I didn't describe what we did on our first stop in Sydney. It was awesome - we kicked that town's ass.
We stayed in a trendy-ish part of town called "The Rocks." We made it into a B&B that is in an 18th century dwelling down there. It wasn't the ritz but we liked it. Somewhat chilly at night, but the weather was actually sunny and beautiful during the day with temperatures hovering in the 60's and 70's
Here's a brief list of what we did. Notice that we don't really go to museums anymore. After living and studying in Europe, we've been to enough:
1) Right off the plane, lunch on the harbor down on "The Rocks"
2) Second day off to the Zoo and Aquarium (took the ferries across the harbor)
3) Convict barracks um . . . museum (the only one and it was neat)
4) Saw a play with Geoffrey Rush - Ionesco absurdism and it was Geoff's birthday. He was great
5) Australia v S.Africa rugby match at the Olympic stadium
6) Shopping and exploring including Chinatown
I picked up an Australian lambskin leather coat and we looked for cheap DVDs in Chinatown, but weren't inspired to pick up the entire run of MI5 for $19 AUD.
We had a great meal one night with seafood and the best bottle of wine the entire trip. I don't recall the vinyard, but it was a W.Australia Viognier - good stuff.
Excuse the messy picture layout up top please.