Visit to Sydney

December 2018

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Figure 1: Boat and Bridges
This is the second visit that David and Jean have made to Sydney, the first was in 2013. Audrey and David visited several times, often in association with tour groups they were leading. Marina and Doug visited us a few decades ago (we can't remember the actual dates), Craig, Kay, Sydney and Kyndall spent a couple of nights with us in July 2016, and we caught up with them for dinner earlier this year when they were in transit back to the USA after a visit to Fiji (I think). As on all visits, the mountain birds called around and were a major feature of the visit.
On the day that David and Jean arrived in Sydney (21st December) berthing at White Bay, we walked along Blackwattle Bay past the Anzac Bridge to the Tramsheds, a New York style redevelopment of the old tramsheds, now offering restaurants, bars, a grocery store as well as medical facilities, a barber and nail bar.
Tramsheds and Blackwattle Bay
We then caught the light rail to Paddy's Market in the city, 'mooched' around the stores, picked up vegies and had a yum cha lunch in China Town. We caught the light rail to the Fish Market where we stocked up for dinner that night.

Light Rail, Paddy's Market and Chinatown
Fish Market and Pelicans
David and Jean did not get to see any pelicans, but we have included them both to prove that they are normally around, and for comparison with Sanibel pelicans.
Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters and Birds
The next day we headed for our mountains home, went into Leura where we 'mooched' a bit more, visited a new lookout above the Katoomba Falls with a view of the Three Sisters (not yet known to hoards of tourists) and returned to commune with the birds on our patio. That night we watched "Red Dog", a classic Aussie movie set in the Pilbara and Kimberlies.
Everglades and Birds
Day three was spent at the Everglades, wondering through the manicured gardens with views of Jamieson Valley, followed by a serious vegie shop at Todarello's, the major veggie market outlet in the mountains and more communing with the birds. We watched another iconic Aussie Movie - "The Man from Snowy River".
Lorikeet, Black Cocky, Wattle, bathing
The next day we visited Blackheath for a bit more 'mooching' before having a picnic lunch at Hargraves Lookout in the Megalong Valley. We used our camping chairs and stools, and the two 'chilli bins' which also double as a table. Christmas Eve was another opportunity to commune with the birds.
Hargraves Picnic and Birds
On Christmas Day, we hiked locally in the North Lawson Park, hikes that we have enjoyed over the past 30 years that we have owned our mountains home. These bushwalking opportunities were the reason for our purchase originally. David and Jean were impressive, managing a 2.5k hike, with about 200m descent and ascent.
Lawson walk, Dantes Glen
Wongas, Rosella, more White Cockies
The track is one of the oldest in the mountains, and retains much of the original stone step work. We saw two of the waterfalls - there are others in the area - and enjoyed some of the best temperate climate rainforest in the mountains. After a latish Christmas Dinner, we headed back to Sydney.
Lawson Walk, Fairy Falls
The last day involved riding light rail and ferries, and enjoying a drink at the Oyster Bar on Circular Quay and near the Opera House. We explored a small part of the Botanic Gardens, before returning to Circular Quay for one of the popular ice creams. The 'last supper' was another fish meal from the Fish Market.
Darling Harbour and Ferry
Then the trip to the Airport the next morning, and the long flight home for David and Jean. We were pleased it was not us having to face that ordeal.
Although other members of my family have visited us in Australia (Rita and the Claassen family, Loel and Nico, and Jennie), the Beal family have been more regular visiters. Thank you.
It was just a pity that David and Jean did not stay for New Year's Eve. We could see some of the fireworks from the balcony of our Glebe home.
New Years Eve Fireworks

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