Australia whirlwind: Bondi sculpture, Lord Howe, back to Sydney, Ayers Rock
I flew a week or so ago to Hawaii via Phoenix. Then I went from Maui to Honolulu to Sydney. Three nights in Sydney, then two nights on beautiful Lord Howe Island. Then a night in Sydney last night before an early morning rise and a trip to the airport, where I"m getting ready to board a flight for Ayers Rock. Uluru is the aboriginal name, which I prefer, but there you go.
Actually, I'm flying to the Ayers Rock airport but then getting a car and driving three hours to King's Canyon, where I'll spend one night before driving right back again tomorrow for two nights in and around Uluru and the Olgas. Crazy, but it's the trip of a lifetime for me so what the heck.
Not much time for words. Suffice to say I had a great time at Bondi Beach surfing (thanks, Leo). They also had the sculpture walk on from Bondi to Tamarama beach and on to Bronte. It's not enough the people here have a beautiful view and incredible walks. No, they have to go and install world class sculpture along the coastal path and really make the rest of the world envious. Thanks.
I couldn't load any photos of Lord Howe Island yesterday for some reason, so here's one taken from the patio at Capella Lodge (hi, Mark and Libby and Robyn on staff, who hails from Saskatchewan and has to constantly explain "Green Rider Fever" to her mates in Australia. Plenty more photos to come in Star Travel in the new year!
Thanks to the folks again at Arajilla, and thanks to the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney for a nice stay last night.
I had a great room overlooking the harbour, and the folks at the hotel tell me all rooms face one part of Sydney's harbour or another. It's a busy, busy place and they have a great bar on the 36th floor with all sorts of cocktails presented by bartender Tristan Allen, a good guy and a wicked mixologist.