From New Years to saying goodbye
Thu 30 Dec 2010 - Thu 10 Feb 2011 24 °C
So to continue on from "Made it down to Sydney" here are some more highlights taking place from New Years through to leaving the city.
- Sydney's New Years eve fireworks show is incredible. We watched it from Mrs Macquaries Chair at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Seeing them shoot off the top of the bridge was spine-tingling!
- The Blue Mountains. Beautiful...and blue! I have also recently found out there are carnivorous plants around - sundews! They're tiny so one must look closely in damp patches.
- A tour inside the Sydney Opera House. It is very beautiful inside (and out, of course). I didn't expect it to be as reasonable as it is to see performances there. That is a nice treat.
- Climbed the Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout. If you don't like heights or don't want to spend a lot of money on the Bridge Climb, going up the pylon is a great alternative. The views must be nearly the same AND you don't have to worry about being blown to/falling to your death! Bonus!
- The Spit Bridge to Manly walk. It was a long walk, but very pleasant for being in the city. We saw lots of lizards sunning themselves, and lots of eucalyptus trees and some tea trees. There were even Aboriginal rock carvings and a lighthouse.
- Cockatoo Island. It was and wasn't a highlight. It was used as a prison for a while, and then used as a shipbuilding yard. It has had land added to it and land cut out of its cliffs. In the good old days cockatoos used to love it and lived there in abundance. Then white man showed up and started building. I didn't see a single cockatoo. It was a highlight because the whole island is like a big museum. You can walk almost wherever you want. If a door to a building is open, you go in. If it's locked, you jiggle the handle to make sure, then peer in through a nearby windown. Very eerie.
- Australia Day - January 26 - what a party. Strangely, it seemed that the majority of people out taking in the events were tourists and immigrants. I suppose that real Australians celebrate Australia Day in front of the barbie. I did get to see a great cultural performance in the Royal Botanic Gardens. There was dancing and singing and stories of creation from the local Cadigal people who used to live on the land. The rainbow serpent dance was a highlight.
- The record-breaking heat wave. 7 days over 31 °C in Sydney. On February 5, the city got up to 41 °C. So that means where we live it probably got up to about 43 °C plus some humidity thrown in for good measure. It was a sweaty, sweaty day. I swear I have never been that disgusting in my life.
- Royal National Park. We only explored the North East corner of this park, but were amazed by its beauty. The walk we did took us from Cronulla on a vintage ferry to Bundeena then along the beach into the park for a short loop walk. Great day!
That brings us up to speed. Tomorrow Trevor and I move out of our room in Raquelle's duplex in Lilyfield. We are lucky enough to stay one more night with Trevor's friends Ash and Serena who have been nothing but wonderful to us. February 12 Trevor will pick up his mother and uncle from the Sydney airport. We will spend a few days in Sydney doing the Zoo and the Blue Mountains again before heading off to explore the vast country with them.
Our next adventure starts soon! Sayonara Sydney...well, until we come back to fly home.