30.12.2006 - 04.01.2007 22 °C
We leave Melbourne really early in the morning but one good thing was l was able to see the most fantastic view - as the sun was rising there was a wonderful profile of about 5 hotair balloons floating along the city's profile - it looked amazing - l wish we could've taken a picture but we were in a taxi on a motorway!
We arrived in Sydney nice and early and after a bit of flapping about to get checked in we did - Macquaire Hotel on Wentworth Ave - it was fine - bit rough around the edges but great! Staff are brilliant!
We decided we would go for a walk - we wandered through Hyde Park, down the Botanic Gardens
and low and behold there was the Sydney Opera House and the Coat hanger on display - how cool!
In a moment of spontanous madness we decided to pay AU$450 for a prime harbour side view of the fire works for NYE - right beside the Opera House and facing the Harbour Bridge! It did include a seafood banquet and all drinks too!
We went for Thai food that evening - which conviently enough was located in our hotel! Very reasonable price and the wine list was good and again compared to the UK - very cheap!
We took a wander to Darling Harbour that evening and over and ice cream we watched the world go by!
31st Dec 2006 - NYE
As we had our spots on Circular Quay sorted and passes into the area - we were free to explore more of the city today. So we decided to get a bus to Cogee Beach and after an hour or so lazing on the beach we did the walk to Bondi.
This was a lovely walk - although l had a little freak out attack when Paul decided to take me along a cliff edge with a sheer drop onto rocks and the ocean!
We eventually got to Bondi after passing the cemetry.
It was straight back to the hotel and then down to Circular Quay to our restaurant to watch the evenings festivities!
The wine we received was nice but not amazing and the sparkling wine was not champange as it was sold to us! Still the oysters and lobster were good!
The fireworks were fabulous - l loved all the boats out in the harbour all lit up and we were able to capture the entire evening on video also!
1st Jan 07
New Years Day - after a long lie in we got up to have breakie and then headed down to the rocks.
Paul was booked to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb this afternoon so after l left him at the departure point l went for a wander around circular quay. It was a lovely sunny day so l had a coffee and read for a while nice and relaxed!
We had dinner in the Rocks - we found a BBQ your own steak place - called Phillips Foot - it was very good!
We headed back to bed for an early night - early start in the morning!
2nd Jan 07
Wonderbus tours arrived early in the pouring rain for our day trip to Blue Mountains! We had a tour guide called Tish - who was very good and very bubbly!
First stop was Featherdale Wildlife Park were you could feed Kanagroos and stroke Koalas! We enjoyed this - spent an hour here!
We had lunch in Leaura - a quaint tourist village before heading ff to Echo Point to see the Blue Mountains. We got a good view and because of all the rain the mountains were definately giving off a good blue haze.
We then headed to Scenic World and we did the 3 rides - cable car over a gorge with a glass bottom floor, another gondola type ride which was rather disorinating and then back up to the top on the steep railway - WOW it was definately steep!
We then stopped for a wine tasting at Tissara Winery outside Sydney.
Penultimate visit was to the Olympic Park outside Sydney (which was rather pointless to be honest!) before a river cruise up Prattamara River to Circular Quay - where l got sea sick! Typical me!
We went to the same place for dinner again - the BBQ place - Sydney Cut steak - delicious!
Our last day in Sydney and Australia tomorrow!
3rd January 2007
After a lie in and breakfast it was down to Circular Quay again to catch the ferry to Manley - thinking we would spend some time on the beach!
Yeah we did spend some time on the beach - whilst it intermittently rained on us! Didnt stop us and lots of other too!
I then popped into Roxy and bought some more clothes - just couldnt resist!
After a wait on the ferry we rushed back to our hotel to get changed and walk to Darling Harbour to meet Hun and her hubby Micheal (more people from Pauls work!) for dinner. Dinner was lovely - more Kanga - and Hun and Micheal were lovely!
They dropped us back to our hotel - where it was packing time for an early start for our flight to Auckland.
So this ended our 10 day visit in Australia - and l loved the country - definately want to explore it some more! The kindness and friendliness of the Aussies was unbelievable. I can really see why people want to emigrate to the country. Although Sydney didnt appeal as much as Melbourne it was a great city too.