Having a flying career means I’ve travelled to many countries around the world and I’ve certainly seen many cities. But I can honestly say after 19 years on the job I have yet to find one that even comes close to the beauty of my home town Sydney.
Every time I fly home and look down at the harbour, white sails of the Opera House waving at me from the shore, the lacy criss cross of the Harbour Bridge linking the north peninsular to the city and the huge expance of sky wrapping around all of it like a beautiful blue ribbon, I can’t help beaming with pride. “This is my home, this is my city.” I tell myself. And it is true, I live in the most beautiful city in the world. A sweeping statement I know, but it is never the less my extreemly informed opinion…
But how often do I actually see it from the ground? One day I realised that I take my home for granted and hardly ever go out to enjoy it anymore. I did when I was younger, quite often in fact. But since having a family I had forgotten the treasures my city had to offer. So I decided to plan one of those days when you become a tourist in your own town and see the sights, thankfully Mr LCBL agreed. I researched all the places we wanted to see and the ones we thought Miss LCBL and Master LCBL should see and made a to do list. We gathered them and all the paraphernalia (perhaps the reason why we hadn’t done it before) and off we went to catch the train to the city just like tourists. Did you know in Sydney on a Sunday the whole family can travel on trains, buses and ferries for just $2.50 each? Its called a Family Funday Sunday ticket. Just $7.50 (kids under 4 travel free) took us everywhere we wanted to go all day long.
A ferry ride across the Harbour to Luna Park was a must and one of the first things on the list. We also went to ‘out of the way’ places such as Watt Park in Lavender Bay with a home made picnic, did the walk up to the Opera House eating scrummy gelato and best of all, most of the things we did didn’t cost a penny! It was just one of those days we will never forget.
Have you ever had an adventure as a tourist in your home town and discovered things you never knew were there? What are some of the fun free things to do?