On Sunday, we spent the morning exploring Chinatown briefly before heading to Darling Harbour. Our weather app told us that it was going to start raining down on us any minute so we were trying to make the most of the morning before the weather changed. Darling Harbour felt very much like Melbourne’s Docklands and Harbour Town area!
The night before, we’d booked a Vivid Cruise through Scoopon that departed from Darling Harbour so we were headed back there that night. To kill some time before our cruise, we grabbed an afternoon pick-me-up at the Starbucks near our hotel and I was super happy because after over a year of using their app and failing to collect all my stars, I bought enough to earn a free coffee! I made the most of it and decided to try the hazelut syrup – was. so. good.
We caught an über back to Darling Harbour and waited to board our boat which was scheduled to depart at 7:30pm. Our booking allowed for two free drinks and food from the “buffet”, which was literally three plates of different kinds of pasta. The only standing area was at the front or inside the boat, and it was quite difficult to get a good photo with everyone’s phones waving around in the air. It would have been nice to actually be able to go to the edge of the boat to try and get some shots in, but I’m so thankful for my camera’s tilting LCD screen because it allowed me to see over everyone! I saw mainly couples and families on the cruise, and was surprised that the crew permitted smoking on board with so many people around and unable to move anywhere else. The whole cruise was 1.5 hours and went from Darling Harbour, under the bridge, past the Opera House, and then back to Darling Harbour. It was kind of underwhelming but only because I think we were expecting to see a bit more. The scotch and coke was great though! 😀
Once we got back to Darling Harbour, we stopped along the bridge to watch a water show, which was actually pretty cool and made up for the lack of excitement on the cruise. It brought me back to watching the fountains outside the Bellagio in Vegas 🙂
After not eating any food on the cruise and with the time already being 10pm, we decided to make the most of our last night in Sydney and hunted down some comfort food. We went to Pancakes On The Rocks, at which neither of us actually ordered pancakes, and ate a very late dinner. Since finding out a couple of years ago that lactose and I are not very good friends, I have done my best to avoid large amounts of dairy. However, I’ve been trying to introduce it slowly back into my diet seeing as I am completely fine eating chocolate and low-sugar cheeses. On Sunday night, I kept the mozzarella on the pizza for the first time in forever and it actually felt like I’d been reunited with a long lost friend 😛 Mozzarella has always been amazing but it’s also ten times better once you’ve been deprived of it for two years! The pizza was great – could have done with a stronger tomato-base flavour but I fixed that anyway by adding on my beloved tabasco sauce.