Ok, lets finish Sydney up 🙂

I was so tired from the day before that I slept almost a solid 12 hours. I had plans to go to Chinatown and one of the markets but one of my “faithful readers” convinced me that I needed to get on the ferry and see the harbour from the water and go spend a few hours in Manly Bay. She won the battle so off I went.

Unfortunately I was still pretty tired and sore from the day before and the temps had jumped 15 degrees to a whopping 39C. Very quickly sapping my energy. But onwards anyhow.

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Cool skies with the skyline of Sydney
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Pulling out of the dock
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I am pretty sure I see this boat in Bermuda during the summer months.

Obviously the ferry gives you a more unique look at the harbour and seeing some more of Sydney on the short run over to Manly Bay.

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Self explanatory 🙂

Manly Bay itself I am sure is way better then what I took in. Doing some research there is some spots I would have liked to have visited but I was just too damn tired out. I walked along the shop area just outside the wharf and then found myself inside the 4 Pines Brewing Company. For some reason I found myself more drawn to craft beer and food then I did touring around 🙂 Several brew later and I found I had to sort of sit there for a bit until I found my legs again to walk (stagger) back to the wharf and get on the boat. A stop at the Spirit Gallery in Sydney to pick up a few gifts and talk myself out of purchasing myself a Didgeridoo and it was back to the hotel for an early supper and a nap.

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Coming into Manly
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I thought this was funny that she thought she was getting out of the picture 🙂
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A ferry with 2 bows, keeps the boat from having to turn around.
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Sydney during the day.
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Another angle

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Cool clouds and the opera house needs a wash!  lol
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I just like the look of this ferry.

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Woke in the early evening feeling a bit better after having escaped the heat and getting some rest and I was off to the Opera House yet again to catch the Badu Gili at sunset and to see the harbour one last time at night.

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I sat on the steps waiting and waiting for the Badu Gili to start. The sun had set, it was dark yet nothing, I was close to giving up in frustration and finally it started. Seems they wait until it is good and dark – lol. But it was worth the wait, I started snapping photos and I quickly realized pictures were not going to do it justice and I switched over to video.

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Waiting for the show the Opera House begins to light up
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From the steps looking back at the city as the lights come up.
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and the light show begins
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Beautiful

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At this point I switched to video.  Enjoy the show.

The show ended and I did the slow walk around the Opera House and the docks and back to the hotel to pack up for the journey home.

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The white dots are birds
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Such a lovely place to visit at night
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Lots of people watching the harbour and boats
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Such a great ending to the trip, this view and the Badu Gili

Next morning, back out the airport for the gruelling 26 hour trip home. But what a trip! In 3 weeks I had visited 4 completely different spots and there is still so much more to see in Australia.

Since returning I have been asked. What would you do different? What was your favourite part? What did you dislike? And so on. I have to say I really can’t answer those. Would I do it different, probably not, it was a great first trip. But when it comes to like and dislike it is so hard as everything is so different and unique compared to where I live. It was an experience. My only wish is that I would have liked to have seen all this 20 years ago or longer when the tourism was maybe a bit less. It is so in your face at Uluru and Kata Tjuta and Sydney. The Daintree you could escape it a bit but almost everyone you met was a foreign worker, there were few people from the actual region to meet and talk too. That would be my only dislike, they were nice people, but I would have liked to have spent more time with people who have lived in those regions most of their lives.

But at the end of the day, it was a trip and places that I will never forget and all are on my list for repeat visits if I find myself in the position to return. Thank you Australia, I had a blast!

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