Day 13 - Heron Island to Sydney
Get great deals on hotels across Australia!

Well better late than never. We finally had a great day on Heron Island. Without a doubt the best thing about Heron Island was the helicopter flight off the island. Neither of us had ever been on a helicopter and we had no idea what to expect. If we had known how great the helicopter flight would be, we never would have taken the launch out to the island. Instead of a two hour ride on 3 meter seas, we had a smooth 35 minute flight back to Gladstone. Plus we finally got some great pictures of the reef, albeit from the air, with the help of the helicopter pilot. It's hard to see them in these pictures, but we passed over a number of sea turtle and ray colonies. The pictures posted below are from left to right: Heron Island; Heron Island Reef; Heron Island Reef again; Me in the helicopter; Wilson Island; Wilson Island Reef; Our Helicopter.

Heron Island Heron Island Reef 1 Heron Island Reef 2 Todd in the helicopter
Wilson Island Wilson Island Reef Our Helicopter

Before we left Heron Island I found out that we were on the island during the peak nesting season of the Black Noddy. Probably the best time to be on the Island would be from April to August, because that's when the Black Noddys are away from the island. It still wouldn't make up for the disorganized service on the island, but I'm sure the smell of the island improves quite a bit when nesting season is over. After landing in Gladstone we flew in a turboprop plane to Brisbane and then caught a Qantas flight to Sydney. We arrived in Sydney at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and caught a taxi to the Ritz Carlton at Double Bay.

View from our hotel roomWe actually thought we had booked a room at the Ritz Carlton in Sydney, so we were real surprised when our taxi driver took us east of the city to Double Bay. It turns out that there are two Ritz Carltons in Sydney and we were at the one that was ten minutes outside of the city. We checked into switching over to the Ritz Carlton in the city, but they didn't have any availability. After taking a look outside our window we were glad that they didn't have availability. We're on the fifth floor of the hotel and we have a beautiful view of Sydney Harbour. Double Bay is one of the more exclusive suburbs of Sydney. It was originally a fishing village and then at one time it was planned as the site for Australia's first Botanical Gardens. Today it's the home of the expensive Cosmopolitan Centre shopping hub (nicknamed "Double Pay"), the Ritz Carlton, and a number of other shops, galleries, and restaurants. We had dinner at Botticelli, an Italian restaurant two blocks from the hotel, and once again the food was fantastic. Tomorrow will be our last full day in Sydney and we're going to try to get to all the things we missed two weeks ago including the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Tower. See ya' tomorrow!


All contents copyrightę 1995-2006: Alex's Coupons«