On Tuesday, our first day there, we started off with the Sydney Opera House, and only got slightly lost trying to find our way there from the apartment. We joined the crew of the 350,000 annual visitors who take a tour of the Opera House; over the course of an hour we learned about the history of one of the most iconic buildings in the world. The tour was fascinating and gave us an opportunity to explore many spaces in the Opera House, although Elizabeth was slightly disappointed by how little they focused on the engineers... Regardless, it was a beautiful space and we had the opportunity to go back on our last night in Sydney when we went to an opera!
After we worked up an appetite, we wandered through the Royal Botanical Gardens and stopped to have lunch at their cafe.
Then hopping on a ferry, we saw the expansiveness of Sydney Harbour as we headed across the harbour to Manly. We walked around this chilled out community until we reached Manly Beach. Grabbing an afternoon drink, we watched surfers and swimmers out in the water, followed by an oceanfront walk to the smaller, more secluded Shelly Beach.
The next day we hopped on a bus out of the city to the Blue Mountains. This World Heritage mountain range is full of breathtaking views with gorges and cliffs galore. Our first stop was Kings Tableland.
On the way back into Sydney, we drove through the Olympic Park, the home of the 2000 Olympics Games, before cruising along the Parramatta river, up Sydney Harbour to Circular Quay.