The 30 hour sporting adventure….Saturday April 6

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After a smooth, uneventful flight to Sydney we arrived in between showers and decided to catch the train into the CBD. It was a little confusing working out which ticket we should buy but the lovely lady at the ticket counter soon sorted us out. Instead of getting off at Central Station we decided to go to Circular Quay. We were going to walk there anyway so it was better to go straight there by train in around 10 mins. By this time the weather was really closing in. This was not picture postcard Sydney unfortunately. It was so dull and grey. Apparently Melbourne was having a beautiful day. We were still able to walk around the harbour on the edge of the botanic gardens to our destination; Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. It had been years since either of us had been there.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a lovely spot to sit and watch the river traffic go by. The ‘chair’ is cut into sandstone rocks on the edge of the harbour. Around 200 years ago, the governor of New South Wales’ wife used to sit on these very rocks. The Macquarie era is my favourite in Australian history. After looking around the area we decided to walk to Central Station which was a long walk. We didn’t realise how long but didn’t mind it. Once we got through the Botanic Gardens on to Macquarie St it was just a matter of heading towards, then around, Hyde Park to the station. We began to get worried we wouldn’t make it to the station to catch the shuttle bus to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). We were walking as fast as we could and as we cut across the park in Eddy Avenue we saw a few hundred footy supporters dressed in Swans gear. Phew we’d made it.

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