Australia Adventure – Day 33 – Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, Harbour Cruise. Taronga Zoo and Dinner with Cousins

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was high on my priority list.  But Hubby wouldn’t even let me do the tree top swing thing and so imagine what watching me 134m above sea level would do to his nervous disposition.  Of course I didn’t have the slightest bit of fear and would have done it in a beat if I hadn’t been so concerned about his anxiety! The high price of the high climb justified me chickening out on this one too!  I envied those brave souls up there though but settled for second best and walked across on the footpath instead. There was after all the pylon climb which Earl declined to do but said it was okay for me.

So after a slightly different breakfast at Kantine – we ordered egg and bacon rolls but were presented with a starter of fruit salad to share just before it arrived – thank you kind hosts – we took the bus to Circular Quay, finally found the start of the walk in Cumberland Street.We kept having to turn around to see the view toward the city and realised that coming the other way would be more picturesque.  So we finished the walk and then walked back again!   On the return trip I climbed up the pylon paying the “senior’s” fee of  $8.50 which for a South African was a big saving on the regular $13. There are some advantages to growing older!

From the foot path

Bridge From the foot path

Cyclists are catered for

Cyclists are catered for

There is a cycle track over the bridge - here a cyclist is coming down from the bridge

There is a cycle track over the bridge – here a cyclist is coming down from the bridge

The pylon I climbed

The pylon I climbed

Breathtaking views from the top

Breathtaking views from the top

Looking down on the bridge

Looking down on the bridge

Tall ship in harbour

Tall ship in harbour

After the double walk – it was about more than 2km there and back – we took a hop on hop off ferry to Taronga zoo which included the entry fee.  The ferry ride itself was interesting as we got to see Fort Denison, Shark Island and Watson’s Bay en route and being on a boat is always a highlight for Earl.   The zoo is lovely but we only did the Australian animals – Africa in Australia did not appeal to us.  The best was the bird aviary and being able to see the birds up close – just sitting there watching was a lovely experience.

Noisy Pitta

One of the more unusual birds we saw – Noisy Pitta

The weather today was overcast and chilly at first so fortunately we took our jackets – it rained slightly on our return ferry trip so we were grateful for them.

In the evening the cousins got to together for a fabulous meal at Alpha – a Greek Restaurant in Surry Hills.  Not only was the company warm, friendly and stimulating the Greek food was to die for!   Thanks Cuzzies for an amazing evening.

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Wayne, Tamara, Bruce, Kath, Helen, Earl

Wayne, Tamara, Bruce, Kath, Helen, Earl

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5 thoughts on “Australia Adventure – Day 33 – Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, Harbour Cruise. Taronga Zoo and Dinner with Cousins

  1. The view from the bridge must be breath taking… I would have joined you on the climb up the bridge, it must give a view that is second to none…

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  2. Oh my gosh look at that food. I hope all your walking is keeping the weight down. I would loved to have tasted that lot. The bridge is amazing would have been very brave of you going up but I am sure the price would have put me off as well.
    Enjoy.

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  3. Hi! my darlings, so glad you are :”doing the town” Sydney has so much to offer. Good that the weather is not being too unkind. How about the Skywalk at Centrepoint Tower? Had a good day yesterday celebrating Colette’s b/day, also Rose’s 50th went to Awaba House for lunch, delicious warm lamb salad for Rose and me and Smoked salmon pasta for Colette. Also took Colette to Swansea RSL for dinner as the lunch was only a light one. Won a leg of lamb!! Lots of love, Auntxoxoxo

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