(September 20, 2015) Sydney: Chinatown
Our flight to Cairns leaves at 8:30 PM. Until then
we will enjoy of the missing visits in Sydney.
We’ve booked a cruise at 10:15 AM to watch whales
in migration close to the Bay.
The spots marked at map are:
0- The Bayswater Sydney
1- Opera House
2- Botanic Garden
3- Circular Quay
4- The Rocks
5- Bay Bridge
I received an email yesterday saying the cruise we had for
today for whale watching has been cancelled for the weather conditions,
so we make new plans for this day and will explore Chinatown.
We leave Central station and immediately are part of the streets full
of Chinese signs and stores with curious goods in display.
We walk all through this neighborhood as we want to get
the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a beautiful Chinese garden.
A few blocks before getting it we meet the Gate of
Chinatown in an alley full of restaurants and, when we were leaving it,
a music makes us stop and we see a sort of troupe with a couple of
dragons coming out of the building. We follow them until our paths are
The entrance to the Chinese Garden is only 5$ and, once
inside, we can forget we’re still in a city. Every corner has been
thought as a special place and we explore it motivated by this beauty.
When we leave it’s already lunch time and, leaving behind
the initial thought of going to Circular Quay, we walk as part of the
live of Darling Harbour. There we end lunching pasta in a fancy Italian
restaurant by 20$ each.
Then we take George Street until getting The Rocks, where
being Sunday, there is a street market even bigger than the one we were
on Friday. We go to Circular Quay and enjoy a street contortionist show
with a lot of humor, with the Opera House at the bottom.
It’s time to come back to the hotel. We take dinner
to take away in our favorite place and wait for our shuttle at 6:10 PM,
which leaves us at terminal for domestic flights at 7 PM.
Our flight is very busy, but it reaches Cairns on time, where we get
our hotel some minutes after midnight. We pay 24$ for the taxi.