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25 May 2018

Off to Sydney

Our last morning in Cairns and the skies were sprinkled with the possibility of sunshine that had been eluding us. We dropped the campervan at Apollo which is just around the corner from the airport. A quick taxi ride and the last leg of our six week adventure was about to begin. We're off to Sydney.

Deciding to leave Sydney to the end of our trip was calculated. We knew we wouldn't need (or want) a car in the city and our final flight, whether a stopover or just a connection, would be Sydney. Having flown through Sydney from Indonesia and seeing the Opera house from the air - we were excited to see what this - Australia's largest city - had to offer.

Easy flight and an easy but pricey ($50) taxi ride into the city brought us to the Potts Point area and our Airbnb apartment. We waited just a short time to meet our host and found the neighborhood comfortable - more working people rather than touristy.

Doris met us and showed us up to the third floor apartment (yes, there was an elevator). Very cute, very clean and a great location - what more could we ask for.

Earlier in our trip we learned that Sydney's Vivid Light Celebration was starting that evening and we were excited to see what it was all about.

It was time to explore Sydney. We walked through the tree lined streets of Potts Point - narrow sidewalks passed by older, interesting buildings. We had a map but we weren't "really" sure where we'd end up. Doris had given us general directions and we knew were were looking for a stairway down to the waterfront area...we found it. Jim made me promise that he didn't have to walk back up this steep stairway.

We came out at what appears to be the entrance to a navy area...as we rounded the corner we found that it wasn't "a" navy base - it was "THE NAVY" base Garden Island Navy Base to be exact. Huge ships docked right there. We would have never been able to get this close in San Diego


Just past the Navy Base and en route to the Botanical Garden (where we believed that we would find VIVID), we wandered into an area called Wooloomooloo. A working class neighborhood from the 1850's, this former docklands area is now the upscale waterfront home to a marina, restaurants, apartments and yes, a few pubs. Hmmm - since VIVID wouldn't start until about 6pm - maybe - just maybe we had time for a pint.

Off to find VIVID!! We walked to the back entrance to the Royal Botanical Garden - a short walk ...up hill. The sun had set and it was a bit dark and the further we walked we noticed the park was starting to fill with people - but not as many as I had expected. We were soon to find out why. Apparently, you're supposed to start the walk through the lights at the harbor - we were starting at the end and walking against traffic. It really didn't get too crowded until we got to the Opera House area....

If you get the chance to be in Sydney during VIVID (this year 25 May- 06 Jun) ....GO. It was VERY cool...as you'll see below.


After battling the now growing crowds of the harbour area, we decided that we had back towards our apartment and find a place for some dinner. Leaving our apartment, we'd walked past a small dumpling shop, and since it's really hard for me to resist dumplings, we decided to give it a try. Sydney (and Australia in general) has a huge Asian population. Given it's proximity this wasn't a surprise - we were just happy to find Dumplings and Noodles.

When I said small...it was reallllly small. We arrived to full table on the sidewalk in front. Lucky to secure a small table in the back of this shop that would probably seat, maybe 16 people (max). We settled in. Checking out the menu, and the food coming out of the kitchen, we decided on a dumpling feast - fried dumplings and xiao long boa. Xiao long boa (aka Shanghia soup dumplings) are my absolute favorites - and these were a special treat.


Posted by pjburke 06:13 Archived in Australia Tagged sydney point vivid potts

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