Wednesday 26th November: Sydney

While Rob had a lie-in this morning, I got up early and went for a walk. I was aiming for the Harbour Bridge but took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up exploring an area called Millers Point, an area with a good share of early colony buildings and a lot of character. I then found my way onto the bridge and walked across to the north Sydney suburb of Kirribilli, near the far end of the bridge and a lovely point to look back across at the city.
When I returned, and we’d breakfasted, we set off to explore The Rocks, the original area where the colony developed and full of historic buildings. We joined this up to Circular Quay, where we took a ferry to Manly. A short walk up its main street, the Corso, led us to the main beach, where we walked barefoot in the edge of the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed a good wander around the town before heading back on an early evening ferry.
We decided to take some time out of sightseeing, so watched the film Interstellar before having a large tea and a circuitous wander back to the hotel.

Tuesday 25th November: Blue Mountains

An early start today, but it was definitely worth it. We were picked up at eight to head out to the Blue Mountains.
After an hour or so’s drive and a comfort break by the Nepean River, we began to ascend the mountains along the Great Western Way. It took nearly another hour to reach the first of our lookout points at Lincoln Rock, which was marvellous.
A short drive later and we climbed down 240 steps to another lookout over the Wentworth Falls.
By this time, we were in need of lunch and were bundled into the fairly pretty town of Leura and found a nice cafe.
Our guide was a little regimented, so 50 minutes later we were herded into the minibus again to travel to Katoomba, and more specifically Scenic World.
We first ride the Scenic Skyway across the canton, before entering the complex and descending to the rainforest via the Scenic Cableway. We had a daughter along the boardwalk on the first floor before returning via the Scenic Railway (you may spot a trend in the names here…).
The railway is the steepest in the world at 52 degrees -it was originally built for taking miners to the coal mines below. It’s certainly a thrilling ride.
The bus took us back off the mountains pass the Olympic Park, where we boarded a ferry to take us in a cruise back along the Paramatta river into Sydney.
We hopped off in Darling Harbour as there was an Indian restaurant we had been planning to go to (a good range of vegetarian options for me!), before coming back to the hotel.
A very enjoyable day!

Neil