After a bit too much to drink Wednesday night I was nursing a horrible hangover all day Thursday. Mum and co went to do the Bondi to Coogee walk whilst Nathan and I stayed at the house and sunbathed on the roof. Luckily she was kind enough to send me photos…
Friday was to be our last proper day in Sydney so first of all we headed to Sydney Aquarium to use the last of the tickets on our pass. It was bigger than the one in Manly, not that it looks it from the outside, but the exhibit is in layers.
They had the usual array of marine animals and at times it actually felt like we were in the harbour!
We worked our way through the exhibitions before we came across the dugongs! I don’t think any aquarium we have been to has been the same as the one before. They all have at least one or two different animals.
Out of only five dugongs in sea life centres across the world, two reside at the Sydney Aquarium and they’re the only male/female pairing. They’ve attempted to release them back into the wild but they end up malnourished and injured so for the time being, their home is here. They look a bit like dogs and were just floating around eating lettuce!
Back in we went to the shark tunnel before embarking on a penguin exhibition on a bit in freezing temperatures of six degrees!! Ok maybe not freezing but it was compared to the outside. I mean all the workers were in jumpers and coats!
The last part was a huge tank full of groupers, sharks, eels, small fish and rays. We sat watching them for a bit before exiting. There’s something incredibly calming about aquariums.
We exited back out to Darling Harbour and as we passed Cockle Bay Wharf we saw there was an Invictus Games function going on. Hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry, we sat outside and ogled the insiders but there was no sign of him.
Next stop was Bondi as my brother wanted to get a few souvenirs. Still as beautiful as ever in the sun, we strolled along admiring this wonderful place until I realised there were lifeguards in the tower.
What commenced was a hilarious fifteen minutes that involves the car crawling along slowly and me walking up and down trying to catch a glimpse, faking selfies and watching a lifeguard sitting on the car eating lunch listening to music. We all managed to get a snap of Yatesy though from Bondi Rescue! Result!
We couldn’t agree on anywhere to eat at Bondi so headed to somewhere called ‘The Cottage’ in Balmain instead.
It was a quaint little bistro off the road which served good albeit cheesy pizzas. Still, it was enough to fill us up ready for our Bridge Climb that evening!
After catching the last hours sun at the house, we set headed to our Bridge Climb. We had booked onto the 19:05 climb and got there about twenty minutes early, so spent it looking round the gift shop.
We waited upstairs until we were called through into the briefing room. There were two Americans and three other men with us. Declarations signed, it was time to get our jumpsuits. Mine was huge with the crotch hanging by my knees! I looked hideous but I was too excited to care!
Next was through the metal detector, which was frustrating because we were told countless times to empty our pockets yet people still pleaded ignorant. Reminded me of an airport! I didn’t have my phone past this point so my words will have to do 😂! We went downstairs to get the rest of our accessories. A belt with a slider on to attach us to the bridge, a fleece, a radio, a hanky and an ever-so-sexy headtorch! Once we were kitted our it was time to make sure we knew what we were doing by climbing the training ladders!
Satisfied we all knew what we were doing, our guide Holly, took us out to the tunnel to start our climb. We got about fifty steps onto the bridge and one of the older guys in the group of three decided it wasn’t for him so we turned back, dropped him off and started again. To begin with we were waking along the rafters underneath the bridge until we got the four ladders to climb upwards that would put us on the bridge.
Dinner consisted of McDonald’s and Subway on the way back to the Airbnb. That gave Mum and co time to shower and change and make sure everything was packed before we headed to the rental place to drop off the Mitsubishi and pick up the car Nathan and I would have for the next month. That, as well as making sure no Timtams went to waste…
Until next time…