Weekend Getaway – Bright Lights & Fandemonium in Sydney

A weekend in Sydney is always an adventure and a recent weekend I spent in Sydney was no exception.

I have written this post and deleted it, then rewritten it again about five times now, and each time it has come out differently. I think because I have so much to say about the recent weekend I spent in Sydney that I am actually struggling to come up with anything to say. So I’ve decided to turn it into more of a photo essay instead.

Vivid Sydney Festival

The Vivid Sydney Festival is a free light festival that has been held for the last seven years and is something I’ve wanted to go to for a few years. I finally got to go this year with a few friends. Things I would do differently next time is plan better and go on a week day. The photos aren’t the best because they are at night and its hard to keep the camera steady.

Pros:
– The lighting was amazing! Really amazing.
– It’s free.

Cons:
– There are A LOT of people, especially on a Saturday night.
– Public transport is packed.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
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Amazing light display at the MCA
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#ilovesydney
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The Sydney Opera House
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Amazing display, the pigs were made from Chinese paper
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Circular Quay

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

The QVB is a beautiful building built around the late 1800’s. It was threatened with demolition in the 1950’s but thanks to the people of Sydney, it is now one of the most beloved buildings in the city. Now full of exclusive shops and wonderful eateries, the architecture is definitely a winner in my book.

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Gorgeous stained glass windows are throughout the QVB
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There are two large clocks in the QVB, this is the more ornate one. It is amazing to watch. The little ship goes around the edge and the date shows in the top section. The attention to detail is incredible.
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Close up of the ship
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The central dome is just beautiful and quite something to look at.
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Four levels shops and cafes
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Queen Victoria outside the QVB watching over the comings & goings. Oh the things she must have seen over the years.

Supernatural Fan Convention

I don’t even know where to begin with this section, haha. Basically I have learned over the last year just how much of a geek I really am. You can read a little more about the actual day (plus some others) here, but I went to a fan convention for one of my favourite shows, Supernatural, got some photos with some of its stars, listened to the stars answer questions in panels and did a whole lot of waiting around. In the panels, you are able to take photos of the stars for the first 5 minutes. Here are some that I took – I was quite far away so the quality isn’t the best.

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Osric Chau (Kevin) and Timothy Omundson (Cain) during their panel.
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Osric Chau (Kevin) and Timothy Omundson (Cain) during their panel.
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Richard Speight Jr (Trickster/Gabriel) and Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester) entertaining the crowd during their panel.
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Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) in his panel, I was a wee way away from the stage.
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Jensen is one of the main actors on the show and yes, he is looking directly at me (at least I think so!)
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Another one of Jensen looking at me. I might have squealed a little when I was looking back at these photos.

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

Trying to find hotels anywhere you go is one of the most difficult parts of travel. Do you pay more and stay in a central location or do you pay less and stay further out of city but have to pay for transport? So when you find somewhere that is reasonably priced and in a good location, then you snap it up. Castlereagh Boutique Hotel was close to transport and only a couple blocks from QVB and the Town Hall. My room was pretty small but I didn’t spend much time there so it was fine for why I was there. The decor was gorgeous and the staff were lovely. I would definitely stay at Castlereagh again.

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
Built in the 1920’s, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel had some wonderful Art Deco features.
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The main stairway
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The bar area with it’s really cool light shades
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The Castlereagh foyer
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
I loved the decor of this hotel
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
There were two AMAZING chandeliers in the Castlereagh foyer

Sightseeing in Sydney

There is loads to see and do in Sydney, it’s impossible to do it on a weekend so I stuck to a couple of things. Spending a bit of time in QVB, plus the outside of St Andrew’s next to the Town Hall. On my last morning I decided to jump on the Hop on Hop off bus out to Bondi Beach. I didn’t get off the bus but managed to get a few photos of the trip.

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Gothic details in the middle of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral, located just next to the Town Hall
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I love this photo of the Town Hall clock. Some people might have deleted it because the clock is out of focus, but for me it adds extra depth to the photo.
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Contrasts of buildings in suburban Sydney
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The incredible ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney
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Sydney is world renown for having one of the best harbours in the world. It makes sense that there is a lot of boats on that harbour.
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Amazing views whilst driving around Sydney
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View of Sydney from Rose Bay – obviously it is a popular stopping point for photos of the city.
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Sydney CBD
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Bondi Beach
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I love this photo of Oxford Street
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I learned on this trip that this Coca Cola sign is actually heritage listed. It’s been here since about 1976 and marks the start of the Kings Cross area of Sydney
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Museum station really reminded me of Baker Street station in London. I loved the old style ads they have on the walls.
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Flying into Sydney this was my view. Yeah, gotta be happy with that!
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Goodbye Sydney, you’ve been great. See you again soon

People asked me how the weekend was and my response has been “I didn’t spend much time in my hotel room so I think that’s a good indication that it was a great weekend.”


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