January 17: Sydney, Australia

A three hour flight from Queensland, New Zealand and on to Australia. Sydney, sitting on the Tasman Sea, is the capital of New South Wales as well as being the largest city in Australia with an approximate population of four and a half million people. The city encompasses acres of green space which display an array of informal and formal gardens. The Royal Botanical Gardens as well as the Domain have occupied a ridge overlooking Darling Harbor since 1816. Just to the south sits Hyde Park, the oldest public park in Australia. Throughout the city are sprinkled smaller parks, each with their own personality.

What is the best way to see a city? By bike! So off the group goes to find a "guide" and four bikes. Unlike the "quiet" of the countryside, Sydney is a bustling city with its pedestrians and motorized vehicles. This is summertime in the southern hemisphere and the hordes of tourists are on vacation. Pedaling among the moving targets is a challenge, but the city is crisscrossed successfully.

Riding along side the waterway through the Rock; up and over the Sydney Harbor Bridge; exploring Wendy's Garden; sitting on Mrs. Macquaries Chair; cruising through the strollers in the Royal Gardens; ducking traffic in the Financial District; swerving in and out of tourists at the Harbor -- all in a day's ride!


Team "Sydney Pedalers"!

Jackie & Jona Ready To Roll

Mary: "I Like This New Helmet!"

1st Stop: The Garrison Church -- The First Military Church -- Stone Cut From Local Rock in 1840

Team Inside the Church

Graeme & Jackie: Two Bike Touring Leaders!

Jona Leading the Pack Through the Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney Harbor

Jona, Sue, Jackie, & Mary at Observatory Hill

Mrs. MacQuaries' Point

Overlooking the Harbour with Opera House and Bridge in View

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Crossing The Bridge

Dedicated Bike Lane!

Cruising Under the Bridge!

Across the Harbour from the Opera House

Sydney Opera House Up Close!

Mary, Graeme, Jackie, & Jona At Waterfront

Replica of Captain Cook's Ship

"Down By The Sea"!

Sydney Skyline