29.12.2012 - 02.01.2013
Our first stop on the fifth continent was Sydney, where we had planned to spend NYE for some time. Directly after landing there at 9 am we went to meet Steve, another friend from Perth. Together with him and some of his friends we spend the day in Newport, north of the city, at the pub and the beach.
On the next day I showed Natalia the city for the first time, walking around the CBD, the parks and towards the opera, where we picked up our tickets for NYE. We finished the day, by catching up with another friend of mine, Kim from Brisbane, who invited us to visit her later on our trip.
The highlight of the 4 days in Sydney was of course the NYE celebration. We had allowed us the one-time luxury to get tickets for the NYE Gala at the Sydney Opera. The show was great, a “best-off” of famous opera arias, presented with the special enthusiasm and casuality of a NYE celebration, which the singers enjoy themselves as well. The evening was later topped off by the fireworks on the Harbour Bridge across the water, which was as usual an amazing spectacle. (see videos)
It was astonishing to see the crowds of people squeezing themselves into the city for the NYE celebration and out again afterwards. We saw the first contestants for good free spots already in the afternoon of the 30.12. queuing up in front of the barricades for the following day. This of course increases the value of our opera tickets, with which we still got great spots even in the evening.
Besides this unique experience, we shall not forget to mention some of the other things we did while we stayed in Sydney, like ferry cruises to Parramatta or Manly, walking across the Harbour Bridge or through “The Rocks”.
For me this third visit to Sydney was again a good experience and we will certainly come back here for another couple of days on our next loop through Down Under from March to May.
As usual you can read the article with some more pictures on my travel blog.