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Dec 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

I feel I MUST grasp the day! Last night was an eight hour marathon of waiting for the big event- sitting, walking, eating standing up, and stretching, but we all survived! Today' s highlight is the night-time Sydney Bridge Climb- I can't wait, but spend the day walking and taking in the unique atmosphere of Sydney, then took a train and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Dec 1, 2014 - First full day in Sydney

Had a picnic breakfast in the park- shared with some interesting looking local birds (where is Aggie when you most need him?). Decided to check out a possible route to the Sydney Cricket Ground from Wynyard to Central Station by train. After some walking, through Surry Hills, (the Notting Hill of Sydney?) - certainly beautiful little houses and trendy shops and bars I go over a major dual carriageway and a large open playing area, I eventually get my first glimpse of the stadium! Back to the City via Bondi Junction and it being New...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Taronga Park Zoo

Monday 14th April Quiet rest day today. Weather a bit yuk with a lot of rain AGAIN. Just did a lot of washing and had a much needed nice restful day. Did our booking so we will be leaving on Thursday now, heading towards the Blue Mountains. Tuesday 15th April As the weather looks reasonable today, we decided that we would go to the Taronga Park Zoo. I decided that we would drive as we would have to change buses or take bus, ferry, ferry to get to the Zoo. The drive took us just over 40 minutes. Parked at the Zoo ($17) for a full day. Entry...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Sydney

Tuesday April 8th This morning we went for a walk along the beach and around the caravan park in Umina. We then went for a drive around the southern area and all the beaches in the area. We have extended for another day, tomorrow there is a free breakfast for the oldies (US) and others in the park. April 9th Today we attended the free breakfast for Grey Nomads that was put on by the caravan park staff and management. We enjoyed the brekky of bacon and eggs with coffee and juice. There has been a National Bowling Championship competition in...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Our last day in Port Douglas was spent in the Daintree Rainforest and the Mossman Gorge. We’d booked this tour ahead of time and were looking forward to more adventure. Our guide Rian picked us up at 0700 from the B&B and we set off in his 4WD. Just us and one other couple from Britain. The tour was named “Beaches and Boardwalks” and that is what we spent the day seeing. One beautiful spot after another. We took a ferry across the Daintree River and then drove to a spot called Cape Tribulation. The road was narrow but blacktopped to that...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Great Barrier Reef, Australia

We didn’t book a snorkeling tour to the Great Barrier Reef until after we arrived in Port Douglas. Several companies had been recommended to us but we decided to go with a company called Wavelength as they are a smaller operation. They will take a maximum 30 people vs up to 100. When we stopped at their office on the afternoon we arrived in Port Douglas, the first thing the young lady behind the counter said to us was that it would be rough. Undaunted we signed up and presented ourselves to the marina the next morning at 0800. Once we had...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Port Douglas, Australia

We were off to Port Douglas, the last stop on our trip of a lifetime. We’d booked four days at a B&B and were looking forward to doing some snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and some hiking in the Daintree Rainforest. The town of Port Douglas is about 90 km north of Cairns and 60 km or so of the highway is probably the narrowest most winding road I’ve ever driven on. Thank goodness the weather was nice, hot and humid but no rain, so the pavement was dry. The scenery along the ocean was spectacular and if I hadn’t been driving, I would...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Cairns, Australia

We had decided to take a Greyhound bus from Townsville to Cairns in order to see more of the countryside than flying would have allowed. We were lucky enough to get seats right at the front so we had an unobstructed view the entire way. The drive took about 6 hours but it was nice to have the time to relax and read while we took in the scenery. I have to say we were a little shocked at sections of the Bruce Highway. It devolved into not much more than what we would call a country road. I was quite happy not to be the one driving! We took a...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Walking tour from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

We did the cliff top coastal walk, Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. The walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk had stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offered places to rest, swim or eat. Most of the beaches had picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk was a medium grade walk but there were some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There were rest stops with great views and seating...

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Apr 2, 2014 - Bicycle tour of Sydney

We spent the day doing The Sydney Classic Tour with Bonza Bike Tours. We biked to take the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (we had to walk our bikes here), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and many more sites! We even stopped to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on our tour! We even had a beer which...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Townsville, Australia

I had booked us into a B&B in Townsville thinking that we would take a taxi from the airport to our accommodation. No way were our hosts Iva (pronounced Eva) and Russell allowing us to do that. Iva insisted on picking us up from the airport and after driving us back to her home where we unloaded our luggage, we sat down to discuss what there was to see in town and what our options for dinner were. When we learned that Russell had been a chef prior to running the B&B we opted to have him cook for us. While he fired up the BBQ, Iva took Lin...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Boat tour of the Sydney Harbour

The entire day was spent touring Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour Boat Tours. There were only 6 of us on the tour. The boat can hold up to 16 people. The tour guide shared interesting and quirky stories about Sydney Harbour. He told us many stories about the homes of the millionaires. The boat was able to get into the small bays that the big tour boats were unable to. And we hopped off the boat many times to walk to a site. We spent some time on a secluded beach, Store Beach. Some of the sights we saw were: Manly Beach The Gap Sydney...

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