Sydney, Australia

I was here in 2010 and toured much of the city as you will see in this blog post: https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/sydney-australia/

This two day port call is the end of the trans Pacific portion of our cruise and some passengers are debarking while others are getting on for the circumnavigation of Australia. We had to get up early to see the Opera House and Sydney Bridge at sunrise as we sailed into the harbour.

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We are docked at a new terminal, the White Bay Cruise Terminal which is in the middle of nowhere.  The choice spot is Circular Quay right beside the Opera House. However, to access White Bay you need to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Today, a big Carnival cruise ship which does not fit, got to dock at Circular Quay.  At the end of this portion of the trip on our return to Sydney we hope to be docked there as no other ships are expected in Sydney that day. Today I took an excursion to the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These mountains are to the west of Sydney and cover more than 2.5 million acres, or as the guide told us, they are bigger than Ireland.

En route we visited the Featherdale Wildlife Park which contains a variety of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and various species of Australian birds.  My favourites were the koalas and the friendly kangaroos.

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Our next stop was the Waradah Aboriginal Centre in Katoomba.  Here we were exposed to indigenous Aboriginal culture, art and dance.  The Aboriginal staff  explained the use of their tools and weapons, and the meaning of their body paint.  The explanations were aided by the use of videos, traditional dancing and a live didgeridoo performance. 

We then had a nice lunch at the quaint Mountain Heritage Hotel which had lovely views over the mountains.

Lastly, we went to the Echo Point lookout on the edge of the escarpment which is on the traditional land of the Gundungurra and Darug people.  The viewpoint is part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and from its many lookouts you see sweeping views of the southern Blue Mountains, the Jamieson Valley, Mount Solitary and the iconic Three Sisters.

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One Response to Sydney, Australia

  1. Marian Cumming says:

    Glad you made it to Sydney Leslie. Loved the shots of Sydney opera house and the bridge, worth getting up early for. Enjoy the second part of your cruise.

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