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Trip Report A great Sydney day!

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We two senior Aussies travelled from Newcastle down to Sydney today on the train, in sparkling warm winter sunshine. The trip is far too slow - we need a very fast train- but it is very scenic and pleasant.
After finishing our business in the city (collecting visas) , we caught a ferry to Watson's Bay from Circular Quay. I've not found a previous mention of this trip on Fodors, and it's a beauty!

The Watson's Bay ferry goes from Circular Quay, and takes about 20 minutes - ours was a quicker hydrofoil, passing the Opera House and Garden Island, looking back at the Harbour Bridge and forward to The Heads, the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Watson's Bay is on the Southern side, the opposite side to Manly, and is famous for its posh seafood restaurant, Doyle's, but there's a cafe on the wharf which must be good if you go by the queue for the fish and chips! We crossed the road and walked up the hill to The Gap. The Gap is part of the southern headland, with a spectacular clifftop walk, with crashing waves on the rocks below, and a splendid view back to the city. The uphill walk takes about half an hour, and you can catch the bus back to the city along Old South Head Road, or go back downhill to get the ferry back to the Quay. We caught the bus via wealthy Vaucluse Heights, Double Bay and King's Cross back to Circular Quay, with great views along the way.

It would also be a great trip in reverse, catching the bus from Circular Quay to Watson's Bay, getting out at the lighthouse and walking along the cliffs, downhill, to the ferry. This would be better in summer, when the uphill treck would be very hot, but on this sunny winter's day, spring really, it was perfect!

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