Blogs from Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour April 8th 2023

After a grueling flight that was 6 hours late (it was supposed to depart at 10 pm but left at 4:30 am!), we arrive exhausted in Sydney. Made our way to the funky Ibis Barangaroo hotel that was near the ship port (by the Sydney opera house). Barangaroo is around the Darling harbour on the other side of “The Rocks”. This was a perfect location to stay before we boarded our cruise. We love Sydney but only had 1 night! Unfortunately, we arrived on Good Friday, so all the bottle stores were closed. So, we had an expensive dinner along Darling harbor and then drank our beloved chardonnay in our hotel lounge which was only a couple blocks from the harbour. What a fun lounge and great place to stay. The outside featured colorful windows in ... read more
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Easter Morning - Treats for Ron and Darold!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour February 19th 2020

Day 7 Tuesday 18th February, 2020 We arrived at the airport in good time and were thankfully directed to an assisted check in desk, so we didn't have to wrestle with the automatic check in (think my sticks were the clue for the staff around!). Our bags were within weight (phew!) and our wheelchairs duly arrived to take us through to the departure gate. All very low key on an internal flight it seems, they didn't even want the liquids out of the hand luggage. We had a bit a of a wait as we were really early but happy to be there and hang around. It was raining as we left Melbourne and the clouds were a bit bumpy but we arrived an hour and a half later to blue skies in Sydney. The assistance ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour January 30th 2020

After an abbreviated day the day of arrival in Sydney, we were ready to tackle a somewhat more ambitious agenda, although admittedly with some reservation of energy for attendance at the opera in the Sydney Opera House this evening. Opera is not particularly strenuous, nor was the journey to the SOH, but we were mindful of the fact that our home town is 8 hours ahead of us (actually, technically 16 hours behind us), and that would make staying alert until later at night somewhat more problematic. Just a short walk across a peninsula from Circular Quay is Darling Harbour, but with poor train connections and a need for exercise, we walked there in about 30 minutes from our hotel. One the city side is the Sydney Aquarium, and across a pedestrian bridge over the harbor ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour January 27th 2018

In Dorothy's adventures up the yellow brick road, OZ is a fantasy land, of course! And as we headed out of the hotel on our first morning in Australia, it all seemed like a 'fantasy', to us. We were off to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House today, two iconic landmarks that we've all seen many times on film and TV, but this time we were going to see them for real! We couldn't quite believe it! But, if we were in a dream world, we were soon woken up with a the nightmare that is.......Sydney traffic!! Our first stop today was Sydney Harbour Bridge; not just to see it, I hasten to add.......but to climb it! Yep, you heard me correctly, these four intrepid old timers, were going to scale this ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour March 10th 2016

Hello! I'm pooped, busy couple of days. been getting into the swing of life over here; basically it's beach, swings, snack, nap, repeat. Not bad. my favourite place so far we found the other day - it's called Clontarf, Mummy says its one of the innermost inlets of Sydney harbour with a beautiful beach and little marina, lots of sailing boats and boats like Lunasea, and of course a brilliant play place by the sand with climbing and swings. But the best bit was that Olivia and I found hundreds of millions billions of little jellyfish, ones that don't sting, that we could hold and collect in our buckets. They were funny and wobbly and slippery and I loved them, we had competitions for who could collect the most and the biggest, I won all the ... read more
Collecting jellyfish!
Showing them off to a squeamish mummy!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour January 26th 2016

Decided to drive to Sydney, so called into Wangaratta enroute to Sydney to take Es and Les out for lunch as Les turned 87 on the 20th January. Was a great pitstop lunch at the Sydney Hotel in Wang and then motored onto Sydney getting in at around 8.00p.m. Our apartment was terrific right on the edge of Darling Harbour and a few metres from where we were to catch our cruise for Australia Day. Adina Apartments in Shelley Street, would recommend if you want to be right in Darling Harbour. Ventured out for a well earned beer and some dinner after the long trip, chose Bungalow 8, which was very nice and overlooked the harbour. 25.1.2016 Up and out for breaky then for a long walk around Sydney, walked through the city to the Opera ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour January 14th 2016

Part II I can't recall how Sydney Kingsford Smith International airport arrival hall looks like from the inside, I can only remember the waves of the ocean at the nearby bay before the plane landed, exiting the immigration gantry and queueing up to get a sim. It was a Wednesday morning, around 10am, Sydney time, and there were 50 over people waiting to get their sim. I saw someone purchasing 3 sim card as he had 2 phones and an iPad. I'd really love to interrupt and suggest to just use tethering so he does not have to take more time in purchasing multiple sim, and save money as well. Among the tourist, who can use 2GB in a single day? Certainly not me as I'd be spending time wandering around appreciating the view and ingest ... read more
Me at Hyde Park
The Archibald Fountain
Panoramic view of St Mary's Cathedral

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour November 30th 2015

So today we didn't do a great deal... Other than get here lol We checked into the hotel with lots of cocktail vouchers had a muuuuuch needed shower and headed out for a mooch in darling harbour! Nice place! Kinda commercial / full of high rise banking tower blocks :) We decided china town was a must but were a little disappointed with it! SFO China Town is better! We also went to the Chinese Friendship Garden which was lovely! We had a bite to eat for early tea about 4 and came back to the hotel for a snooze! When we woke up at 8:30 we went for our free drinks and cocktails in the bar then out to Darling Harbour in the dark ! Bed about 11 zzz! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour November 29th 2015

So it begins Dad collected us at 2:30 and we dropped the wedding photos off to the in laws then went into town! Got the 3 pm bus that took 35 mins to get to heading ton round about! Joy! We arrived at the airport an hour too early to check in so decided the pub was a good plan!! Until we were told the price!! Finally our check in desk appeared and off we went! Tried for a cheeky upgrade but plane full! Mooches in the airport for a bit then went for lovely meal paid by for corporate traveller at Gordon Ramsey's plane food! Very nice food! I had a butter chicken curry Andy had surprise surprise the burger - we both had the chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream - nom! Managed about ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour September 23rd 2015

Part I I am, more or less, two hours away from my destination and I feel tired, I can't get some sleep, maybe I'm just not used to a long travel. My usual flight takes 2 to 3.5 hours as all were in Asia. I don't know what to expect when I arrived but I'm really excited for tomorrow's event. Wondering if there might be some familiar faces around to mingle with but hope to make new acquaintances too. Yesterday I woke up early to finalize my itinerary and I'll try to adhere to it as much as possible, unless something comes up. I have checked the weather as well for the coming week, it would be windy and a bit of showers on the first 2 days; and temperature ranges from 9 to 17 degrees ... read more

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