Australia Trip Update 02.11.2010

Day 8 – Saturday 30th October 2010

We said farewell to our fantastic host families and Melbourne and took a short flight to Sydney. Two of our group met up with family and friends for the day whilst the rest of us headed to our hotel in the heart of the city. Having settled in to our rooms we then headed out on the Caroline Chisholm trail. We saw a number of the key sights relating to Caroline Chisholm as we walked through the city followed by our first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Following dinner most of the group made the most of the hotel pool.

Day 9 – Sunday 31st October 2010

Our first lie in! After breakfast we made our way to the Sydney Observation Tower where we enjoyed panoramic views of the city followed by a virtual reality motion simulation ride across Australia. After a quick lunch half of the group took on the challenge of climbing the Harbour Bridge and headed off to don their very attractive jumpsuits and begin their 3 hour climb. The rest of the group took the more leisurely route of exploring The Rocks area and market followed by the Pylon lookout climb and a walk across the bridge. Everyone was delighted to enjoy blue skies and hot sunshine. We then had the world’s biggest chinese meal that not even our students could manage to finish despite one saying that they had never before had a chinese meal with food left over.

Day 10 – Monday 1st November 2010

Oh no where has the sun gone? We started the day with a guided tour of the Opera House where we learnt the story from the initial design competition right through to their plans for the next 10 years including some of the more subtle references included in the design. We then boarded a harbour boat tour (after Mrs Rose had been accosted by Captain Cook!) and headed off to Fort Denison (site of the very first hanging in Australia!). We then made our way to Watson’s Bay where we had amazing cliff top views of the city and the stunning coastal area known as The Gap and Jacob’s Ladder. Unfortunately the rain came and skies were grey but we carried on regardless and some even ventured outside on the boat to see different views of the bridge from underneath. We then headed for Darling Harbour for some shopping and a well earned evening meal in a restaurant overlooking the harbour.

Day 11 – Tuesday 2nd November 2010

After a leisurely breakfast we boarded the Hop on Hop off bus and toured the city before heading off to Bondi Beach. Despite the sun still not making much effort to be around, bikins were donned by some brave members of the group for a paddle in the surf whilst others settled for a more sedate paddle and relaxing on the expanse of golden sand whilst admiring the professional surfers. We then moved on to Rose Bay where the sun did decide to make a brief appearance. After a brief relaxing session in the pool we are getting ready to head out for dinner. Tomorrow we plan to be far more energetic and cycle our way around the coast at Manly. Everyone is fine and hoping that tomorrow will bring much needed sunshine before we have to head home on Thursday and the weather forecast does look more encouraging!