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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Zetland February 15th 2014

Saturday 15th February, 2014. Taronga Zoo,Sydney, NSW, Australia After breakfast we made our way back to Circular Quay determined to make it to the zoo today. The weather was very iffy and it had rained hard overnight. There were more ferries today than yesterday - we suppose because it is a Saturday. We crossed over to the zoo wharf and caught the bus up to the zoo entrance at the top of the hill. Taronga Zoo is set on a hillside with stunning views (not today though) over Sydney Harbour (Taronga is an Aboriginal word meaning beautiful view). Andy had advised us to start at the top and work our way down. This was the plan. Taronga Zoo was officially opened on 7 October 1916. It is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South ... read more
9. Sailfin Lizard
17. Clock
24. Koala

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly February 14th 2014

Friday 14th February, 2014. Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway, Sydney, NSW, Australia After breakfast we made our way to Circular Quay. We were planning to go to the zoo but as we had just missed the ferry we had a change of heart and went to Manly. D decided that as the rain was holding off we should do the walk to the Spit Bridge that Rachel had recommended. The only problem was that M was wearing Rach's sandals (thought we were going to the zoo!) so she found a charity shop and as luck would have it they had a pair of baseball boots in her size for $8 (4 quid). Now appropriately kitted out we were able start the walk. One of Sydney’s best known tracks, the Manly to Spit Scenic Walk offers ... read more
16. Forty Baskets Beach
41. Manly Scenic Walkway
39. . Manly to Spit Walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly February 13th 2014

Our last road trip with Hayley and Rob was our journey to Sydney from Melbourne!! We headed to Canberra first to visit a family friend of Hayley's, we set off early on the 27th December after saying our goodbyes to Marcia, Ken and Jane. We didn't know if we'd be back in Melbourne so tried not to think of it as too emotional really but it was still sad saying bye after an amazing few weeks with them and how we,come they made us feel. We headed to Canberra though to visit Marie in Canberra. We had heard a lot about the place, when though it was the capital we had been told it wasn't the most happening of places and I think all four of us can confirm that!! We got to Marie's early evening ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Cockatoo Island February 13th 2014

Thursday 13th February, 2014. Cockatoo Island, Watson's Bay, Bondi Beach and Walk, Sydney, NSW, Australia After breakfast we caught the bus to Circular Quay where we caught a ferry to Cockatoo Island. Cockatoo Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on an island located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, in Sydney Harbour. At 17.9 hectares (44 acres) it is the largest of several islands that were, in their original state, heavily timbered sandstone knolls. Cockatoo Island rose to 18 metres (59 ft) above sea level and is now cleared of most vegetation. Called Wa-rea-mah by the Indigenous Australians who traditionally inhabited the land prior to European settlement. Between 1839 and 1869, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended ... read more
9. Military Guarhouse - Cockatoo Island
28. M at Watson's Bay Lookout
33. Bondi Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 13th 2014

To start 2014 off with another memorable moment, Brad had booked for the two of us to walk over the bridge at sunset on the 2nd January. He definitely did well with everything he booked before we left England, definitely a lucky girl :-). The bridge climb wasn't until sunset so in the day we all got the boat over to Manly to visit family friends of Margaret and Keith. Ron and Lynn were in Australia visiting their son, Tyrone who is living there with his wife Justine and their daughter. We headed over in the morning and all had lunch together, it was so lovely to meet them, getting a bit of insight into their life in Sydney and getting some information and tips as Tyrone and Justine had been travelling like us years before ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD February 11th 2014

Well it happened. I came home. I never thought in a million years that my 6 month sabbatical would involve coming back to Sydney. Actually that’s not entirely true – it was in the back of my mind when planning my trip that a benefit of Asia was its closeness to home in fact anything went wrong. More than that, I had a recurring dream throughout my time away that I came home early. Each time, the feeling was the same – failure. My fantasy of going overseas and having the time of my life had turned out to be just that. After all, isn’t it easy to have the time of your life when you’re away? Isn’t that how it works? My friend in Hanoi told me her German friend couldn’t stop talking about how ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » The Rocks February 10th 2014

Monday 10th February, 2014. The Rocks, Sydney, NSW, Australia After breakfast we arranged to hook up with Will and Ash at Circular Quay. We met outside McD's and then strolled around to The Rocks. D had his tour guide hat on - which was great as neither Will nor Ash knew Sydney particularly well. First we took them to The Australian Pub where we had spent part of Australia Day. The Australian Hotel was originally located on George Street, next to where the Museum of Contemporary Art now stands. The Sydney Gazette announced that the Australian was open for business on 12th August 1824, making it the oldest continuously licensed pub in the City of Sydney. When the plague hit Sydney in 1900, many of the buildings were pulled down to prevent further outbreaks, including the ... read more
5. The Hero of Waterloo Pub
8. Hero Of Waterloo Pub Interior
10. The Garrison Church, The Rocks

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 9th 2014

Weekend upłynął nam radośnie na atrakcjach związanych z oceanem. Na sobotę mieliśmy zaplanowane kajaki - pływaliśmy w podwójnych, mnie do pary przypadł Szwagier :) Mimo, że miałam wcześniej kilka razy okazje wiosłować, spotkanie z morskimi falami i wiatrem było nie lada wyzwaniem..., na szczęście, dzięki wrodzonej uważności i zaradności udało nam się uniknąć przewrotki. Wieczorem spotkaliśmy się z polskimi znajomymi Agi na grillu w centrum miasta - niedaleko stacji Central przy wieżowcach mieszkalnych, w parku są wydzielone miejsca do pikninowania wraz z wbudowanymi grillami - super sprawa :) W niedzielę czekała nas przygoda na żaglowcu! : Wyruszyliśmy z Circular Quay, niemal spod Opery, aby w dwugodzinnym rejsie opłynąć dużą część zatoki. Czas dodatkowo umilały darmowe wino i piwo. Nareszcie udało mi sie też spróbować czegoś ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 8th 2014

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February, 2014. Rootstock Festival, Sydney, NSW, Australia and a Day Off! We didn't do much during the morning and went and had a Thai lunch at our favourite place in Rozelle. Then we made our way down to the Carriageworks where we were booked on the 4pm to 8 pm wine tasting session at the Rootstock Sydney 2014 Festival. We had deliberately booked on this session so we could hook up with D's son, Will, who is coming to Sydney for this festival with his work. Carriageworks is a contemporary multi-arts centre based in Redfern. Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. It receives support from Arts NSW and the Australian Government ... read more
5. Will & Ashley
6. M & Ashley
4. Will & Ashley

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Beach February 7th 2014

W piątek skorzystałyśmy ze wspaniałej pogody i odbyłysmy spacer wzdłuż plaż wyznaczony przez szlak miejski. Kolejno zaliczyłyśmy Coogee - Clovelly - Bronte - Gaerloch oraz Bondi. Gdzie mogłyśmy zażyć trochę kąpieli słonecznych, w oceanie lub po prostu poobserwować surferów ;) Krótką i przyjemną trasę zakończyłyśmy pysznym obiadem przy Bondi. Co można zauważyć podczas takiej wycieczki: Masa ludzi w wieku 20-80 lat uprawiająca jogging - warte podziwu, zwłaszcza, że trasa pełna podejść i schodów, słońce w pełni i temperatura ok. 30 st.C. W ogóle wydaje mi się, że Australijczycy są wielkimi fanami sportu w każdej formie - uprawianego czynnie czy oglądanego na stadionach/w tv. Wszystkie plaże wyposażone są w dostępne i darmowe toalety z prysznicami oraz wydzieloną część 'piknikową' - trawniki otoczone dając... read more
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