WhAT TO SEE & DO IN NEW SOUTH WALES..............
There is plenty to see and do in Sydney, and New South Wales, you just have to know about it.
I have listed the New South Wales official website, it should help you decide what to do.
We were there a few days...
We were there a few days before the beginning of the Olympic Games. The city was full of excitement and anticipation. Many reporters and sportsmen were crowding the city. Everywhere preparations were undertaken. And the highlight was the evening the Olympic rings were lit. You can see them on this picture in full daylight.
The Opera House, the Bridge, the blimp et al
Okay, you're from overseas and I suppose it's a must see. I must admit I even go there every couple of years just for a look. However, there is a new ride you may not be aware of - it's called the Aussie Duck and it's based at The Rocks. It's a modern version of the old 'army ducks' as we called them. They are an amphibious vehicle and this one is, well, different. It costs about $55 Aus but you will never have an experience like it! I can also recommend the sailing craft (I've personally been on the 'Bounty' and the 'Windeward Bound') or most of the cruises. Another option is to catch the local ferries, especially to a North Shore destination like Taronga, and walk to the next ferry stop. Pack your lunch and have a lovely day in the sun.
Another idea is to go up in a DC3, a plane dating back to World War II. They fly out of Bankstown and give you a great overview from a low height, aeronautically speaking that is.
There was a time when you could view the harbour from a lighter-than-air vehicle such as shown in my picture. Sadly, this is no longer available. You can, however walk up to the top of the Harbour Bridge with an escorted tour. And this is a part of the blimp story. You see, once upon a time there was a trophy called the Americas Cup. Something to do with yachting. At some ungodly hour in the morning Australians were awake to see the longest winning streak in sporting history end. Our yacht had beaten the Americans 4-3 after trailing 1-3 at one stage. The then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, uttered the famous words, "Any boss that doesn't let his employees have a day off is a bum" (or words to that effect). Could you imagine an American president saying that?
It was extraordinary and the man behind it all was named Alan Bond. Originally a Pom he had made his fame and fortune out here doing deals of extraordinary magnitude. One of his indulgences was the blimp you see here, another was porchasing "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh. Sadly for Alan, it all came crashing down and he ended up in jail. Turns out a lot of what he was doing was dodgy.
These days he's a free man again, legally bankrupt but still managing to be chauffeured around in a Rolls Royce.
The Americas Cup was returned when the Yanks thrashed us next time out. Only the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House remain the same. Enjoy.
The arteries of Sydney
Snaking their way around the harbour, the ferry routes slip into coves and visit headlands with real estate perched atop that I could only dream about affording. The ferries are like a spider's web fanning out from Circular Quay, mainly heading for the North Shore but dipping into many other wharves as well. Picture a 20 degree day, soft rippling water, a zephyr of a breeze and you're cruising on a cheap ferry ride on one of the world's great harbours. If you're thinking life doesn't get much better, you're right.
If you spend a minimum one day in Sydney, this is one of your "must-do"s.
Shown here is the ferry about to dock at Cremorne Point with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background, another of Sydney's famous arteries, while in pic 2 you can see where the ferries berth at Watsons Bay and in pic 3 there's the back of a ferry at Circular Quay.
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians about 1,500 years ago. This musical instrument can be found in souvenir shops and being played by Aboriginal performers around tourist areas such as Circular Quay.