We arrived at the Ibis at Darling Harbour in the morning and had lunch overlooking the Harbour. The
weather was overcast but we crossed over Pyrmont Bridge to Cockle Bay to see Madame Tussauds
Waxworks. Our afternoon was filled with a many fun Photos with the Stars…. even Alf Stewart from
Home and Away was there. After such a big day we were all a little tired so a relaxing dinner at the
Hotel was enjoyed by all.
Saturday started with a smorgasbord breakfast at the hotel and then we drove to Bondi Beach for
some fresh air and have a look at the art work on the promenade. Although the rain was on and off
that morning, when we arrived the sun came out shining brightly, so we went for a short stroll. Two
of the participants were keen Cronulla Sharks supporters so we headed to the Cronulla area and had
a lovely lunch at the Cronulla Golf Club (the Leagues club was closed for renovations). Then it was
off to Paddy’s Markets for a spot of shopping. In the evening we dined on the waterfront at Darling
Harbour’s Olivio restaurant and watched the coloured lights of the buildings from the warmth of the
Sunday was Home and Away day. The bus travelled from the Rocks to the Beach to pick up our
mystery home and away actor. It was the handsome Tane (Ethan Browne) who joined the trip and
signed everyone’s autographs. Then we were off to the clubhouse used in the film set to have lunch
at Café at Palm Beach. We travelled back to Manly and were shown some the houses used as film
sets for the show. Dinner was at Rashays at Darling Harbour.
Monday started with a continental breakfast at the hotel then off to see the tranquil Friendship
Chinese Gardens near Chinatown. The water dragons and turtles were seen sunning themselves in
the middle of the lake on this beautiful sunny day. Since we had gone to Cronulla territory on
Saturday for lunch, today for lunch, we all decided to go to Manly Leagues Club for our other keen
football supporter. It was time to say our goodbyes and head for home.