Before Adam left for work this morning he was kind enough to give me some spare tickets that he had for a couple of Sydney's tourist attractions that he hadn’t used and had been laying around the kitchen worktop for ages. The tickets were for the viewing deck of the Sydney Tower and admission to Sydney Wildlife World (http://www.sydneywildlifeworld.myfun.com.au/).
I headed out quite early as it was yet another nice day and the views from the tower would be great this morning. On the way to the tower I grabbed a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea which I ate/drank in Hyde Park just before going up to the viewing deck of the tower.
1st stop today was the Sydney Tower.....
Sydney Tower (also known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland's Sky Tower, though Sydney Tower's main observation deck is almost 50 m (164 ft) higher than that of Auckland's Sky Tower). The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The tower stands 305 m (1,001 ft) above the Sydney CBD, being located at 100 Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets.
After taking several photos facing north, east, south and west out of the viewing tower and of every famous building that I could recognise from up here, I headed down the lift and out of the tower. To get to my next free tourist attraction, thanks to Adam, I head to head back down to Circular Quay and obviously couldn’t walk past the Opera House without getting another picture from another different angle. I am determined to get home with a photo good enough to put up on the wall. At least this time, I remembered to ask someone to take my picture as I don’t have many pictures of me in these places. I guess that’s one of the downsides to travelling alone.
While walking through Circular Quay there was the usual group of street artist busking for some money. In the same place as yesterday was the Aboriginal guy playing the didgeridoo and selling CD’s of his music that looked a bit more like Mr. T than an Aboriginal so I have taken a video and a photo for you to see.
I decided to take the longer walk around to Sydney Wildlife World which meant walking around the shoreline and around past Dawes Point Park, Walsh Bay, Millers Point (where the harbour master’s tower is), through the Barangaroo (where the big ocean lines dock) and down to Darling Harbour.
My next stop was the Sydney Wildlife World.....
Sydney Wildlife World is a wildlife park in the centre of the city of Sydney, Australia. Officially opened in September 2006, it is located on the city side of the Darling Harbour leisure and retail precinct, next to Sydney Aquarium.
When I arrived at the Sydney Wildlife World and tried to scan the ticket that Adam gave me the turnstyle would not let me through so I went up to the ticket desk and asked if there was a problem with the ticket. They scanned the ticket and told me that it had already been validated, which I am assuming that Adam has already used it, I asked if I had to buy another ticket and she said no, just go through the disabled gate and she would open it for me. What a result.
After walking around for a while and there is not really too much to see, I decided to head out towards the Opera House again as I wanted to get some night time shots of the harbour. As it was still spring over here it fell dark at around 5pm, so I didn’t have to wait too long to get a couple of shots.