Going from Tasmania to Sydney was quite a shock to our senses. The lights, huge buildings, all the people…it was a lot to take in!
We arrived Sunday evening, checked into our hotel and then walked straight to Darling Harbour, which is a very touristy restaurant area. It was packed full of people.
The following day, we did a walking tour from our hotel in the CBD (Central Business District) to the Sydney Harbour. We crossed the Harbour bridge and from there (Milsons Point Wharf) took one of the public transportation ferry’s for a tour of Sydney from the water.
We got off the ferry at Manly Beach and spent a couple hours there. Christian bought a bathing suit, so he could go in the water. It wasn’t warm enough for me to get in! In the second picture, that is Christian diving through the waves.
It looked like rain, so we took the ferry back to the Harbour and walked back through the city, stopping in some of the shopping areas. The Queen Victory Building is gorgeous and there are some great shops located inside!
The second day, we decided to venture away from the CBD and head towards an area called Glebe. We found a nice café for breakfast, walked around looking at the houses and then on our way back towards the city center, stopped at the Sydney Fish Market.
Around lunchtime we took a train & then a bus to Bondi Beach. It was warm enough this day for me to get in the water. Unfortunately, some clouds started to roll in and we quickly packed up before the rain started.
In the late afternoon, we decided to have tea at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, a hotel which is across the street from the Botanic Gardens and not far from the Sydney Opera House. On the way there, we strolled through Hyde Park.
The tea was very filling!
We chose this spot because we had tickets to see an outdoor opera that night, Aida. The outdoor theater was located right next to the Botanic Gardens and from there you have great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Before the performance, we took pictures of the skyline and got to meet one of the cast members, the camel!
At intermission, we took some more photos of all the buildings lit up.
It was a great end to our two day tour of Sydney.