Sydney Trip February 2017

Pacific, Sydney

Birthday this year was well spent in Sydney.

First time there and I have gotten ready my bucket checklist of places to go! So excited doe this trip that I fell sick right on the first day… which makes me wonder why do I alwasy fall sick right at the start of my trips?

I took some fever meds after the plane just took off, thinking I will get a good night’s sleep for this red eye flight. I was totally wrong. Turned out that the fever pill was too strong for me and I started to experience some side effects of it, which gave me a nasty experience. Didn’t catch much wink and I was zombified.


We stayed at city area and managed to book Fraser Suites hotel at a super good rate, thanks to my bae for monitoring the hotel room rates. As a rule of thumb, it is good to book just 2 weeks before the date and you will realise the hotel room rates drop like crazy. It was 400 over per night and it dropped till 200+ per night. So worth it!

Anyway after the 3 bites, I went back to hotel and concussed till it was almost night time. And I felt much better thereafter. Have cravings for asian food and here we are at this place named BBQ king.

View from our hotel -Fraser Suites

We then walked to the nearby Darling Harbour and had a quiet stroll.

 

 

 

That was all for day 1. The next day, we were all geared up for Grounds of Alexandria!!! Booked this lovely place in advance (Yes kiasu me) and I’m so ready to upload all the photos onto my IG. 😀

Transport is certainly not cheap here. Our 1-way transport from the airport set us back at AUD17.90. Travelling from station to a few more stations easily cost another few bucks.

The Grounds of Alexandria is located at an industrial place but still a walkable distance from Green Square Station. And this place is huge. They have many different sections of seating area for patrons to choose.

After finishing our lunch indoor, we then had our latte at the alfresco garden area. The place looks slighlty worn down (because of the unkempt plants here and there) and simply too huge a place for maintenance. It looks different from their website photos. But nonetheless, still a pretty and instagram-worthy place.

This #mdsootd pic won me $50 voucher! My bae has a talent for photography! #InstagramBoyfriend


Next stop, Sydney Opera House. The weather was so, so, so hot.

And I kept wanting to climb the Harbour Bridge after much walking. haha.
But before that, we had to try this famous 24-hour pancake place!

We were still ambitious and ready to explore more…



Hyde Park Archibald Fountain And yes we retreated to our hotel for a good rest at the jacuzzi!


 To end my birthday with a bang, we went for Korean BBQ. And boy, was my appetite back.

Day 3 was Bondi Beach day! But before that, coffee please.
The coffee prices there generally are cheaper than ours – approximately AUD3-4 and you get to indulge in a good cuppa of latte. However, their breakfast cost around AUD 11-13 for a eggs and toast.

 

 

 

Took a bus from a bus stop near Town Hall station; the ride took around 25 minutes.

Went to Bondi Icebergs bar for a drink before heading to the lower deck for some food.

The most popular spot that everyone waits – for the sea wave to come and make a big splash. After 1 splash, I was out of here! Too cold omg.

It was raining intermittently and took us a while before we set off to explore further down.

Headed back for some sushi.

Next day, it was off to Chinese Garden of Friendship and Cockatoo Island!

A 3-min walk from our hotel, here we arrive.

 

We managed to find a good lunch deal of AUD 10 each for some korean food (more kimchi pls!)before we jet off for Cockatoo island.


Cockatoo island is an UNESCO World Heritage Site which used to operated as a convict penal establishment. Thereafter, it became one of the most important Australia shipyard.

Every corner is literally instagram-worthy. Photos galore ahead.


This corner whereby some convicts were isolated here.

Rained heavily again and we sat at this bench, savouring the view.

 


As you can see, our breakfast is almost the same everyday. haha, but healthy in a way.

 

Tried this award winning coffee place named Bluebird, which was conveniently located beneath our hotel.

Braced ourselves for the long journey to Blue Mountains!


 

And so we began the trail to the three sisters.


We then continued to the other side of trail for trekking which took us 1 hour.

 

 

So we missed the last bus by 1 hour and basically we were stranded. Had to walk back the 1 hr trail to the station. Thankfully, a couple drove past us and gave us a ride back to the station which took less than 5 minutes! If not, guess he has to piggyback me. :p

Last day, eggs benedict for breakfast at another nearby café.

Tried Toby Estate’s coffee at this hole-in-the-wall café.

