What a difference the sunshine makes! After a week of heavy downpours with flash floods in parts of the city and almost 20cm of rain falling in a matter of 2 days, we finally got a break in the clouds and headed straight for the coast and the most iconic beach of all: Bondi Beach.
There were plenty of surfers and joggers about in the central part of the beach. I went walkabout to the end of the beach, where I watched a group of brave/foolhardy local boys jumping into the waves and then getting flung back out onto the rocks. They were having a whale if a time!
After our hour was up, we proceeded to drive to Sydney's North Beaches, stopping briefly at Newport, Avalon and finally ending up at Palm Beach. Palm Beach is the home of the Australian soap "Home & Away".
The road to the beach pushes through lush forest, skims on the edges of a lagoon and curves past multi-million dollar mansions on the rocks and hills. On the right hand side of the bay is a huge tidal water swimming pool perched on the rocks. Luckily, we both had our swimsuits with us and swam in the cool, salty seawater whilst watching surfers catch the swells only a few metres away as the sun sank slowly behind the hills. Beautiful!
Refreshed and revived, we drove back into town and went for a long walk around Darling Harbour. It's a buzzing, harbour side location full of bars, restaurants and clubs. We people-watched whilst eating dinner. Is it a sign if old age on my part or do young Sydneyite girls wear the shortest skirts on the planet?