Everything in Sydney is about the harbor. As one non-Sydney (how do you call someone who lives in Sydney?) resident told me Sydney is the harbor with 5% that have a view of it and 95% who want to have a view of the harbor. Any property with view of the harbor gets an instant premium on its value. Talking about property value, what is going on in Australia is putting me off. The quality of the housing is terrible to not so terrible but the prices are through the roof. I was not sure if the quality of the housing was substandard or if it was just the houses we had visited but after talking to recent immigrants to Australia from Europe they all say the same thing. I cannot believe that this country has forced the light bulbs off the shelves around the globe but otherwise live in highly inefficient houses waisting water, energy and precious resources. House prices through are really high, even in suburbs that are half an hour away from the CBD a decent place can cost you a million! The same goes for all major cities in Australia. It is crazy and stupid, the discussions about property and property values remind me of discussions I had with friends in the US back in 2007. Is there a housing bubble looming in the horizon down under? I do not know but I like the
German restrain on these matters, we do not get excited about this stuff and we do not like artificial wealth nor much credit. As usual I tend to trail off so lets get back to the subject at hand.
on the north side also looked a lot better and more exclusive that the ones in south but we only drove through and did not linger much. Closer to the city and next to the Rocks is the Darling Harbor and Chinatown, two parts of the city that are very interesting to visit and tons of stuff to do. Especially around Darling Harbor there are a lots of restaurants, clubs and cafes.
Of course visiting Sydney without visiting the famous beach of Bondi is like drinking a milkshake without the ice cream. Bondi beach was crowded, there was also a contest of surfing that was being filmed. The commotion was incredible, and the weather perfect. We also visited Coogee and other beaches like Cronulla around Botany Bay. Botany Bay is also the spot where Captain Cook actually made his first landing in Australia, there is a small memorial in the Botany Bay National Park to mark the spot. It is incredible to just stand at that spot, look around and see all the development that has taken place in the last 200 years. I am sure he would not recognize the place today.
We walked down to the lookout and then the short hike to the Three Sisters, the main landmark in the Blue Mountains. We loved the landscape and we would love to have more time to hike through some of the trails and spend time in this National Park. Throughout our travels we have enjoyed mountains and forrest parks the most and this one was really very pretty. The air had a pleasant smell as the Eucalyptus oil that the trees emit permeates the air. It is also the reason why the mountains look blue from the distance. This place is a mere 200km away from Sydney but it is so dense that only in the mid 1990’s did they find a pine tree that was thought to be extinct for 90 million years. This country is so vast that there are still things, species, organisms that have yet to be discovered. Sydney is where Beth and me fell in love with Australia. We have seen so much in the past two months but we were awestruck and dumbfounded. Sydney maybe a city that is very far away from other big cities, Melbourne does not count (at least not for the people of Sydney) but there is a reason why so many people want to come to Sydney.