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Sydney Harbour and its Icons and Nature Photography in the Royal Botanic Gardens

We flew from Hobart in Tasmania to Sydney for a three-day visit. With limited time, the location of accommodation was an important consideration, so I chose a hotel near the south side of Hyde Park close to Museum Station and within walking distance of Haymarket and China Town. To get to the hotel from the domestic or international airport terminals is by taxi or the train to Museum station and walk. To board trains at the airport terminal stations requires the purchase of a relatively expensive Gate Pass in addition to the fare. Considering the cost for two people a taxi is only marginally more expensive so it’s the best option.

When we arrived in the city there was a smoky haze caused by the wild fires in the west. In the late afternoon, the smoke almost blotted out sun, creating an eerie scene.

Hyde Park is central to the main tourist icons – Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House and to the harbour, ferries and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. All are within easy reach using the excellent public transport system and China Town is within walking distance. Arriving at the hotel in the mid-afternoon leaves time for a walking tour of China Town and a meal in Market City.

Sydney’s icons are a ‘must do’ but the highlight has to be the ferry trip to Manly and nature photography in the Royal Botanic Gardens especially seeing and photographing a pied currawong (Strepera graculina) feeding on a dead bat.

Sydney Highlights: the Harbour, Ferries, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, China Town and Nature Photography in the Royal Botanic Gardens

We spent our final morning in Sydney and in Australia with a walk around Hyde Park then it was time to set off to the airport for the flight back to the UK.

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