A Vroomster's Day Trip Adventure in Sydney
I planned a business day trip in Sydney mainly for paperwork reasons. The best way to move around Sydney, especially when you are limited to just one day, is definitely by car. I booked a hire car with VroomVroomVroom a week in advance and picked it up at Hertz's counter upon arrival at Sydney Airport in Mascot which is just 20-minute drive to Sydney CBD.
I had an appointment in the heart of Sydney that morning. Therefore, I drove to the city centre and parked for around 2 hours. The parking cost is $7 per hour during peak hours in the CBD. If you want to check parking costs in Sydney, visit City of Sydney parking page which is really helpful when driving around the city.
Fortunately, my interview went smoothly and it took around 30 minutes only. Thus, I had plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day in Sydney and catch up with friends. I wandered around Martin Place and found a pop-up market offering great coffee, food, handicrafts and live music. When visiting Sydney, I suggest keeping an eye on events happening that week. There is always something happening in this bustling city. You can also seek events on What's on City of Sydney page.
After shopping at the pop-up market, I headed off to Pyrmont where I had a delicious Thai takeaway lunch at the wharf. It was a sunny and chilly day, which is perfect for sitting near the water. It reminded me of the old times when I used to work nearby and had lunch at the harbour overlooking the city. Later in the afternoon, I walked along the wharf to The Star, which is Sydney's famous Casino, to meet a friend who works for Google so I ended up visiting their headquarters in Pyrmont. My friend showed me around the building and I was really excited to see how awesome this place was. Their decors are fun, thematic and playful with mini rock climbing walls, lots of games and spots to relax. I had a great time hanging out at the Google headquarters and even got free coffee served by their baristas and some snacks which can be seen all over the place. I felt like a kid again for few minutes and loved everything I saw. It was a dreamy tour...definitely an amazing workplace!
Since I had another 5 hours left before my flight back to Brisbane, I felt energetic and ready to keep taking advantage of my full day in Sydney. Hence, I went to the Australian National Maritime museum also located in Pyrmont. I learnt the history of vessels and embarked on the Action Stations experience. Then I drove to The Rocks where I visited my favourite rooftop bar 'The Glenmore' for a glass of wine and witness one of the best views of the Opera House. Around four in the afternoon, I suddenly felt like seeing the ocean and go a bit away from the city. Always is great to head away from the CBD and enjoy local spots. Hence, I drove to Bondi beach which is less crowded during winter and I was glad a friend was available at that time. We had amazing Messina's ice cream while walking from Bondi to Bronte beach -- a spectacular walk I highly recommend doing even during cold weather. By 7 p.m. I was ready to drive back to the airport and I was looking forward to having a nap on the plane after a great and productive day.
Once again Sydney surprised me and I felt really at home here! I was glad I was able to visit friends whom I haven't seen for quite some time. My solo trip in Sydney didn't only end up becoming a productive day, but stress-free as well. Having a car hire in tow gave me the freedom to roam around the city and experience many things in just a short time.
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