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2017 Sydney New South Wales Australia Trip

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Introduction

Welcome, wanderlust souls! Taurus The Traveler here, thrilled to take you on an unforgettable journey through the captivating city of Sydney, Australia.

Join me as we unveil the hidden gems that paint Sydney's cultural canvas and immerse ourselves in a tapestry of experiences that empower and enchant, leaving indelible memories etched in our hearts. Let's embark on this sojourn of cultural enchantment and empowerment down under!

Where We Stayed

We stayed in The Westin hotel while in Sydney. It was VERY nice, but we would have been satisfied with fewer high-end nicities and FREE WI-FI AND BREAKFAST instead.

We made the most of the "down day" - which turned out to be a holiday (the Queen's birthday) - and walked to the Sydney Harbour and around the city. Everything was walking distance from the hotel, so there was no need for a cab or bus.

Weather in Sydney

It was the beginning of Summer in Beavercreek (Dayton), Ohio, USA, but it was the beginning of Winter in Australia. Sydney had a lot more rain than Canberra, but that was expected since Sydney is right on the water. The tempreature was lower in Sydney, too.

Overall, the days were nice and we only needed a light jacket while walking around during the day. At night, I layered up with a long-sleeve athletic top. We were lucky and had a brief period of light rain during our last day of sight-seeing.

Second Time Around

I took plenty of pictures and made an attempt to recreate some of the pictures we took during our first vist to Sydney in 2008.

Hidden Gems for African American Travelers

Sydney is not only about its famous landmarks but also filled with hidden gems that hold cultural significance for African American travelers. Here are some lesser-known spots worth exploring:

Redfern: The Heart of Indigenous Culture

This inner-city suburb is home to the largest urban Aboriginal community in Sydney. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Indigenous culture by visiting local art galleries and community centers that showcase traditional artworks and performances. Redfern's strong sense of community and heritage will leave you with a profound understanding of Australia's Indigenous history.

Blacktown Arts Centre: Celebrating Diversity

Situated in the suburb of Blacktown, this arts center is a hub for cultural diversity. It hosts exhibitions, performances, and workshops that embrace different cultures, including African, Asian, and Pacific Islander influences. Engage in dialogues with local artists and performers, fostering a deep appreciation for the city's multicultural fabric.

Granville: A Taste of Africa and Beyond

Head to Granville, where you'll find an array of African restaurants and markets that tantalize your taste buds with authentic dishes. Enjoy Afrobeat music and lively dance performances that reflect the African diaspora's influence in the city.

WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony

Witness the WugulOra ceremony on the Sydney Opera House's steps every morning, where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians come together to celebrate the world's oldest living culture. This ceremonial event serves as a testament to reconciliation and respect for the Indigenous heritage.

Black-Owned Bookstores and Cultural Hubs

Discover bookstores and cultural hubs run by African Australians, promoting literature, arts, and discussions about African diasporic experiences. These spaces provide an opportunity to connect with the local African community and gain insight into their contributions to Sydney's cultural landscape.

Cultural Festivals and Events

Sydney's calendar is brimming with diverse cultural festivals and events that African American travelers can participate in. Mark your calendar for these vibrant celebrations:

NAIDOC Week

This annual event, celebrated in July, honors the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Join in the festivities, including art exhibitions, music performances, and traditional dances that showcase the rich heritage of Australia's First Nations.

African Cultural Festival

Experience the vibrancy of African culture at the African Cultural Festival, held during African Australian History Month in September. Marvel at colorful parades, sample delectable African cuisine, and dance to the beats of African drumming and live music performances.

Carriageworks Night Market

Held seasonally, this night market celebrates the diversity of Sydney's culinary scene. Sample a wide array of dishes from various cultures and enjoy performances by local musicians and artists, creating an immersive experience for all visitors.

Vivid Sydney

During May and June, Sydney transforms into a spectacular canvas of light, music, and ideas. As the largest festival of light, music, and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney showcases stunning light installations across iconic landmarks and hosts creative talks and music events.

