With our responsibilities complete in Palm Cove, we bid farewell to homeowners Robert and Diane and took a three-hour flight to Sydney. Although we spent a few days in this city last year, both Stephen and I decided we needed a second look.
We set aside two days to hike the Blue Mountains west of Sydney,
and then purchased tickets to attend a performance at the iconic opera house.
Earlier in our travels we met Toby who captains a private yacht moored at Rushcutters Bay in the Sydney Harbor. He graciously gave us a tour of this well known yacht and then took us for a spin on a beautiful, sunny morning.
It was an unforgettable experience.
We also happened upon the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations with festivals scattered throughout the city. We attended boat races, ate lots of noodles and enjoyed the colorful decor.
Finally, we jumped on a small prop plane and headed for New Zealand where we prepared for some intense hiking. Stephen and I are full to the brim with wonderful experiences.