Australia always conjured an impression in my mind of a far away , magical land tucked in the midst of the infinite ocean in the southern hemisphere. Truly, I was quite bowled over on my visit to this intriguing country . Austrailia, (East coast comprising Sydney and Melbourne) was the unanimous choice for our Christmas and New year vacation !! Sunshine, a crisp weather, pristine, calm beaches, bountiful of rare animals , like kangaroo and koala, and warm people is what Austrailia comprises . A comfortable travelling experience and spell binding spots , made our trip fulfilling ! Austrailia is also one of the easiest places to get around as it is less crowded than other countries and has a controlled traffic system.
What catches your attention on first arriving in Sydney is the magnanimous Opera House! This iconic, pearly white structure is visible from the plane while landing and is worth a visit. Opt for their guided group tours, or opera/theatre enthusiasts can choose from the plethora of shows held here and watch their favourite show . Tickets for the guided tour have to be booked in advance. The tour essentially takes a peek into the history and architecture of the structure, the systems and processes behind the scene.
Another famous landmark in Sydney is the magnificient Harbour Bridge. A unique feature of this bridge, that distinguishes it from other such bridges is that tourists can actually climb on the bridge and reach the pinnacle to get sweeping views across Sydney. We thanked our lucky stars, for being in Sydney during New Year time, as we got an opportunity to witness the spectacular firework show on New Year’s eve. The show was simply mindblowing . Though the surging crowds can become quite overwhelming, It is advisable to block your places in advance.
Syney Eye , the 1000 feet high viewing deck , is the tallest tower in Sydney and the second tallest in the southern hemisphere. It is a marvellous wonder – enables tourists to have a bird’s eye view of the stunning vistas , get pictures clicked and enjoy the 4 D movie shown here.
We arrived into Melbourne, on a gorgeous moon-lit evening, with the gigantic silver ball perched on an orangish hued sky , rendering a mystical aura to the entire place. Our huge, swanky suit on the twenty third floor at our abode for the next four days, the luxurious Crowne Metropol hotel had full glass bay windows, giving a panoramic 360 degree view of the city around. ! Being Christmas time, the festive fervour, stupendous decor, mammoth Xmas tree and Christmas carols playing everywhere uplifted our spirits.
Melbourne Cricket Ground – holds the record of being the largest, premium cricket stadium in the world. It is an awesome place worth visiting , specially for cricket lovers. Free guided group tours take tourists around the whole complex to have a glimpse of all the vantage points therein and the silky, smooth, well maintained turf . Lastly, before leaving it is recommended to visit the sports museum in the vicinity of the `MCG’ as it is known as . It was a satisfying experience, though Melbourne weather can become quite hot and sultry.
Similiar, to the Sydney Eye, Melbourne too has a viewing deck – Eureka, which reaches a dizzying height upto the 78th floor. Everthing on the ground below, looking like minitiatures from above.
Melbourne has a host of other attractions, it is the easiest places to get around, with warm hearted, helpful locals ! Cherish a leisure ride on the giant wheel known as the Melbourne Star, or simply stroll on the streets, admiring the colourful graffiti on the walls, or find peace in a quaint cathedral, seeking divine bliss.