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Saturday, Our First Day In Sydney

Onboard the A380 once more and this round, we opted for the Upper Deck. When it comes to selecting seats, this site might be useful especially when it comes to journeys over 5 hours. Our flight departed at midnight and arrived in Sydney at close to 11am. The Upper Deck is less crowded and less noisy – great for overnight flights. I feel that it’s less shaky when facing turbulence and landing is smoother – but of course, it depends greatly on the weather and pilot. We were served a refreshment and breakfast.

Checked into the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton located at Darling Harbour. We had a City Side Room overlooking downtown Sydney and daily breakfast were provided. Staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly at all times. Rooms were clean, neat and spacious.

I must say, the location of this hotel is fabulous. It’s within walking distance to virtually everywhere. The Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Star City Casino and Cockle Bay Wharf are less than 10 minutes away. MYER and the Queen Victoria Building is approximately 15 minutes away and Chinatown is less than 20 minutes away.

Prior to our departure, I also booked our day tours from Gray Line (day tour posts coming up shortly). During my trip to Melbourne last year, I went on day tours with Gray Line as well – I think their drivers are very knowledgeable and their system is very comprehensive, straightforward and easy. If you are looking to travel Australia, I would totally recommend them. You will be in good hands.

Speaking of day tours. I have a love-hate relationship with them. When on holidays, I like the freedom to walk around and forget all about timings but joining in a day tour, schedule can be packed. There is just enough time to snap a few pictures, grab a coffee and/or go to the restrooms – there is never enough time to fully enjoy and explore the area. Having said that, going on day tours save a lot of time and energy (think driving in a foreign country with GPS). All we had to do is hop on and off the coach, everything is planned for us. At the end of the day, there are courtesy drop offs – we can either stop at our hotel or somewhere else for dinner.

Had a little rest after we checked in and headed out for some shopping. We visited MYER and Queen Victoria Building (they are a street away from each other). We stopped for some lovely cupcakes and a cup of latte at The Cupcake Bakery to freshen up as we shopped until the late evening.

Not too familiar with Sydney as this visit is everyone’s first. It seems to be rather quiet after 7pm. So, for the first night, we ended up with some Japanese food at the Yama Japanese Café Restaurant (reviewed here on eatability.com.au). Overall, the food is good – especially the curry chicken and beef pictured below.

We all had an extra early night due to all the travelling. So far so smooth, loving the weather – it was slightly chilling and windy during the night so I had my scarf on, didn’t want to catch a cold so soon – it will surely ruin rest of the holiday.

Did some makeup shopping at MYER – picked up just a couple of things. Walking into the beauty hall always makes my heart beat faster. Being able to check out brands not available in Singapore is a bonus and seeing all the new collections from Guerlain, YSL, Estée Lauder and Lancome which has yet to arrive in Singapore is breathtaking.

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