And so it’s time to farewell the Torchbug and send him on his way. He has an important appointment down South.
Our last trip together was to go up the Sydney Tower, this building:
We have had some very hot and humid weather here over the last few weeks, which doesn’t make for ideal viewing conditions. But today was as good as it was going to get this time of the year.
I had planned many more things, including a trip to Bathurst. Unfortunately, time got away from me. As a famous Australian once said:
“Such is life.”
But it has been great fun and I thought I’d give you once last look at the overall picture of this city. So we are going over 800 feet up to the top of the tower to get a 360 degree view.
It’s a long way down...
First up, we see the back of Circular Quay with the bridge and Opera House:
As we go further, we look over Kings Cross to the rolling hills of the Eastern Suburbs. Beyond the hills lie some of Sydney’s most famous beaches, Bondi and Coogee.
Slowly turning towards the south, there’s Hyde Park with the War Memorial, and in the distance, two sports arenas, the Sydney Football Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Towards the South West, you see something less well-known: the sprawling suburbs that stretch 60 miles all the way to the Blue Mountains, which you just can make out through the haze.
And as we come around towards the North again, we look over Woolloomoolloo and the northern part of the Harbour all the way to Manly.
Well, that’s it from Sydney. I wouldn’t mind going where the Torchbug is heading to next, and that’s all I’ll say. Oh and yes, he found a long lost relative, too. ;-)