We Started our trip at the Disability trust Head office and we picked up our new travel friends along the way to Sydney Olympic Park. After getting to know each other in the van. We headed to the Ibis Olympic Park and checked in.
In the afternoon we headed down to the ferry and jumped aboard the River Cat to the city
A journey on the RiverCat down the River is quite different to any other ferry ride in Sydney. Seeing the Harbour Bridge, the grinning mouth at the entrance to Luna Park, the rows of wharves around Walsh Bay and Pyrmont. But once you get past Balmain and Cockatoo Island there are no ocean-going vessels to avoid, or choppy waves to cut through, just a lot of waterside suburbs that most Sydneysiders don’t even know exist. Before too long the multi-level houses suddenly end, and it’s nothing but mangroves and the River Cat breaking the stillness as it glides through the water.
After our exciting River Cat Trip, we arrived at Circular Quay. We walked around to the Opera house, looked at the shops and had some coffees to keep warm.
At 7 pm all the lights came on. And we were super excited to get everything in at Vivid Sydney. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in and around the Sydney central business district into an outdoor nighttime canvas of art.
After walking around, we decided to eat at City Extra. Overlooking the harbour, the iconic City Extra Restaurant is the perfect place to visit.
After our Meal we headed Back to the hotel on board the River Cat Ready for Day two
We all met in the morning at 8 am and we all had a very big breakfast and headed on our way to Supernova. Everyone was very excited to see the event and meet the stars from our favourite Tv shows. Supernova has been a massive part of Australia’s pop culture fandom since 2000; a place where fans inspired by imaginary worlds emanating from comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming and literature have been able to come together to celebrate.
We checked out all the merchandise stands – there were over 100 – and we took heaps of pictures with the cosplayers and characters that were dressed to impress. We had some nice food for from the street stalls for lunch and then headed in to watch the Live Q and A with Winnie-the-Pooh, Jim Cummings. The talk was amazing, and we learned a lot of voice actors and what it takes to become one.
After we watched the Star Wars life saver shows in the main area that was amazing.
We headed to the live drawing classes and learned how to make comic books and story lines come to life.
After our Jam-packed day with meet and greets and getting around the event we headed back to the hotel, jumped in the bus and headed over to Bankstown sports club for dinner. We went to Green Station Bistro railway-themed dining experience complete with authentic railway carriages. The food and the atmosphere was fantastic.
After a great night’s rest at the Ibis we had a full breakfast and headed back to Supernova.
Today we were really excited to get around to all the Q and A talks with all the stars. Our first talk was with Alyssa Milano from Charmed and also watched Tyler Hoechlin from Superman. They were fantastic!
After lunch we walked around to get pictures of everyone dressed up. We got to meet Catwoman , Ninja Turtles, Star Wars characters and characters that inhabit the Marvel and D.C. universes.
At the end of the day, we went for a beautiful Thai dinner at a Khon Thai close by our hotel.
We had breakfast and went for a drive to Newington Armory. It is a heritage-listed former Royal Australian Navy armament depot. We were all excited to go on the Brickpit Ring Walk to discover its history and the evolution of the frog’s habitat. From the soaring circular walkway (18.5 metres high), we got a bird’s-eye view without disturbing the tiny residents.
We walked the 550-metre ring, listened to soundscapes of frog and bird calls, and heard the voices of pit workers recounting their experiences as they helped make the millions of clay bricks used to build Sydney. The panels along the ring provide further details of the history of the area.
Afterwards we headed for a cafe lunch and headed back to Wollongong.
We all had a fantastic time on our Trusted Travel holiday and we are all talking about our next trips the whole way home.
What Our Travelers Said
Renee: “I had a lot of fun meeting new people and enjoyed being out and about . I loved the costume design and watching people draw at Supernova. I will be looking forward to coming back in 2024 with Trusted Travel
Jocelyn: “I enjoyed seeing Vivid lights and catching the ferry plus making new Friends “
Tyler: “I really enjoyed seeing Vivid lights Taking pictures of all the stars & interacting with creative people at the event
Rodney: “I enjoyed looking at all the shops and eating lots of yummy food “
Brain: “I loved my hotel room, eating lots of fantastic food and traveling around Sydney”