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Scenic Sydney

Farewell to Australia

semi-overcast 28 °C

There is no doubt that seafront cities have a head start in the attractiveness league. Who doesn’t enjoy watching the ferries and yachts while sipping a drink at a quayside bar? Who doesn’t love being able to stroll along a sandy beach on the way to the office?
This is Sydney’s acclaimed Bondi Beach and, after two months travelling some of the world’s most deserted coastline, it came as something of a shock. While the beach may appear wild and almost desolate it is actually hemmed in with an urban jungle of highrises, pricey hotels and fancy fish restaurants. It could easily be taken for Clacton or Bournemouth in England…
But you haven’t been to Sydney unless you’ve trod the sand at Bondi and crossed the Harbour Bridge…
The deck of Sydney Harbour Bridge is vast – seven lanes of traffic, two railway lines and wide walkways – so why on earth are these people climbing over the top?
Despite the enormity of the bridge and its equally iconic neighbour, the Sydney Opera House, this cruise ship dominates the docklands…
With its sprawling sheltered harbour, perennially mild climate, plentiful rainfall and balmy seas, it is easy to see why the British colonised Sydney in the 19th century. Many of the early Victorian buildings survive and there is a wealth of elegant architecture along its many waterfronts…
Sydney has an abundance of sub-tropical vegetation with multitudes of palms and even bananas. The frangipane and bougainvillea blossoms are particularly spectacular at present along with these beautiful tibouchina...
According to the calendar this is autumn yet summer simply carries on. Apart from an overnight storm in Wellington and a short shower in Sydney, we’ve had wall to wall sunshine since February 1st. But our time downunder is coming to an end. We are now heading to Japan to greet the rising sun as it makes its way northward for spring and summer. Australasia has been warm and welcoming and we’ve had many wonderful surprises but, without question, the most magical moment was when we spotted this beautiful cuddly creature in a eucalyptus tree…
We have spoken to many Australians who have never seen a koala bear in the wild, but we have - two in fact – and we count ourselves very lucky.
G’Day for now mates – hope to see you in Japan in a few days.

Posted by Hawkson 19:21 Archived in Australia

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Busy prosperous city from the looks of it. One of my favourite plants is Tibouchina. I grow it every year as a small plant. Wonderful to see a fully grown specimen. Thanks for the journey through New Zealand and Australia.

by Sue Fitzwilson

I have loved your travelogue Sheila and Jim and so enjoy your enjoyment of your adventures. I warm up just thinking of your sunny days. Thank you. May your wonderful adventures continue on the last leg of your journey. Xo Trudy

by Trudy

Interesting how similar downtown high rises are in big cities. That could be Toronto or even Calgary (Husky tower in the back). The Opera House, however, is quite unique. Any concerts during your stay? I understand the acoustics there are marvellous. Gottfried class.

by R and B

I expected to see both of you climbing the Harbour Bridge. Love your adventure, enjoy Japan.

by Samchow58

We are not as brave as you Sandra!

by Hawkson

Can you please blow some sunshine to the French Alps, snowing and cold but ski conditions near perfect.
Can't wait for the Japan blog.
Bon voyage mes amis.

by Christine Lloyd

Your farewell to Sydney brought to mind the Australian families of my youth at Ballantine Pier leaving Vancouver for home on the P&O liners that plied the Pacific from Vancouver to Sydney sadly singing "Now is the hour.... Along with more raucous tunes by the now-disgraced Rolf Harris.

See you soon.


by Tom

It looks like I am at the bottom of the comments.
I have been to Australia but not for many years. You have shown me so many places that I didnt see. And the photos are fabulous. Enjoy Japan and come home soon...

by Jean McLaren

Forgot to add the cuddly koala photo is fantastic .

by Christine Lloyd

Hi Sheila and Jim. Just caught up with several entries this morning. What a fabulous trip. The Blue Mountains look stunning. I am going to have to add to my bucket list for next visit to Australia. Hope to see you both in BC. Edwin and I just bought a cottage in Parksville so will be there June 22-July 1. But will you be there? hope so. Would love to catch up

by Bronwyn

What a great journey "we" had, only you had to put up with the heat :-) very rich and great photos. Thanks you for the ride

by Gottfried Mitteregger

Dear M & D,
Lovely photos of the wildlife...as with your journal of Sicily...not the kind I was hoping to catch a few glimpses of :) although the koala was awesome. Looking forward to your homecoming. Please give me date of your return so that I can make sure the house is back in order...and the boyfriend is out ;) besos y brazos, C.

by catherine

oh ya, I had to move home during your trip, hope you don't mind...long story :)

by catherine

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