Thoughts On Sydney On The Plane To Melbourne
We spent five days in Sydney. The first two were a fog induced by serious jet lag. We had a few days of iffy weather. And on Christmas Day, Sydney was a ghostland. So we could have come away with the wrong impression.
Fortunately we got a day to remember yesterday. We started at the Opera House which I posted on yesterday. What a magical place that is.
Then we headed out to the beaches and did the beach walk to Bondi and then headed back to Bronte for lunch. Along the way we got a bird’s eye view of the Sydney to Hobart sailboat race from the Bondi cliffs. That was something to see. Then back to Sydney (we took the bus everywhere and it works great) to go out to dinner ,which we did on the docks in Pyrmont at Flying Fish. We sampled some amazing seafood and watched huge tankers get pulled by tugs through the harbor. The Gotham Gal has a much longer post on our last and best day in Sydney with pictures.
I love the way you can be in the city one minute and 20 minutes later you can be on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We’ve been to other cities like this, Rio, Los Angeles, Cape Town, etc. They are all very cool places.
As the Gotham Gal said to me yesterday, we’ll be back to Sydney. The things I want to do when we come back is sample some of the over the top “mod oz” foodie places which were all closed during our stay, get the Gotham Gal to the top of the Bridge Walk, and see something magical in the Opera House. Too bad it’s a 24 hour flight and 16 hours of time difference from NYC. It may be a few years before we get back to Sydney.
Been reading your traveling posts and bringing back some great Sydney memories. That is too bad everything was closed. On a normal weekend the city is unreal. On new years the place is going to erupt for the celebration they call “field day” which is basically one giant outdoor new years eve party with thousands of crazy people
blue mountains are incredible
Second the Blue Mountains. Well worth getting out of the city for a bit. Also, head north to Newcastle. It’s a small Aussie town but the beaches are not nearly as crowded.If I can pull it off, I will be spending a few months on Nelson Bay….absolutely beautiful place.
Next time you’re in Australia, try to catch and Aussie Rules Football match. They’re fun to watch, and even better to see in person (the crowd adds a whole new element to the experience). Back when I lived there my team was the St. Kilda Saints: http://saints.com.au/
I wanted to see aussie rules, but I heard its off season now
Sydney is a great city, has great people and the fact that you can be downtown, go to the Quay, jump a ferry and be sitting on the beach in just a few minutes is awesome. I liked Melbourne as well, another nice city. If you have the time (and a car) I’d recommend driving down the coast to see the 12 Apostles. Also, Bells Beach, cool surfer town is on the way and it’s a lovely drive. You just need to keep an eye out for kangaroos.I have so many things on my list to do for my next trip to Australia, I’d love to spend some time in the bush, take a ride on the Indian Pacific cross country to Perth, see the Blue Mountains and visit Tasmania.Also, make sure next time you go Australia that you plan a stop in New Zealand, it’s a magical place, just wish it wasn’t so far away from NYC.
I just wish all these places aren’t so far from nyc
Glad you’re getting to enjoy the Aussie summer. Last time I was in Melbourne though there was an awful heatwave, hopefully the weather will be a bit more normal for you.And having done the reef I know you’ll have a good time there!
I’m a frequent reader of your blog and live in Sydney, usually. Alas, the one time you come the long way over to the other end of the world, I happen to be spending with relatives in Germany! Next time you come, I’ll show you all the secret awesome locations in Sydney, both from a Nature’s point-of-view, but also from getting-to-know the locals. I’ve lived here for 9 years now and it simply doesn’t get boring. I go to work by ferry through the most beautiful harbour on the planet with the most wonderful weather. You happen to have picked the first year in 10 years where summer is dominated by rain! What a shame!
We loved sydney and will be back for sure I’d commute by ferry too if I lived in sydney. I love the harbor. So beautifulFred
great any thing on another trip