Perth to Brisbane Road Trip – Part Five – Sydney

Day 13 to 16 –  Sydney

After leaving Canberra we arrived in Sydney around 5pm.  It’s not our first time in Sydney so we’ve done most of the tourist things Sydney has to offer.  This time our visit was mainly to visit relatives and friends.  Anthony decided he wanted to stay in Chatswood because it has a great shopping centre!  We stayed in the wonderful Meriton Suites and had an apartment on the 26th floor with fantastic views.  They also have their own carpark conveniently located in the basement.  When you walk around Chatswood you can see why it’s called little Hong Kong, which was also why Anthony chose this place having lived most of his life in Hong Kong.

Views from the apartment

I’ve been having fun editing all my photos using  It’s amazing the difference the editing has made.  I thought I would add some frames too, it was too tempting not to. The photos above were taken with my Canon Powershot SX730.

Day 2 in Sydney

The apartment was very near the train and bus station around five minutes walk, and if there’s one thing Anthony likes as much as shopping it’s public transport.  So after purchasing our Opal tickets – you need these to travel on public transport – we found the right bus stop to make our way to meet Anthony’s nephews in Crow’s Nest.

Two gorgeous boys – the one on the right is the lead singer with the upcoming band Johnny Hunter
Crab zoodle pasta

Then it was back to the apartment on the train this time.  Hubby a very happy boy using all this public transport.

Later we met my wonderful friend and her hubby in Manly, a favourite place of mine.

Me and one of my besties, Loraine
Dinner in Garfish, Manly

We drove to Manly but it’s very easy to reach by ferry from Sydney Harbour.  Manly has a laid back holiday feel to it with a great beach.  There are many restaurants, bars and cafes lining the Corso.  The night we were there people were still swimming at 9pm and many were picnicking  on the grass verge by the sea.

Manly Beach

Day 3 in Sydney

After breakfast on the balcony again we headed over to Gordon to meet up with Anthony’s aunt and cousin for lunch.  Time was soon marching on and we still hadn’t been to the city yet, so we hopped on the train to Wynyard which took us over the bridge and then walked down to The Rocks.  We found a great bar in the cruise terminal overlooking the harbour where we had a few cocktails and thought about where to go for dinner.

Overlooking the Opera House with my usual Sauvignon Blanc in hand
Cruise Bar

A few more from our walk around


Sydney Harbour Bridge

Something I’ve never done is climb the bridge.  I would rather look at the view than be the view!


The lovely Appetito where we had our dinner
Waiting to get his dinner




Sculpture by Dali



Well what did you think of my frames?  To frame or not to frame?  It was fun but very time consuming.

Our time in Sydney had come to an end but not our journey.  And so onwards and upwards to Coffs Harbour and Brisbane in Part Six.


  1. Another interesting blog lots of information and also lovely photos.

    On Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 6:02 AM Travels with Ali over the years wrote:

    > Alison Hutt posted: “Day 13 to 16 – Sydney After leaving Canberra we > arrived in Sydney around 5pm. It’s not our first time in Sydney so we’ve > done most of the tourist things Sydney has to offer. This time our visit > was mainly to visit relatives and friends. Anthony decide” >


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