Darling Harbour, ferry ride and the (underrated) Mrs. Macquaries chair

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I met up with Anton and Mike in the morning to have breakfast along Darlings Harbour. We found a place that served French Toast and had awesome views of the harbour. Not a bad way to start the day.

Afterwards we took a ferry from Darlings Harbour near the aquarium to Circular Quay. For $5.20, you get to ride along the harbour, over to Luna Park (with the creepy clown faced giant sign), under the Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and into Circular Quay. Since it was bright and sunny, my pictures look a lot better than they did yesterday with the cloud cover.

When we first arrived into Sydney, our bus driver told us how there are lots of things in the city are named after a Mr. Macquarie. Well Anton found on his map a park that has Mrs.

Bondi Beach
Macquaries chair in it. We thought it was pretty funny that he has streets and stuff named after him and well she has a chair. So of course we had to go find it. There's a really nice walk from the Opera House over to the Royal Botanic Gardens that passes along the waterfront. About 20 minutes later we arrived at the spot where her chair should be located, which is out on a far point on the water (also very nice views of the bridge and opera house from here). I was expecting a lawn chair, he was expecting more like a mound of dirt. Well, weren't we both wrong! After hyping up the chair, we came across a big rock with a couple benches carved into it. What a highlight of the day ... I mean trip this was! haha We figure it's not in guidebooks because it's one of those attractions only for people "in the know" and are exploring "off the beaten track" :)

Mike wasn't feeling up for the beach so Anton and I ventured off in search of the holy land, also known as Australia's most famous beach, Bondi Beach.

Halfway to Coogee Beach

We assumed the train station Bondi Junction meant Bondi Beach, so we went there. Coming out of the train station we saw some pretty big lines waiting for buses. Then we realized we needed to then take a bus. Well it seems everyone in Sydney is trying to get to Bondi, so the queue took a long time. At least with the bus ride we got a chance to see Bondi and the long lines of cars also trying to get to the beach!

When I first saw the beach itself I was quite amazed at the amount of people out. It was a Sunday, 26 degrees and sunny, so that may explain why there were so many people. When I first saw it, I imagined that's what somewhere like a beach in Miami must look like on a nice day.

Instead of swimming at Bondi, we started the 2.5 hour Coastal Walk to Coogee Beach.

Thanks Mike for taking this one!
I highly recommend the walk from Bondi to Bronte if you're anywhere near Sydney. The views were amazing. A few of the beaches have swimming pools near the beach and the one at Bondi has a lap pool and another pool, where the waves were so big, they were crashing into the pool. The waves in general in the area are quite big and omg so much fun to jump around in (and try not to get crushed by haha)

After about an hour or so of walking we finally caved in and went into the water. I think it was Mackenzie bay or Tamarama Bay. Either or, they were both nice. Then the walk gets a little less nice as it goes through an old cemetary. Then back to coastal awesomeness. We went in again at Coogee beach which also had huge, funtastic waves (and lots and lots of people).

Darlings Harbour at night

After one of the best pieces of chocolate molten cake I've ever had, we took the bus back to the city to meet up with Mike to go to the Sydney Tower. We made it there in time for the sunset. The elevator ride up the tower is in a tiny 10 person elevator and you don't get a view of the city as you're going up it. Good for some people, but I like to see the views as we're going up a tower. Anywho, the view from the top was awesome. Oh and the sunset over the city wasn't too shabby either.

To end the night we had dinner at a restaurant over looking Darlings Harbour (one of my favourite places in Sydney if you haven't guessed)and then lost some money at the Casino. You can pack in alot in one day if you're up for it haha. Overall, quite the awesome, sunny, perfect weather day in Sydney!

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Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Halfway to Coogee Beach
Halfway to Coogee Beach
Thanks Mike for taking this one!
Thanks Mike for taking this one!
Darlings Harbour at night
Darlings Harbour at night
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Opera house from the ferry
Opera house from the ferry
Luna Park (with the creepy clown f…
Luna Park (with the creepy clown …
Harbour Bridge
Harbour Bridge
The real life kangaroo at the Wi…
The "real life" kangaroo at the W…
Sydney skiyline from the walk to t…
Sydney skiyline from the walk to …
Cicular Quay from teh ferry
Cicular Quay from teh ferry
Mrs. Macquaries Chair
Mrs. Macquaries Chair
Touching its nose is supposed to b…
Touching its nose is supposed to …
The pool near Bondi
The pool near Bondi
First swim stop
First swim stop
Coogee beach
Coogee beach
creepy cemetary
creepy cemetary
looking back at Bondi
looking back at Bondi
Coogee Beach
Coogee Beach
Coogee Beach
Coogee Beach
Sunset from the tower
Sunset from the tower
looking down at the Botanic Gardens
looking down at the Botanic Gardens
Looking down at the bridge
Looking down at the bridge
Looking down at Darlings Harbour
Looking down at Darlings Harbour
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photo by: Sunflower300