Sydney city walkabout

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
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Trip End Jul 23, 2013


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Saturday, April 27, 2013

We spent our first night in Tub's at the Lane Cove Tourist Park. We woke early and had both had a fairly comfortable night.

We tidied up Tub's and had left the campsite by 08:45. We took a short fresh stroll to North Ryde train station and bought two return tickets to the City. The underground tube station was clean and well signed. The trains were modern and clean with an upstairs and downstairs - magic.

We got off the train at North Ryde station and walked toward George Street, the main shopping area in Sydney. Terry managed to find an Apple Store as still needed to find a way to transfer photos from the IPad, as the memory was now full. The 'specialists' were not able to tell him anything he didn't already know; there just did not seem to be a straightforward way. Anyway, we walked from the Apple store to a JBHifi shop where Terry managed to find an enthusiastic bloke to help him, but we still came away with nothing.

We walked toward the Surrey Hills area to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. We found a nice little cafe called Mr. Mo just off of the main streets where we had brunch.

After brunch, feeling fully rejuvenated we walked toward the Botanical Gardens. Once in there, we followed the signs for the Opera House. The gardens were wonderfully maintained and spacious with impressive flora and fauna displays. There were a lot of people just sitting under the shade of trees having picnics and parties - it seemed really laid back. I liked the sign which said 'Please Walk On The Grass'.

From the headland of the Botanical Gardens, which reached out into the Sydney Harbour, we stopped to take some photos of the Opera House and the bridge. We could hardly believe we were there, it all seemed a little surreal. We could see the bridge walkers, small groups of people walking on the bridge jscaling the heady heights; they looked like rows of tiny ants.
From our vantage point on a grassy slope we had excellent views of the busy harbour and sat for a while watching little boats, speedboats, ferries and cruisers work their way around the bay.

We walked further around the cove to the famous Opera House and took some more photographs. The Opera House, designed to look like sails, looked different from every angle. We spent some time looking around the Opera House area before moving around the Quay to The Rocks area. This area has the original harbour buildings and has become almost 'boutique', lots of small individual shops and small studios. We spent an hour or so window shopping before visiting the contemporary Art Exhibition. Good job we didn't have to pay to get in; it wasn't really our thing.

By this time we were both feeling a little weary so we started to make our way slowly back to the train station. My feet were starting to smart as I had developed a blister through all the walking and the heat so Terry suggested stopping at a pub to have a drink and a rest, which we did. Bonus, the pub had free Wifi so I was able to catch up with home.

We caught the train back to North Ryde intending to visit the local store for some provisions on the way back to the campsite but unfortunately, it was shut. As we didn't have any food in Tubs and there were no restaurants nearby, we had no alternative but to take Tubs out to find a Supermarket.

It was a hair raising experience. We attempted to get into a shopping mall but Tubs would not go under the car park barrier so we ended up turning into a lane for buses only, so will probably incur a fine. In addition, we could not find a store open so ended up going to a garage where I bought the bare essentials which probably cost the same as a weeks grocery shopping. Never mind, we enjoyed our supper of beans on toast!
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