I return to Sydney to the Expedition Centre for two days of filming and some minor servicing of my vehicle. I shot a video on the pop top conversion for Defenders. An awesome conversion that I would love for those rainy days at camp. An old friend from highschool hosted me for the week at Bulli, about an hour south from Sydney. The costs of caravan parks in Sydney are insane, so this helped give me the freedom to spend those extra days exploring. First off was to explore Royal National Park. This coastal drive is quite beautiful and a far cry from the mayhem of Sydney city traffic. I took every turnoff along the way, with many beach access opportunities.
Wednesday I caught a train from Waterfall station into the city. The trains are impressive double deckers. Dropped off in the city I eventually got my bearings and started walking through to the Opera house. The old buildings are incredible. Sandstone, granite and various other stonework. No surprise that the best buildings are owned by the banks.
I make it to The Rocks. A lively area with plenty of tour boats ready to sail on the harbour. It’s very much like on the postcards. The opera house is actually a pretty basic concrete construction covered in cream tiles. It felt good leaning of the balustrade and looking over the Sydney harbour bridge. The sights this bay has seen in the last 200 years would be impressive.
I continue along the harbour walkway in the Royal Botanic Gardens, eventually coming to the Art Gallery of NSW. Free entry. Quite a nice selection of paintings and sculptures.
Hyde Park included the ANZAC memorial and Archibald Fountain. With a little walking of the city streets I was done. Time to escape back to Bulli.
Thursday I braved the drive to Bondi Beach. Managed to get parking for $5 per hour. Very busy and popular. Took a drive around the corner to Gaerloch and Bronte beaches, much quieter yet still with lovely golden sands.
And that was Sydney.. I was told about a 3 day trip coming up with Defender owners by one of my subscribers so decided to head off Friday to explore with them.