We approached Sydney Harbour by ferry from Rydalmere. For me, that has to be one of the best ways to see the city - a slow meander along the river past mangrove trees, the Olympic Park, Cockatoo Island and then watching the city skyline get closer and closer until you're finally underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge and almost in reach of the Sydney Opera House.
We walked around the SOH - Wendy bought tickets for a show on Saturday but I didn't want to part with $94 to see a tribute to Johnny Cash. We bought some takeaway sandwiches and walked to the hill at the Botanical Gardens overlooking the SOH and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. What a view!
Whilst Wendy went off to do some sightseeing, I met a lovely German girl called Marlene and we chatted for ages and commiserated about the high cost of travel in Australia. Afterwards, I walked slowly through the Botanical Gardens and chilled out underneath the shade of exotic trees.
I needed to take the pace real slow and savour the moments of peace and quiet as have been on the road for over 2 weeks now and sometimes you just new to sit still - even if only for a couple of hours. It really is such an amazing setting with the glistening sea in the foreground, ferries going past, tropical birds flying in and out of the surreal trees and surrounded by the bustling backdrop of the city's skyscrapers.
I watched the sun disappear behind The Rocks whilst walking towards the Terminal Quays. The bars and restaurants were full of people enjoying after work drinks. The ferry ride home was relaxing and gave us the opportunity to see the cityscape lights reflected in the harbour waters. What a wonderful way to end the day!