Sydney, Australia

We visited Sydney in March.

As per my last post, I’m writing this blog pretty late. I have some downtime while Alison is out on a hike (we are at Mt. Whitney trailhead, near Lone Pine, CA in the USA). I’ll also keep it brief. We spent three days and two nights in Sydney, after a great time in Tasmania with Cassie and Guy and en route to New Zealand for a month of camper-vanning.

We wanted to get some time in the warm sunshine (Tasmania was surprisingly cool) before New Zealand where we knew the weather would be cool as well (it was fall there when we visited NZ in April). Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great when we visited. It rained two days and was a bit chilly at that.

Gray clouds over Bondi Beach. Where did the sun go???
Gray clouds over Bondi Beach. Where did the sun go???
I think even the seagull is cold!
I think even the seagull is bummed about the weather!

The final day, we had some good sun, and immediately hit the beach, which was easy to do since we stayed at Bondi, one of the world’s most famous beaches and the scene of a the reality TV show “Bondi Rescue” (an Aussie TV program about the life guards). Bondi was gorgeous, as was the beachfront and cliff front trail connecting Bondi Beach with nearby Coogee Beach. We ran this route once (well, Alison ran it twice!).

View of Bondi Beach from near the IceBreakers swim club.
View of Bondi Beach from near the IceBreakers swim club.
This is an Olympic Size (50 meter) and 25 meter swim club build right into the ocean and filled with sea water. Waves literally crash over the wall into the pool. Australia has many of these ocean swim clubs...very cool.
This is an Olympic Size (50 meter) and 25 meter swim club build right into the ocean and filled with sea water. Waves literally crash over the wall into the pool. Australia has many of these ocean swim clubs…very cool.
The waves were pretty big, only a small stretch was safe for swimming, the rest was for surfing (mostly intermediate and up skill level except for a small part of the beach).
The waves were pretty big, only a small stretch was safe for swimming, the rest was for surfing (mostly intermediate and up skill level except for a small part of the beach).
Bondi Beach in the sun! The way it was meant to be.
Bondi Beach in the sun! The way it was meant to be.
The full view of Bondi Beach.
The full view of Bondi Beach.

However, the rest of Sydney we didn’t find that remarkable. The city center was tough to see just walking around as there didn’t seem to be a real centralized part to it, it seemed more spread out into different neighborhoods.

We were also excited to see the Sydney Opera House, the famous building that looks like sails flying off a boat….but it left much to be desired. The photos I had seen were much more impressive. In person, it was drab and appeared a bit dirty. I will note, they were doing construction around the Opera House so perhaps that had a negative impact on its aura. To add, going into the opera house for a tour was surprisingly expensive (as is most everything in Australia).

Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Opera House.

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Harbor Bridge...you could pay a couple hundred bucks to walk up the top of it (yes, up the metal beams) while tethered in to a harness. We decided to view it from below!
Harbor Bridge…you could pay a couple hundred bucks to walk up the top of it (yes, up the metal beams) while tethered in to a harness. We decided to view it from below!
Harbor bridge.
Harbor bridge.

One thing we really did like about Sydney, was the amount of park space, and the massive old growth trees.

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Again, we found a “fitness quest” (our own made up name)…it seems like these are everywhere in Australian cities and it’s awesome. We spent about 20 minutes doing random exercises after finding this fitness quest area near the Harbor Bridge.

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I think we will need to go back to Sydney when the weather is warm and spend more time there to get a better feel for it. Based on our short visit, we preferred Adelaide and Melbourne.

Ravi

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