New South Wales

A first visit back in 1994 brought us to Sydney, probably
the best known city of Australia.
It is for most visitors a highlight when planning a Down Under trip.
Sydney has one of the finest and largest harbours created by nature
and one should definitely not miss a trip on a ferry departing Circular Quay
should it go to Manly, the Taronga Zoo or any other destination.
The views are so spectacular, you wouldn't like to miss it.

Circular Quay     Sydney Opera     Circular Quay     Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge     Koala at Taronga Zoo     Skyline at night

The Opera and the Harbour bridge are certainly the main attractions of the city.
You can either stroll around at your ease, enjoy a trip on the Monorail bringing
you to Darling Harbour, another entertainment highlight or simply board the
Sydney Explorer bus bringing you to the main spots of the cityon a 22 km route.
Darling Harbour hosts attractions like the Aquarium, one of the biggest worldwide,
museums, shopping and entertainment centers and the Chinese gardens.
Do not miss a visit to the Harbour Bridge, either enjoying the Pylon Lookout or
perhaps the Bridge walk. On the way, you'll pass the Rocks, once the birthplace of Sydney.

Pylon Lookout     Sydney from Pylon Lookout     Circular Quay from Pylon Lookout     Opera from Pylon Lookout

The Rocks     The Rocks     Darling Harbour     Queen Victoria Building

Among other highlights, enjoy a view from Sydney tower, stroll through the hundreds
of shops in the Queen Victoria Building or simply relax in Hyde park or the
Royal Botanic Garden. Plan a couple of days to discover this city, there's just
so much to see and do.

Hyde Park    View from Sydney Tower    Hyde Park    Harbour Bridge Pylons at night    Harbour Bridge at night

Harbour Bridge at night     Opera at night     Opera at night     Opera vision at night

One of the major highlights when leaving the city and a major
tourist spot is the Blue Mountains Ntl Park, just a little more than an hour
drive away from bustling Sydney. The best known city within the area is certainly
Katoomba with its main attraction being Echo point with the Three sisters.
If you like walking, there are plenty of tracks in this park. Do not miss the
Giant Stairway, descending about 900 steps from Echo point to the valley.
Here you have the choice of doing either the Dardanelles Pass or the
Federal Pass walk. Should Federal Pass be your choice, follow the track until
Furber steps and enjoy the overview over the valley when returning to Echo Point
via Henry cliff walk. Amongst others, enjoy walks departing in Blackheath
or Wentworth. Hopefully you'll be lucky with the weather while being there.

Blue Mountains rim   Giant Stairway   Waterfall   Waterfall   Rim view   The Three Sisters   The Three Sisters

Waterfall      Waterfall      Wentworth Falls track      Wentworth Falls

But there's more to see in NSW, and once again, lots of things had to be skipped
during the last trip as time was running out or the weather wasn't at its best.
And so the journey up the coast coming from Victoria was done without
major stops until arriving at the Central Coast region, a little north
of Sydney. This area is certainly a nice spot to relax after a long journey,
not too far away from major attractions.

On the way to the coast     On the way to the coast     Central Coast Region     Central Coast Region     Central Coast Region - Saratoga

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