Last Stop, Sydney

The last stop on out Australia trip was Sydney.  Our first night there we were scheduled for a harbor dinner cruise.

We are waiting as our boar comes into dock.

It was a relaxing and delicious meal.

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We saw the Opera House lit up.

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The next day we had a full day of sightseeing.  We hopped on the bus and headed to our first stop, Mrs. Macquaries Chair.  Instead of giving you a history lesson, here it the plaque so that you can read about it instead.

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And here is the chair with two of our friends sitting on it.

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From here we got back on the bus and headed out to Bondi Beach.  Along the way we stopped at this scenic spot.

Because of the height and the rocks below this point, many people have decided to jump from this point because life got to be too much for them.

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However, there was a man who lived across the road from this spot and whenever he saw someone who looked like they were contemplating jumping he would go over to them and invite them back to his house for tea.  He would talk to them and as result saved many lives.

Bondi Beach is considered one of the “must see” spots in the Sydney area.  It is easy to see why.

And one more.

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I was fascinated by these trees.  I love how the needles grow up.

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We left the beach for a tour of the Opera House.

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On prominent display is a portrait of Dame Joan Southerland.

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We got into several theatres where rehearsals were going on, but we were not allowed to take pictures.  It was then time for lunch.  Our tour director treated the group to pizza.  The toppings were a bit unusual.  One was a traditional cheese pizza. One had emu topping.   Another had kangaroo topping.  The last had crocodile topping.  Yes, I sampled all three.  I did like the croc the best.  Of course, put enough tomato sauce and cheese on anything and it has to taste good.

After lunch we took a walk onto the Sydney Harbor Bridge.  Some people chose to do the bridge climb; I did not.  Heights and I just don’t get along very well.  I did, however walk on to the pedestrian walk and took some pictures of the Opera House from the Bridge.

That night Kathy and I had tickets to see a operetta at the Opera House – “Two Weddings, One Bride”.   We took a cab back down to the harbor and got some more night pictures before the show.

On our last day in Sydney, we went to Featherdale Wildlife Park.  Of course there were more koalas to see.

There was a Cassowary:

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cassowaries (/ˈkæsəwɛəri/) are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius and are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and Indonesia), nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.[3]

There are three extant species. The most common of these, the southern cassowary, is the third-tallest and second-heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.

Let’s not forget the quokka.

 

While there we were treated to some Billy Tea and got to see and learn about dingos.

With tea we had some delicious snacks.  My two favorites were lammingtons and ANZAC biscuits.  I even got a recipe for the biscuits (cookies) and have made them a few times.

After this it was back to the hotel to get ready for our flight from Australia.  Our trip, however, is not over.  Next week: New Zealand.

 

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11 responses to “Last Stop, Sydney

  1. The story about the man who lives near that high point was very moving. on a less serious note, how do you pronounce quokka?

  2. I think we were all moved when our guide told us that story. As for the pronunciation, it is quok·ka \ˈkwä-kə\

  3. So thankful for the man who invites people in for tea.

  4. What a great trip! What a beautiful country.

  5. lindabaie

    I love each part, the “Mrs. Macquaries Chair” area is interesting. Wouldn’t it be fine to have someone make such a place for you? The story about the man who saved lives at Bondi’s Beach is lovely, and all those sites, inclluding animals and the food, what wonderful exploring you’ve had. Happy travels for next time, too!

  6. Well, now I feel as though I’ve been to Sydney! My favorite part was the man who lived by the Bondi Beach cliffs, and the work he took it upon himself to do. We need more people like him in this sorry world.

  7. Wow! What an adventure. Thank you for taking us on each leg of the journey with you. Hugs to that wonderful man with the tea!

  8. Dazzling views and a dazzling story of kindness. What a trip!

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