House and Pet Sitting in Sydney, Australia is a constant surge of adrenalin. We lived in this city for a year (which had nothing to do with housesitting). Now, in 2017, we came back again to house and pet sit.
We lived for almost two weeks just over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a suburb called Crow’s Nest. Every morning to greet us was Snoop (cross between a German Shepherd and Corgi – don’t ask!).
Snoop would ‘talk’ every time we took out his leash. He was such a delightful creature, and with his owners’ permission, we took him everywhere that allowed dogs.
Sydney: The Cost of Living
Sydney is a very large city with over 5 million dwellers. Property values have ‘gone through the roof.’ To own a semi-detached house and a very small backyard, people are now paying several mission dollars. Those retirees who have paid for their home in Sydney, have an opportunity of living elsewhere with larger homes, bigger properties and still put money in the bank!
Sydney welcomes over 10 million international and domestic visitors each year. The weather is spectacular (often very hot) and visitors can explore the city or swim in the many famous beaches such as Bondi and Manley. This is a city where many languages can be heard- English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese.
When we housesat in Sydney we often drove over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world, and the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge according to Guinness World Records. Locals call it “the Coat hanger” from its shape.
Don’t Drive in Sydney
Don’t drive in Sydney unless you wish to battle congestion and pay ‘out of this world’ parking fees. Simply get the subway/train to Circular Quay. Right in front of you are three incredible landmarks:
1. The Sydney Harbour Bridge,
2. The Opera House
3. Sydney Harbour filled with green and yellow ferries. Operating since 1875, the Sydney Ferries carry over 14 million passengers each year in and around Sydney. Luna Park is the face staring across the harbour. It’s an amusement park.
The Sydney Opera House
In 1957, Australia launched an International competition for the design of an opera house. A 38 year old Dane won it. Many arguments arose and
Jørn Utzon the designer never went to its opening. One of the problems was the cost. Originally estimated to cost $7 million AUD, the final cost was $102 AUD. It is the world’s 3rd largest opera house. In my humble opinion, it was well worth the money.
It has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,00 mega litres of water. For very little money, Trish and I hopped on many ferries to reach beaches, or to gawk at homes owned by millionaires. We would often have a friendly argument as to which home we would purchase should we win the Aussie lottery.