Welcoming 2016 at Sydney Harbour

Thursday 31 December 2015 to Saturday 2 January 2016

It has been a long time since my last entry but with a new laptop, a refreshing break and time to sort my photos, what better way to get back into it than a New Years party. Not just any party, but one that I have wanted to be a part of for years. Sydney is one of the first city’s on the planet to welcome in a new year and unlike the equally big spectacles of Times Square, London or Paris…Australia has great weather this time of year.

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I finished my last work rotation for 2015 and went the long way back to Perth via Los Angeles. After having a couple of bad trips going via Amsterdam I was too damaged to risk flying this way again. Even though it is about the same amount of time and money going via LA, it is 7 flights versus 3 to go via Amsterdam. So yeah, I was pretty damaged to choose LA over Amsterdam. Following a great family Christmas, my friend Melissa and I jetted off to Sydney landing early morning on New Years Eve. I have been to Sydney a few times and love this city. No problems finding a place to hang out in the CBD while we waited for our Airbnb to get ready and super easy to get public transport around. We booked a place in the inner west suburb of Rozelle where my friends were also staying. My cousin was also in town staying at a hotel in the Rocks. So I was set for an epic couple of days.

And it sure was. The photos tell the story and this is just a quick entry to get me back in the game. But in a nutshell we struck it lucky with success on a last minute waiting list for an expensive ($350 pp) beach-style party down by the Opera House looking directly at the bridge. Perfect location to be amongst it. Free canapes, but would’ve liked some free drinks to go with it. Either way the champagne was flowing and the music cranked. All traffic was shut down in the CBD so I think this is the only time I will walk down the main streets of Sydney…on the actual road. The fireworks were spectacular as expected and the atmosphere vibrant. I am so glad to have experienced it and if I ever had the chance again, I want to be on one of those million dollar yachts away from the crowds and in the perfect vantage point to see the opera house and bridge in one view.

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Waking up New Years Day 2016 feeling good was unexpected, but very welcome. Lunch at the Rocks with my cousin and friends, then a big walk across circular quay, through the botanical gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and then right around the peninsula back towards the CBD. Then a red bull back at the house and out for dinner at Darling Harbour. Definitely the most energetic and full NYD I have had.

On 2 January, I took a ferry to Manly beach. Not the best beach day, and full of tourists, so I didn’t swim. I cannot really understand the attraction here. Bondi has a good vibe and is nicer. But I still rate Perth beaches the best.

Websites and Tips to Make this Trip

  1. The New Years Party was at the Opera Bar. Highly recommend. Books out fast so likely to be on the waiting list and helps to have a sob story about travelling from a little known South American country just for this! http://operabar.com.au/nye
  2. An alternative where my friends watched the fireworks display, is Balmain East at the end of Darling Street. Free. No hassles. Great views of the bridge.

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