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As some of you already knew, I stayed in the city centre of Sydney. Central of Sydney is like a melting pot of diversity. One fine Saturday, I decided to walk all the way to Surry Hills from the centre of Sydney. Surry Hills, Sydney is more reserved for the local community.
As I stayed so near to the Chinatown, sometimes I felt that I was in China instead of Australia. Approaching Surry Hills, I could feel a switch of the atmosphere. Surry Hills is tranquil but never lack of unique style. Surry Hills is not as vibrant as the city centre of Sydney. It’s indeed a residential area with contemporary design. The colourful street art prettifies the wall of some buildings in Surry Hills.
The rainbow flags at the Taylor Square in Darlinghurst represented the cradle of same-sex marriage. Read more. Apparently, September is the beginning of the gay rights movement as Australians will have the opportunity to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage in Australia.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens doesn’t appeal as the other gardens. First, it’s “gated”. I couldn’t find it initially as I thought it would be an enormous field with some fancy plants. When I looked at the Google map, it showed that I was standing right in front of the garden.
If you’re not keen on walking, you can take bus routes 378, 382 and 380 stop. The entrance to the gardens is free.
I followed the stairs and an ancient garden revealed. Paddington Reservoir Gardens was originally served as an important source of water in the 19th century. Subsequently, it was abandoned and was used as a garage.
In the 20th century, the people took an inspiration of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to turn the reservoir into Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The garden has become a paradise for dog-owners and their pets. Some were having a picnic while some were busy taking great photos among the archaic pillars.
Location: 251-255 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Paddington Markets reminds me of Christmas Markets. Even though it was early in the morning, the crowd was capable to show the dynamic of the market. Paddington Markets does not intend to be a tourist hotspot. In fact, it’s best served as a local community-based marketplace.
It was really nice to walk among the nicely decorated stalls. Occasionally, the vendors would throw me wishful smile, signalling me to drop by at their stalls. Some parents were keeping their watchful eyes on kids leaping from one stall to another.
Guilt filled my chest when I had to return some vendors’ enthusiasm in promoting their products with a smile. Paddington Markets is a platform for the emerging entrepreneurs and passionate designers to market their products.
With scents of roasted meat and barbecue, I arrived at one corner of Paddington Markets. Food! YAS!! They even equipped the empty space with tables and chairs. Some hungry eyes were browsing through the food stalls, searching for their desired breakfast.
Location: 395 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
On my journey back to the hotel, I randomly walked past University of New South Wales – an Australian public research university. Pictures below are just part of the university (I believe it’s the Faculty of Art and Design).
With its evocative street arts, Surry Hills has marked a place in my heart. It appears to me as a good mixture of tranquillity and vibrancy. It’s an ideal place to start a family. 😛 *thinking