The Chinese Garden is a beautifully landscaped garden and a nice sanctuary in the middle of a busy city. It is very well -designed in that it makes excellent use of space, and every corner has something special that will catch your eye. It's garden design at its best. Entry is $6 for adults.
These figures were all over the ship, supposedly warding off evil but, at times, like when you're bent over below decks and you suddenly straighten up and there's something looking straight at you, it can be disconcerting to say the least.
The Batavia was interesting for what it showed of life from other times, quite apart from the bizarre story that accompanied it.
An historical lighthouse and an historical ship, right in the middle of Sydney. One isn't there any more, the other is. It's a lighthouse that guided ships for over 100 years from 1874, but not from here.
It is an historical reconstruction with original kerosene lamp located in the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.
The other is the bow of the Batavia, explained elsewhere.
Yes, this is about as far "Off the beaten track" as you could get. If you wanted to see this ship today you would normally be in Europe, specifically the Netherlands.
However, this replica ship has extremely strong ties with Australia. The original Batavia was wrecked on the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia. The captain and some crew set out in a small boat to Indonesia to get help. Those remaining fell into anarchy and the mutineers slaughtered indiscriminately while the captain was away. Upon the return of the rescue party the mutineers were summarily dealt with.
All in all, in was a dark day in the history of Australia but, in the guise of this ship, the history comes alive again.
I'm pleased to say my experience on board the replica Batavia while it was out here for the Olympics in 2000 was considerably more pleasant.
The amazing thing is that it was brought out on a cargo ship and just managed to fit underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you're adventurous, hungry, & broke enough, you can always try fishing your next dinner from the little pond in the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Some of the streams from the pond and the larger stream inside the garden can be seen and accessed from the square just outside the garden proper. And there are some bloody big Koi swimming in it. They're not much more than bony carp, really, but... "Any port in a storm," they say!!!
If you're anywhere near the Darling Harbour or even if you're not, you may want to swing by this place. It's a little Aboriginal art gallery and store, but the big attraction here are the FREE "Sounds of The Outback" performances in the little 120-seat theater at the heart of the center. The performances are held three times a day, at 1, 3, & 5pm, seven days a week. The gallery has some interesting art as well, and the store specializes primarily in Aboriginal crafts, as well as some other typical Aussie souvenirs.
Near Darling Harbour and north of the Maritime Museum is Buran 002, the Russian orbiter that looks like the US Space Shuttle. Although it's shape is similar, it had many design differences and wasn't exactly a copied design. For example, it has jet engines to power it's return to Earth, unlike the Space Shuttle. Unfortunately, only the first Buran went into space. The second Buran built is still in Russia. Buran 002, which is a training version that can actually fly on Earth but is not space capable, is on loan to Australia (from 2000 to 2002 or 2003) One can see it on the ferry ride between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay or one can walk up to it.
Remember your swimmers!! It would have been agony to watch others cooling off in the crytal blue pool at The Duxton without indulging in a refreshing dip myself. This balcony overlooks the Darling Harbour Bay area... relaxing in a deck chair you can watch the moored sail boats and quiet ferries cruise the harbour waters... gorgeous at anytime of day or night!
If the heat is hurting you during Summer, how about dipping your feet into this unique and beautiful fountain. Hope it will cool the heat off you. It is just locate in the Darling Harbour
Well there will be a weekend Band performing near to the Darling Walk. Slow you pace and enjoyed the weekend with the locals
The Chinese Garden is a great place to rest your leg, enjoy some dim-sum with jasmine tea and instantly feel transported from the center of Sydney to a far away willow tree shaded garden in China.
Paddy's Market in Chinatown. Great place for fresh fruit and fish. Lots of other great stuff to buy - souvenirs, clothing, artwork. Just like treasure hunting!!
Check out Chinatown. Lots of restaurants and shops that you can visit. It is centrally located (close to Circular Quay if my memory serves me). Very colourful and interesting...