The Sydney Town Hall.
Justine, our ‘I am Free’ walking tour guide. She knows every nook and cranny of Sydney and told us story after story with a lot of enthusiasm.
Statue of Queen Elizabeth, in front of the QV building. Apparently it was donated (some say discarded) by the people of Ireland and ended up here!
Statue of Queen Victoria’s pooch, just next to statue of Queen Victoria. Throw in a coin and it would bark!
The hanging clock within the QV building. I am told that at strike of every hour, the clock will reveal the hanging of one of England’s monarch! LOL!
The dome of QV Building. Very impressive.
Saint James’ Cathedral on Hyde Park.
‘Il Porcellino‘ – statue of a boar which has become the mascot of the Sydney Hospital, a gift from Florence, Italy. Apparently, if one rubs its nose, it brings good luck – hence the snout was polished by all the rubbing.
Of course some people prefer to rub elsewhere.
Apparently ‘The Matrix’ (the scene where Keanu Reaves duck the bullet!) and ‘Superman Returns’ was filmed here.
The ‘Bonds of Friendship’ monument placed at the spot where the 1st fleet from Portsmouth arrived in Sydney. It’s supposed to be 2 chain linked together but really looks like 2 doughnuts in embrace.
The Circular Quay Railway Station – the hub where trains, buses and ferries meet. This is the place to go when you want to get on a ferry to any of the touristy places around the Sydney Harbour.
On the pavement along the quay were many street performers which lent to the vibrancy of the place.
The Garrison Church which is a church built specially for sailors.
Unfortunately most of the sailor preferred to get drunk in this pub across the church! We were told that some sailors were made to drink so much rum until they passed out and thereafter they were rolled in a barrel in a tunnel beneath the pub all the way out to the harbour where they were put on board ships to work as slaves!
Umbrellas covering a cafe at the quay.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The most famous landmark in Sydney – The Sydney Opera House! Isn’t she a beauty?!
Luna Park. There is a replica of the park in Melbourne. The difference being the mask at the entrance in Sydney is smiling while the one in Melbourne frowns. Apparently the one in Sydney used to frown as well but it was changed to a smile because children were afraid of it! They still are, despite the smile.
The Rocks – the place to be for some retail therapy at the weekend market, dine at the many cafe there and explore the alley ways. The place had a notorious history, being a red light district and a robber’s den.
I liked the stalls at The Rocks because most of them were selling genuine Aussie products and not cheap China made stuff although there were a number of these shops (you know, stuff you can get in any night market back in Malaysia).
The Rocks Discovery Museum. Spend some time here to get to know the history of The Rocks. Admission is free.
Sydney from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I crossed the bridge on foot.
While those with 3.5 hours and AUD 200 to spare opted to make the bridge climb!
Climbers descending from the peak of the bridge.
The Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a huge place and would probably take a few hours to cover on foot. However, I feel the one in Melbourne is far better.
The Sulphur Crested Cuckatoo – they were everywhere and were unafraid of humans.
The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, which is a copy of the original (dated 334 BC) in Acropolis, Athens which is a fine example of Corinthian architecture.
View of Sydney Opera and the Bridge from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Fine for parking illegally at Mrs. Macquaties’ Chair – a lookout point at the eastern end of the garden. A whopping AUD 175!!!
The Mrs Macquaries Bushland Walk is a nice path leading from the Mrs. Macquaries’ Chair back to the city.
On the way to the city, I passed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Domain (a spot where you can stand on a chair and speak on any matters close to your heart – it doesn’t matter if no one is listening!).
Next, I will show you pictures of the mountains.