I do not recommend arriving in Sydney early Sunday morning after a long long flight while the rest of the city is all hung over from the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (note: you should be there FOR Mardi Gras). So what do you want the most in that case? My answer is a shower, a room and maybe a bed to catch up on some sleep and get rid of that jet lag. Well that was not possible and most likely it won’t be unless you plan ahead. So either you get there at around check-in time, ask for an early check-in in advance, or you will have to entertain yourself while the city still sleeps. For the record, we got there around 8:00 AM.
Since our hotel was not far from the city center, a walk in town was inevitable, and of all the things to see, the nearest and what seemed to be the greatest time burner and entertainment in this situation were the Royal Botanic Gardens. And I couldn’t think of a better and quieter time to do it than on a sunny, hangover Sunday morning. Let the people sleep; the gardens are ours.
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