To me, traveling is not only getting the most for yourself, but also for other people back home. Therefore, buying some sort of souvenirs is always a MUST in our to-do-list. On the 3rd day, you can find where to go for budget shopping in Sydney. You can also find out how to spend the rest of the day viewing the Sydney from a spectacular view.
If you haven’t read about my first and second day of this trip, click on each picture and check it out!
Summary my trip
- Trip: Melbourne to Sydney Budget: 500 – 600AUD (flight ticket and accommodation, Adele concert ticket, eating, shopping, and transportation included)
- Length: 3 Full days and a half day (4 nights at Hostel)
- Requirements: Walking ability + good health conditions + Food sharing + Modest shopping + Early wake-up and late comeback
- Places covered: Harbour area, CBD area (Shopping streets, Mary Cathedral, Sydney Tower, Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park), The Rocks area, Royal Botanic Garden (Macquarie’s chair), Sydney Fish Market, The Star Casino, Darling Harbour, The Market City ( The paddy’s Market), The Melbourne Contemporary Museum, Harbour bridge walking (30-1 hour) Harbour night view, Manly Beach, Coogee to Bondi Beach walk ( 3-4 hours), The Rocks + the rocks Sunday market
- Places I ate: It’s time for Thai food, Vietnamese Bread – Destination Roll, Peters Sydney Fish Market, Cafe Cre Asion, The Pancakes on The Rocks
- The note includes my itinerary, my tips, my recommendations.
- Good for: travel on budget, nature lovers, photos taking, eating lovers.
And now, the 3rd day of my journey begins!
I went to the Market City which takes 10 mins walking from my hostel, so I didn’t spend money for transportation.
You can buy different souvenirs there for friends and families. Since my weight for luggage is limited, I can’t buy many things. In some shops, you may bargain to get a good price, some may not. Just try to make a deal with the sellers to see if you can get the good price.
My friend instead went to the Glebe market to see the antique stuff and then we met up near my place. We went around that area to places in CBD, near Sydney Tower, shopping arcade, Commonwealth Bank building
Here, I really recommend to go and see the Commonwealth Bank building, which is located at the street named Martin place. This is the most expensive building in Sydney and is made of all marbles and very luxurious looking.
However, the bank only opens on weekdays, so we couldn’t go inside on Saturday. It was a bit regretful. Around this area, you can find many brands stores such as Zara, Forever 21 ( which doesn’t have in Melbourne as you may surprise) …
After that, we went to “Halal Chinese noodles bar” near the George Street to have a meal.
My friend ordered a bowl of beef noodle and the portion was a lot to her to finish so I recommended ordering a smaller one, or a la carte type of food to share with friends. Then again, this eating place is optional since it is Halal food restaurant. You can easily find many different restaurants in this area such as Korean food, Thai food, or Japanese food.
After that, I went to the Melbourne Contemporary Museum and spent around 45 minutes here.
It closes at 5 pm, so you should come earlier. You might find a bit deep and hard to understand the arts but still a good experience.
I went to the north side of the Harbour Bridge by train to Milsons Point Station. From there I walked back to the Harbour area through the bridge.
Sydney Harbour from the Bridge
Harbour through Bridge
There are many people walking as well and it wasn’t arduous to walk. The view of the Harbour from the Bridge is amazing and breath-taking ￼￼.
It took me roughly 30 mins ( my speed one again ) to finish walking from the north side to the other end. Then I kept continuing walking following the path to Royal Botanic Garden where I saw the whole harbor area from the height at a different angle.
Opera House under the young moon
You better cross the bridge during the sunset time, so you can see clearly the Sydney Opera House under the moonlight, and skylight of sunset. Or else, you should come to the Macquarie chair at the Royal Botanic Garden to see the view during the sunset. However, you may be aware of the closing time which is 5 pm. ￼￼
I walked about next 30 mins and then came back to the Opera House to enjoy the night view there.
It was so peaceful and romantic when sitting the bench and looking at the view. You better grab some snack and spend time there.
I went inside the Opera House to have a look and went to the famous toilet. Haha. It was beautiful and worth checking out if you may wish
Come early since it may close at 10 pm.
Sydney Opera House restroom
End of day 3
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