January 2, 2019

Australia: Christmas in Sydney

Hello red bikini's and beach Santa. We spent four tourist and beach packed days in Sydney over Christmas. Marc and I checked in to the Marriott near Circular Quay which was fantastic. One of the small perks of not backpacking for months and being on vacation... hotels! The luxury. Is it weird that I haven't backpacked in years but I still appreciate a hotel room?


​The other four guys we were traveling with stayed in Bondi so naturally we spent many days there while they attempted to surf and we all got sunburned day-after-day. Although Marc and I seemed to train across town to Bondi daily we did manage to check out a few of the neighborhood beaches, Camp Cove at Wastons Bay and Manly. Wastons Bay was a highlight. I can't believe I didn't go there in 2009. After having ice cream at Camp Cove and going for a swim, we took the ferry back to Circular Quay. The ferry goes right by the Sydney Opera House... what a view!

The Rocks

I was looking forward to revisiting the Ken Done exhibit. It did not disappoint. This time I picked up a poster which I can't wait to have framed. The old neighborhood has so much character with brink lined alleys filled with shops, great restaurants and Sydney's oldest bar. Also, the Kelsey Montague mural is worth stumbling upon.

Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

What an excellent way to spend Christmas day. We bused to Coogee, got breakfast and walked along the coast to celebrate Christmas in the southern hemisphere. The beaches along the coast were packed with Santa Clause hats and red bikinis.

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