Saturday, 15 March 2014

NZ Photo Tour : Day 00 - Sydney Transit

Assalamualaikum wbt.

 Sydney, August 31st 2013

We touched down at Sydney International Airport at 09.00 am. Immigration went quite smoothly (except for the fact that the passport for three of us [FJ, Born & I] cannot be read by the immigration scanner so there's a bit of Q&A with the Australian Immigration) and the Custom only asked to scan our luggage without having to open them for inspection.

waiting for luggage at Sydney Airport
not exactly fresh faced :D

Our next flight to Christchurch was at 6.00 pm, so we decided to use this ample transit time for a brief tour into Sydney city.

Our first issue was our luggage - we could not imagine lugging those heavy Deuters all around Sydney. Luckily Jemang spotted the luggage locker services. At AUD10.00 per 8 hours per item, it was not exactly cheap by our Malaysian standard (and currency) however considering the alternative of lugging all those bags around...mind you, apart from the luggage, each of us were also carrying backpack for camera and accessories.

We then proceeded to look for trasportation into Sydney. The obvious and practical choice would be the train services at it went straight to our intended destination - Circular Quay. However, again at AUD32.80 return fare (approximately RM104.96 at that time) it was expensive! Unfortunately as one of us had already paid for the ticket, the rest of us just have to follow suit.

train arrived after about 10 minutes wait
waiting for the train to Sydney
time for a selfie :D

The train journey to Circular Quay took about 20 minutes. From wikipedia:

"Circular Quay is a harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on the northern edge of the Sydney central business district on Sydney Cove, between Bennelong Point and The Rocks. It is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. The Circular Quay area is a popular neighbourhood for tourism and is made up of walkways, pedestrian malls, parks and restaurants. It hosts a number of ferry quays, bus stops, and a train station."

a street artist. looking through his viewing scope, it's a 3D drawing. 

an Aborigin musician playing traditional instrument. quite a long pipe! (can't remember what the guy on the left was doing)

jobless after "Finding Nemo"
"Mine! Mine!"

I had always wanted to visit this :)

 Sydney's Central Business District

luxury sailing yacht "Andromeda La Dea"
No QE2 today, only this warship

At 2.00pm we headed back to the airport to check in for our next flight to Christchurch. For such a brief excursion I managed to fill-up about half or my 8gb SD Card :)

group photo (c) Jemang Images

We had a nice tomyam dinner at the airport and after prayer at the airport's multi-faith prayer room, boarded the flight to Christchurch, where the real adventure began :)

Until next post, wassalam.

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