After a staff conference this June, micenet ASIA’s feisty account executives took some time off to explore a different side of the metropolitan city.

BY GINA SIN

We’ve read about all the travelling done in the business events sector, and especially admire those in our generation who could travel frequently – be it for work or incentive trips. Hence Charline and I, along with the rest of the micenet ASIA team, couldn’t have been more thrilled at the news of a staff conference and team-building session in Sydney. For some of us, it was the first time experiencing winter, and also a first in Sydney. Here are some of the places we managed to visit after the conference:

Blue Mountains

We had a brief tour of the Sydney 2000 Olympics site before heading to Featherdale Wildlife Park on a mini coach, finally getting up close with koalas, kangaroos, and other native animals. We headed to the Flat Rocks for a stunning view of the Blue Mountains, which provided good photo-taking moments. We also got to see the world-famous Three Sisters and steal a view of Australia’s Grand Canyon from Echo Point. Stopping by Scenicworld for the Scenic Railway, Skyway and SceniScender – the world’s steepest incline railway – we managed to catch a glimpse of the Katoomba falls, as well as meandered through a picturesque rainforest. We ended a full-day tour with a cruise ride back to the city along the Parramatta River, passing the Sydney Opera House and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Fish Market

For seafood lovers, one of the best places to have lunch is at the Fish Market on Pyrmont Bridge Rd. Despite the overpowering smell of fish when we first arrived, all was forgotten once we saw the huge selection and worked up an appetite. From oysters and lobsters to salmon sashimi, the freshness of all seafood present was worth every penny.

Bondi Beach

A mecca for those who value a true work-life balance, locals and visitors alike were found at Bondi Beach early in the morning when we were there. People were seen hitting the waves, stretching in various yoga positions, or reading in one of the many cafes along the shore. It is a great place to relax, recollect and reorganise thoughts in the warmth of the sunlight and sounds of the soothing waves breaking over rocks – which is what “Bondi” actually means in Aboriginal language.

Port Stephens

This time on a larger coach, we headed to the famous hands-on zoo – the Australian Reptile Park – where we carried some animals and also hand-fed the adorable kangaroos. We later had lunch on a cruise, before heading out to chase the dolphins – it was an electrifying experience. Even though the torrential rains were just starting towards the end of the day, we went for some exhilarating sand boarding on the dunes of Port Stephens.