Sydney, New South Wales

Our vacation to Sydney began Saturday, April 8 at 2 am. Taking the red-eye we all tried to sleep for the 4.5 hour flight. Sydney is 2 hours ahead of Perth so when we  landed it was around 8 am. Then we took the train into the city to meet up with grandma. Reunited as a family of 4 we made our way to Manly beach for our Airbnb. 

We stayed 5 days in Sydney. From Manly to Sydney CBD was an easy 20 minute ferry ride. On Sunday it cost $2.50, but all other days it is $7.80. A cab ride from CBD to Manly was around $50. 

As tourists we toured the Opera House, rode the Hop on and Hop off bus and saw Bondi Beach. 

“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney”

The Sydney Opera House took 14 years, 10,000 workers, 1,056, 006 tiles, and a very big budget to build.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

We spent a rainy morning at the Powerhouse Museum which was really interactive for kids.  Afterwards we went to Darling Harbour and walked through the Chinese Garden of Friendship then finished off the day with dinner in Chinatown. 

steam train at the Powerhouse Museum
a model of the Strasbourg astronomical clock
At the museum there was also a section dedicated to the Wiggles. 

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was designed by Sydney’s Chinese sister city, Guangzhou in China.
It’s like we’re in China.
Atticus found the 12 zodiac animals in the garden. Here he is with his sign, the dragon. 
Chilling at Manly on our last day in Sydney


  1. Jo

    Wow so fun! Atticus must have loved that big steam engine! XX

  2. Lori

    We’ve taken the Hop-on Hop-off bus in several places we’ve visited – most recently, in New Orleans. It’s a great way to learn about the city you are touring. The Chinese gardens look beautiful ! Sounds like have seen a lot of interesting sites. Such a great adventure. Hope everyone is well.

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