It was early dawn, still dark, when we entered the Western Channel, which leads into Sydney Harbour, heading west toward the Harbour Bridge. As we tied up to the west side of Circular Quay the sun started to rise behind the Opera House. Although we have been here before it was still an amazing sight, especially with the back cloth of a brilliant red sky. Shepherds Warning!!!
As in Melbourne it was very hot; so we left the ship early and walked around The Rocks area and explored the possibility of climbing The Harbour Bridge. However, at nearly £150 each we decided instead to go shopping in town where our money would go further!!! We visited several shopping malls, including the beautiful Queen Victoria Arcade. We stopped for coffee and then back to the ship to cool down. In the afternoon we walked around Circular Quay, eating an ice cream each, enjoying this colourful U -shaped quay, wedged between the Rocks and the magnificent Opera House. Then a short walk around the Botanical Gardens. In the evening Cunard arranged a dinner, for all the World Cruisers, at the Sydney Town Hall. A spectacular evening commenced with speeches from Cunard's President and MD, Peter Shanks, and our Captain, Chris Wells followed by a delicious meal, music and dancing.
The next day we were hoping to meet with our nephew, Simon, but because of the bad weather, (remember the red sky in the morning), he was unable to make it. However, we still managed to get to The Fortune of War Pub, which was going to be our meeting place, had a drink and a chat with the New Zealand barman and gave a toast to absent friends. We then walked to and around Darling Harbour. It has developed a lot since we were last here. We continued walking on to Barangaroo Wharf to Walsh Bay and back to the ship. As the rain got heavier we decided to stay on board. We have since heard the weather has been very bad around Sydney for several days with flooding.