Anyway, I liked Sydney; it's a nice, clean city with lots to do, great harborfronts, and a nicely restored old section the "Rocks", saved from demolition recently by some forward-thinking Sydnians and beautifully refurbished into quaint cafes & shops, where I spent the second day having a nice, easy walk around and a stop for lunch. I had planned to go across the harbor to the Taronga Zoo, but I just needed to rest that day instead, and got too late a start. I also had a long walk through the Botanic Gardens, which Mom & Chuck would love. Well, Mom may not have liked the flying foxes (essentially giant bats) hanging around in the trees!
And the last day I had time to visit the Aquarium (not bad, but not like Baltimore's or Boston's) and the Wildlife Encounter, an indoor zoo that I had doubts about, but actually it wasn't bad-- the habitats were open-air and quite large. I especially liked the butterfly habitat. But they were both a little touristy and not really worth the A$42 for a combined ticket. Oh, did I mention, everything's expensive here?
There are also some great old shopping halls (below right) like The Strand and the Queen Victoria Building, made in the old English arcade style. These are the prototypes of the modern shopping mall. Jen, you would love it here!