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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Grand Pacific Drive and Sydney

Grand Pacific Drive  (Seacliff)
Our three nights in Kiama were a nice break from our travel pace to date and we were re-charged and ready to head the 132 kms into Sydney via the Grand Pacific Drive and the Seacliff Bridge.

Sydney Opera House
The weather was 21C by 8:00am so after packing up our gear we already needed to head for showers again before getting underway. And it promised and was hot all day topping nearly 30 C with bright bright sun.

The cliffs surrounding the Kiama to Sydney shoreline are quite different than those of the Great Ocean road and appear to have been formed in a similar fashion to Devil’s tower. So the Grand Pacific drive hugs the coastline near Seacliff, and then winds its way through the cliffs on its way to Sydney.

We are lucky that our hotel is within (long) walking distance of the Opera House, The Rocks, and the Harbour bridge
Harbour Bridge
as well as the other downtown core tourist sites so after checking in early to our hotel, parking the car and getting lunch we head out for the afternoon.

What struck us immediately is what a beautiful setting Sydney harbour is, and we sat back later in the Botanical gardens just off of Farm Cove and watched the harbour activity, and people go by.
Sydney Skyline with Royal Caribbean in port

Not far away was the Sydney Library and while technically closed for renovations it was open to look around and we went into the grand library hall.
Sydney Library (vast)

Government House

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