In the morning, JR and I set out to check out Hyde Park, which is located east of the CBD. The beautiful park was named after the original in London, and has an elongated rectangular layout stretching from St. James’ station to Museum station. In the center of the park lies the Archibald Fountain, and on the southern eastern point is the ANZAC War Memorial. Also on the east side are the meticulously kept Sandringham Memorial Gardens and St. Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1868.
In the afternoon, we took a bus from from City Centre to Coogee, a beach-side suburb that lies 8km southeast of the CBD. Coogee Beach is a popular destination for swimming and cliff top walking between Coogee and Bondi.
Back at the hostel, we headed down to Side Bar to party away our last night in Sydney!
The next day, JR and I had some time to kill before our evening flight to Wellington, New Zealand. We headed over for a seafood extravaganza lunch at Darling Harbour, which included prawns, oysters, lambchops, sausages, kangaroo sticks, beef, calamari…
After lunch, we decided to check out Manly Beach, the southernmost beach of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We took the 30 minute ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. We crossed through the main pedestrian plaza, the Corso, to reach the famed beach. We literally only had enough time to take a couple photos before running back to catch the ferry (they run every half hour) back to make our flight.
Next stop: New Zealand!