Stopping in Sydney
After fourteen hours in the plane we hobbled up the ramp into the Sydney Airport. But getting out of the airport was a hassle.
When you arrive at a new country you must place your passport photo into a scanner. Then the machine takes a photo of you and a computer compares the two pictures. The problem? Kayley’s entry photo did not match her passport because she had her hair up. They then told her she had to give them the address where we were going to stay in Sydney. The problem? We had no idea where we were going to stay. We fly standby, so we never know whether we are going to catch a flight or not. We have to be flexible with reservations.
So, we sat on a bench and searched on our phones for a place to stay. We made our reservation and they finally let us move on through.
We each paid $17 to ride the train into the city, then dragged our luggage to the hotel. Now to see the city!
Exploring Sydney … Day 1
We set out to hike through the Royal Botanic Gardens, to the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge.
Once we had checked out the area around the harbor we decided to take a harbor cruise across to the town of Manly. When we arrived we found out the Australian Open for Surfing was taking place on the beach. So we walked across the peninsula and found hundreds of surfers in the water. Unfortunately the competition for that day had concluded by the time we arrived. We all said Manly Beach reminded us a lot of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.
Exploring Sydney … Day 2
Kayley said she always wanted to hold a Koala. So after eating breakfast we found our way to the Koala Park, just on the other side of the bridge from Sydney. We did not get to hold the Koalas but did pet them. We also saw an assortment of other animals and got to feed Kangaroos. They gently took the food (alfalfa) from my hand but I could feel a light scratching from their teeth.
After returning from the Koala Park we decided to suck it up and do the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. Climbing a series of steps and ladders we reached the top of the bridge just as a rainstorm cleared.
We finished the climb about dinner time. We ate at a cafe near the end of the bridge and then booked it on back to the hotel to rest and get packed for our trip to New Zealand the next morning.