Our big trans continent holiday was almost over. The Indian Pacific Train pulled into Central Station in Sydney. Before flying home to Brisbane we visited our daughter, Carol-Ann and David, who live in Sydney.
|Central Station, Sydney.|
I know I have shown this view from Carol and David's apartment before but it is so beautiful looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the suburb of Vaucluse, close to the heads of Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson.)
After a sleep in a real bed and a shower in a real shower (compared to the ones on the train) we were taken to lunch at Doyles famous seafood restaurant at Watson's Bay. We could see all the way down the harbour to the city of Sydney.
Carol-Ann took a few days off work and she took us on the ferry to visit Government House. This is how Carol travels to and from work everyday. Unfortunately it was a grey day but the harbour is still beautiful.
The first Government House was built of canvas and timber for Governor Arthur Phillip, who brought the first fleet of convicts to Australia in 1788. The Governor is the Queen's representative in the colonies now called the Commonwealth countries.
In 1837 this new one was built. It was supervised by architect Mortimor Lewis and Colonel Barney. It was designed in the Romantic Neo Gothic Revival Style-castellated, crenellated and turreted. The Governors of NSW have lived and worked there ever since except for a few times when there was controversy over the pomp and ceremony involved. Royalty stay there when visiting Sydney. We went for a free guided tour, it was very majestical inside but no photos allowed.
Government House is situated on the harbour next to the Royal Botanical Gardens and.....
....close to the Opera House.
Government House has five hectares of beautiful gardens.
After a few days it was time to say goodbye to our children and fly home to end another great Adventure in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.