Days 8 & 9 in Australia: Getting to know Sydney

13 Feb

I’m using AirBnB for my room in Sydney’s Redfern neighborhood. I can either walk to where I need to go or catch a train at a station across the street. Great transport options here.

In my first two days here I have:

  • Visited the Contemporary Art Museum.
  • Explored the Rocks area, the city’s oldest buildings.
  • Had a fantastic dinner at a Korean-Australian fusion restaurant called Moon Park — crab to die for.
  • Visited China Town.
  • Crowded in with the other tourists at the Darling Harbor area. Quite the scene.
  • And taken the famous ferry ride to the beach town of Manly. This was the highlight of the Sydney portion of the trip so far.

Pictures of some of the above here now. Reminder: Click to enlarge.

Sydney's Darling Harbor on a sultry summer night.

Sydney’s Darling Harbor on a sultry summer night.

From one of the platforms at Redfern Station, I can see the building where I'm staying -- the Water Tower Building -- in the background.

From one of the platforms at Redfern Station, I can see the building where I’m staying — the Water Tower Building — in the background.

The iconice cityscape of Sydney as seen from the Manly ferry.

The iconice cityscape of Sydney as seen from the Manly ferry.

Beautiful colors at Manly Cove.

Beautiful colors at Manly Cove.

Another bay near Manly.

Another bay near Manly.

Encountered this footlong beast blocking my hiking trail.

Encountered this footlong beast blocking my hiking trail.

And this guy, about 3 inches across, had strung a web above the hiking trail. I ducked and carefully made it through.

And this guy, about 3 inches across, had strung a web above the hiking trail. I ducked and carefully made it through.

At the main Manly Beach, surfing and skateboarding competitions were under way. And a band played in the distance here. Paid $14 AUS for a pint of microbrew in Manly. Wow.

At the main Manly Beach, surfing and skateboarding competitions were under way. And a band played in the distance here. Paid $14 AUS for a pint of microbrew in Manly. Wow.

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