoy city and harbour vistas. This is one the best best Sydney walk. Great weather to visit to beach! So after that, we meet up our driver and transfer to Bondi Beach! There’s a year-round beach lifestyle at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach and it’s not just the sand and surf that make this place a magnet for locals, celebrities and visitors alike. There is a myriad of things to do and see beyond the surf, from morning ‘til night. You can take in the dramatic landscape from a cliff top coastal walk; have breakfast at one of the many funky cafes; shop ‘til you drop at the quirky boutiques and markets; experience fine dining or sip on a cocktail at one of the buzzy bars. Popular with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and the body beautiful, Bondi is one of Sydney's most stunning beaches. A walk along the beachfront promenade gives you the chance to experience its carefree sun drenched lifestyle.

This is the third time i visit to Bondi beach! I LOVE THIS BEACH SO MUCH, words cant describe my feeling!! I hope I can visit here every year! And spring is the best time to visit Sydney and enjoy on the beach~ Picture speak thousands words let see the following pic: 

There is a short video i taken at Bondi Beach also, "Lets the sea, set me free!" We spend around 4 hours at here, enjoying the sunbath on beach:) 

Another desserts treat after visit to Bondi beach, Messina Gelato. Since opening in Darlinghurst in 2002, Messina Gelato has had one clear goal: to set the benchmark for gelato in Australia. There is no compromise on quality and their gelato is made fresh on the premises daily, with 40 flavours at any one time. Their inspiration is derived from both Sicilian heritage and a long history with food. One of the best ice-cream in Sydney,. The ice-cream here is soft, smooth and super yum. my favourite is always the salted caramel, i wish to try more but i was too full to go back for more HAHA!! 

It is dinner time!! We enjoy our Dinner at Bill's, it just nearby Messina Gelato ice-cream. You must  try the famous ricotta hotcakes and sweetcorn fritters there!!
Bill Granger’s restaurant reflects the ‘Australian’ spirit: sunny, easy-going and generous. Bill opened his first restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst at the age of 24. It soon became famous for the best scrambled eggs and hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table, where locals and travellers, families and celebrities thrived on the unique atmosphere. Twenty years later, Bill’s relaxed, friendly and Australian approach to dining has become global. His infectious joy in good, fresh food offers a genuinely warm welcome to everyone.

We all still full so we didn't order much on that day. We order some snack my share together! i love this restaurant so much, Bill's is a trendy and modern design restaurant, and the waitress is so friendly and lovely.  

This is the first two days of details about my Sydney Trip :)
 Lets stay tuned for my next blog post for more details about

my Sydney trip !!! 

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