On the third day, we decided to take the grand tour of Sydney. We started by walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens around the Farm Cove to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. It’s a great way to see the Opera House and Bridge – plus lots of birds!

We hopped on the Sydney Explorer bus at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair to take a tour of Sydney. The bus is a very good way to get to know the city. They run continuously during the day and you can get on and off at any of the stops. We got off at the Chinatown stop and went through the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

After visiting the Friendship Garden, we walked to Chinatown (just a block away) and had lunch. Yum Cha (Dim Sum) in an area like Chinatown is a great experience. We have good Chinese food in KC, but nothing like the variety you get here – and at a very reasonable price!

After lunch, we got back on the Sydney Explorer bus and went on to Darling Harbor and the Sydney Aquarium. Darling Harbor is very impressive, although the Aquarium is a bit nondescript at first sight. Inside, however, is what’s important, and there the Aquarium shines.

We ended the day with an evening cruise on the harbor aboard one of the Sydney Harbor ferries. Sorry, no pictures (it was dark, after all). It was a lovely trip and a wonderful way to end the day.

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