On our last day in Sydney we took a boat cruise around the harbour. It was sunny and supposed to be hot, so we set out early in the morning to avoid literally melting on the boat. The best part about Sydney hands down is its focus on the harbour. There is a great ferry system making it quite easy to get in and out of the downtown area; commuters and tourists alike use the ferries. Our tour took us around to the zoo, Manly Beach, Darling Harbour and a couple other stops. We bought the "cruise" ticket which meant we stayed on for the whole two hour trip, but you could purchase a 24 hour ticket and get on and off as you please. This would be ideal with a group that was interested in a bit more walking than our group wanted to do!
The boat had a covered area down below and an open second story. Peter and I started up on the top but eventually joined the others down below; the sun got pretty unbearably hot and I started to burn, as usual. The top deck was ideal for pictures, though!
Random guy squatting in the corner. Couldn't crop him out without cropping part of the Harbour Bridge in the distance.
Lower deck selfie with Mom and the bridge barely visible in the background.
The Opera House from the harbour!
After the cruise, we got some lunch and a drink at a bar across from the train station and enjoyed some much needed air conditioning.
We decided to head back to the hotel and sit by the pool for the rest of the afternoon.
On Sunday night we had a great Italian dinner which I failed to photograph at all! Monday morning Peter and I were up early to catch our flight back to Melbourne with the rest of the group on a flight a couple hours later. We had a great time on our first trip to Sydney and we hope to return with any subsequent visitors!