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[Virtual Travel] Sydney Day 2

9:30am: Breakfast at Edition Roasters

A dark industrial style cafe, but serves food that is full of colours!

10:30am: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The MAAS consists of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre. The museum was initially set to be located within the Garden Palace, but before it could open in 1882, a fire broke out and the Garden Palace was completely destroyed. Only a collection of the most durable artefacts were left.

The museum was then housed in a large tin shed in The Domain, a shared facility with the Sydney Hospital morgue; but the ever-present stench of decaying corpses made it not an ideal spot. It was again relocated, to a 3-storey building at Harris Street. By 1978, the exhibits outgrew its site, leaving many stuffed into its attic and left unexhibited for decades. It was once again relocated, to Ultimo Powerhouse, and reopened in 1988 as Powerhouse Museum.

The Sydney Observatory is an astronomical and science museum sitting on a former defence fort, established in 1788. At the very beginning during the 19th century, the observatory plays an important role which is to provide time. Every day at exactly 1pm, the time-ball on top of the tower would drop to signal the correct time. From 1908, meteorology was taken care by the Commonwealth Government, while the observatory continued its astronomical role. In 1982, it was decided by the government to convert the observatory into a museum, incorporated into MAAS. In the evening, you can observe the stars and planets through a modern 40cm telescope and a historic 29cm refractor telescope built in 1874 - the oldest telescope in Australia in regular use.

The Museums Discovery Centre is a collaboration between MAAS and Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums. It is an extension of the Powerhouse Museum.

1pm: Sydney Fish Market + lunch

The Sydney Fish Market is the world's third largest fish market, the place to be for the freshest seafood - both raw and cooked. The fish market scene in Sydney started out in 1871, originally located at Woolloomooloo. Due to unhygienic conditions of the market and the extension of railways to the coastal areas, a second more modern market was built in 1892. In 1911, a third market was built. Eventually, only one market remained and in 1966, it was relocated to the current location at Blackwattle Bay.

2:30pm: Australian National Maritime Museum

The maritime museum was established in 1991 that focuses on Australia's maritime history and the nation's ongoing involvement and dependence on the sea. The roof was shaped to invoke the image of billowing sails.

4pm: Skittle Lane (cafe)

Mid-afternoon break at Skittle Lane, a minimalist style cafe. Grab some coffee and croissant, perfect pairing!

5:30pm: Dawes Point Reserve, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pylon Lookout

Dawes Point is a nice place for great views of the harbour bridge and the opera house, where one end of the harbour bridge is located at. It is a popular place to just sit on the grass and watch ships come and go.

If you hadn’t know, a river literally flows through the middle of Sydney. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, completed in 1932, allows you to travel between the north and south harbour. It has become an iconic image of Sydney and Australia itself. In addition, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel was completed in 1992 to provide a second vehicular crossing to alleviate congestion on the harbour bridge.

If you are up for it and not afraid of heights, go for the bridge climb! Alternatively, you can also visit Pylon Lookout which also offers you breathtaking views from the top but at a fraction of the cost of the bridge climb. It also holds a small museum with lots of interesting details about the history behind the bridge, and how and why it was built.

6:30pm: The Rocks

“The Rocks” is where Sydney started. It is the oldest neighbourhood in Sydney, the site of the first European colony, established in 1788. Its name came from the original buildings which were made of sandstone. Thousands of the original houses had already been demolished due to a plague that broke out in 1900 and to make way for the construction of the harbour bridge in the 1920s. Most of the remaining area had been restored and now used as cafes, restaurants, pubs, as well as craft and souvenir shops.

One of the buildings to visit at The Rocks is Cadmans Cottage, said to be the first building to have been built on The Rocks area. It is the second oldest surviving residential building in Sydney, built in 1816.

7:30pm: Dinner at Tap Rooms

Tap Rooms is all about barbecue and craft beers, freshly brewed from their brewery next door. It is located within the building that once housed Sydney’s longest running colonial hotel dating back to the 1800s.


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