Posted by: John McGerr | January 21, 2009


We flew via Frankfurt and Singapore to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney. En-route I got the first idea of just how big a country we were travelling to. A returning Australian man got on board in Frankfurt. He told us he was flying to Sydney as well, then from there to Brisbane and finally had an eight-hundred mile car trip all to get back home It was in the early hours of the morning that we arrived and were met by cousin Maxine Perry and her husband Chris. We stopped to stretch our legs on the way back to their house and I had my first look, in reality, to one of the most famous of city icons – the Sydney Opera House.  The view was across a small bay, but it just emphasised the point – I was in Australia. Though we’d made plans to travel, for the first three days we were staying in Sydney. On this, our first day we took a walk around the outside of the Opera House, climbed up to the top of one of the Harbour Bridge Pylons for some great views of the city(that link has some interesting stuff about the Bridge), took a walk along Bondi beach, went to Watson’s Bay for fish and chips – the fish was barramundi and tasted great. Four our lunch we had the company of a raucous bunch of seagulls, obviously no strangers to fish and chips. Day two took us to the Blue Mountains and a stop at the Three Sisters, a geological formation, three pillars of rock, set in a sea of forest. Nearby was the scenic railway. This was like one section  of a roller coaster, not travelling far forward but dropping almost vertically about 750 metres. It was quite a ride, both down and back up.  On day three we visited a park featuring Koalas, wallabies, emus, kangaroos and other wildlife along with an exhibition of boomerang throwing. You could get up close and personal  with some of the wildlife.  We also took a drive around the site of the 2000 Olympics. The same evening we took the ferry to Manly. There we were meeting up with a lady who’s family lived nearby in Ireland.  It was to be our last night in Sydney for a while.



  1. Great trip, story, and especially photos! Thanks for taking the time to share. Looks like plenty of blue sky (I’ve never seen Mt Cook, or any of the Southern Alps).

  2. Hi John,

    Glad you enjoyed it here in Australia. Hopefully you’ll make another trip soon.

    Stay in touch,


    • Thanks Gary, I would like to do that


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