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Well, I could not go all the way to Australia and not check out those Aussie fire fighters!!
They had the engine bay door open when I "happened" by. I snap a quick picture of the rig (engine) and was going on my merry way when one very cute fire guy poked his head out and said, "G'Day". Acccck, I have to talk now and be coherent?
Well I told him I was from the states and what I used to do with our local fire department. He offered me a tour of the station and then *RRIINNGG" the fire alarm went off and they had to go.
Rats! I was this close to scoring a N.S.W. firefighter T-shirt!!
Written Jun 10, 2005
One of the most famous and advertised views of Sydney can be had from "Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair". (See my separate "to do" tip on the subject) Millions of tourists have snapped photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as viewed from the chair.
But, what about the scene from the other side of the looking glass? The accompanying photo shows the pleasing greenery of Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair/Point, as photographed from the edge of the Sydney Opera House.
So, going Humphrey Bogart on Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair, "here's looking at you, kid".
Updated Jul 22, 2005
The Annual 'City to Surf Fun Run' was held this past week. A record breaking 65,000 runners ran the race from College Street in the city, to Bondi Beach.
What a shame I left just a few days before this fantastic event...
Would have been fun to watch.. lol..
Written Aug 24, 2003
Watsons Bay is a just a short ferry ride or bus ride from Circular Quay. Our first trip to Watsons Bay was via bus from Bondi with a Jet Cat ride back to the Harbour and our second trip was a ferry ride from Circular Quay.
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. On the east is the Tasman Sea and the west is the Harbour. Watsons Bay is where Governor Phillip first landed in Australia. It's Australia's oldest fishing village dating back from 1788.
Watsons Bay has some incredible view from South Head and the Gap. We enjoyed some time exploring both and taking in the breathtaking landscape and water views. It's a nice way to spend the day, grab a bite to eat and explore. I'm glad to have had time to enjoy all that Watsons Bay has to offer.
Written Jul 27, 2009
No one should ever be at a loss as to what to do on that one spare day during their stay in Sydney. Get on the train at Central Station and head for Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Katoomba is a wonderful town to wander with plenty to see inthe way of art, nature and history. Probably the most popular attraction in Katoomba is the Three Sisters, which are best seen from the lookout at Echo Point. Rising more than 3,000 meters above sea level, they are a true wonder to behold. A ride on the scenic railway is a must as well. This will take you way down into the valley where you will see nature at its very best, flora, fauna, waterfalls, you name it.
Lots of lovely restaurants when you get hungry and some very interesting antique shops to explore as well. This is just a lovely way to spend a day and of course even better if you can stay over and journey on to the Jenolan Caves the next day maybe.
Written Jun 17, 2009
This wishing well never fails to at least draw your eyes to it for just a fleeting moment. The Well features a bronze sculpture of Queen Victoria's favourite pet dog "Islay" and all 4 sides, plaques with words of compassion. I was surprised to see some with Chinese words!
As advised by the Queen Victoria Building website, tens of thousands of dollars have been casted by well wishers into the wishing well and all money goes to the NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
Location: QVB's Forecourt.
Updated Dec 2, 2005
Taking the Ferry to Manly was awesome. The fery ride to Manly was a fun way to see the beauty of the harbor and the ater activities. Manly was a fun place to visit with the beautiful beach, corso full of activity and tons of people watching. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.
Updated Oct 6, 2009
Not only is Australia a diverse country of landscapes and geography but it has an amazing array of flora and fauna. Beautiful and interesting bird and animal life can be found here.
And a lovely thing about Sydney is that with so much parkland and vegetation in the city and suburbs you can have the opportunities to see animals and birds - so be on the ready!
Just as when I went to visit my apartment on a return visit to Sydney from where Im living in the UK I noticed a big bird nest in the tree out from my balcony - one of the reasons why I chose to buy the apartment in the first place because up on the 3rd floor it was up in the treetops of some lovely tall trees - and here was a sleeping Frogmouth owl! Very nice and special to see!
So keep your eyes open when travelling around Sydney and take the opportunity to see Australia's beautiful plants and animals and birds - even if time is short a visit to the Botanic gardens and Taronga zoo would be well worth while.
Updated May 23, 2009
I was suffering from my craving for the Hillwood Strawberry Wine, so i decided to ring them up from Sydney and asked whether i could dig out any wine shops selling it. Bingo! There's a Tasmanian Travel Center at Carrington Street and they sell Tasmania goodies!!
I bought 3 bottles and finished them within 2 days.
So if you are at Sydney, you can pop by this friendly tassie shop to take a look! The shop staff are very friendly. =)
Written Dec 1, 2004
During our stay in Sydney we chose to switch hotels and stay in Potts Point from the Park Sheraton. Potts Point is an interesting section of town. The Mcelhone stairs are old stone stairs that daye back to 1870.
120 steps in total from top to bottom connects Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. Liz and I walked down these stairs several times during our stay and once up the stairs. Trust me the walk down is much easier than the steep walk up.
Updated Jul 23, 2010
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