Seeing the famous sights
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Todays plan was to walk to the Harbour and see the part of Sydney that it is famous for. It was a good walk through the quite posh area of Potts Point where the rich were sat out having breakfast, past the dockside where a naval ship had come in over night and then into the Royal Botanical Gardens. The gardens were fantastic containing lots of exotic looking plants trees and birds. The most amazing thing we saw were hundreds of bats (later found out they were fruit bats) hanging from the trees, flying around and settling down for a good days sleep. They were extremely noisy but were fascinating to watch.
We continued through the park, passing Government House and then eventually rounded a corner for a wonderful view of the Opera House.
After eating our butties on the steps we wandered around the harbour to Circular Quay. It was a great atmosphere, very busy with several street entertainers keeping the crowds happy. A huge cruise ship was in the dock, the 'Pacific Princess' looking as though it was preparing to leave. We continued round to an area known as 'The Rocks' - the oldest part of Sydney. It was a pleasant palce to stroll, cobbled streets, old buildings and Christmas Markets, all set against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge. Our start spotting continued as we spotted Ant and Dec browsing in one of the shops - we stalked them for a while and when we lost them went for a beer in one of the streetside cafes.
Later on we went for a meal at a Thai restaurant next door to the hostel.