Trip Journal Dec. 24
Today is our last day in Australia and only day in Sydney. We caught a 5:45am flight from Cairns, arrived in our 28th-floor executive room at the Westin at 10, and spent the afternoon on a cheesy hop-on, hop-off bus tour. So we can say we've seen Chinatown, Darling Harbor, the Powerhouse Museum, Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the red light district, and probably several other sights we've already forgotten.
A highlight of the tour was what appeared to be a Christmas carol concert on the floating stage in Darling Harbor. A crowd had gathered to watch, but the production seemed somewhat amateurish. After further observation (and some reading of signs) it became clear that this was only a rehersal for the real concert which was starting in a few hours.
After completing the tour circuit, we returned to the Westin to take advantage of the open bar and appetizers which we consumed in dinner-like quantities. We figured with the hotel at 26% occupancy they wouldn't really notice.
After so much time so far away, Sydney seemed almost like an American city.