Friday 28th November: Sydney (and then leaving…)

I woke up pretty early this morning so went for a walk across the Harbour Bridge again. The weather was sunnier today, so got some different photos and enjoyed seeing the harbour from above.
We spent some time this morning exploring the CBD a bit more (and yes, doing a bit of final shopping). We then headed down to the Royal Botanical Gardens (site of the original landing and first colony farm) for a sit in the sun with some great views across the harbour.
After this, we headed to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a spot where the wife of an early governor used to enjoy visiting and where there is a lovely view (and photo opp) back towards the city, plus the Opera House framed by the Harbour Bridge.
I’m writing this at Sydney Airport – we’ll be flying out later this evening. We have a 14.5 hour flight to Dubai, a couple of hours to interchange and then another 8 hours back to Manchester getting us in on Saturday morning.
Feeling very sad to be leaving Australia, as we’ve had an amazing time here. I’ll probably write a ‘rounding off’ post in a couple of days.

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.