Sydney: Day 4

My fourth day in Sydney was probably the busiest one. Since this was the last full day in town, I had a lot on my agenda. And I started with the already established ritual: a morning walk.

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Passing trough my favourite Rushcutters Bay Park. It was just after 7 am, but people were already jogging, exercising, and just walking (like me).

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My 2-hour morning walk was all along the coast. Following the New Beach Road, I ended up at the Darling Point. The line between the road and the water was marked by a splendid tree.

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“Early birds” in the McKell Park.

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As I continued my way on the Marathon Road (in the picture above), I met a friendly middle-aged local man who gave me a few tips what else to see in the neighborhood.

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Next point: the beach at the Double Bay Wharf …

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… and the Steyne Park with the World War One memorial.

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Further along the coast was the Redleaf Beach …

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… and the Murray Rose Pool. “Pool” in Australia refers to a section of the open water separated by fence and designated for swimming. The fence is necessary to keep the sharks out.

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Dos are totally prohibited :).

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Cool nostalgic wall painting at the Redleaf Beach. The local man I met before said the place is crowded with girls in bikini from December (local summer). That’s a strong reason to come back.

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The last part of the morning walk was the Nielsen Park. In the picture: Shark Point with a view of the Central Business District, the Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. The plane in the sky added a special flavour to the moment.

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Pathway to the Vaucluse Bay at the north of the Nielsen Park …

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… and the Shark Beach.

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Waiting for the bus back next to the wall of green.

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In the afternoon I had another visit to the University of Sydney. I dropped in Dymocks before that, an Australian-owned bookstore chain.

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After the uni the next on my agenda was the 5 o’clock tour in the Sydney Opera House. In the picture: Macquarie street connecting the Hyde Park and the Opera House.

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Trees and birds in the Rose Garden & Pavilion along the Macquarie street.

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Arrived at the destination: view to the CBD and Circular Quay from the Opera House.

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Another photo of the Harbour Bridge taken just before the tour.

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Looks like the tour is open for birds too. This is what I call cosmopolitanism :).

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Marvellous purple carpet inside the Opera House.

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The one-hour guided “Essentials” tour is in full swing. In the picture: standing on the balcony around the Opera House.

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The roofs of the Opera House has tiles of two shades.

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Moving on to the Concert Hall.

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Sydney Opera House Concert Hall: what a splendid piece of human design and creativity. 

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The Opera House at sunset.

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I couldn’t miss my portion of fresh fish from Harris Farm this last night. There were many people waiting for theirs that time (around 7 pm). While waiting, I had a chat with a cool local man with a white “Ned Kelly” beard. Australian men like beards (not sure about women’s reaction to that).

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I finished off my day in The World Bar club close at Kings Cross, followed by a night walk in the central business district.

The last full  day in Sydney was over. Bound back for Singapore the following morning.

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