 

 

Explored nearby Sydney Town Hall Concert Hall and dropped by Queen Victoria Building again.

 

 

 


 Had our last meal at this highly raved place named Devon café. I loved their salmon spinach salad!!!

 

 

 

Miss Sydney a lot but I guess I would love to explore Melbourne next!

Wanderlusting,
Salseralove

Perth Itinerary

Pacific, Perth

I know this is so backdated but I enjoyed Perth in April. This time, bae planned the itinerary of the whole trip. For those who have not been to Perth, you just need 4-5 days for this short getaway and you get to enjoy this amazing experience down under. I have fallen in love with this place!

We stayed at this new and clean hotel named Four Points by Sheraton, along St George Terrace. It is situated at CBD area and just opposite Perth Arena. Highly recommended for modern and clean hotel with affordable price. There are alot of cafes at CBD and it is also near Watertown Brand Outlet Centre which is within walking distance.

Our first day, we went to Kings Park. We took a bus and walked from its southern part and began our 2.5 hours walking journey. We have made a note to visit Zamia cafe and we walked so long that I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.

If you are staying at Four Points, you can refer to this direction summary on how to get there:
1. From hotel, turn left walk straight turn right at Sutherland St to Sutherland St Green CAT 9 
2. Take the GREEN CAT for 3 stops, alight at Colin St Kings Park Road Green Cat 16

Love the cool breeze and scenery.

 

I don’t know why but this path is my fave moment. So tranquil, so quiet.
We cut across this huge patch of grass and reached Zamia Cafe. Wonder how it looks like at night…
Zamia Cafe and the food + ambience is worth the long trip.

 

Mandatory selfie

 

Can you see us? 🙂

We then walked for close to an hour after our pit stop at Zamia and headed on to Crawley Edge Boat Shed, which I would strongly recommended to those who wants a good OOTD shot with this iconic boat shed.

 

How to get back to hotel:
1. From Blue house, cross opposite to take bus 950
2. Take to William St Perth Underground station (around 6 stops, 14mins)
3. Alight, turn right and walk straight along William St, turn left to Wellington St
4. Walk straight back to Hotel

Second day was a day trip to Fremantle. We love the laidback vibes and took our time to explore this place. Visited the Fremantle market, Fremantle Prison, Cappuccino Strip (street), and took their free bus and visited 2 cafes, as usual. You may view this video for a snapshot to see Fremantle.

How to reach Fremantle:
1. From hotel, turn right walk along wellington street
2. Turn left onto Horseshoe Bridge/ william Street
3. Turn right onto Roe Street (take the stairs)
4. Turn right to Perth station
5. Take Fremantle Line to Fremantle Station (15 stops, 28mins)
6. Walk straight along Market Street to reach centre of Fremantle

 

An attempt of emo-momo shot

 

Love this view of Fremantle

 

Can smell their coffee beans at Roasting Warehouse! Lovely place to waste your afternoon away.

 

Went further down to check out this indie cafe

I missed out on this La Veen cafe that we checked out along the way before we reached Perth station. Their shashuka was off-records!

 

 

 

My bae with his model pose. lol

Third day, we went to Cohunu Koala Park as I wanted to find the chance to hug and carry a koala; a tick off my bucket list! I can’t remember how we get there but we took train and bus.. haha. Do your own research.

Location: Lot 103 LoNettleton Road, Byford WA 6122, Australia

 

 

 

I was only able to carry it for a while as it’s simply too heavy!

It was approaching late afternoon and we only managed to have brief moment to check out swan valley.

Directions:
1.  From hotel, turn right walk along wellington street
2. Turn left onto Horseshoe Bridge/ william Street
3. Turn right onto Roe Street (take the stairs)
4. Turn right to Perth station
5. Take the Midland Line from Midland Station to Guildford (15mins, 8 stops)
6. Walk 9mins to Swan Valley Visitor Centre

I reckoned you need 1-2 days to fully explore this place and if you are a wine lover, then this place is for you.

 

 

Dinner at Guildford

Perth is populated with many cafes and we dropped by The Secret Garden at CBD area for a hearty breakfast.

 

 

And we found the best coffee named Moana Cafe which is situated at a level 2 shophouse..

Cafe Vinyl which is an indie, hole-in-the-wall cafe.

 

Consider Perth as your next getaway. Check out my IG for more photos! 🙂 https://www.instagram.com/salsera_love/

Danceoff,
Salseralove