Monday, 6 March 2017

Places to have a fun time on New Year’s Evein Sydney

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney is a celebrated event around the world especially with the midnight fireworks display. The harbour side is the place to be if you want to make the most of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney. More than a million peopleprobably willhave the same idea, but don’t worry, you won’t have to scramble or jostle for space to get the best views of the fireworks display.
The harbour is far and wide stretching 20 kilometres inland with close to 240 kilometres of shoreline. So there are many vantage points spread around, each offering great views of the Harbour Bridge which is the centre stage for the night’s events. Most of the places have options of BYO or buying a NewYear’s Eve dinner, so you can stay around the Sydney Harbour and not run the risk of missing any of action.

Luna Park Harbour Party
Located a stone’s throw away from the harbour, this is a perfect location to make merry and also catch the midnight fireworks display. Being family friendly is another positive with lots of amusement park rides to keep the kids occupied. You also get lots of eating options and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices. There are many tiers of tickets available and choosing each has its own different privileges.Luna Park is also well connected with bus and train routes making it easy to reach and leave.

Taronga Zoo
If large open spaces are what you seek then head over to Taronga Zoo. Spread over 28 hectares around the harbour, there is enough room for all to get great views. You can opt for a diamond, gold or silver ticket with each having perks of their own. Diamond ticket holders get to enjoy the best views and also have a complimentary gourmet picnic dinner. For other sections it is BYO food and alcohol. Another family friendly place, you can enjoy each other’s company and welcome the New Year together.

One of the best seats to view the midnight fireworks is on a New Year’s Eve cruise on the Sydney Harbour. This is the closest you can get to the main stage of events and hence the most preferred way of spending New Year’s Eve in Sydney. A party on a boat is a cool thing with DJ and dancing. You also get treated to a sumptuous multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner rivaling offerings from Sydney’s waterfront restaurants. Check out a Sydney NYE cruise for an all new way of celebration!

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
Saying good bye to the year requires a special place and ‘The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’ ticks all the boxes. Located as the name says, at the end of the Wharf, it overlooks the western side of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge making it one of the best vantage points.Good food, conversation and drinks are all the companions you need to welcome the New Year. So head to the ‘The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’ to have a good time.

There are limited seats available at the above locations, so book in advance. 

Vivid Sydney on The Rocks

When Vivid Sydney is in town the city lights up, welcoming all to its many installations scattered around the place. Spread over the city, Vivid Sydney encourages you to explore Sydney and discover its hidden treasures. Head to the Rocks to enjoy Vivid Sydney and embrace the rich history of the city. Have one on the rocks from Sydney’s oldest pubs for some liquid courage before exploring the cobbled streets of the Rocks, enjoying the history of the place while keeping an eye out for Vivid Sydney installations.

They wouldn’t be hard to miss especially at night with the installations lit up in their finest glory. With its close proximity to the harbour, you wouldn’t miss any of the action happening out there as well. Get one of the best views of the Opera House as it is illuminated in all its Vivid glory. Watch and marvel at the visual imagery as the sails of the Opera House transform to a kaleidoscope of colours and images, putting up a show on its own. Also catch the Harbour lights parade in which ships and vivid dinner cruise vessels partcipate, all lighted up in different shades making the harbour a bright and colourful place.

Explore the rich history of the Rocks while munching on some bikkies or sipping some refreshments. The birthplace of modern Sydney, this is where the great city began in 1788 with the arrival of the first convict ship. The beginnings were rough,but now the Rocks is one of Sydney’s prime locations and still retains an old-world charm making it a very appealing Vivid Lights Festival venue.
There is lots more to see around the place if you want a change from Vivid Sydney. Sydney Observatory is one of the sights to not miss and a night tour is a must. View the stars, planets and other celestial bodies through a telescope and marvel at these natural beauties. There are many Aboriginal art galleries to visit if the art bug bites you. And if old buildings and architecture are your thing, there are numerous preserved structures of yore still maintained as heritage sites that’s worth a visit. 

You also won’t go hungry while exploring the Rocks. There are lots of eateries around the Rocks serving delicious food from around the world. With a mix of different cultures, you get almost every major world cuisine here from Italian to Thai to Indian. Souvenir and bargain hunters will also find the place a happy hunting ground as you can spot bargains from traditional Aboriginal art to fine Australian opals.

So head to the Rocks this Vivid Sydney as you wouldn’t miss out on anything. And more importantly have a good time with friends and family as there are activities galore to suit people with diverse interests. After a Vivid Sydney Cruise, this might be the next best place for a get-together with friends and family to experience this brilliant light festival and create lasting memories!

Reliving Memories and Good Times

Memories are something that can’t be taken away. They are a person’s real assets, the ones of true value. In our youth we don’t really pay much credence to this and channel all our energies chasing frivolous material possessions. But as we grow older and wiser, we embrace the fact that money or our standing in society isn’t everything. Memories, experiences, inter-personal relationships and the lessons learnt through life are our true worldly possessions.

In the twilight years of our lives, it is all but natural to want to relive those youthful days, filling our minds with all those beautiful memories of yore. All the things we did through the innocence of childhood, the rebellions of adolescence and the bohemian experiences of our early youth come rushing back, bringing a silent smile to our faces. One of the best periods in my life was no doubt be the carefree college days when life was a song and all I had to do was sing it!

Now that I’m overwhelmed with all these memories of a bygone era, I make it a point to attend high school and college reunions to meet friends, share memories, exchange laughs and catch up on the life that happened to us after we parted ways! We may have a tad too many greys in our hair now, but that doesn’t stop us from becoming kids all over again, especially in the eyes of teachers and professors who played a great role in getting us shipshape to meet the big bad world outside!

Something that I’ve always noticed during reunions is that it’s always the older batches that turn up in numbers and participate more enthusiastically. The more recent alumni have participation in single digit numbers and generally keep to themselves. It probably takes more time for the nostalgia to kick in to really miss those good ol’ days. And, it’s not just about good times in school and college; there’s always a blush when we think about our first crush, our first date and probably our first real romance that didn’t really pan out! Now that I have the right partner, I find myself wanting to do things right and get them right this time round.

I remember a date that I had during my youth; the guy had chosen a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour as the venue for our first date. He was coming on a little too strong, sending all the wrong signals, all in an attempt to impress me. Needless to say, the date was a bad experience! Also the choice of a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise for a first date was a bit too much, something that should have ideally been a fourth or fifth date. All faults were rectified and the bad history put to rest when I had a perfect Sydney Harbour dinner cruise experience with my husband and we have been a regular since.

Now that I have the perfect partner, there is so much more that the world has to offer that we want to explore and discover. We want to fill our minds with memories and experiences. Yes, even if our minds are young, our bodies have aged, which is a major obstacle for many senior explorers. But I have to say, it’s all in the mind, age is just a number and don’t let it subdue your passions. Your partner is the pillar of strength and together you can scale heights, supporting each other through thick and thin.

Life isn’t about existing, life is about living. Live each day as if it’s your last. Don’t let anything stand in your way. Explore and see the world. Get out and seek new thrills!