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Happy means Sydney! Sydney means shine in summer. There’s no other city in the world that offers so many pristine beaches in such close proximity to the city. With Touristly, you can make your dream come true!” – Craig Ansibin

Picture1Four months ago Touristly invited travel enthusiasts from all around the globe to share their dream holiday with us via the #TouristlyTrips Contest. The winner would get to go on their dream holiday. Craig Ansibin shared his dream holiday with us – a visit to the beautiful city of Sydney – and we made sure he got to do just that. Here’s his story:

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I had gotten to know about the #TouristlyTrips Contest while I was browsing through my Facebook feed. This was my first time participating in any contest and the experience was well worth it. It was surreal. I really didn’t think I stood a chance and the competition was tight. There were so many other deserving entries. I was truly shocked (and happy, of course) to get the news that I had won.

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I have always wanted to travel to Sydney, it has been my dream to explore the land down under and I’m glad that I got to experience this memorable trip with my sister (I got to bring along 1 person on my dream holiday. How cool is that?!). This was my first time going to Australia and I did not know what to expect, luckily for me Touristly had arranged for me to stay in a stunning hotel in Parramatta,Sydney. The location was spot on, near many popular tourist spots including the famous Sydney Opera House.

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We spent most of the trip exploring around the New South Wales district; it was really easy to get around as it was very accessible thanks to Sydney’s efficient public transportation system. Besides that we visited places such as the Blue Mountains (the view was magnificent), Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney Harbour, and Sydney Tower. Despite all that, the highlight of the entire trip for me was watching the magnificent fireworks display at Darling Harbour whilst enjoying a sinfully decadent scoop of ice-cream. Fireworks and ice-cream, you can never go wrong with that combination.

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Sydney was truly welcoming and the overall experience was more than I could ever hope for. It was truly an eye-opening experience as well, I admit that I did have some reservations about spending 5 days in a foreign land but this trip has brought out the adventurer in me. For those who were like me (first time visiting Sydney) here are some travel tips I’ve picked up throughout my journey that might help you:

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  • Do some research, plan out your itinerary beforehand and you’ll be just fine (the guys are Touristly helped me out with this).
  • The best time to visit the Sydney Royal Botanical Park is in the evening, during sunset, it is absolutely gorgeous.
  • There are plenty of places to buy souvenirs; I would recommend Paddy’s Market in Market City. There are plenty of choices there.
  • A must try for any sweet-tooth is the Macaroons from Zumbo, They’re heavenly.
  • Don’t be afraid to mingle with the locals. They are friendly and very accommodating.

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So there you have it my dream holiday to Sydney. This would not have been possible without Touristly; they truly made my dream holiday come true!


 

**Updated** 

We have received a lot of positive feedback from this post (thanks for reading guys 🙂 )  and the good people at Destination NSW have reached out to us to share more information about travelling to Sydney. So if you are looking to find out more about Sydney’s attractions, places to visit, eateries, events, etc, visit: http://www.sydney.com/