Rick and Ann Brown's Travel Adventures travel blog

Our first Day looking over Darling Harbor

Beautiful, Darling Harbor

Sydney Opera House deck,bridge

The Awesome, Sydney Harbor Bridge, people on top.

Skyline from the Opera House deck, over Sydney Harbor

Cafe over looking the harbor..great oysters, yummy

We are off on our first real Australian adventure; Sydney, Melbourne, then on the Launceston, Tasmania. We are spending a few days in each city, then we will be in our little car and tooling down the west coast of Tasmania for the remainder of our holiday. First Sydney:

Sydney is an awesome city, with a lot to see and do. We stay in a little hotel downtown so we can walk around the city. We are close to Darling Harbor and the inter city shopping area. Then we can take the water taxi to Sydney Harbor, and the Opera house, the Sydney harbor bridge and all the other incredible sites of Sydney. We start with Darling Harbor, which is pretty amazing all on its own. It is surrounded by shops, boat docks, the aquarium hotels, pretty much a wealth of tourist shops plus eateries...what more could a first time visitor want? We did the tourist thing and went to the aquarium then the water taxi over to Sydney Harbor. The bridge is pretty awesome and we watched people climb to the top, they take tours there and one day, I will climb the bridge, just wait. We took the bigger tour boat around the Harbor and the incredible site of the opera house with the bridge in the background was like a movie to these Americans. That night we went to the Opera house and sat front row center for the Christmas presentation by the Sydney symphony orchestra. It was a night we will never forget as the presentation was outstanding and just being in that world famous place was a real treat. Rick's favorite and mine was the harp solo that just absolutely filled us with wonder. So clear and beautiful it was hard to describe. No cameras allowed or I would have taken a bizzion pictures. We spent 4 days in Sydney, walking around absorbing the culture, eating great oysters overlooking Sydney harbor, and riding the tour bus past all the things everyone sees on TV....Bondi beach, the amusement park on the water edge where they make all the movies, the harbor itself, loads of old homes built right on the side of the hills over looking the harbor..truely an trip we will not forget...then it was off----------------to Melbourne.

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