Our timeshare is about a two-hour drive from Sydney. We figured if we drove one hour to a train station with free parking:
- We could let the engineer drive
- Enjoy the scenery from the train
- Save money by not paying to park downtown
- Save on gas
- And not have the stress of driving in the city.
For lunch in Bondi Beach, Bob chose a chicken sandwich and I had a chicken tandoori salad. We took the food to a picnic table overlooking Bondi Beach where we watched surfers and paddleboarders catch waves.
|Bondi Beach looking south.|
|Bondi Beach looking north.|
|Bondi beachside cafe.|
|Downtown Sydney from Darling Harbour.|
|A fun fountain at Darling Harbour.|
|Downtown Sydney again from Darling Harbour.|
|See descriptions of these ships below.|
|Submarine HMAS Onslow|
|Destroyer HMAS Vampire.|
|Santa's seeing who's nauti and nice.|
I never knew before why Captain Cook went to the South Seas. I learned something new today. Click to enlarge photo below.
|Why was Endeavor sent to the South Seas?|
For the next leg of our Sydney exploration, we took a ferry to Circular Quay so we could explore downtown further. We stopped in at The National Opal Collection to look at the history of opals which was quite fascinating. They have fossilized remains of a Pliosaur. Some of the bones became opalized because of silica that got in the bones which then hardened and developed beautiful colors over the millenia.
We also wanted to look at The Strand shopping mall which is quite famous.
|The Strand decorated for the holidays.|
|The Strand has three levels of shops.|
|Cafes on the main level.|
|Festive for the holidays.|
So, our shopping exploration complete, we headed back to the ferries and rode two different lines around the harbour. Such a great way to see the views and get a flavor of life in some of the bays.
|A multitude of sailboats wherever you look in Syndey Harbour.|
|What a spot to wait for a ferry!|
As night descended, the Christmas decorations lit up the harbour making it magical. What a great end to our Sydney day.
We made it back to the train station with 18 minutes to spare before the next train departed for the town where we had parked our car. We had two hours on the train and one hour driving to get back to the timeshare. We made it back at 11:35 p.m.
Tomorrow we check out and head south of Sydney along the coast. Our Melbourne timeshare never came through, so we will stay in motels along the way and not be chained to a week in Melbourne. (Although we do plan to spend some time in Melbourne!)
Travel Bug Susan snoozin'.