Checked out of Port Douglas this morning and drove into town to get some breakfast. Stopped at the same coffee shop as yesterday to grab a muffin and a smoothie. Had a bit of a drive to the airport to return the car, and also did some souvenir shopping in the airport shops. The flight back to Sydney was smooth, and we took the train to our hotel. We had noticed that the trains were packed with people in green and the streets were flooded with shamrock hats. I forgot it was St. Patrick’s day! And I had no idea Sydney would be so into it. Our hotel is across the street from Hyde Park where apparently they have a huge festival for St. Patrick’s day. There was wall to wall people in green, multiple stages set up with musical acts, food stands, and a temporary bar spanning most of the length of the park. It was absolutely insane.
We walked around there a bit, had a beer and a potato on a stick, and then came back to the hotel. Our room is on the top floor of the hotel across the hall from the Executive Club which we also have access to. So after the park we came up to their happy hour which had little appetizers and canapés along with some drinks. We had a little snack of petit fours, fruit, and savory pastry things, and enjoyed the view overlooking the city. After relaxing for a bit we went down to look for real dinner. The party in the park had ended and it looked like a tornado through it so cleaning crews had started their long job of tidying up. The masses from the park had begun descending on every Irish, and even Scottish or vaguely English, pub in the city. We stayed away from those. We checked out the full Din Tai Fung restaurant, but their menu didn’t look much different than the food court version so we passed. We ended up in a little Italian place called Mammas Pizza Pasta Bar. We weren’t too hungry thanks to the free snacks we’d just had so we just had some light pasta dishes and a drink. It was a nice welcome back into Sydney.