Arrival in Sydney, Australia – Harbour Bridge & Contemporary Art

The pilot announced the flight from San Francisco to Sydney would be about 14.5 hours. Luckily, United provides free beer and wine on this flight (I skipped the sleeping pills).

Flying into Sydney was quite a site with the beautiful harbor and trees everywhere. After arriving around 8am I chose to take a Redy2Go shuttle from the airport to my downtown hotel. Taxis run about AU $65, and there’s a fee for using the train through the airport station, so $17 USD for a 30-45 min ride with a handful of other travelers seemed like the best option. You can pay by credit card at the shuttle counter at the airport or book ahead online.

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The hotel room wasn’t ready upon arrival, so I enjoyed strolling across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and snapping photos of the Opera House and harbor. Then I meandered through the historic Rocks district and checked out the free exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The 20th Biennale of Sydney, on display from 18 March– 5 June 2016, featured some excellent photographs.

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20th Biennale of Sydney exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

I grabbed lunch nearby past Circular Quay at Yayoi Garden, a Japanese restaurant popular with business lunchers. The food was unique and service was great, but taste was a bit lacking in my Omaze Don and the sashimi.

After lunch, the day and a half of flying and jetlag were catching up to me, so I took a hot bath and tucked myself in for a quick nap that ended up lasting 12 hours, oops… Check out my next post about walking ten miles around Sydney to see all the sights in a day!

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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