Pylon Lookout

It is kind of troublesome to get to Pylon Lookout, because you can't just take the stairs / elevator from the street just below it. There's two ways to get there: (1) take the Bridge Stair at The Rocks, or (2) take the lift from Circular Quay. (See the exact location in their website). Option 1 is a climb up about two storeys, followed by a short walk to the lookout, while option 2 is a longer walk, uphill, along the expressway. I chose option 2 because I didn't know how high the flight of stairs was at The Rock and I didn't know the walk along the expressway was going to be partially uphill and super windy.

Panoramic view from the Cahill Expressway near Circular Quay.

Panoramic view from the viewing area below Pylon Lookout.

After a long walk on the expressway, we lost the interest to climb the stairs to the Pylon Lookout. I'm satisfied with the view below the lookout. Obviously, we didn't walk back from where we came from, but take the Bridge Stairs to the streets below.

Direction sign at The Rocks showing the way to the Bridge Climb and the Bridge Stairs to the Pylon Lookout.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

There's more than just Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koalas at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

Brown frog sleeping on a branch

The best part for me is the area where there is no glass or fence between the visitors and the Kangaroos. But the animals are too busy feeding, they didn't bother coming close to us.

Koalas at the Gum Tree Valley

I didn't really take much photos here because I'm too tired. This is the last of the 3 attractions at Darling Harbour that we visited and I have expanded all my energy at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

For AUD 63 per adult combo pass, we were granted entry to 5 attractions:
1. Sydney Tower Eye
2. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
4. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
5. Madame Tussauds Sydney

KB and I had already accomplished the first two in the list on day 1 and day 2 respectively. So, on day 3, we are going to finish up the remaining three, which are located side by side at Darling Harbour.

Out of the 5 attractions, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is my favourite and we spent the most time here. It's really difficult to take photos because of the glass reflection, the dim lighting and the constantly moving marine life. Probably, it's better to just enjoy watching the creatures swimming around.

Little mini fishes

Shark nursery

Close-up on the shark eggs

Baby shark

A tank with stingrays inside.


Sad-looking little fishes



Bloodless, heartless and brainless jellyfishes

Fishes are in front, behind, left, right, top and bottom.

Smalltooth sawfish swimming above you

Sydney Fish Market

KB and I started day 3 at the Sydney Fish Market. The bus journey from Swissotel was about 5 to 10 minutes, but it costed AUD 2.30 per adult ticket. Thankfully, this is in our itinerary on a weekend and thus we avoided having to buy pre-paid tickets, which are only accepted on the buses on weekday 7am to 7pm.

True to what my friend had warned me, there's a lot of birds dining with you outdoors!

Prawn sashimi!

Blue swimmer crab

Big salmon slices

Raw oysters in their clams

Lobster platter


I regret big time that we came here after a full breakfast at the hotel. These lobsters look so yummy!

At the Fish Market Light Rail station

From the Fish Market, we traveled to our next destination at Pyrmont Bay on light rail. We spent AUD 4.60 per adult ticket and traveled 3 stations. The payment was the old-fashion way, where there's a bus conductor on board and he will go to each passenger to sell the tickets. Then I thought: we're only traveling 3 stops, if we were to board the last cabin, by the time he reaches us, we would have gotten off the light rail already.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

If not for the combo pass, we probably wouldn't have bothered to go to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, mainly because it is not in the city itself. To get there, we have to take a 30-minute ferry ride (AUD 7.40 per adult ticket).

Arriving at Manly Wharf

View of the wharf from the beach

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is a short walk along the coast from the wharf. This attraction isn't a big place and there was hardly any visitor when we were there.

Fish tank at the entrance

Small stingray

Small jellyfish


Big stingray

At the Shark Harbour, visitors walk through a tunnel and watch the marine life swimming across the glass ceiling.

The Penguin Cove is on the second floor of the building.

Two little penguins

Don't make too much noise here!