Bondi Beach and sculpture by the sea
Our second day in Sydney was something very special for Aris, as he could finally see his cousin again. Unfortunately, her time was limited, but we figured out a good iteration to get the best out of the day.
We started our day at the world-famous Bondi Beach. The 1,22 km long beach is one of the Australian hotspots for surfing and birthplace of the world’s first surf lifesaving club in 1907. Soon after clubs in many other nations were established, as swimming became more and more an activity for the general public. Bondi Beach itself is a nice beach, yet the water gets quite deep far too soon, so I cannot recommend a visit with smaller children. However, the warm water and the high waves makes the visit a very pleasant and fun one – if I would only know how to surf.
After some time at the beach, we decided to have a view onto the sculpture by the sea festival. We therefore walked past the scenic Bondi Icebergs pools and followed the beautiful Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk towards Mackenzies Point, where most of the festival took place. The sculptures along the way varied from interesting to strange to the point I could not even understand them at all; it is therefore a very interesting open air art gallery and I liked it.
Watsons Bay and Manly
The final stop of stop together with Aris’ cousin was Watsons Bay from where we had an excellent view onto the skyline of Sydney. We also visited The Gap – a beautiful cliff, which sadly is one of Australia’s well-known places to commit suicide.
After some time at Robertson Park, it was time to say goodbye. Aris and I then took the ferry to Manly for a view onto the second most famous beach of Sydney: Manly Beach. Like Bondi Beach, Manly Beach too is a hotspot for surfers. It held the first world surfing championship in 1964 and hosts the Australian Open of Surfing every year in February. We enjoyed the Beach for quite a bit and enjoyed a craft beer at the 4 Pines Brewing Co. opposite of the wharf, before taking the next ferry towards Circular Quay.
The Opera House
Back in the buzzling heart of Sydney, we decided to have a closer look onto the world-famous Opera House. As there was no show going on, we did not look inside as unfortunately tours of the theatre are quite expensive. Hence, we just walked around the building to explore all its exterior, which nevertheless was quite a fun activity to do.
As the sun slowly set, we decided to grab something to eat. We ended in the local branch of the brew house Munich, which served typical Bavarian dishes. After a good meal and some good drinks, it was time to get back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
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