March 14th 2018
A hazy start to the day but it was due to brighten up so we went ahead with the plan to go on the hop on/ off boat. We went down to the wharf at Darling harbour and boarded on the blue route stopping at fort Dennison; Taronga zoo, Garden Island, Shark Island and then Watson’s Bay where we got off. It was a pretty bay and we wandered round to coast for a while. There were a couple of nice bays and I would have like to go in the sea. After our walk we got the ferry that went on to Manly and then back to Barangaroo on the green line. We walked round to the Circular key area and went back to the Four frogs restaurant for another galette.
After lunch and a wander it was time to head for the Bridge Climb centre to get ready for our 4.15 climb.
At 4.15 we were taken through to complete forms and have a breath test for alcohol. Then we were issued with our climbing suits and equipment. This included a safety belt, cap, headphones and radio and a hanky. We were shown how to wear it all and then we went to the bridge simulator where we were shown what the steps and walkways would be like and how to go up and down the steps.
Then we were ready! We headed up to the entrance and followed our climb leader, Maddy. John was at the back of our group and I was just in front of him. The views were amazing and we soon got used to following the pathways and seeing the ground a long way below us. We had photos taken along the way.
The hardest bit was going up the four ladders, one after the other, each with twenty five steps. The view from the apex was amazing and I really felt a sense of achievement. It was actually a lot easier than I had imagined and I felt quite safe.
When we got back we handed everything back and walked home.
It has been a busy and exciting day.
We climbed to the apex of the bridge where the flags are and crossed to the other side of the bridge before descending.
March 15th 2018
Our last day in Sydney before beginning the long journey home. We checked out and locked our bags away in the hotel as we don’t go to the airport until this evening.
The sun was shining and it was due to be a hot day. We headed for the quay as we planned to visit Manly today. Our boat only stopped at Watson Bay and we went straight to Manly. After disembarking we walked through the town to the other side of the bay where the surf beach is. We sat down and watched some of the surfing then walked along the seafront and found a shady bench to spend some time.
We sailed back to Darling harbour and had a late lunch and wandered around the area for the last time and took a few photos then sat by the quay watching the world go by and reflecting on what a fantastic time we have had.
Then we headed back to the hotel to collect cases, get a taxi and start the long journey home.
The best trip ever.