A weekend in Sin City

Last weekend, all the exchange parents took our own girls and their English exchanges to Sydney for them to check out some of the iconic sights.
Of course, this is NOT an admission that Sydney is better than Melbourne…we just wanted them to tick off the showy, flashy, glitzy features that make Sydney *think* it is better than Melbourne.
(At this point, I have to declare that there is seriously nowhere better for a weekend away than Sydney. It is a stunning city. The Bridge, the Harbour and the Opera House take your breath away…even if you’ve seen them countless times before.  I *love* spending a weekend in Sydney…and now that my Sydney Writers Festival partner-in-crime, M, is languishing in purgatory on the West coast, I suspect this may have been my weekend in Sydney for the year.)

All the girls, and some of the (brave) parents did The Bridge Climb. 


I did not. Someone has to take the photos.

See those flags waaaaaay up there? That’s where they got to. Britannia, Queenie and The Poolboy loved it.

Meanwhile those of us not climbing went for a drink (or two or three…) down in the Rocks to the library and examined early documents relating to the First Fleet. At least, that’s what we told the girls we did.




IMG_8532This was the view we woke up to in the morning. What a bonus. We had booked ‘city-view’ rooms, so were not really expecting anything like this.


Jet boating on the Harbour. Despite the plastic ponchos, everyone ended up soaked to the skin. We joked with Britannia that being drenched was a theme of her stay, after it happened to her for three out of the past four weekends!

Of course, the Opera House was admired and photographed from every angle…

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…including from across at Taronga Zoo.

Paddington on a Saturday morning is a lot of fun. Breakfast in a cafe, followed by the markets. Then, Queenie spotted Red Threads on Oxford Street, an upmarket op-shop.

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A group of teenage girls + cheap clothing + changing rooms = you do the maths.

We were there for ages. Britannia was especially lucky to be able to fit into a fabulous pair of Sass & Bide jeans with a price tag that was a fraction of their retail price. Queenie was very jealous.

Sunday morning was a surfing lesson at the very iconic Bondi Beach.IMG_5375


The girls were very excited to spot Maxi from Bondi Rescue.

Luckily, his professional services were NOT required by any of our girls. Surfing was a total blast. Both Queenie and Britannia managed to stand up on a board and ride a wave or two in.

And after fish and chips on the grass at Bondi, there was just enough time for Queenie, Britannia, The Poolboy and me to walk the Bondi to Bronte section of the Coastal Walk. Spectacular!  We wished we had extra time to go the whole way to Coogee.

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But our plane back to Melbourne awaited.

It was a fabulous weekend, made even more special by the great company. All the girls are such wonderful young women, it was a pleasure to be with them, and the parents were bucket loads of fun!

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