Australia seriesAustralia Day 1--Qantas flight 8 DFW-BNE (Dallas to Brisbane)
Australia Day 2--Flight to Sydney, the Westin Sydney hotel & sightseeing
Australia Days 3/4--Hunter Valley & the Blue Mountains
Australia Day 5--Sydney sightseeing and Manly Beach
Australia Day 6--Paddy's Market, Bondi to Coogee Walk & Darling Harbour
Australia Day 7--Sydney to Cairns, Holiday Inn Cairns & the Cairns Esplanade
Australia Day 8--The Great Barrier Reef
Australia Day 9--Kuranda Koala Gardens, Skyrail & Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Australia Day 10--Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
Australia Day 11--Going home, Part 1, Cairns to Brisbane
Australia Day 11--Going home, Part 2, Brisbane to Honolulu
This was our last day in Sydney. I had read online that Paddy's Markets was a good place to get cheap souvenirs, so we jumped on the free 555 bus that travels around the CBD, and got off at Hay Street. From there, it was a block to the market. The market was large & had an impressive number of things for sale at various vendors, including souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and beauty products. The souvenirs were basically the same made-in-China stuff found elsewhere, but at much lower prices.
After shopping, we went back to the hotel to drop off our purchases. Then we walked over to Elizabeth Street to catch the bus to the world famous Bondi Beach. The bus cost $3.80, the ride was about 40 minutes.
|The Pacific Ocean, Bondi Beach|
|Surfers at Bondi Beach|
|Swimming pool overlooking the ocean|
|Skating at Bondi's Winter Magic Ice Rink|
The plan was to do the coastal cliff walk from Bondi to Coogee. This walk takes approximately two hours and is of medium difficulty, as there are stairs to go up and down.
During the walk we passed through Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly before getting to Coogee. One spot of interest was Waverley Cemetery on top of the cliffs near Bronte Beach. What a beautiful spot to have one's final resting place.
|Waverley Cemetery near Bronte Beach|
We got off at a stop near Darling Harbour, but still had to walk a fair bit. As it was Saturday, there were fireworks scheduled to take place at 8:30 pm. Before watching the fireworks, we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe (expensive, but I liked it), and walked around the Harbourside shops.
|Winter Festival at Darling Harbour|
|Hard Rock Cafe|
|Harbourside Shops at Darling Harbour|