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On this day back in 1985, I’d been in Sydney for a few days. I’d swapped one harbour city for another.

We flew in to Syndey from the north. My first view from the plane was of gorgeous golden beaches, turquoise shapes among the rooftops, swimming pools in so many gardens. The whole city built around so much water.

When we landed, the stewardesses walked down each aisle, spraying something into the air. I’d forgotten that aspect of entering Australia in the 1980’s.

I took a taxi to where I was staying in Cremorne on the north shore. The city centre was high rise, with nice old buildings amongst the new. After the space of NZ, Sydney felt like a big big city. The Opera House seemed tiny though compared to the Harbour Bridge.

I spent days out sightseeing, travelling on the ferries across the harbour to Circular Quay. The Opera House looks big from sea level.

I travelled on double decker trains, a novelty to me. I went to the top of Sydney Tower, which was the tallest building in the southern hemisphere at that time. It gave a stunning three hundred and sixty degree of the city.

I explored “The Rocks” and Pier One, old wharfs and warehouses renovated into craft shops, galleries and cafes. I walked around the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. I went to Bondi Beach and admired art at the gallery on the Domain.

I took the hydrofoil over to Manly and commented on the ocean beach there. It’s interesting reading these first impressions of Sydney, now that I am familiar with the city, especially Manly and the Northern Beaches.

I made friends with some local people and had company my own age to hang out with, live music in pubs, days out at the Royal National Park to the south of the city. Lunches in China Town, mornings wandering around Paddy’s Markets. I spent time with a certain Sydney bus driver, but that is a whole different story that’s not going on this blog.

I loved Sydney and wanted to stay a while, so registered with a nanny agency and again got work very easily. I earned $39 a day and as I had no living expenses whilst working, it was a good way to earn and save towards my travels.