Monday, 28 July 2014

I'm back ....

Yes, I picked the best week to take a holiday in Sydney. Wellington had it's coldest week of the winter so far, reaching a maximum of 10 degrees C = 50 F, while Sydney was experiencing a very mild winter with temperatures of about 18 degrees C each day (= 65 F).

My favourite animal at the zoo - a rhino work of art

It's five years since we've been to Sydney so we enjoyed exploring the city and surrounds again. We took a boat cruise up the river to Parramatta, went to the Zoo, The Lion King and Strictly Ballroom shows, and the Blue Mountains.  Sydney really is a beautiful city, and that extra bit of warmth made it all the more enjoyable.  Here's some photos:

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Apartments on the harbour

the view from the bird show at the zoo - the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House (between the branches of the tree)

This photo was taken while we waited for the bird show to start. It's the same bird show that William and Kate saw while they were in Australia earlier this year.

For the last night we hired a car and stayed in the Blue Mountains.

The famous Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains

The Skyway - 270 metres above ground

and it has a glass floor!!

I wasn't brave enough to go in the Skyway, so I drove around to the other side to collect my husband and younger son who are more adventurous than me. You can read more about it here.

I didn't do a lot of shopping, but did get to Material Obsession and a couple of craft shops in the Blue Mountains. I'll write about them in my next post.


Oops-Lah said...

Lovely post and pictures, which brought back good memories of the time we lived in Sydney (many, many moons ago)!!! Had to laugh about you not being brave enough to go on the Skyway; you wouldn't last very long in Switzerland lol !!!

NickiJ said...

I've never been to the Blue Mountains, but they look very impressive. Not sure about that cable car, probably would have given it a miss as well!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have gone on Skyway type of tours in the mountains here in the states and loved them. Thanks for all the photos, love seeing your trip - the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains looks so wonderful, a place to see one day!

Lorraine said...

Great photos and love the rhino!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

We have indeed had a very mild Winter here in Sydney. Pleased you enjoyed your visit, Wendy. I've never been game to go in the Skyway either, but I have climbed the Harbour Bridge.

One Wee Bird said...

Looks and sounds wonderful Wendy especially as I'm freezing my butt off here!

margaret said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Sydney, how I loved the Blue Mountains when I visited they really had the blue haze too.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

When we lived in Sydney, I loved catching the ferry to the zoo, and the bird show was always a highlight. Do the rats still come out?

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Nice to hear about your great trip and enjoyed your photos, some great shots of Sydney.