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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD March 4th 2020

We left this day for our return home. Last night we availed ourselves of a last opportunity to go to the Sydney Opera House and see La Bohème. Never a bad way to end a visit. We spent that day are-visiting Doyle's on the Beach for a last lunch of wonderful Australia and New Zealand seafood. WE embarked on our return with some trepidation. By that time the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was getting into pretty serious action. The day after we left NZ they shut down incoming and outgoing flights. Australia was getting more serious than they already had been. There were beginning to be the first reports of cases of people who flew through LAX. Nonetheless, our options were limited, fo fly out we did for the somewhat shorter trip back than the outgoing trip (tailwinds ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 31st 2018

As important as first impressions are, Sydney certainly knows how to make a good one. We arrived on Australia day and went to celebrate that at the Circular Quay. It was packed with people, there was live music from several artists, and oh.. those fireworks. I've seen firework shows before, but try to beat a firework show where jet skies are racing around the water firing off fireworks with the Sydney opera House on the background and reflections of the fireworks on the water. It was magical. After planning our next adventure (think rainforests, scuba diving and more!), we went to the Home bar: a multi-level nightclub with house, R&B and hiphop in separate rooms. The hostel had arranged a bus to the Home bar and we met a lot of nice people: I really enjoyed ... read more
Sydney Opera House
Ferry nice group photo ;)

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 25th 2017

Jan 2017 Sydney Alexandria Dec- Jan Back in Sydney and this time we were in small 1 bedroom apartment with 2 cheeky terriers in Alexandria. We were booked by a young couple who had a parent visiting from Italy and they were off travelling to Central Australia. We arrived on the 22nd and by Xmas day were well settled in so went sight seeing up the coast to Palm Beach. All the way up the coast groups were picnicking and celebrating their day off. We stopped at a few spots that caught our eye to take in the atmosphere of the coast and festivities. From Manly we went for a walk and admired the beauty of the bay before catching a ferry back to Circular Quay. We appreciated the convenience of where we were staying after ... read more
Dec- Tubby and Comet
Jan- Sydney Festival
The Grounds of Alexandria

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 26th 2016

SYDNEY 1st March - 9th March Arriving early morning into Circular Quay, always a special sight, the sun over the Opera House and the first view of the Harbour Bridge. Disembarkation was easy, however waiting for the transfer was not. No transport waiting for us, bookings all messed up and eventually tracked down the company responsible. It was only about 800 yards to the Mantra where we were staying so no big deal but it was hot waiting and seeing everybody else disappearing was a bit traumatic. This is our fifth visit, so what to do. The answer is loads, from museums to beaches to gardens. The apartment was ready early so off shopping only for essentials. Who do we bump into in George Street but friends we have made on Arcadia, Hilary and Phil. They ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD March 5th 2016

Hi all, Sorry no blogs been too busy We are currently in Sydney and have been since the 1st MarchSince the non show at Bora Bora we have been to Tauranga, Auckland & the Bay of Islands We get back onto Queen Victoria on the 8th March and we will catch up with our news and pics then.Sydney has been full on, beautiful sunshine and hot hot hot!!!Tonight, Saturday 5th we are off to the opera (v posh) Bizets, The Pearl Fishers Catch up soon Al & Lin... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD February 14th 2016

My friend Sue contacted me a couple of days ago saying she was heading into Sydney for the afternoon / evening to check out the Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities, and wondered if I wanted to join her. I took up that offer! We met each other on the platform of our local station and caught the train to Town Hall station. We made a slight detour to a camera shop so I could buy a new camera strap, and then we headed to Darling Harbour. We crossed Pyrmont Bridge and had lunch in the food court. It was so hot! I had noodles and an ice cream. Yum. We then headed towards Haymarket and came across the CNY festivities. It was still daylight so we got to see the paper lanterns in daylight. We decided ... read more
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD January 16th 2016

We were returning to Sydney one last time to fly onwards from there. We flew back from Cairns on another Virgin plane and the flight path took us out over the Barrier Reef. It was lovely to see it from the air. The plane took off at 11.25 am and the flight took about 3 hours to cover the 1500 miles or so of the journey that we had taken about a month to travel in the opposite direction. We were only staying in Sydney one night, before moving on. Steve had dithered about whether to stay in what he described as a 'box room' at a conveniently situated airport hotel or whether to take the more expensive, but better provisioned, option of a Sydney central hotel. In the end the city centre option won the ... read more
Barrier reef from the air
Megaboom Hotel, Sydney
Sydney town hall at night

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD November 15th 2015

Our third and final day in Sydney dawned with sunshine streaming everywhere. We had to get into town earlier today because we planned to go on the "free" walking tour. We didn't know what to expect as the one in Cape Town hadn't been very good. We loved Sydney's though. Our guide, Leah, was so passionate about her home city and she showed us so many architectural gems and gave the human interest story of the city. We started in Hyde Park, this time at the grand Cathedral of St Margaret. From here we wandered past the Library of New South Wales, the old mint and the Rum Hospital. The story of this medical facility was fascinating. It was built to replace a bad clinic by some scurrilous rum importers in exchange for a monopoly on ... read more
North Sydney from Botanic Gardens
Library of New South Wales
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD November 13th 2015

Sydney actually starts about 40km from the centre and has sprawled out, consuming everything it reached. The traffic was very heavy but flowed well and we soon reached our campsite. We hadn't planned to check in as we were far too early but, as we couldn't find parking, we tried our luck and could drive straight in. The Lane Cove National Park Camp Site was a beautiful place with great facilities. We didn't have time to appreciate them at that moment though as we were keen to get to into the city for 11am. We arrived in a wet Sydney and went straight to the Anzac Memorial. This is a grand, blocky marble-fronted building in the middle of Hyde Park. Inside is a circular chamber with a bronze statue of a dead Spartan Warrior, representing the ... read more
Anzac Memorial - Spartan Warrior
Botanic Gardens
Sydney Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 13th 2015

Me voila arrivee enfin a Sydney, ville incontournable de l'Australie. J'y suis pour 4 jours. Je retrouve ma copine rencontree a Perth, Lorene. C'est vraiment sympa de se revoir apres 6 mois ! Apres avoir mange un bout chez elle, on est parties se promener afin que je decouvre un peu la ville. Le premier point obligatoire a donc ete le fameux Opera de Sydney, batiment a l'architecture exceptionnelle. C'etait vraiment impressionant de se retrouver devant. Je me suis enfin cru a Sydney ! On a marche le long des quais pour se retrouver au pied de l'Opera. C'est un endroit tres sympa, borde de restaurants et bar (et beaucoup de touristes ! ). Elle m'a ensuite emmene dans St Georges Street qui est la rue principale et a Darling Harbour. Encore un endroit plein de ... read more
Sydney - April 2015
Sydney Blue Mountains - April 2015 (21)
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