We have settled in to our Airbnb accommodation in Bondi Junction, our hostess, Shona, has welcomed us like one of the family.
It is only a 10 minute walk to the railway station and from there, with a $2-50 senior pass, Sydney is at our beck and call.
The weather has been perfect so here is a roundup of what we have done in 3 days…
First a visit to the NSW Art Gallery. Can you see Jack?
After a morning absorbed with the beauty of art it was time for lunch.
Across the road in the Domain is the Domain Kiosk.
Now to immerse myself in the beauty of nature.
I have over 100 photos, the light was superb for photography, so I have many more to show you at a future date.
Suddenly from a blue sky a summer storm passed over. Torrential rain for 10 minutes and every one ran for cover under the huge, spreading Morton Bay Fig trees.
It past as quickly as it came.
No visit to Sydney is complete with out walking past these 2 icons.
Day 2 was again perfect weather so this time we visit another favourite, the Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour.
We had lunch in the garden Restaurant and then spent hours wandering around, sitting, sketching and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of these beautiful gardens.
Leaving the Chinese Gardens we walk through Darling Harbour to catch a ferry round to Circular Quay.
On the way we pass under the “Old Coat-hanger”
In Circular Quay we see this cruise liner tied up. This is not the one we are going on but I imagine ours will also be this big.
Day 3 we take a train to Surry Hills and wander around the galleries and interesting boutique style shops.
Then catching another bus we search out the UTS (Sydney university of technology) to see the Frank Gehry designed building. I will do another post about this amazing building, but will just give you a preview of the building here.
We have walked miles and our legs feel at least 6 inches shorter. We have one more day before we join our cruise to New Zealand. So this will be my last post for about 2 weeks. I will miss visiting you all and will probably have internet withdrawal symptoms.
By the way Jude, you may notice quite a number of benches scattered around…
How did I miss this one? 🙂 You must be almost due an update! Happy Easter to you and Jack, Pauline. I hope the cruise met expectations. You could just leave me in that Chinese Garden 🙂
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And you are going on a cruise! Woo Hoo! Have wonderful time. It is a fabulous experience crossing the Tasman Sea! Bon voyage!
So lovely and brings back great memories of visiting many of these wonderful places!
You seem to have been very busy enjoying yourself 🙂 However, I am surprised that up close, the Opera House does not look as big as I have always thought it was and how I have seen it from afar in photos. It is still as striking, though.
These photos are WONDERFUL! I love those windows jutting out left and right. This looks like such fun! And having lunch among the flowers. How lucky! You’ll be missed. Later… 🙂
What a great post, as always introducing me to familiar places! I loved the rain photo: I’ve had a few experiences of those intensely sudden Sydney storms. I’m looking forward to more on the Frank Gehry building. Relish the cruise – those ships are an almost obscene size.
Wonderful pictures and architecture around town…