This day was not highly planned. On my mind was to catch the tram, sorry, light rail vehicle, to Lilyfield and return. The rest would be something nearby to or at Darling Harbour.
We walked down Liverpool Street to the World Square monorail station. The token vending machines had gone and there was a decent queue at the ticket seller's window. The seller had not seen my $5 off the $15 daily monorail/tram discount voucher from the Museum of Sydney before. It required a telephone call before he accepted it. R paid for his daily concession. Riding the monorail is quite fun, not that I approve of it ever being built.
We alighted at Paddy's Market and waited for the tram to Lilyfield. This is very quaint. There is someone on board to take your money and issue a ticket. I wonder how that would work on Melbourne's trams?
The conductor soon got off the tram and another boarded. He took R's money for a day ticket and started giving R back a heap of small change. R started giving him a hard time, and honestly the guy really did not seem to know what he was doing. Coins were swapped for notes.
The tram goes through plenty of tunnels and along a viaduct. The route is an old goods train line and there is talk of extending the route further along the old goods line.
We alighted at the terminus and took a look around at absolutely nothing. I do recall that Norton Street was not far away, a street with Italian restaurants, but it was too early yet to be thinking of food.
The most exciting thing we could see was tracks running off into long grass and imagining the tram just accidentally sailing along into the grass. This photo is cheating a bit. There is a barrier to stop the tram behind where I was standing.
We caught the next tram back. Snapped a nice view of Anzac Bridge. As you can see, the sun does not always shine in Sydney.
R had mentioned getting off at Star City Casino but seemingly had gone off the idea. I hate Star City, so that was fine with me. We went back to Paddy's Market and had a look around. It was like all markets of its size except there wasn't really any food stalls. We took the tram back to Darling Harbour and found somewhere to eat and have coffee. We sat near the edge of the harbour whereby people insisted on feeding seagulls. Millions seemed to come from no where and then the people got scared of there being so many. Serve them right as it rather spoiled the ambience.
We came across this bloke doing wonderful things with bubbles. The kids just loved it.
I had kind of crossed Powerhouse Museum off my list as we were running out of time, but R was keen enough to see it, so onto the tram to Powerhouse. Parts of the museum buidling is an old building where power was generated for Sydney's trams. The museum is first class and I would go so far as to say the best I have ever been in. We spent a couple of hours there but a couple of days would almost cover the whole museum. It is a great museum for kids too. A chatty volunteer guide guessed that we would not really be interested in women's fashions! and directed us to the more technical areas. We saw heaps of Australian inventions, some transport related things including NSW's first steam train, stationary steam engines, antique furniture, old jewellery... just so much stuff. There was a huge stationary steam enngine from a factory, but there wasn't a qualified steam engineer available that day to start it up. Unlike the one at our Spotswood Science Museum, this one still ran on steam.
We debated getting a cab back to the hotel, but instead caught the monorail to World Square and tiredly trudged up the Liverpool Street hill.
Dinner was at an excellent Indian restaurant in Oxford Street called Tandoori Palace and this was preceeded by a drink at Midnight Shift. The Shift had a very different layout to the last time I was there. We forewent the Indian restaurant offering goat.