Thursday 5 March
Arrival from Hobart painless and take Taxi to Holiday Inn driven by an Asian who was scarily funny. Mr woa works ( his version of Road Works) talked all journey about woa works and tolls. Yes, our cases left at the Holiday Inn, Sydney Old Town on 6 February are still there.
Dinner in The Rocks Coffee House, 99 George Street. Not now going to see the Bowrings tomorrow, they cancelled.
Some good views of the city at night from the top of the hotel – must try and improve my night time photography though.
Friday 6 March
Our last full day in Australia and whilst we all have breakfast in the same place as dinner last night we go off for a small local walk.
John & Deirdre venture off by bus for a coastal walk including Bondi Beach, we potter in the Sydney heat and view the Rocks area and the market, Richard getting his hair cut in an establishment suggested by an Internet forum, Mars, at the top end of George Street in an arcade just after the road starts going down again.
An Asian (emigrant from China) hairdresser and his command of English is considerably better than the taxi driver.
Catch a ferry to Manly with the evening commuters for a walk along Manly’s beachfront viewing the surfers and sunbathers.
Fish & Chips dinner in the same restaurant as last year – Fiasco, Manly – $10 cheaper per person than those on the seafront – and then a ferry back to Sydney passing a crowd of families and youngsters listening to live music with their picnics.
Saturday 7 March
Claire couldn’t get into Sydney so she has cancelled as well so we have a free morning. Breakfast by the hotel and Mick & Brenda pass by.
We met Mick & Brenda on our St Petersburg cruise in 2013 and they have been on the first part of the world cruise and are off exploring Sydney for the day before rejoining for the rest of the journey. Walk around to Opera House and found a basking seal at the end.
Yesterday, Aurora, our ship for the next 7 weeks, was moored away from the main docking area but was moved last night to Circular Quay so was resplendent in the sun waiting the influx of 700 passengers.
Embarkation today at about 2pm was quick and efficient and we settled down to unpack our suitcases before a good sail away party with the backdrop of Sydney and it’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
What can I say, our Australian 2015 adventure has finished and the four of us are now firmly housed on P & O cruise ship Aurora for a journey that will get us back to Southampton on 23 April.
I am so glad that all our arrangements went well throughout Australia even if the accommodation at Lennox Head wasn’t really what we thought it would be.
Still some interesting places we want to go to but perhaps they will need to await another visit, perhaps in 2017.