G’dday…. from Sydney

It’s now Day 22 and our last day in Sydney. Sydney has proved a respite from the soaring temperatures in Asia and India. However, here is actually now mid winter and quite cold and wet. In true Global Explorer spirit, we have embraced the contrast of weathers and cultures along the way but I don’t think anyone of us will be too sorry to return to the warmer climes in California in a few days time.
Sydney was also where we have enjoyed some great tea. It’s funny how people (particularly the Brits) crave tea when they travel. I’m not really a tea drinker but I’m frequently told that nobody makes it quite right… well, at last the group have enjoyed some good old English tea!,
Sydney, famous for the iconic sights of the Harbour Bridge, Mrs Macquarie’s chair, Bondi Beach and of course the not-as-white-as-you-think Opera House have not disappointed. For many it’s their first trip in Australia and even despite the cool, wet weather, the visit has whetted their appetite to return and explore the country further. This tour is after all a sampler but I think all of the Explorers will agree that there really has been ample time in each city to get a good flavour of the highlights that each has to offer.
Whilst in Sydney, we went over to the Blue Mountains and were lucky enough to see the Three Sisters peeping out just enough for us to take our snaps. The exhilarating train ride at Scenic world, in fact the steepest in the world, provided 8 minutes of pure excitement to the tune of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Featherdale Park gave us (myself included) a chance to have selfies with some of the native koalas. How often do you get the chance to pat the furry bottom of a koala? We fed the kangaroos, saw the exotic bird life… all of which we enjoyed. Some on their free day showed nerves of steel as they scaled the Harbour Bridge and others soared through the Harbour in a helicopter.
To conclude our stay here we enjoyed a dinner cruise to enjoy the vivid light festival here in Sydney. We’ve been lucky enough to time our visit with this incredible light display. Wow…. what an amazing last night it has been here in Sydney. The wine flowed, the dinner was superb and the light show was spectacular. What a way to end our stay in Sydney!,
Tomorrow, early morning, we head to Auckland for another couple of cool days….

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