Íde here still writing while the others are scuba diving on the reef…
Day 12 – Friday 27th June
So, after a good night’s sleep we head down for a walk around Darling Harbour. We have to make our way to Star City Coach Terminal to book our first Diamond Pass tour. This is at the very end of the Harbour which is a good stroll away, but also gives us a good idea of some places we might be interested in seeing more of another day. Grayline tours are closed by the time we get to it, but the brochures are available outside and that has a 24hour booking phone number. We strolled around Star City which is a major complex housing a casino, hotel, top class restaurant (way above our budget) and theatre. The Phantom of the Opera and the Rocky Horror show are on at the moment. The girls are interested in seeing both, but if they have to make a choice it would be the Rocky Horror Show. We then wander back to the hotel and book in for the Sydney Highlights tour for tomorrow.
Day 13 – Saturday 28th June
We have a bit of a lie in before wandering down to the Aquarium Pier for the afternoon tour. The tour starts with a buffet lunch on board the Majestic cruise ship. Great selection of food and unless you are a very fussy eater you won’t go hungry. There is a recorded commentary on the boat explaining all the sites we are seeing, which includes sailing under Sydney Harbour bridge – where you can wave at all the little people who have climbed to the top. Padraig and the girls plan to do this climb later in the week.
The boat stops off at Circular Quay to take some commuter passengers back to Darling Harbour. We stay on board and disembark at Darling Harbour for the bus trip to Arabanoo Lookout and the coast drive to Manly Beach. This drive has spectacular views which accounts for the high price of property in the area. Think Sydney Parade in Dun Laoghaire and you’ll get the idea. The commentary on the bus is done by the bus driver, so is much more personal and easy to listen to than the recorded one on the boat. We stop at Manly Beach for 45 mins. It is impressive, but I think we have been a little spoiled with the beaches in LA and Hawaii and so we don’t stay by the beach for long. Instead we walk through the Arts and Crafts markets and wander back to the bus.
The tour was great overall, because it gives a good overview of Sydney from land and sea.