On Thursday, I took K. and her aunt and cousins to the city for the day. K.’s cousins had never been into Sydney before even though they have visited us heaps of times over the last few years (helping to set up my mother-in-law in a hostel rather than visiting for fun).
I drove into the city as we were able to get parking for the whole day near Darling Harbour for only $12 because we were visiting Sydney Wildlife World. We walked across Pyrmont Bridge, which the girls enjoyed, although the breeze was a little cool.
The girls really enjoyed Wildlife World, although they were more interested in the giant statues of creatures likes snakes, spiders, wombats and kangaroos than some of the real animals.
I’m really pleased with my new camera, a Canon IXUS 970IS. The photo of this python was taken through glass and it has turned out really well.
K. got into the spirit of things, touching any of the animals that were out for show. Here she is patting a Bearded Dragon.
I couldn’t resist taking a shot of these frogs. Pity they were in the shade.
The three girls were all very interested in touching the python that was on display. I even touched it – it’s scales felt a lot smoother than I thought they would.
After Wildlife World, we jumped on a ferry from Darling Harbour around to Circular Quay. A large cruise ship was docked in Darling Harbour. It was huge!
K.’s cousins were excited to see the Opera House for the first time. We drove over the Harbour Bridge on the way into the city, so it wasn’t so exciting anymore!
The ferry picked up passengers at Milson’s Point, right next to Luna Park. K. wanted to get off the ferry and walk through the face right then and there!
We took the girls for a walk around the Opera House, most importantly up the stairs, and down the stairs and up again.
I took this photo of the Manly Ferry for a friend overseas who has enjoyed many trips to Manly over the years but is a long way away right now. Sorry you can’t be here to enjoy the harbour.
We let them have a run around in the Botanic Gardens before heading back to catch a train to Town Hall, then the Monorail (one and a half times round the circuit) back to Darling Harbour. All three girls were tired by this time and it was so great to be able to just get in the car and drive home. K. was a trooper considering she is three years younger than her younger cousin. She loves to walk and keeps on going like the Duracell bunny!
The three girls decided that the best things about the day were the ferry ride and the monorail ride. We’ll have to go to Taronga Zoo next time the cousins visit, and catch a ferry to get there!