Except for the flight from Auckland, NZ to Sydney arriving Dec. 29th, 2013 the flights were uneventful. That flight was about 1 hour delayed in leaving for mechanical problems and a medical issue with a passenger who had to be removed from the plane. After checking in at the hotel I spent my first day getting used to the surroundings. I’m in an area called Potts Point close to Kings Cross. There are a bunch of bars and adult establishments. Except for New Years, I’ve been back at the hotel by 9pm making notes on the days activities. This area of town is fairly hilly and mostly downhill to Sydney city center. It takes about 20 minutes to wheel down to the city center. A lot of shops and restaurants in the city center and Potts Point have a few steps and most of the places I’ve ate have steps to the bathroom. Some of the restaurants have outdoor seating on the sidewalk so I don’t have to negotiate the steps. I had dinner at The Sugarmill in King Cross. The outdoor seating was full so I ate inside. There are 4 steps to get into the main entrance of restaurant but they have a service elevator around back I was able to use. They also have a side entrance with 4 steps that could be modified with a ramp. The elevator will also take you to the rooftop bar. The bathrooms are located down steps with no simple fix. Most of the places I’ve ate do not have servers. You order your food and drinks at the bar then get a number to place on your table. Your food is brought out to you when ready. The bars do not have open tabs where you leave your credit card, you pay for drinks as you go with a $20 minimum credit card charge.
On Monday, Dec. 30th, 2013 I took what I think was the steepest hill I could find and headed down the Sydney Opera House. I went right out of the hotel down Macleay Street to Cowper Street by the Garden Island Naval Dockyard. On the way I stopped at Woolloomooloo Bay and passed the Royal Botanic Gardens, which I will visit later in my stay.
After spending time around the Opera House I wheeled around Cirular Quay and The Rocks, an entertainment district by the Harbour Bridge. I found the street with the least amount of grade, Pitt Street, and headed into the city center. About 5 blocks up Pitt Street is Market Place with the Sydney Christmas tree and a large shopping complex. Continuing up Pitt Street and taking a left on Park Street I come across Hyde Park. The park is very accessible and a hangout to relax, kick around the soccer ball or play frisbee. Arichibald Fountain is located on the east end of the park with St. Marys Cathedral located across the street.
After Hyde Park I went back to Circular Quay and took a cab back to Kings Cross for dinner at Mad Pizza Pronto. This is small pizza place with limited seating up one step inside and 6 tables outside. No bathroom on the premises.