Sydney - Darling Harbour


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October 14th 2019
Published: October 18th 2019
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Monday 14 October - Darling Harbour

We slept really well in our lovely upstairs room. We woke about 8.00 and after breakfast we set off in the car. Karin showed us where her daughter Coleen first lived. We drove through Hunters Hill, which is beautiful and where the enormous houses cost a approx $7 to 8 million!

We found a lovely spot to photograph the iconic Harbour Bridge across the water.

We found all day free parking and walked a short distance to catch a bus to the Queen Victoria Building in the city. The stunningly restored building was a great place to visit, with carefully restored tiled floors, stain glass windows and iron railings, with 3 floors of designer shops. Karin treated us to coffee on the top floor. There are several huge clocks from the UK with little scenes showing important events in our joint history.

We walked to Darling Harbour, which was really lively and busy. The sense of success and affluence is clear. There was varied architecture and enormous sky scrapers looking shiny in the sunshine. We had a delicious lunch at Baia, an Italian restaurant, overlooking the Harbour. We wandered around the waterfront ending at the Maritime Museum with a submarine and the Valiant destroyer. Clearly the seafarers were crucial to Australia.

We walked back to take the bus to where we parked the car and then drove to Hubberfield Boat House and Rowing Club where we enjoyed a cool drink overlooking the water. Girls from St Catherine's school were setting up their sculls to go out and practice their rowing. Karin was a wonderful guide with lots of local, helpful knowledge.


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The Queen Victoria BuildingThe Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria Building

Beautiful both outside and in.
Inside the Victoria BuildingInside the Victoria Building
Inside the Victoria Building

With three floors of designer shops an lovely restaurants
Winks and Karin at Baia Restaurant Winks and Karin at Baia Restaurant
Winks and Karin at Baia Restaurant

Amazing good value lunch with a glass of wine, main course and a coffee for $22 each. Karin was a star sharing her knowledge of this lovely city
Darling Harbour with fountainDarling Harbour with fountain
Darling Harbour with fountain

Robert Woodward designed this fascinating circular fountain called Tidal Cascade in 1988.


18th October 2019

Catching Up
I went off to Majorca on 1st Oct and returned 15th. So, am now catching up on your Blogs. So many wonderful pictures and stories. So pleased that you are having such a wonderful holiday

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