Sydney Trip: Day Three...
Our first big day in Sydney! Today we finally got to have a full day somewhere without having to do any driving..
After a little sleep in we were out of the door by about nine (with work, sleeping anytime past 5am is a sleep in for both Jackson and I at the moment). I rushed to super quickly pack a little lunch of vegemite sandwiches and other little snacks so that we didn’t have to buy $100 sandwiches from Taronga Zoo or the Sea Life Aquarium, which was were we were headed for the day!
After jumping on the train to Circular Quay, we got on the ferry over to Taronga Zoo. We were there in no time at all. We had to walk up to the bottom gate (about 3 minutes from the ferry terminal) to purchase our tickets. We then walked back down to the ferry terminal, with the plan to get the chair lift to the top of the zoo. We ran into one of the ladies that worked at the zoo and she told us to go back and take another path to cut the line. So instead we walked BACK up to the bottom gate and took the “secret path” which cut the entire line and put us at the front of the queue for the chair lift. Last time I went on the chair lift, which was probably about ten years ago, the view was awesome. We could see so many animals in enclosures that you wouldn’t normally be able to see from the pathways. This time we saw a few elephants, including a little baby one, but that was it. It was quite a let down! I suppose it serves us right for cutting the line haha. We ended up spending about three hours there after having lunch in front of the seal pool.
Next on the list was the aquarium in Darling Harbour. Jackson was seriously like a kid in a candy shop and got so excited every time we saw something different. The best part about Sea Life has to be the dugongs (yes- more than one) or the massive tank at the end that was like looking straight into a reef. I really can’t decide!! We spent another three hours at the aquarium then we headed back to our hotel. A nice little perk we found out about pubic transport on Sunday in Sydney is that it is FREE after your first trip. So for the entire day of travelling around on public transport it only cost us about $2.60.
After having a shower and a chill out for a bit we headed back out to Darling Harbour. This was probably the best night so far, even over our dinner out. We just got a pizza and some garlic bread, sat by the harbour and chilled out. By this point it was about 9pm, so we went for a little walk to check out Darling Harbour at night. We ran into a big Ferris wheel on the water and thought “Why not?” and bought a ticket and hopped on. Compared to the Ferris wheel in Brisbane which is a down right rip off, this one was only $8 and we went around so many times. You could see almost everything from up there as well. We then ended up just getting a ferry to Circular Quay and a train home. As soon as we were there we passed out straight away!! It was definitely the biggest and best day in Sydney!