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Noel & Melissa at the site of Captain Cook's first landing in Botany Bay, Sydney.
Before leaving Forster this morning, we went around to Tuncurry to feed the pelicans.  We only had bread and as another lady was feeding them prawns the pelicans were not impressed with our offerings!  We then drove around to the "Green Cathedral" near Forster - this is an open air church on the shores of the lake.  The pews and lectern are made of local wood and you sit under the trees.  It is very peaceful and can see why it is a popular place of worship and weddings (they also have a small undercover area in case it rains).  For a complete change of scene, we then stopped at the National Motorcycle Museum at Nabiac.  Noel was most impressed with the collection here - apparently they have a version of every motorbike he's ever owned.
The Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
  And not to worry if you're the totally uninterested wife, they have an excellent collection of trashy magazines with a good supply of coffee and muffins that you can enjoy whilst waiting out the front on a comfy couch!  From Nabiac we basically just drove straight down to Sydney to stay with Melissa's aunt and uncle in Sylvania.  Auntie Cheryl is a family-renowned tourist guide so we were treated to a tour of Captain Cook's landing site on Botany Bay in the afternoon.
We spent the next day sight-seeing in Sydney, which was most enjoyable.  The weather was great, so we took the train into Town Hall and then walked across to Darling Harbour.  We had a look through the Maritime Museum then wandered through the shopping centre.  Noel was delighted to find a British Lolly Shop where he indulged his craving for a Walnut Whip.  Over the other side of Darling Harbour you can visit the Chinese Gardens - they are set out really well and you get a guide as you go in explaining the layout and the meanings of all the different areas.  It was nice and cool and incredibly quite and peaceful considering it's slap bang in the middle of Sydney.  Tonight we went with Auntie Cheryl to a Carols by Candlelight fundraiser at one of her friend's houses.  It was actually good fun, singing carols on the front lawn, but then "Santa" arrived on the upper balcony of the house and started throwing lollies for the children.  Unfortunately they were those hard sweets and if they hit you on the head it hurt like anything!
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Noel & Melissa at the site of Capt…
Noel & Melissa at the site of Cap…
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