Happy New Year!
It's been nice to have a few days away to relax and unwind after a busy end of year.
We have been on a road trip, over 800kms from Melbourne to Sydney to visit family and see the New Year's Eve fireworks.
It's quite a good drive, a couple of stops for coffee and a lunch break. Kids happy in the back with DVD players and iPods and cruise control most of the way.
All worth it to come to this beautiful view in Abbotsford where we caught a ferry to take us into Sydney harbour.
This is my favourite way to get around Sydney.
To have a home on the harbour would be idyllic and a great lifestyle if you could afford it. And you would have to have your own boat of course.
The ferry stopped at Cockatoo Island where about a hundred tents were set up ready for the New Year's Eve fireworks. It's a ticketed event and people were arriving by ferry with their sleeping bags and eskies.
We then came to Darling Harbour where ocean liners had sailed in from around the world for the big night.
It's always exciting when you get your first glimpse of the famous Harbour bridge. It just looks magnificent.
Another ocean liner in Circular Quay
and of course The Opera House
The decks lined with hundreds of travellers
a view of the bridge from Circular Quay, it's always bustling with ferries and little water taxis.
The Opera House filled up early with people getting prime time spots for the fireworks. You have to go through a bag check area - no glass or alcohol is allowed. By the time we hopped off the ferry and walked around it was already full to capacity and we couldn't get through.
Roads near the harbour are closed, there are plenty of viewing spots but you can only access on foot and unless you get there really early in the day it's hard to secure a good view. We decided we couldn't sit in one spot for 12 hours to wait for fireworks, so we went in later and opted to walk to Darling Harbour.
There were thousands of people, but we still had a pretty good view.
Next time we have decided to book a hotel with a harbour view - champagne allowed!