As in Melbourne, we went on a free walking tour of Sydney by I’m Free Tours. Starting from Town Hall Square, we first walked through the magnificent arcade of the Queen Victoria Building. Once on the other side, we followed Market Street towards St Mary’s Cathedral. After a look at the Archibald Fountain, we moved on and followed Macquarie Street. Passing the Hyde Park Barracks we reached the ‘Rum’ Hospital (the Sydney Hospital, which was built by Governor Lachlan Macquarie as part of a rum monopoly). Directly opposite, we then turned into Martin Place – a very impressive pedestrian zone and home to several banks, including the Federal Bank of Australia, which characterise the Central Business District. We then took a break at Australia Square.
The second part of the tour was limited to the area around Circular Quay. After a look at an extremely impressive model of the city at Customs House, we moved on to the Opera House. From there we moved on to the Sydney Cove Overseas Passenger Terminal viewpoint on the edge of the historic waterfront district of The Rocks, from where there is an excellent view of the city’s two most important landmarks. This is where the very entertaining tour ended.
Since Aris’ cousin had invited us for dinner, we concentrated on The Rocks and the nearby Harbour Bridge, which we also wanted to cross on foot. The bridge is very impressive and anyone who wants to can climb it, although this is a rather expensive experience. Much cheaper, however, is the Pylon Lookout & Museum, where you can climb the southern pylon. However, we only crossed the bridge and then boarded the ferry at Milsons Point on the other side.
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