At the end of the year, we took a flight down to Sydney to celebrate closing out a great year and starting up another incredible one! Before the big festivities on New Year’s Eve, we had a few days to explore the city. I had been to Australia before and absolutely loved it but this was Ryan’s first trip down under. One of the best aspects to this trip was the fact that we got to leave winter behind in Korea and step into the beautiful summer weather! Hello shorts and flip flops!
Our first stop was the Sydney Harbor area – we had to pick up the tickets for our NYE Harbor Cruise (more on that in the next post…I had been excited about that for months!). At the harbor, we walked around to check out the major Sydney sights – the harbor bridge and the opera house. While walking around, we stumbled upon a market in the Rocks – we perused the stalls, grabbed some great food, and also a beer at the oldest pub in Sydney. It was a fantastic place to hang out!
The next day, we went to the Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet some of Australian’s most famous creatures. We had a blast checking out the animals – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, cassowaries, kookaburras, and many more!
It was a great place to see all of them – a bit outside the city but it was a great smaller wildlife park (a quick travel note – head there early…the animals are a bit more active in the morning before it gets too hot so it’s worth waking up earlier to go). While there, we were able to snap a picture with this cutie koala – a required picture for any trip to Australia and we were happy to check that off our Australia bucket list.