Bangarra Dance Theatre Performances

Bangarra Dance Theatre is an acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal dance company that presents powerful performances inspired by Indigenous stories and heritage. Witness their captivating shows, which often tour various venues around Sydney.

Glebe: The Book Lover's Paradise

Wander through the charming suburb of Glebe and discover its treasure trove of second-hand bookshops. One such gem is "Sappho Books," which offers an extensive collection of literature by African American authors and other marginalized voices. Engage in literary discussions with locals and fellow travelers, making this an intellectual haven for book enthusiasts.

Reverse Garbage: Sustainable Creativity

For eco-conscious travelers seeking unique souvenirs, Reverse Garbage in Marrickville is a must-visit. This creative reuse center collects discarded materials and transforms them into art pieces and crafts. Support local artists and bring home sustainable mementos that reflect Sydney's commitment to environmental consciousness.

Bundeena and Maianbar: Coastal Serenity

Take a ferry to the picturesque towns of Bundeena and Maianbar, where pristine beaches and tranquil bushland await. These hidden coastal gems offer a chance to unwind, reflect, and connect with nature. Stroll along the secluded beaches and enjoy a peaceful day by the sea.

The Rocks Aboriginal Heritage Tour

Delve into Sydney's rich Aboriginal heritage with a guided tour through The Rocks, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Explore ancient rock carvings, learn about the Dreamtime stories, and gain insights into the spiritual connection of the Aboriginal people to the land.

St. Mary's Cathedral: A Blend of Cultures

Admire the stunning architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, a Gothic Revival masterpiece that represents the harmonious blend of European and Aboriginal artistic influences. As you explore the cathedral's exquisite stained glass windows, reflect on the diversity that enriches the city's heritage.

Cultural Festivals and Events

Sydney Festival

Kickstart your year with the world-renowned Sydney Festival, held in January. This vibrant celebration of arts and culture brings together local and international artists for an awe-inspiring array of performances, music, and visual arts. Engage in thought-provoking discussions and embrace the city's creativity.

Newtown Festival

Experience the bohemian vibes of Newtown during the annual Newtown Festival. Held in November, this eclectic event features live music, street performances, artisan markets, and delicious street food. The festival celebrates inclusivity and diversity, making it a perfect fit for African American travelers seeking an authentic local experience.

Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore: A Unique Sleepover

For an extraordinary experience, book the Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore package. Spend the night camping at the zoo, surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal animals. Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and wake up to breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, creating lasting memories.

Corroboree Sydney

Celebrate the culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during Corroboree Sydney in November. This festival features art exhibitions, dance performances, workshops, and storytelling sessions that provide an immersive understanding of Indigenous cultures.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

If you visit Sydney in February, be sure to join the spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations. Witness the famous Dragon Boat races in Darling Harbour, enjoy traditional lion and dragon dances, and savor delectable Chinese cuisine in the heart of the city's Chinatown.

Conclusion

As Taurus The Traveler, I have taken you on a transformative journey through Sydney's hidden gems for African American travelers and its vibrant cultural festivals. From literary wonders in Glebe to coastal serenity in Bundeena, Sydney is a city that reveals its treasures to those who seek them.

Engage in Aboriginal heritage tours, celebrate cultural diversity, and immerse yourself in the city's art and music scene. Sydney's welcoming spirit embraces all travelers, transcending cultural barriers, and fostering connections that enrich our lives.

May this sojourn be a catalyst for exploring beyond the surface, engaging in meaningful experiences that celebrate diversity, and overcoming challenges with empathy and understanding.

So, fellow adventurers, as you set forth on your own Sydney journey, may you find yourself captivated by its hidden gems and cultural delights, leaving you with cherished memories that resonate for a lifetime.

Remember, the world is vast, and the joy of discovery awaits you. Embark on your next adventure, and let your inner wanderer guide you towards unforgettable experiences. Until we meet again on the next voyage, happy travels!

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