Thursday, December 20, 2018

Around Australia - Sea Princess - Last day in Sydney

Even though we were spending an extra day in Sydney post-cruise, we were up early to watch our ship sail into Sydney Harbour.

Then we took our time preparing to get off. This time our hotel was in the CBD. I had booked at Meriton Suites on Campbell Street. Unlike our first hotel, where we squeezed into the room, this time we had a full one bedroom apartment.

The weather today was not the brilliant sunshine we had before. Cloudy and a bit cool but no rain in the forecast so headed out to take some more ferries and buses and use up the balance on our Opal card.

We took the train to Circular Quay and got our first ferry, this one to Watson's bay.

Enjoyed the ride and rode the same ferry back.

Then we took the ferry again to Manly but got off this time to walk across the small isthmus to Manly Beach.

We wandered a bit, including on the beach. There was a Sunday crafts market we spent some time at. Then found a place for lunch and afterwards we made our way back to the ferry. 

Based on previous research, I knew there was a bus right by the Quay which would take us to Bondi Beach ( and also perfectly stop at a bus stop near our hotel for the return). So off we went again, getting a scenic tour of the outskirts of Sydney from a public bus, mainly small shops and apartment buildings.

Plenty of people at Bondi Beach in spite of the weather. We wandered a bit, again :) including on the beach, and then headed back to our hotel.

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