Victor & Joanne's Australia Adventure travel blog

Looking a tad weary as we arrive in Sydney

The classic shot ... a truly beautiful harbour

Queen Victoria all decked out in preparation for an annual festival

Sydney's version of entertainment in the inner harbour.

View of the harbour from Rose Bay Convent

Bondi Beach ... Great waves for surfing and boggie boarding

The beginning of the 40 minute walk that turned into 65 ......

Sydney – October 12, 2010

What a great flight from Vancouver to Sydney with Air Canada. We had the seats at the bulkhead right behind business class and had so much room that, when I stretched out my legs, I still had eight inches to the wall. So we put our carry-on bags on the floor and used them as footrests. Both of us slept very well on the flight. Victor got in nine hours and Joanne almost ten. Granted it wasn’t straight through, but broken up nicely with a couple of movies and bad airplane food.

We arrived to a drizzly morning in Sydney that eventually turned sunny and warm by early afternoon. After clearing customs, giving up our dried fruit snack to the quarantine check (it was the dried bananas that did it), we finally found the shuttle service to our hotel. Check in at the Radisson Hotel and Suites was excellent, but our room would not be ready until check in at 2.

Being the determined travellers that we are, we dropped our bags and headed out by 11:30 for the hop on bus called the Sydney Explorer. Like most cities we have visited, this is a great way to get oriented without expending too much energy after a long flight. The tour took us through Darling Harbour, Chinatown, The Rocks and much more. The waterfront reminded us of many harbour cities we’ve visited, but San Francisco came to mind quite often.

The second tour, called the Bondi Explorer headed to the east of the city through exclusive neighbourhoods, picturesque bays, blossoming bougainvillea, hibiscus, bottle brush bushes and more. After a brief stop for lunch in Bondi Beach and a walk along the beach, we decided to talk the scenic route to the next stop. The driver said it would take 40 minutes, but that didn’t take into account lollygagging along the way. It was such a warm afternoon, surfers were out in great numbers and sunbathers dotted the huge expanse of sand at Bondi Beach. Of course, we had difficulty finding the bus stop at the next stop. So, our 40 minutes turned into more than an hour and a frantic jog to the stop since we were certain we’d miss the last bus.

Back to our hotel by 7 and some time to shower and relax before settling in to watch some soccer on the local channels. Up early tomorrow for our Hunter Valley Wine Tour!!

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