We met Mum and Dad Withers at Bondi Beach which was nice. They are over specifically to see us, oh and visit Bangkok, Hong Kong, spend a bit of time at the Great Barrier Reef and tour New Zealand for a month. The cheek of it. Anyway once we'd got over quite how pasty they were, we had a swim, gawped at the opulence of their hotel and then climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge the next day. Mum wasn't keen and perhaps rightly so with 1471 steps and 440 feet high at the top. Obviously great views over the city and lovely harbour. However there were tears on the way down and they weren't from joy! Mum managed to go even a shade paler. It was a little scary I suppose and two trains did whistle past in both directions as she descended through the middle of them.
The harbour in Sydney is magnificent and the city was sunny and hot and has plenty to offer but the traffic is a nightmare and we struggled to park our tall van as it doesn't fit in the multi-storeys. We racked up 5,000kms looking for somewhere to park but managed it in the end. We think Melbourne is a much more manageable, friendly city, although granted the Sydney harbour wins hands down.
The next day we toured the harbour by boat which was very peaceful and relaxing, went to Chinatown and then we surfed, or tried to, at Manly. The waves were breaking too far out so it was a little tricky and most of the beach is cordoned off due to strong currents so we had to swim between the flags like good Aussies. Finally we bid the old folks a fond farewell with lots of tips for their NZ trip and then headed up the coast, we've a fair way to go before giving the van back in Cairns at the end of March.