When we arrived in Sydney, we checked into the Observatory Hotel, a small hotel situated near the historic "Rocks" area.

James Varnum, our tour guide from the New Zealand golf trip, put us in contact with a few of his “mates" (friends) named Peter Miles and David Boward.  We can’t even begin to tell you how gracious Peter, David, and their families and friends were to us during our stay in Sydney.  David arranged for us to play golf at the famous Australian Golf Club while Peter set up dinner at his favorite restaurant and organized a golfing excursion to Terrey Hills.  Peter's wife Belinda arranged a sailing trip on a private boat in Sydney Harbor, and introduced us to their good friends, The Brown's, who allowed us to invade their house and cook an American style barbeque one Sunday afternoon. The time we spent in Sydney was wonderful and we can't thank them enough for their incredible hospitality and generosity.

During our stay in Sydney, we did a ton of sightseeing.  We signed up for the famous Bridge Climb, a three hour guided climb that allowed us to scale to the top of the bridge.  It turned out to be one of the clearest days in weeks in Sydney and the view from the top of the bridge was spectacular.  We also visited the legendary Sydney fish market, walked around the botanical gardens and Circular Quay where the world renowned Opera House is located, visited hip neighborhoods including Darlinghurst and Paddington, and dined at a number of fabulous restaurants.  We also spent one afternoon on the coast walking the heavenly Bondi to Bronti footpath, where some of the best surf beaches in the world are located.

To see how beautiful the Sydney area is, click on the links below:

Bondi to Bronti
Harbor Sail
Sydney BBQ



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