City + Beyond
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 6 Dec 2015 23:47
Sydney, the Opera House and Back to Newcastle
We left our B+B at nine o’clock to do a dummy run to the Opera House, we needed to know distance, traffic and the like. Half an hour later we caught sight of the first high rises. Sydney here we come.
Ten minutes later we could see the Harbour Bridge peeking out on our left, we did wonder how the traffic moved during rush hour, but this being a Sunday things were very quiet.
Our first time driving across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Actually, the first of five times today.........
Knowing we had loads of time we headed back over the bridge and headed out to Cammeray Marina. Parked near the steps, we trotted down the one hundred and nine, stopped at the sign and looked back up the way we had come.
We bimbled down to see our pre-booked berth and then took in the whole marina, tiny by most standards but we had immediately got on with the staff here and very much look forward to enjoying the peace and quiet here after a long day of being tourists in the city – up the steps, a ten minute walk and two buses away, fitness may be improved here.......... The area has masses of marinas, anchorages, swing buoys and is a very popular place for locals to keep their boats. Accessed via the Spit Bridge that we are due through at 10:15 on Tuesday, now that does sound great.
We checked out the facilities – laundry, library and flowers with their own gardens in the middle. We took pictures of bridge opening times, recommended taxi drivers and then headed back up the steps to the car. This little marina will suit us very well.
Following a bug put the cherry on top of everything.
Back over the bridge and into Sydney once more taking in just a couple of the sights that we hope to see more of, then to the Opera House car park. Hassle – no. At our B+B I went on line and booked-a-bay, paid by credit card from 12:00 until 17:00. They allow up to an hour before to an hour after as a consession to ‘the unforeseen’ and you poke your credit card in the slot which raises the barrier. We will certainly use this service again if we hire a little chap as it is country wide. Price five pounds, a huge reduction compared to the signs and no queuing at the pay machine to get out – again it is the paying card poked in the exit machine. Soon settled on red 2, we headed out into the bright, warm sunshine to take in the views.
Such a vibrant city we are going to really enjoy – and then there’s the Opera House.
Of course we posed with Sydney Harbour Bridge.