1999 sydney

It was an auspicious time to visit Sydney, a year before the Olympics construction at the site was on-going, Olympic fever gripped the city like nothing before. We also visted during the week of Mardi Gras but alas never saw any part of that.

Cliché though it must be, a visit to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are a must. Both are truly spectacular pieces of architecture. The Bridgewalk where visitors donned special clothing and walked up to midway point of the top of the bridge was one of the most popular attractions, one which we passed on though. Visited both Bondi and Manly beaches, ate at the fish market, took the monorail round the CBD and Darling Harbour, walked around the shops at The Rock, went up to the top of Centrepoint. All very touristy behaviour. Hee.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset. Double wow.

Drove out to the Blue Mountains and to a wildlife park to see the koalas and the kangaroos. Neat. To Hunter Valley to visit the vineyards. Bought a couple of bottles of verdelho and sampled their cabernets and shiraz.

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