This was my first trip traveling alone with my 2 children (and 1 stuffed koala) on an airplane. Thankfully the flight is only 75 minutes from Melbourne and that Crayola invented Color Wonder markers.
“P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. I remembered it again!” Yes, Sydney is beautiful, from the sights to the people to the sun’s reflection off the harbor.
We saw the sights
Walking is a big part of city sightseeing. My 3 1/2 year old finds strange bones in her knees and elbows that prevent her from walking more than 3 blocks but she found her rhythm on Sydney’s rolling hills. Plus, the hotel had extra strollers free of charge. First, we ventured over to the Aquarium and Darling Harbor. I expected more out of the Aquarium, more interactives, but the kids loved it.
We took a Harbour Tour and stopped off at Watson’s Bay, to get a good view of the harbor’s environs, eat local fish and chips and dip our toes in the water. Unfortunately, the beach was full of rubbish and the kids had other ideas like discovering a new playground. Below, The Gap, Pacific Ocean/Tasman Sea side of harbor.
We booked a night tour of the Sydney Observatory beginning at 6:15pm since it’s winter. My daughter is obsessed with the planets. Her favorite is Saturn and we were all lucky enough to see it through their telescope. The funny thing is that it looked exactly like Saturn, rings and all. Very cool.
And we walked. We walked Circular Quay (pronounced “key”), the Rocks, shopping districts in the CBD and the Opera House perimeter.
Yes, we purposefully skipped the zoo.
The Westin was great as usual: helpful staff, big rooms, historical building, great city views. Since I arrived sans husband (we met him in Sydney) and didn’t expect him for some time, the concierge was more than obliging. I wish the Westin was closer to the water but cannot complain since “Big Ben” was just outside our huge windows.
Pizza + kids = a somewhat relaxed dinner out. Therefore, I searched for some of the best pizza in Sydney and found Pizza Mario, the only pizzeria associated with a Napoli pizza association. They do not cater to children nor did they have a high chair but the pizza was fabulous and not a tourist in sight.
Ah, the Lowenbrau Keller. The food was ok, the beer was good, and the tourists congregate so why do I love thee? Is it because my kids love spaztle and wurst, or is it because they love warm pretzels and oompah bands? Yes… but it’s probably mine and my husband’s small obsession with beer gardens. Haven’t met one we haven’t liked.
Fish and chips in Watson’s Bay could have been the best Aussie fish and chips yet. We went for the barramundi. My Melbourne experiences with this classic, Aussie fast food have been sub-par.
It was a gorgeous long weekend. Seeing the city’s harbor was something I won’t soon forget. Now that my son and daughter can recognize the “op house” I hope they remember it reflecting the sunshine and city lights too.
Phew, that was a long one. Claire wants to share her version of the trip next.