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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Avalon April 5th 2014

Saturday in Sydney with the Colfers After a relaxing breakfast we headed off to Rochelle's Mum and Dad's place for a day on the harbour. Geoff and Rosie live in a fantastic spot right on the waterfront near to Avalon. The Colfers (minus Tom who is on a 7 day army camp out in the Bush somewhere), the Colemans and Chris's brother Derek, arrived at Chez Colfers and then headed out into Pittwater Bay on Geoff;s wonderful and newly restored day boat "Pelican" which had the look of the African Queen about it. We headed out into the bay amongst the sailing boats and made our way over to one of the many beaches inside the bay area. After a quick lunch of Ozzie pies and 4X Gold we swam ashore to a wonderful tropical beach ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Katoomba April 3rd 2014

A great nights sleep fom everyone which was a really good start to the trip as we were expecting to suffer form jet lag for a few days (although the fact that I have been blogging since 05.30 suggests it is not completely gone away!) Tom and Chloe headed off to school and we had a very relaxing morning at Chez Colfers before Michele, Alex, Iz and Rochelle headed off for a run to explore the local area and I went off to pick up our hire car. After a quick spot of lunch the Colemans headed off to the Blue Mountains which lie around 2 hours west of Sydney. We subsequently found out they are "blue" because of the blue tint of the Eucalyptus leaves which are in abundance in the area. After an easy ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 3rd 2014

VICTORIA TO NSW As in New South Wales In Port Fairy we discovered information about the huge Norfolk Pine trees and why they fare so well on the windy harbors. The limbs are all parallel to the ground and each other, allowing the frequent and strong gusts to pass through the trees with little effect. Walking thru the town, we spoke to a couple, gardening in their yard, and discovered the secrets of catching water in cisterns for the long months of little rainfall. In many areas we had seen signs on water faucets indicating “bore water”. Was it spring water? Safe to drink? And from the locals we found out that it is water from underground, but generally not for drinking, either due to distinct taste or contamination. Certainly good information for those of us ... read more
Sydney skyline
Harbour bridge
Sydney Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 3rd 2014

Hello. This is our last full day in Sydney and we scheduled a full-day tour of an area called the Blue Mountains. It turned out to be a very interesting, but very tiring, so we did not get the description written until the next day (Thursday). Here is what we did on Wednesday. We started pretty early again with a complimentary pickup at 7:00. David went across to a nearby Starbucks for a couple of pastries at 6:30, which we were able to eat in the hotel whilst we waited for the bus. We were the first pickup and we rode around town for about an hour before arriving at the central location. We got on our correct bus (with driver/guide named Peter) and we were set for the day at 8:00. We had about a ... read more
Cable Car ride at Scenic World
Janet on the Scenic Trail through Woods
Three Sisters rock formation

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 3rd 2014

We took the train from Sydney to Melbourne today, and it took most of the day. We set the alarm for 5:30 and had another early-starting day. By 6:00 we were ready to take the luggage down to the lobby and catch a cab to the train station. Since we are still carrying clothing for 5 weeks of different weather, it was an exercise to get everything there, but we persevered and succeeded. The taxi got us to the central station by 6:20 and we pulled the bags inside. There is a luggage check available if you get there done more than 30 minutes before the train left, which we achieved. So the luggage was checked all the way to Melbourne and we got a little breakfast in the train station. We then were able to ... read more


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 2nd 2014

Hello. This is our last full day in Sydney and we scheduled a full-day tour of an area called the Blue Mountains. It turned out to be a very interesting, but very tiring, and we just don’t have the detail ready to publish this evening. We leave town early tomorrow morning so we have to pack everything up and then try to get some sleep tonight. We will update this posting and provide as good a description as possible, but not tonight. When it is ready we will let you know to go back and revisit this blog entry. Thanks.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

An early start on Tuesday as we set of from the Fairmont Hotel back to Dubai airport for the 13 hour trip to Sydney. Again Emirates were a big hit with the family.....even in the last few years the amount of entertainment laid on at your fingertips through movies, TV programmes, music, games etc means that even a journey such as this was relatively painless. David even mananged to set a new all comers (well everyone on the plane that is) record score in the online trivia game. Alex was also able to access his intranet site to do some Latin study whilst in the air !!! although enevitably it eventually took second place to the various films on offer. What the most advanced plane in the air cannot take account of is the unexpected!!! About ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

As mentioned in my previous blog in Singapore, I embarked on an 8 day trip with a night in Singapore, then onto Sydney for one night and back to Singapore again. So after one night in Singapore flew down to Sydney where we stay for about 36hours. Got to hotel about 8am on the Tuesday 1st April and left at 3pm on the Wednesday. One of the main reasons that I became cabin crew was for the opportunity to come back to Sydney as I had travelled Australia 3 years ago, in which I spent about 8months in Oz and 5 of those months I lived in Sydney. Was such a fantastic opportunity and got to meet so many great people, most of whom I try and keep in touch with and can visit whenever I ... read more
Happy hour overlooking the Harbour
Darling Harbour
Me and Raonaid

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

Today Maggie and I covered most of the length of Sydney Harbor from one end to another. We started the morning - after cappuccino - on a ferry that took us to the extreme eastern end of the harbor to Watsons Bay. This is a lovely little bay that faces inward, but there is an easy walk up to the cliffs that face the Pacific Ocean. You may recall that Manly Beach faces the Pacific, but it is located on the north side of the entrance to Sydney Harbor. Today we were on the south side of the entrance and there are impressive cliffs that drop dramatically down to the crashing waves. (See photo) Back at Watsons Bay we ate at Doyle's, a longtime seafood restaurant here. The food was even better than yesterday's meal. Maggie ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Opera House April 1st 2014

Today is “April Fool’s Day”, but this is no joke – we went to tour the Sydney Opera House today. After today we have a fairly energetic schedule remaining, so we chose to sleep in to keep our agenda today fairly straight forward without too many extra side-trips. So we did not get up until about 8:30. We then went down to the Concierge and found out how to use the local transit services to get around town. There is a subway station directly across the street which would take us where we wanted to go, but there is also a free shuttle service along George Street (from 9:30-3:30) which also went where we wanted to go. We caught the 9:30 shuttle immediately behind the hotel and rode down to Circular Quay. This is the area ... read more
People on Bridge Climb over Harbor
Janet outside Opera House
One of Main Theaters from Walkway outside Opera House

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