Aquarium and Blue Mtns.
I love the Sydney Aquarium! It makes me want to start a salt water fishtank of my own. Lisa and I took a walk down to Darling Harbor and the aquarium yesterday since it was crappy weather. The line to get in was enormous but we stuck it out and got in. I'm so glad we did. On top of all the really neat sea life they had on display they have a series of underwater tunnels where you can see seals, sharks and other sea creatures in their habitats. There were huge sharks with sharp teeth swimming right over my head it was amazing! I wish everyone could have seen it. I did get a great picture of the shark as it was coming toward me...scary!!! The last exhibit was a huge fishtank that mimicked the Great Barrier Reef's environment. It had a huge glass veiwing area where you could sit and watch all the colorful fish swimming in the tank complete with background music. I could have sat there for hours. My favorite fish was the clownfish becuase I love the movie Finding Nemo so much.
The weather had cleared up while we were in the aquarium so we decided to take a walk down to the Rocks. The Rocks is an area in Sydney where the first British convicts and settlers landed and began to settle Austrlalia. There is a lot of old architecture there. It's a really neat neighborhood filled with tons of interesting Australian History. There were live bands playing in a couple of bars so we did a bit of a pub crawl to listen to them. The first band we saw consisted of a guitar player/singer and a drummer. He was taking requested so I requested Creedance the song Proud Mary. It was really funny becuase the singer lost his australian accent when he sang. He also played some older Australian bands which I had never heard before like Dragon. It was good. We even had a drink at the oldest bar in Sydney. It was very fun. We ended our day back in the hostel and got a good night sleep becuase we were waking up early to go to Katoomba a town at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
We got up at 7 this morning and hopped on a train heading for Katoomba. It was about a 2 hour ride. The town was really cute filled with antique shops. It was a half hour walk to the park. We did about a 7k hike around the park. We did a cliff walk where we saw beautiful views of the mountains and then down into the vally which is a rainforest. I was so beautiful I found it hard to believe I was actually here.It could have been a movie set. We ended our hike by walking up the Giant Staircase. This is a 900 step staircase leading up the side of the mountain. It was tough but we made it. I totally exhausted now. I'm about ready for bed. Tomorrow we've planned a lazy day. We're staying in Sydney and running some errands. Thurday night we leave for Byron Bay.