I arrived in Sydney late morning on Monday 3 March minus my suitcase which had not made the transfer from the Napier to Auckland flight. "I assume that you transferred from the Napier flight. It is not unusual for that flight" said the baggage attendant at Sydney Airport. I'd already been told by a commuter on the Napier to Auckland flight as we waited with the engines running for 20 minutes on the tarmac in Auckland for a stand at the terminal, that the flight was invariably late. These things never phase me: it was, after all, Air New Zealand's job to get me to Sydney one way or another. The baggage arrived 10 hours after I did. The Glad Game: it arrived. No luggage would have irritated me.
Fiona (British Canadian Aussie and daughter of almost-lifelong-friend, Mo) had planned an afternoon going to see some of the sights.
These maps may be useful reference points for some of the posts on Sydney's sights over the next few days.
We started with a trip to, of course, Bondi Beach which, on a drab Monday afternoon is possibly less appealing than on a sunny summer weekend. Actually the beach is large and the swimming is good but the town is a Sydney weekenders' tourist trap. Given that it was originally built as an English style seaside resort that's possibly not a surprise.
|Bondi Beach looking north|
|There is a lot of wall art. Some of it very good indeed if that is what one likes at the beach.|
|This could be almost any English seaside resort|
|Probably once the grandest Bondi hotel, the Hotel Bondi is still imposing (this is the side view facing the beach).|
After Bondi we travelled around the coast and saw the Macquarrie lighthouse. This is the near the original light erected in 1791 and the site of the oldest lighthouse in Australia built in 1818 with the current lighthouse built to replace it in 1883 (the 1818 one having been built of sandstone and basically fallen down). This light is still fully operational today.
|The 1883 Macquarrie Lighthouse|
|Detail from over the main door - I'm not sure whether that's a flattering model of the monarch's face but it's not as severe as usual.|
|The South Head|
|Obviously the South Head is the southern headland but isn't that a head I see before me?|