In March of this year, I was lucky enough to go on a once in a lifetime trip and travel to Sydney Australia, and the purpose of my trip down under was to meet the Family of my Fathers Brother, he had immigrated to Australia from Malta in 1964 with his wife and ten children.
Some of the family I had already met, well just two of them, My Dads’ Neice, when I was very small when she came here to visit my Dad in 1968 and again on a flying visit in 2010, and also at a family reunion in Malta in 2014, and one of my Dad’s Nephews’ because he had moved back to Malta. The other eight siblings I had never met although I had seen pictures of them and some of them are on social media.
It was very cold and had been snowing at Heathrow Airport when I checked in for the long flight, I was feeling excited about going to Sydney but I was not looking forward to sitting on a plane for twenty-four hours, the flight was split into two parts and you can read about it in a previous blog post.
It was still dark when the huge aeroplane came into land at Sydney International airport, I was very excited by now as I knew that in a short space of time I would be meeting up with my cousin. I seemed to be stood by the luggage carousel a very long time waiting for my yellow suitcase to appear and when it finally arrived I was off through the customs and out into the main hall where my cousin was waiting for me.
After we had said hello to each other, we set off on the Sydney underground train network towards the Kings Cross area of Sydney so that I could check in to my Hotel. The station at the airport was bustling with people as it was early on a Monday morning and lots of people were on their way to work.
My first impression of Sydney was that it was very similar to London with lots of place names being the same such as King’s Cross, Hyde Park and Haymarket to name a few. After I checked into my Hotel at Potts Point, I went up to my room and the first thing I did was have a much-needed shower and a change of clothes.
As I was not feeling jet lagged I went for a short walk around by my hotel just to get used to being there, it kind of reminded me of being at home in parts, as they drive on the same side of the road and the cars and buses are similar as well as the buildings.
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The next day I went by train to Milsons Point to have a look at The Sydney Harbour Bridge, I was in awe of this massive structure that was built in 1932. The view of the harbour from the top of the Pylon Lookout was very impressive and included the famous Sydney Opera House and there was a breathtaking view of Sydney.
After breakfast in one of the cafe’s I made my way up a steep flight of stairs to the bridge deck and walked across the bridge from Milsons point towards The Rocks in the direction that I had come from on the train. The bridge was buzzing with traffic as it flowed across the bridge. I reached the Lookout Pylon, paid the entrance fee and went up more stairs to the top of the pylon.
On the way up the stairs inside the Lookout Pylon, there is a mini museum with lots of exhibits, text and photos about the history of the bridge and how it was built. Once at the top and outside you will get a stunning view of Sydney, The Harbour and the Opera House as you can see in my pictures below.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was just one of the many places that I visited whilst I was in Australia and I would really like to go back there one day, as I didn’t get to meet all of the family.
Have you ever visited Sydney or are you thinking of going? If so I would like to read your comments or if you have any questions please leave them in the comment box below.