I spent 2 nights / 3 days in Sydney a couple days ago. This was a trip I have been wanting to do for a very long time. The main objective was to climb the Sydney Bridge and get up close to a kangaroo and a koala. Mission accomplished on all 3!
Flight into Sydney from Melbourne – Canceled. JetStar didnt tell anybody the first flight out that morning was canceled. But they got us on a different flight with no problem. Once we flew in, we grabbed a map and headed around downtown to get some night pictures of the city around the Opera House area.
We went straight away to the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb, a three-and-a-half-hour experience. This has dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House which is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of its arch-based design. We were provided with protective clothing appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions and are given an orientation briefing before climbing. We were also secured to the bridge by a wire lifeline. The bridge climb takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 meters (440ft) (1,437 steps) above Sydney Harbor. Along with running with the bulls in Spain and rock climbing in Yosemite Valley in the USA, BridgeClimb Sydney has been rated in the Lonely Planet’s top ten biggest adrenaline rush experiences! Check out all the celebrities that climbed this bridge.
The following day, we all went on this tour around the Sydney area to check out the Sydney 2000 Olympic Site, Blue Ridge Mountains, Echo Point – to see the world famous ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation and view Australia’s “Grand Canyon”, and the Featherdale Wildlife Park.
The tour group was small so we can get in and out of the things to see. A 1 1/2 hour drive out of Sydney was the Blue Ridge Mountains into a place called Scenicworld. A cable car across the canyon and then another cable car down the mountainside. From there, most of the group split up with a time to be back at the bus (back at the top of the mountain) We walked thru the rainforest walkway. There was a beautiful scenery looking down the valley. Walked past the coal mines, smell the Eucalyptus trees and return up the mountain on the steepest incline railway (Katoomba Scenic Railway) in the world. The length of the incline is 450 meters with the steepest part of the incline at 52 degrees! This thing only faces one direction. So we went up backwards! Fun! On the way up the mountain on a 52 degree angle, we also went thru a natural tunnel of 80 meters. This tour could have easily lasted 4 days. Ours was cut to 1 hour 20 min.
After a 45 min lunch, we then hit up Echo Point. From there you can easily see 3 rock formations called the 3 sisters.
The Featherdale Wildlife Park was next on the agenda. I got a chance to feed and hang out with the kangaroo and the koala. This huge blue peacock was roaming around the park following (scaring) people. (hahaha) I got a chance to see the albino kangaroos too. Very rare. We we not able to interact with the big kangaroos. The highlight of this visit was sitting and feeding the koalas and the baby kangaroos seeds in an ice cream cone. The bigger kangaroos just wanted the ice cream cones. 😉
This trip was very much worth $99. If I had a chance to do this again, it wouldn’t be 4 things in one day. Two would be enough. I take too many pictures and videos.
The next day was a walk around the city with ‘I’m free tours’. We checked out the history, stories and secrets of Sydney on this 3 hour walking tour. You can’t beat a free tour. The lady was very informative on the history of the city and it was a nice day to just roam the city. I had no idea Superman and the Matrix was filmed downtown. This tour everybody should check out when they hit the ground in Sydney.
Back to the airport. Our JetStar flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours now! I’m really starting to not like JetStar. Thank god for me I was using Flight Track on my iPhone, so I can see the updates before the airport put them on the boards. The airport kept announcing on the PA 4 different times for departure. Flight Track was solid on it’s real time of departures. So I can sit back and chill out and use the free wifi in the airport while alot of people were getting pissed off at the announcements. I have another JetStar flight in a couple days heading to Cairns. Great….. 😉