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Sightseeing Sydney

The Opera House in Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia

When we got to the hotel (for more details see review Sofitel Sydney Wentworth) we dropped the suitcases in our room and walked to the Circular Quay to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The Opera House is even more fantastic if you can see it with your own eyes. We wandered around until 2 in the morning before we called it a night. The next day we got up at 6 am (we were going to have more than enough time to sleep on our flight back to the Netherlands). After a copious breakfast we started our one day sightseeing tour. First we went to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy the flora and fauna. The south-west corner of the Botanical Garden is the home of the flying foxes. A flying fox is a large fruit eating bat with a wingspan of one meter or even more. It is quite impressive to see them fly from one tree to the other. After we visited the bats we walked to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. From that point you have a great view on the Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. We found ourselves a bench to enjoy everything. Unfortunately a group of Japanese tourist decided to use us as their personal photographer. From Mrs Macquarie’s Chair we walked to the Opera House. We were ready to soak ourselves into the atmosphere of Sydney and all its tourist hotspots like the Sydney and Darling Harbour, the Rock, the Harbour Bridge and last but not least the beautiful and picturesque Queen Victoria Building. When we got back in our hotel (it was almost 8 pm) we felt very, very tired but a quick refreshing shower got us back on our feet. We were ready for the Sydney by night part of the tour. But first we had to stop for dinner. We decided to go to Peter Doyle @ the Quay. This was not our first choice, but all the other nice looking restaurants had a waiting list. We got ourselves a nice place outside so we could enjoy the view on the Harbour Bridge and Opera House by night. The dinner we had was good, but unfortunately we got lousy service (see review Peter Doyle @ the Quay). But it didn’t spoil our night. We stayed at the harbour to enjoy the view of city until 2 in the morning. Next morning we got up at 5 am. No time to waist because we only had a few hours left. We decided to go back to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to see the new start of another beautiful day in Australia. While we were sitting there I heard the U2 song ‘It’s a beautiful day’. That was also the moment that I promised myself to come back to Australia as soon as possible. Only next time our stay needs to be a little (if not much) longer because a week is simply not enough to enjoy this part of Australia to its fullest. When we got back, we picked up some souvenirs, had breakfast and got back to the airport. Ready for the long, long very long journey back to the Netherlands.

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