Sydney – The Harbour and Beyond

June 26, 2012

So the last stop in Australia was Sydney… we stayed right in the centre very near to the water and I ha so much fun exploring the city with my Husband as he had lived there before he knew all the best sites and even remembered how to get from place to place. Handy indeed.

Darling Harbour is pretty special, a huge expanse of water full of huge yachts and hotels and so many chic bars and restaurants it’s crazy.

We spent a lot of time here, sometimes nipping here in the AM to get coffee and breakfast, or a slice in the afternoon sunshine and on our very last night we had drinks in a bar attached to a brewery before we moved on.

There’s also a lovely area of brand new bars and restaurants and a Japanese Tea Garden just before you reach the harbour that’s also very nice.

I had the best hot chocolate here, it came in three parts; a cookie, a chocolate seahorse and finally the hot chocolate. So delicious, and surprisingly needed one chilly evening.

The sight you all want to see when you visit; the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I highly recommend jumping on a harbour cruise to see it at its best and go on a sunny day.

And of course the Opera House… I have to say I wasn’t that impressed from the water… but up close, again in the sunshine the articheture against the Australian blue sky it really is amazing.

It’s also pretty at night, this is the view from dinner one night near an area called The Rocks.

Right next to the Opera House are the botanical gardens, and they are beautiful… and so big. It took us a couple of trips to see it properly due to timeings and I am glad we went back.

It’s SO green.


And chock full of super old trees.

Government House looks suitably grand.

They were gearing up for New Year when we visited and the Mayor hold a mini festival for children every year… this was the stage. The set up looked so much fun.

There are also great views to the city…

It really is worth a good explore, we went on New Years Day and a lots of it was closed but we got to wander around the grounds.

And see the HUGE fruit bats… so cute but kinda scary… I walked quite fast under those trees! See them?

We also found this place… amazing. If I lived in Sydney I would so join…

One more of the two together… we arrived in Sydney to cloudy skies and saw a lots of sights on our first full day against them, but when the sun came out we went back and I am glad we did because now this is my resounding memory of the city.

 I have so much more to show you of Sydney, part two coming tomorrow!


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