Very early this morning, we made our way to the airport. It was time to check out Australia.  I had a working holiday visa, allowing me to enter and leave Australia as many times as I’d like for 1 year, but I didn’t think mom needed one as she’d only be here for 5 days. We discovered she did in fact need one at 3:30am, when she couldn’t check herself in for the flight.  It was really fun to deal with at the early hour, but we managed to get her a visitor’s visa and we did eventually make it to Sydney.

We headed straight for the tourist office and figured out our plans for the next few days.  Our first stop was the hop-on-hop-off city tour bus, which gave us our first sightings of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

We got off at The Rocks, which hosts a market every Sunday.

We got back on the bus, and made our way to Circular Quay, home of the Sydney Opera House.

It was starting to get hot, so we cooled off with an opera house tour, that provided fantastic views and an incredibly interesting history.

We got a few more shots of the opera house, then got back on the bus to see more of the city.

The bus actually took us to Bondi Beach, so we got off to do some exploring at Sydney’s most iconic (and populated) beach.

We got back on the bus to get back to Darling Harbour, which was near our hotel.

And that was enough for us! We’d been up since midnight Australia time (2m in New Zealand) and we were ready for a rest.

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