Darling Harbor and Sydney Aquarium
Arriving into Sydney, Australia was a gorgeous thing. We got a good “parking spot” near the opera house and Harbor Bridge and tendered into port under the bridge. This was my view at breakfast.
A great start to the day!
As soon as the ship started tendering people to shore, we hopped on. Getting a cab to Darling Harbor was not so easy in the morning but eventually we hailed a cab and made our way a cluster of museums in Sydney.
Darling Harbor is home to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Australian National Maritime Museum,
Powerhouse Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship, and the Sydney Fish Market. The pedestrian bridge and large promenades made the Darling Harbor a great touristy spot. I’m sure real Sydney-dwellers do not hang out here but it was neat- the neighborhood next to it looked like somewhere I’d want to live.
The Sydney Fish Market was a bust. Tours start at 7am which was well before we arrived, and we were not there around lunch to eat some seafood. Mostly it was a working facility and tourists can surely skip it unless you want seafood for lunch.
Mom and I decided to visit the Aquarium. We have both been to Sydney before (but separately) so we wanted to do some new things we hadn’t done before. The Aquarium was a very excellent aquarium. Maybe not quite as nice as the National Aquarium in Baltimore but fun nonetheless.
My favorite animal we saw were the dugongs. The Sydney Aquarium has two which were both rescued from the wild (they were dying) so they live here. I’m not big on caged animals but if injured or not able to take care of themselves in a natural habitat, I see no problem with having a happy life in an aquarium.
A relative of the manatee- these dugongs were so cute and were hilarious. This guy kept posing for us on top of the water tunnel.
The Sydney Aquarium has what I shall term “water tunnels” that tourists can walk through and fish, sharks, sting rays, and dugongs swim around you on all sides and above. They are neat!
The Sydney Aquarium is expensive at $40 per person but you can do a combination ticket with Sydney Wildlife World next door and get $10 off. Mom and I did that because she wanted to see some koalas.
They were sleeping….shocker! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a koala awake. Considering they sleep 18 or more hours a day (source), I guess that is not surprising. But they are cute!
More to come from Sydney! Stay tuned!