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Sydney Australia

Three days to get organized and see some sights.

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We are in Sydney. We arrived at 6 am to partly cloudy skies and warm winds. The Aussies are happy, they have been cold since we sailed into New Zealand. I am sitting on our balcony enjoying the view of the Sydney Opera House where we will see South Pacific tonight. How amazing!

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We debarked and followed Anne and David over to Manly on the ferry. We got them into a taxi with our luggage and went to enjoy the beach. It is so wonderfully hot and the beach is huge with great tumbling waves onto the shore. Roger gets his coffee, I get some stamps and a few more postcards then we pick up a cheap phone. We are glad we did as it has come in hugely helpful in fixing our rail pass and contacting people.

The ferries leave from Circular quay right between the Opera House and the cruise ship terminal. With our Multi three passes we are on and off the ferries, buses and trains including our two hour trip into the blue mountains. We take on afternoon just to ride the ferry down the Parramatta River to Olympic Park, we stay on and stop at Cockatoo Island that was once a prison then a ship foundry. It was very cool even the aggressive seagulls were entertaining.

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The tour of the Opera house was pretty amazing. The guide was pretty knowledgeable, yet rather cold. We were the only Canadians among a bunch of Germans, Italians. Brits, Americans....it took 16 years to build the opera house. Even now it is not self sufficient, so we did our part by doing the tour and seeing the show. South Pacific has a weak plot, but some really great music. The vocalist were good, the actors were mostly good, with Bellus as my favourite. We had good seats, not the expensive ones and not the cheapest.

So about the train pass. I booked it in March and booked the train segments and was to book Queensland segments in April. April came and went and when I did get around to taking care of things I noted that the pass had not arrived by mail. So I called NSW Rail and worked everything out, called Queensland Rail and all was great, or so I thought. I was to pick up the passes at the station.

I brought my emailed tickets to the station and Danny the agent asked for my passes. I said I did not have them and explained what happened. He tried to track them down in the system... But no luck. We train back to our apartment and I pick up all my notes and a letter that to me confirms that all is good and we are to pick up the passes, but again... They can find nothing to prove I paid and I can't prove it...so we go with purchasing new passes... only the ones we booked don't exist any more. We end up with Backtracker passes good for two weeks. Then we contact Queensland and rework those segments on a Queensland Backpackers pass. When I get home I can get into my records and get a refund.

Our apartment is in Kirribilli on the top of the hill in a funky up scale community. It is a short walk down to the ferry and the train station. There is organic cereal, milk, bread, jam and Nutella and we are covered for breakfast and lunch.

Yesterday we made our way to Bondi Beach by train, train, bus and foot. What a great beach. The waves are big, but I guess not really big according to the locals. We stop to enjoy the view about 4 metres back from where the waves are fading on shore. We laugh as a big one comes in and the family playing in front of us run as they realize how big it was, then we realized we needed to run too.....we scooped up our stuff and ran. Lol.

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The water is cold and most of the surfers wear wetsuits, I guess I thought the water would be warmer. After Bondi, we found our way back to the Quay and took the ferry to Manly where Anne and David picked us up. They took us the scenic route up to Newport where they belong to a co-op for the sailboat. It is a 40 foot...sailboat. We sailed out into the bay and headed to a favourite spot. As we tooled along a sailboat race came up from behind. We threaded our way through and around all the racing sailboats. It was kind of fun and I was happy that David really knew what he was doing. On the way back they fired up the Barbie for a simple meal of chicken, buns, lettuce and tomatoes. That and a glass of wine was perfect! They drove us back and we managed to lead them to our apartment.

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We didn't do as much in Sydney as we would have liked, but now that phone and rail issues are dealt with we don't have to worry about that again.

Posted by Mari Anne 19:17 Archived in Australia Tagged sydney train ferry tickets manly passes kirribilli

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