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Simply stunning Sydney

Today I tok the train from Cronulla 9DB030A92219AC6817B1571F79FC3A1D.jpg to Sydney. A return off peak ticket was 9.20 AUD (about £5) for an hours trip each way and if you sit upstairs on these double decker trains 9D914D922219AC68173A5F1C65502E67.jpg you get a great view of the surrounding suburbs.
I knew from visiting Sydney briefly five years ago that it was great city but I had forgotten just how amazing it is. There really is something for everyone here particularly at the moment as the Sydney Festival is taking place and there are events going on everywhere. Music, theatre, dance ...you name it, there is loads of stuff for children, who are on their summer break, and almost all of it is free. The architecture of this city is an incredible blend of old and new with the harbour skyline dominated by the kind of buildings you associate with Miami but below them, and sharing the same space, are old colonial shop fronts and rows of small 19th century villas. The latter are mostly under Heritage protection and the shoulder to shoulder thing seems to work very well. 9D81E6852219AC68179EC89B07857261.jpg I spent the day on two HOHO bus tours, (quite a relief after the walking yesterday) the first one was a city tour and the second, after lunch, was Bondi Beach 9D7742EF2219AC681747B9EC834175FE.jpg and surrounding area. The area known as Dover Heights has some really beautiful houses, some of which have views of Sydney Harbour on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, there is undoubtedly some serious money in them there hills! As you drive down into Double Bay (apparently dubbed 'Double Pay' by locals) the shops, restaurants and cars confirm this.
Unfortunately it was very overcast, and my point and shoot was not up to the task of doing justice to all that I surveyed, but believe me this city is beautiful.
I didn't actually get off at any of the stops because I wanted to get the most out of my 24 hour ticket (40 AUD for both tours) and to use this opportunity to orientate myself within the city. I have already been around the Opera House and the Rocks and harbour area and I visited some of the 'must see' things during my last visit but I am looking forward to sampling from the smorgasbord of museums and galleries around the southern end of the Botanical Gardens tomorrow.

Posted by busyboots 00:41

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