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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 bang.......by 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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The Bridge 1
The Bridge 2

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!
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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
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SYDNEY HARBOUR
THE BRIDGE

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
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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
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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

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour March 1st 2015

Spent the morning packing and preparing to move onto Melbourne. Went out to grab some lunch, visited China town and Paddies Market before settling on the quayside to watch the finals of the dragon boat racing. Back to the apartment to change then out to meet relatives. Great evening.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour February 24th 2015

A good flight from Auckland to Sydney. Impressive to see the harbour bridge and opera house from 6000 feet. Took a while to get transfer from the airport to hotel organised and then was I glad I did not have to drive into the city in the evening rush hour. When we got to our accomodation it turns out that it was a dockside warehouse now tastefully converted into apartments. You should have seen the smile on our faces when we were told that we had been upgraded from a studio apartment to a duplex two bedroom penthouse on the top floor. When we travelled up in the express lift and then opened the door to our apartment we realised it was almost as big as our bungalow. We unpacked and then found a supermarket to ... read more
Sydney harbour bridge
Sydney Opera House
view from the lounge window

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour February 17th 2015

G'day everyone, ok, gave you an idea where we're staying, now I know you're all envious, don't be, I will try and get some night time photos for you if you want !! All joking apart, it has saved us a bomb on accommodation in Sydney, as I said before, very expensive here. So we have just had dinner in a very nice pub, special offer, steak, chips and salad, yummie. We're sat by the bridge, getting dark now, but we have wi-fi here so doing all the updates we can. Well today we set off walking again, walk walk and lots of walking in very hot weather, but not complaining, just incase you think I am !! So we decided I needed a bit of scaring again, well why not, it's been a while !!! ... read more
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