Have a look at our country on our journey to
There will be pictures galore and some history on some
of the places we visited.
Photos can be enlarged by clicking on each photo.Peter at Holties House has posted quite a number of
stories on his blog about our holiday to
major stop was in
morning and as we were in no hurry we stayed overnight in
looking for accommodation before settling on a motel in
to be declared in
We had decided to locate near a railway line as driving into
the CBD as well as finding a car park would have been easier
to find “hen’s teeth”.
ride to the centre of town. From here we were able to visit all
the tourist attractions with relative ease.
populated city in
with a population of
approximately 4.28 million
and is the state capital of
New South Wales
the site of the first European
The city is built around Port
destination notable for its beaches and twin landmarks:
the Sydney Opera House and the
Radiocarbon dating has provided evidence that the
least 30,000 years.
At the time of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788,
4000 to 8000 Aboriginal people lived in the region.
European interest in colonizing
landing of Captain Lieutenant James Cook in
in 1770. Under instruction from the British government,
a convict settlement was founded by Arthur Phillip, who
This site was soon found to be unsuitable for habitation,
owing to poor soil and a lack of reliable fresh water.
Phillip founded the colony at Sydney Cove on Port
He named it after the British Home Secretary, Thomas
Townshend, Lord Sydney.
Our first day we caught the train
metre (just over 1,000 feet) tall
Construction of the office
building commenced in 1970, and
the construction of the tower
began in 1975. Public access to
the tower, at the time the fourth
tallest building in the world, began
in September 1981.
The total cost of construction was
A$36 million. The tower has a
maximum capacity of 960 people.
Travel from the ground to the
tower is via three high speed double
deck elevators that reach the
observation deck in approximately
The views from the top are
to say the least, most
spectacular and a visit
to the viewing platform
is well the effort.
Next we caught the monorail
The Metro Monorail, originally
Sydney Monorail is a single-loop monorail that connects
CBD and shopping districts.
There are eight stations on
3.6km of track, with four trains operating at once.
Major attractions and facilities
such as the
Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney
Exhibition Centre are served by
It was opened in July 1988
during the Bicentenary
FRIENDSHIP: was designed
The garden was a gift to
sister city of
It is one of the largest
of its type outside Asia.
The gardens were
designed by landscape
architects and embody
principles dating back
to the 5th century.
The gardens present
visitors with a green
and peaceful sanctuary
in the midst of a major
bustling city and an ideal
escape from the
concrete surrounds of
In 1984 the
announced that a
as part of the
to the site
European settlement at
The museum was
opened by Prime
Minister Bob Hawke
with the USA Gallery
George Bush and Prime
Minister Paul Keating.
Model of HM "Endeavour"
inside the Maritime Museum
Our first day still wasn’t finished as
Monorail back into the city, then a train
down to Circular Quay. Here we
investigated times when the Manly Ferry
left and we had heard of a boat ride up the
We decided to go on both of these boat rides
the following day. For now we were going to
walk down to the Sydney Opera House before
catching the train back to our motel after a long
day. My next post will continue from the Opera
House and onto the two boat journeys.