Australia Day Six. Back To The City. Central Sydney And The Celebration Of the Chinese New Year.

Australia Day Six. Back To The City. Central Sydney And The Celebration Of the Chinese New Year.

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I awoke early yesterday in Katoomba hoping to watch the sunrise from Echo Point, the famous overlook from which a spectacular view of the “Three Sisters’  rock formation can be seen. I left the hotel only to go back inside to get my jacket. It was pretty cool for a Summer morning up in the mountains. I would guess the temperature was in the upper 40’s. I walked through the center of the sleeping town, downward to the overlook.Katoomba morning walk (1 of 25)

It was about a 1 1/2 mile walk and it was nice walking through the residential neighborhoods. They homes are small but pretty and well maintained as were the lawns. I got to the overlook and found only a few people had came out to see this magnificent view.Katoomba Echo point (2 of 27)

Unfortunately, the weather  again did not cooperate and clouds moved in preventing a view of the sunrise. It was still an awe inspiring scene. So peaceful, calm and quiet. I sat just taking it all in and thinking how the native aborigines must have enjoyed and loved this land. Here is a link to some more photographs from  Echo Point. Echo point (26 of 27)

Shortly after the sun rose the forest below became alive with the sounds of birds. And a flock of parrots landed in a tree near the observation point. They sure are noisy birds. And very pretty too. Most of the flock flew down to the trees atop the Three Sisters but a few stayed behind and flew pretty close above my head as the looked for leftover food. Sort of like pigeons back home. Here is a link to some more photographs of the parrots. Echo Point parrot (1 of 1)

I walked back up the long hill to town and roamed about the streets to see what I could see. It was a charming town, nice tidy houses intermixed with hotels and bed and breakfast cottages. As I came atop the hill I noticed some murals on a wall of a house  and came to an amazing street where the houses and apartment buildings where all covered in art. Take a look at the photographs in this link they are amazing. Street Art Walk (3 of 27)

I made my way back to the hotel, had breakfast and decided to visit the United Nations World Heritage Museum before taking the train back to Sydney.  Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk through Katoomba. morning walk (3 of 25)

It was a pleasant two hour ride and I was in the Central Station shortly after one o’clock. My hotel, the Renaissance was only  a block away from the station so I checked in and immediately took off to explore central Sydney.Sydney downtown -19

I headed into the nearby  expansive Sydney Chinatown and found it decorated in celebration of the Chinese new Year. I love seeing the many grocery stores, filled with exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as the many restaurants selling all varieties  of Chinese food.-Sydney China town -5

I walked down to Darling Harbour, where there was a lot of construction going on and found my way around it to the splendid Chinese Garden of Friendship. What a place of beauty in the middle of a busy city.-Sydney China town -21

I love visiting Chinese gardens.  Everything is placed for a purpose and every tree, rock and flower has a meaning. I was very fortunate to visit when they were celebrating the New Year and staff in traditional costumes roamed the gardens. I sat for awhile admiring the waterfalls and made my way from this peaceful haven back into the hustle and bustle of the city. Here is a link to some more photographs taken at the gardens. China town -25

I wanted to see nearby Hyde park and headed over that way but I saw St. Andrew’s Cathedral in the distance and had to have a look. I love visiting churches, mosques temples  and other  places of worship on my travels. I wish I had more time to spend here but it was a lovely place to visit, even briefly. Here is a link are some more photographs from my visit to St. Andrews. downtown St Andrews'-8

I was very tired by now, having put a lot of miles in so decided to leave Hyde Park for another day.  I walked along the streets to Hyde park and came upon this business giving away free pizza. It looked pretty good, Needless to say a huge crowd soon formed. I didn’t stop for a try, maybe I should have.Sydney downtown -25

I did walk by  the lovely outskirts of Hyde park on the way back.  I loved the  heavily wooded park grounds and did get to see this interesting war memorial dedicated to the native Aborigines who fought for their country. From here it was a short walk back to my hotel but it  was a long  five mile walk in the hot Australian sun. I was tired. . I don’t have much time to spend in Sydney, but I will try and make the best of it. Here is a link to some more photographs of my hike through central Sydney yesterday. downtown -18


. Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.  ~Anatole France