We landed in Sydney and took a taxi to the Westin. The room wasn’t yet ready so we weren’t able to shower or change from our 14.5 hour flight. We just left our luggage with the concierge and set about our day of exploring. It was rather hot and humid and our sunscreen was packed away in the luggage. Perhaps not some of our best choices, but there we were.
We walked all over Sydney from about 10am starting in Darling Harbor, crossing under the Harbor Bridge, and moving into The Rocks area. We had lunch at a little shop in The Rocks where Eric’s first meal was a kangaroo burger, and I had some stellar fish and chips. After lunch we grabbed some gelato from a street fair and headed up into the Pylon lookout. Lots of stairs, but the view and the breeze were pretty good. Then it was a bit of a walk back down and around through The Rocks, through Circular Quay, over to the Opera House.
We had a tour scheduled for 3:30 but we arrived in time to jump into a 2:30 tour! It was really very interesting, and allowed us to go inside both theaters and learn about the architecture. We walked back to the hotel and our room was finally ready so we were able to shower and relax for a bit. Later on we went out to dinner to a restaurant called Din Tai Fung that Eric eats at in China and said they have the best dumplings. This particular one was in a mall food court, which we didn’t know until we got there. We ate there anyway, but it wasn’t the same.