4th February 2012
After a lazy morning lounging in the hotel room, we took the 12.30 flight to Sydney. Once at the city, we checked in to our hotel and made our way down to the harbour for our Showboat Cruise. On the boat, we were shown to our table which was really close to the stage and our entrees were brought to us. Before the show started, we were out on the deck from where we could see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The show was very entertaining, the cabaret dancers portrayed styles and mannerisms from various parts of the world – the Indian one was rather high spirited. I’ve always noticed when non-Indian dancers attempt Indian dances, their movements are high on energy and lack the grace. But overall, the show was very entertaining. We were driven back to our hotel by a cheerful cabbie who gave us a lot of tips on exploring Sydney.
5th February 2012A LEGO Merman
We started off the day with breakfast at our hotel. We went on a short tour in the morning; stopping off at all the famous landmarks and taking the mandatory tourist shots with them. Later, we were dropped back to the hotel. In the afternoon, we took the free city circle bus to the closest monorail stop and then took the monorail to the aquarium. At the aquarium, I saw a platypus for the first time. It was so much smaller than I had imagined it to be; just a little larger than my hand! I was amazed at the speed with which it was swimming around. It quite seemed to enjoy itself in its enclosure. We saw a lot of large sharks, rays and a myriad of pretty fish.
We then went next door to Wildlife Sydney where I saw a kangaroo for the first time. We could go almost right up to them. Emus were walking around quite casually as well. We stopped at every snake enclosure for a short session of Where’s Waldo as the snakes were so camouflaged. We saw the cassowary with its beautiful coloration and deadly claws. It was quite a menacing beauty. There were a few wombats and possums on display as well.
We took the monorail back to the closest point and then had a leisurely walk back to the hotel.
6th February 2012
This was our last day in Sydney. We took the bus to the Sydney Tower Eye. We watched a 4 D short film up there. I still think Disney does a better job with 4D films. Up on the observation deck, we could see quite a bit of the city – probably the whole thing. We walked back home through the city, enjoying its sights and sounds. The next day, we flew back to Melbourne.