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    Gotta Catch 'Em All: Best Spots to Catch Pokemon in Sydney

    A woman playing the famous game - Pokemon Go

    Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle? Which Pokémons have you captured already?

    Only five weeks after Pokemon GO, the augmented-reality mobile game based on the Japanese anime TV series “Pokemon," was launched in Australia, thousands of Sydney Pokefans are going completely wild as they walk around the streets to find and catch Pokemon.

    Since the launch, the now top-grossing game app has registered more active users than Twitter daily. It has also been revealed that one in five Australian mobile users have installed the app on their devices.

    If you can't beat them... join them

    Whether you're a newbie or a die-hard Pokéfan you know you've gotta get over, in and around Sydney to find Pikachu, right? It has been announced that there are 142 Pokemon (others say there are 151) in the mobile app to be caught. And with Pokemon scattered everywhere needing to be captured – the pressure to 'gotta catch em all' is on! But don't worry as we are making it easy for you. We've compiled some of the best Pokemon spots in Sydney just for you.

    balbasaur pokemon go

    Non-stop luring

    Australia-based Mantra group was the first Pokémon Go-friendly hotel chain in Sydney and Melbourne to thrill fans to “Pokestop By Our Bar” with free Pokemon Lures to improve gamers' hope of capturing one of the virtual pocket monsters. In addition, Pokemon Go players also received a free bowl of chips with any drink purchase.

    Okay, I know all that chasing Pokémon in and around Sydney can cause a major drain. But hey, I'm not discussing here about data plans nor that latest iOS or Android you have that's expected to last on charge for days. Um, did you know that non-stop Pokemon GO action can only last  maybe four hours of playing? Sure power banks can help you, but wouldn't you rather have an unlimited battery power?

    After You Charge Your Phone, Charge Yourself

    Some hotels in Sydney have a free charging setup. All you need is to bring your phone and chill at their restaurants. If you are looking for best hot-spots where you can eat, drink and catch Pokemon, just head to:

    Circular Quay/Opera Bar

    Just a three minute walk from Circular Quay Station, The Opera Bar, deemed as one of Sydney's most iconic bars, is the hub for catching that illusive little yellow creature. After hunting, why not give yourself a break – sip a drink, enjoy Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, before you start hunting some Pokémon again. 

    Bondi Surf Club and Pavilion

    Gamers can Pokestop by at Porch and Parlour, which located in Bondi Beach. Known as one of Sydney's best brunch destinations, you can sit back and relax here in the evening and enjoy a glass of wine.

    Grounds of Alexandria

    Another favourite Pokemon hub is the Grounds of Alexandria, a humble hipster café and bar, with mouth-watering and delicious open garden of fresh fruits and vegetables.

    squirtle pokemon go

    Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont

    Pokemon GO players can also Pokestop by or go for an exceptional Cantonese cuisine at Fisherman's Wharf Seafood Restaurant, which situated above the Sydney Fish markets at Pyrmont.

    You can get rewards too

    Of course, those pocket monsters you catch ought to have some benefits. At Fastlane, every time you catch a Pokemon, you will get a reward. Just take a screen shot of you capturing a Pokemon in their venue and show it to their staff to receive a $10 track pass! 

    I meant, BIG Rewards

    So you really are living and breathing about Pokémon because seriously why not? Listen up, you don't want to miss this!

    The first person to catch all 142-some Pokémon will win a free hotel stays in Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney. Marriot Hotels previously announced.

    Raise your hand if you are excited. Yes?

    But wait, did you know that...

    Someone has finally caught all the Pokémon

    His name is Nick Johnson, a 28-year-old New Yorker, who has traveled the world to capture every Pokémon Go character in the last three weeks. And he finally did it in Australia last week.

    Johnson, traveled around the U.S. to catch all of the North American Pokémon. After he succeeded that, he earned sponsorship from Expedia and Marriott Rewards which flew him to Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Tokyo for free. Pretty amazing, isn't it?

    Anyway, are you still trying to find and hunt rare pocket monsters like Mewtwo, Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mew? While they are not easy to find but with patience and determination, who knows you just might soon! Go Pokemon GO!