The Rocks of Sydney Harbor with Zeb and Eider

This is our last night in Australia.   Zeb and Eider are taking the humans to The Rocks.

Going to The Rocks

Going to The Rocks

This was Sydney’s first European settlement near Circular Quay at Sydney Harbor.   It has been renovated and now it is a “place to be”.   First stop is Cadman’s Cottage.

Cadmans Cottage Historic Site in Sydney

Cadmans Cottage Historic Site in Sydney

Cadman’s Cottage, built in 1816, is the oldest house in Sydney.   It once housed longboats and was the home of the last government coxswain, John Cadman.    The area, now known as The Rocks, is one street away from Sydney Harbor and Circular Quay.   These steps have been here for many years.

Well worn steps

Well worn steps

The stones have certainly been worn over the past couple hundred years.   Crossing to the older area, we see the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the narrow streets.

Sydney Harbor Bridge from the Rocks

Sydney Harbor Bridge from the Rocks

The bridge crosses from the harbor from the western side to the North Shore.   Here is the Observer Hotel.

Observer Hotel

Observer Hotel

The historical Rawson Institute for Seaman is in great shape.   Built in 1859, it was formerly Mariner’s Church.

Rawson Institute for Seamen

Rawson Institute for Seamen

Then the Rawson Institute for Seamen.   Then it was an art gallery.    Since 2011, the building houses a bar and night club.   There are several cafes and restaurants here with outside seating.   We liked this one with the heaters.

Eat outside with heat towers

Eat outside with heat towers

It was a cool evening.    These old buildings have been carefully maintained.

Great building. Love the red phone booth!

Great building. Love the red phone booth!

Check out the bright red telephone booth.   In the late 1800’s this area was a bustling business center.   Steel shod horses and carriages put much dirt and dust into the air, causing problems for pedestrians and shopkeepers.   They needed streets with a firm, stable surface and good traction, that wouldn’t make too much noise.    The solution was woodblocks.

Streets made of woodblocks

Streets made of woodblocks

Australian class 1 hardwoods, including blue gum, red gum, ironbark, blackbutt, tallowwood, mahogany and turpentine worked best.   They were durable, looked good and minimized noise and dust.   There was an ample local supply of wood and the streets were washed every night.   We really liked the silhouettes of blue lights in the alley.

Great silhouettes

Great silhouettes

The old buildings are just great.

Great old buildings

Great old buildings

We liked The Rocks, but if it had been a warm evening, we would have spent more time here.   Maybe we can come back in the spring or summer??

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Whale Watching in Sydney with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are back in Sydney, Australia.   We really like the Sydney Opera House.

Zeb and Eider by the Sydney Opera House

Zeb and Eider by the Sydney Opera House

Wow!   Look at this.   If we didn’t already love Sydney, this would do it.

A Chocolate Bar!

A Chocolate Bar!

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar.   And it is very close to our hotel.   Since we don’t have much time left in Australia, and Sydney is our last stop before the airport and our flight back to the United States, we wanted to do something special today.   We are going on a short cruise to watch whales.   The people at Sydney Harbor say we should see some humpback whales.   We are on the boat, leaving Sydney Harbor.

Leaving Sydney Harbor, we look back at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Leaving Sydney Harbor, we look back at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Behind us we are leaving the Sydney Harbor Bridge.   There are people walking on top of the bridge.   To the left is the Sydney Opera House.   The tall building behind the Opera House has a revolving restaurant on the top.   The humans ate there when they were in Sydney 10 years ago.   We are so amazed by these steep cliffs, so close to Sydney.

Steep cliffs as we leave Sydney Harbor

Steep cliffs as we leave Sydney Harbor

The humans on our boat are wandering around, hoping to spot whales.

Humans looking for whales

Humans looking for whales

We ducks also want to see the whales.   There are whales here!

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Humpback whales here

This shooting water is from a humpback whale.   Look!   More than one whale is here.

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Shooting water is from a whale

We see the whale frolicking in the water.

Humpback whale 2

Humpback whale

He jumped in the water and his tail is beautiful.

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Tail of humpback whale

We love these whales.

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Humpback whales

They seem to be putting on a show just for us.   Look at that perfect tail.

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Tail of humpback whale

The lady on the boat is helping us find whales.   There are more than whales here.   She said this bird is an albatross.

An albatross

An albatross

It is time now to head back to Sydney Harbor.   We see more rock cliffs on the way back.

More steep cliffs are we return to Sydney

More steep cliffs are we return to Sydney

Back in Sydney, we head to the shopping area to purchase a few last minute souvenirs.

Last minute shopping at Circular Quay at Sydney Harbor

Last minute shopping at Circular Quay at Sydney Harbor

Our time in Australia is almost over, but we still some more things to show.   See you next time.

Vivid Sydney 2015 with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are so lucky!   We just happened to be in Sydney, Australia for Vivid Sydney.

Light displays

Light displays

This is a celebration of light, music and ideas.

