Sydney | fall 2018

April 28, 2018


Travelling to and living in Sydney for a month definitely counts as my greatest 2018 adventure. 

Technically, I was on my month-long overseas medical electives with the University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital's Endocrinology department, but it was so chill that it felt like an extended holiday. 

Weather

Sydney's weather is fickle. One day it could be freezing at 16 degrees Celsius (I know it's nothing compared to the harsh winters in Europe but please don't scoff at the wimpy Singaporean who believes that anything lower than AC temperature equates to "chilly") and the next day, temperatures could soar up to 39 degrees Celsius. Keyword? Layer. Remember to bring along cardigans, jackets, whatever outerwear you have to layer over your summer clothes. 


Communications

For my phone plan, I purchased Vodafone's pre-paid SIM card at a promotional price of 25 AUD at their airport booth (original price 40 AUD), with unlimited local calls and SMSes, and a 16 GB data plan for 35 days. 


Transportation

Public transport in Sydney is not the most convenient, for their "CBD-to-suburb" trains run at a frequency of one ride per 10-15 minutes. If you ever miss your bus (heaven forbid), the next will take half an hour to arrive. In fact, the most running I've ever done in Sydney was to run for the trains and buses. Opal card is Sydney's version of the Ez-link card/ metropass. Just top up your card with any amount, tap in or out at station gantries, and download the Opal app to manage your trip details. Each ride would set you back by around 3 to 4 AUD, depending on the time period which you are travelling at. To be honest, if you have a viable license and you are in a group of 4 or more, it would be cheaper to rent a car for the trip (parking fees and road tolls excluded). Personally I would recommend Bayswater Car Rentals for their good-quality, fuss-free services.

Sydney is a paradise for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, museum geeks and cafe-hoppers. For my trip, I included both the classic spots and those off-the-beaten-track. 


Here's a breakdown of my adventures in the land down under!






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2 comments

  1. I'm very impressed by the photo editing and formatting of this post :) Would love to visit Sydney now

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    1. AWWW thanks babe! :) Will be adding on more info about my trip slowly over the weeks! :)))

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