Salam. Its the Queen’s Birthday and its a public holiday in New South Wales. Since I don’t have to work today, we planned to spend the whole day in Sydney for some quality time together.
The plan was to take a train to Sydney. We were going to buy MyMulti Day Pass Ticket which enable us to take any train within CityRail network in one day.
Due to trackwork as stated in the CityRail website, they provided a shuttle bus directly from Broadmeadow station to Central station in Sydney.
The journey took about 2.5 hours from Newcastle to Sydney via F3 Highway. It’s my first time on a express bus in Australia. It reminds me of ‘balik kampong’ trip in Malaysia. Finally we arrived at the Central station at 12.45pm.
Central Station, Sydney
This is one of the oldest rail station in Sydney. It was built in 1855 and has undergone a few expansion since then. It connects all the major rail lines for interchange in the heart of the city. It is also known as the ‘grandest rail station in Australia’. [Source]
My wife at the Grand Concourse of the Central station.
The concourse from another angle.
There are also a few train models in a display case, showing some section cut of the train.
They still have the steam locomotive at the station. I thought it is just for exhibition but it is actually still functioning.
Then I took a booklet of the train timetable to plan our journey. In the centerfold of the booklet, there is a map of the entire Cityrail Sydney suburban network.
It is quite complicated and massive. I have to understand which line each of the station is located at when planning for my journey.
Well that’s all for now. Our first destination is Circular Quay.
Stay tuned and I’ll update more photos in the coming entries.