Lights near Sydney Harbor

Lights near Sydney Harbor

Between May 22 and June 8 2015, many buildings near Sydney Harbor and downtown Sydney have incredible light displays.

Love the light displays

Love the light displays

Near Circular Quay, the Customs House had a constantly changing light display based on Sydney’s flora and fauna.

Lights for Vivid Sydney

Lights for Vivid Sydney

Here is a sample of the light display at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Display on museum

Display on museum

Of course, the star of Sydney Harbor is the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

We love the lights on the Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The light show on the opera house was beautiful and so varied.   IMG_0667These are just a few of the displays on the opera house.

IMG_0666The lights were always moving and dancing, so some photos are better than others.

Opera House Vivid Sydney 2015

Opera House Vivid Sydney 2015

There were many people wandering around in the evening, enjoying the lights and sounds.  This gold pig was great, and it was our first gold pig.

Our first gold pig

Our first gold pig

These lights were also very pretty.

So many lights

So many lights

We really liked Vivid Sydney.   We hope you experienced it also.   If not and you are planning a trip to Sydney,we hope you are here for Vivid Sydney next year.

Zeb and Eider Ride on Sydney Harbour

We are getting on a boat!   This is a hop on hop off ferry in Sydney Harbour.   It works just like the hop on hop buses in many cities. This ticket is good for 24 hours.   Here is a Sydney Harbour National Park.   This is Fort Denison.    IMG_0626At Fort Denison, tours are available and a wonderful buffet may be purchased and enjoyed, right in the middle of Sydney Harbour.   Fort Denison was built in 1855 for protection.   It was probably never used for that, but it is rumored to be a  place of torture for penal use.    Here is the entrance to Taronga Zoo.   To reach the zoo, humans take aerial lifts to reach to the top of this hill.

Entrance to the zoo

Entrance to Taronga zoo

Our next stop was Watsons Bay.   IMG_0597This is a popular destination with tourists and the residents of Sydney.   The many restaurants attract humans and so many seagulls.   The beach looks inviting.   IMG_0615This is the Dunbar House.   IMG_0601This restored building provides breakfast and lunch in a beautiful setting.   Dunbar House is also available to rent for special occasions.   The next stop was at Manly Bay.   We went into the Tasman Sea to get here.

Cliffs of Tasman Sea heading to Manly

Cliffs of Tasman Sea heading to Manly

Passing this light house, the cliffs of Australia are very dramatic.

Lighthouse on cliffs

Lighthouse on cliffs

Arriving at Manly Bay, we realized this also is a popular destination.   There were hotels, many restaurants and lots of water activities.

Town of Manly

Town of Manly

We, like many others, really like Manly Bay.    We really liked this memorial to the lost ships and the lost humans.   We always appreciate memorials for those that have died.

Remembering those ships and humans that have been lost to us.

Remembering those ships and humans that have been lost to us.

Our next stop was Darling Harbour.   Darling Harbour is home to the Sydney Aquarium.   This also is a great shopping and dining area.  We walked around and took a short refreshment break.

Sunsetting at Darling Harbor

Sunsetting at Darling Harbor

On the ride back Circular Quay, we passed Luna Park.   This is an amusement park.

Entrance to Luna Park

Entrance to Luna Park

We did not get off the ferry, but it was dark and we really liked this ferris wheel with lights.

Ferris Wheel of Luna Park at night

Ferris Wheel of Luna Park at night

We enjoyed the boat ride back to Circular Quay.   We like Sydney Harbour a lot.

Zeb and Eider Duck Meet at the Airport

I, Zeb the Duck, went with mom to Denver International Airport.

Big Blue Horse at Denver International Airport

Big Blue Horse at Denver International Airport

We took suitcases and travel guide books with us today.

Camera and guidebooks inside

Camera and guidebooks inside

Here we are at the airport watching our airplane getting prepared for us.

Our plane getting luggage, fuel and lots of snacks

Our plane getting luggage, fuel and lots of snacks

Where are we going today?   Looks like our plane is going to Los Angeles, California.

Going to Los Angeles

Going to Los Angeles

OK,   I am ready to go.   We are now in Los Angeles, we got our suitcases, but we are not done traveling yet.   My Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, is in Los Angeles too.   Now we check in again and our suitcases will go to another airplane.

Qantas??

Qantas??

We were on this airplane for a long time, over 12 hours.   We are comfortable sitting in these big seats.

Plenty of room in this seat

Plenty of room in this seat

When we wanted to sleep, our seats reclined flat to a bed.

Easier to sleep on long flights.

Easier to sleep on long flights.

Very comfortable for the Colorado Traveling Ducks and humans.  Leaving the plane, we went through customs and immigration and took a taxi to our hotel.   Humans and ducks walk around and look at this.

What a great bridge

What a great bridge

Cool bridge.   And this is an Opera House.

That is the Sydney Opera House!!

That is the Sydney Opera House!!

We are in Sydney, Australia.  The humans have been here before, but this is the first for Zeb and Eider.   Hope you will stay with us as we explore Australia.