Last week we had a 4 day break and decided to visit Sydney again. We were lucky to have very nice sunny days although it was a bit cold. We heard the weather had been disgusting just prior to our arrival..
Day 1 - Arrived hotel, dumped gear and walked to Darling Harbour where we had lunch at Helm, we noticed the new Manly fast cat pulling in so we jumped on and off to Manly we go. We walked to Shelley Beach and around the headland, a beer in the Steyne Hotel before returning to Circular Quay... Dinner that night at the Belgian Beer cafe - very nice!!
Day 2- After an early morning walk to the Botanical Gardens and followed by a leisurely breakfast, we caught a bus to Bondi where we did the coastal walk to Coogee.... fish and chips in the cafe in the park by the beach and then walked back... We love this walk, we have now done it four times. Pretty tired that night so had room service.
Day 3- another early morning walk, breakfast then off to Taronga Park zoo... Although it is many years since we visited, I was expecting something much better. After visiting Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo a few years ago, Taronga fell short of our expectations. Noted they are renovating and improving exhibits, however most exhibits were plain awful. Granted most tourists seemed happy, maybe just not our thing. That night we ate at the Glenmore Hotel on the rooftop, good food and prices, great view despite the cold! We grinned and enjoyed it..
Day 4 - Another cold morning and we walked to Darling Harbour and had a good coffee on the Pyrmont bridge, sat there for awhile admiring the view. Funny the barista was funny, irreverent and grumpy all in one... made for an interesting conversation but the cappuccino was very good and good value at $2.70. A quick look at the Rocks markets but they are the same as they were a few years back, even DW was out of there in 5 minutes flat... probably good for OS tourists.
Time to get back to the hotel and pack up for our transfer to the airport. Next trip we finally will do the Spit Bridge to Manly walk and it will be in summer.
What we noticed this time was prices seemed to be very reasonable, food, coffee, beers , ferry tickets etc
I have always in the past found Sydney to be very expensive to holiday in but we found it reasonable this time... People were friendly wherever we went.
We stayed at Sebel Pier One which was absolutely perfect for us. From here we walked to Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens several times.
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Thank you Sydney, we had a wonderful stay in your city once again.Edited: 10 August 2010, 11:08