Last Saturday, James and I traversed the coast of South East Queensland and crossed the state border into New South Wales. We stopped for a moment at Point Danger to admire all the awesome guys and gals surfing the waves. There is a gorgeous lookout up on the hill and on clear days, you can see Surfers Paradise in the distance. Point Danger was so named by Captain James Cook in 1770 to warn other seafarers of the dangerous coral reefs off the treacherous coast. Continue reading “Weekends with Angie & James | Part V: Coastal Adventure – Point Danger & Byron Bay”
Prior to heading to the aquarium, we took a look around the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship. Conveniently located at Darling Harbour, the garden was built as a symbol of friendship between Sydney and Guangzhou to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. Aesthetic and harmonious elements make up the garden’s sizeable landscape: koi-filled lakes, gushing waterfalls, curious rock formations, stunning bonsai trees and the presence of interesting wildlife, just to name a few. With such lovely backdrops for photographs, it is no wonder the garden is known as a popular venue for weddings and functions.
When James was young, he had always wanted to move to Sydney. In his mind’s eye, he pictured himself visiting the garden regularly during his spare time, spending the day there and maybe reading a book in one of the peaceful pavilions. The idea that such a tranquil space could exist in the middle of a bustling city environment greatly appealed to him. As for me? Well, a magpie-lark decided to attack me while we were there (I guess it really didn’t like my camera and my god, that beak makes a vicious weapon), so I have other ideas about this garden. At least a territorial seagull came along and managed to teach that evil bird a good lesson!
CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
Pier Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Admission: $6 (adult), $3 (child/concession)
Other posts from the Sydney series:
Angela’s Birthday Weekend Getaway
Taronga Zoo @ Sydney, New South Wales
Last Sunday marked my 24th birthday. To commemorate, my beautiful soulmate told me to take Friday off work and organised a surprise getaway over the weekend. He picked the location, booked the hotel, planned our modes of transport, and pretty much settled everything without telling me very much. And when Friday finally dawned at 5 in the morning, James whisked me away to Sydney. Because of work and university commitments, James wanted to start our trip as early as possible to make the most of my birthday weekend, hence his idea to book a flight for 6:10AM. We arrived in chilly Sydney a couple of hours later, hopped onto a bustling train, and headed towards our hotel. QT Sydney is a designer boutique hotel located in the heart of the CBD. Chic and modern, yet retaining a distinctly retro feel with its timeless interior décor, I found it very hard not to fall in love with the place immediately.
We did a number of things while we were in Sydney, most of which I will dedicate separate blog posts to, but here’s a brief summary of the places we visited over the couple of days we were there: we explored the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, took photographs at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, wandered Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, took a ferry to Taronga Zoo, spent many hours at aforementioned zoo, had a satisfying dinner at Yebisu Izakaya, got lost in Chinatown. I’d say it was a weekend well spent. Here are a handful of assorted shots we took of Sydney’s prettiness: