Hello all! Hope you had a great weekend! Since some of us were probably up a bit late last night watching the commercials the Superbowl, today’s post is going to be a lot of photos. I didn’t want to tax your brain too much. You’re welcome.
So far on our trip around Australia we’ve stopped at the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains. The piece de resistance of our trip to Australia was, of course, Sydney! This is where the Hubs and I lived for two years before moving to NYC. I swear I could live their a lifetime and never get tired of the views around the Harbour.
We started out on Boxing Day viewing the Sydney to Hobart sailing race. These boats race from Sydney Harbour to Hobart , Tasmania. They have to cross the Bass Strait, which is one of the most dangerous straits in the world because it is incredibly narrow. The water is very rough and many ships have been lost there as a result. Some of the smaller boats that participate in this race pull out if the waters are very rough. In fact, in 1998 there were very rough conditions and several boats sank and some participants lost their lives.
But the start of the race is very exciting and beautiful to watch! We saw it from the North Head, which is the outermost point of the Harbour before the Pacific Ocean!
After watching the race we headed down to Manly Beach, one of my favorite beaches in Sydney!
Frangipanis-my favorite flower in Australia. We had a tree outside our old apartment!
We actually rented a house on Cremorne point, a suburb on the Harbour since my in-laws live in the Blue Mountains, about 1.5 hours away. It was such an amazing locations! We had this awesome view from the balcony in our house!
Plus all the nearby parks offered some amazing Harbour views.
Because it was my Dad’s first time visiting Australia, we spent a lot of time in the city walking around. One of my favorite spots is the Royal Botanic Gardens, which are located right in the heart of the city!
After the Gardens, we decided to climb up the AMP Centrepoint Tower (above), the highest point in Sydney. I had actually never been and was excited to get a bird’s eye view!
View of the famous Hyde Park. The people look like ants!
And St. Mary’s Cathedral!
And that’s it for part 1 of my Sydney tour! Hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back with part 2 next week!
Readers, did you watch the game or the commercials last night? What is the best Superbowl snack you had? What’s the most beautiful city you’ve ever visited?
Just stunning! I can’t believe how dangerous that boat race is!? I hope this year went off better then in years past – yikes!!
Your pictures are just amazingly beautiful. I was reading with Vaughn on my lap and he said “Mommy when can we go there?” I hope someday!!!
As for the Super Bowl – what a disappointment. Thank God for Bruno and the commercials!! The best app I had yesterday was Brooklyn beer with my brother – does that count? 🙂
I love all of your pictures from Sydney!!! The one with the red flowers might be my favorite!!!
Can’t wait for next week’s pictures!
A friend brought over a super yummy 7-layer dip last night – so good!!
The game was a total let-down!!
I’m loving your Australia recaps! I’m also a fan of how you’re doing the recaps spread out — note to self for blogging after my next trip! 😉 I want to go to Australia so bad. It looks so gorgeous, and how awesome that you got to live there!!
Thank you for taking us all on a mini tour there through your great pictures 😀
It’s on my bucket list.
I love upstate NY in autumn, just gorgeous but I’d love to go explore New Zealand too one day.
Ahhh Sydney looks gorgeous! I love anywhere with a beautiful harbor view. That’s so nice that you are there again (since you lived there)…I imagine it brings back memories! Glad you’re having fun and I might be a bit jealous… 🙂
So, so beautiful! I would love to go to Australia some day. I couldn’t help but notice that all the people in the beach photo are thin. Not something you’d see here in the US. I’ve not traveled a lot. Chicago can be pretty but I seem to keep going there when I can’t really enjoy it. I love Dallas a lot too. But I think my favorite is Miami! Cozumel was beautiful before it was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. They made it to touristy in the redo. I liked the simplicity of it before.