Still attempting to finalize things with this trip.
Today, I booked myself a ticket for the Australia National Orchestra's "Adventerous"
concert for Sunday, September 16th. My plan is this--dope myself on the plane once I leave San Francisco and get some sleep there....I land at 6:30am, and I will go to my hotel and drop off my luggage (can't check in that early). I am pretty close, so I am going to walk from there to the Harbour Bridge and do the Pylon viewing station--only $9AUD and has awesome views. For $180AUD you can climb to the top of the bridge, but this is almost the same thing and a million times cheaper.
I will putz for a bit, then walk over to the opera house, have some lunch and go to the orchestra performance. As an 'under 30', I get the best available tickets for only $33AUD. I am sitting in the 7th row almost in the center!! And I turn 30 exactly a month later! After the performance, I want to walk over to a park area with a cut out rock ledge called Mrs. Macquerries's chair. From here, I want to get sunset pictures of the Opera house with the Harbour bridge in the background. I am checking to see if that is a safe plan for a female alone at dusk, but I am fairly certain that is a tourist trap sort of area that will be teeming with dozens of people trying to get the exact same picture I am.
Monday, the 17th Mom and her team will arrive, and if she ever gives me her flight info, the plan is for me to meet them at the airport and we will all go on a city tour for the day to waste some time before we are able to check into our hotel (where we stay for a week).
Tuesday and Wednesday, I am on my own while Mom practices with the team, so I am heading to the nearby Blue Mountains for a little light hiking and sightseeing. I might go to Sydney instead one day, but I am not entirely sure.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are race days, so I am not sure what other fun things we will do. There is a big closing ceremony on Sunday at the Sydney Olympic park.
Monday, we fly to Cairns and are doing a rainforest tour.
Tuesday, we are going out snorkelling on the Reef. Mom and I are staying aboard a boat for the night for some serious snorkelly goodness and lots of sunset photo ops. I bought an underwater camera housing for my Nikon that I will use for the snokelling pictures. I hope it works!!
Wednesday afternoon we come back to Cairns, and have a nice dinner/evening at our hotel
Thursday, we fly back to Sydney and explore there
Friday afternoon, we fly back to the States.
Woo and hoo.
Mom, this is your public calling-out for not yet giving me your flight info. Oh, and the Visa info (if they got mine, when it will be mailed to me). And stuff. But we are going to have lots of fun! I am bringing my laptop to blog along the way (much cheaper than internet cafes and we have free internet in our hotel room)