A couple of years after the Sydney Opera House had opened I visited Australia. I was working for Canadian Pacific Airlines, now gone out of business, and was able to get all my flights free so this was a wonderful opportunity plus since I worked in reservations it was easy to get rooms for next to nothing in hotels, so we got to stay in some first class places.
I had always wanted to visit Australia. My friend and I stayed in Sydney a few nights at the Hilton which was conveniently located near all the sites we wanted to take in. The harbour bridge, the zoo and of course the Opera House. This morning I looked for a picture of myself standing on the steps of the Opera House but couldn't find it.
Later we made our way up the coast, via bus, seeing kangaroos on the way which was neat. We decided to visit Cairns for a few days and stayed at the All Seasons hotel. It was March and the tail end of monsoon season. We saw a lot of huge toads on the road that had hopped out of the cane fields along with the biggest mosquitos I have ever seen.
I then talked a local airline into free tickets and we flew across to Perth and met a really nice Aussie couple who we hung out with for quite a bit. While there we stayed at the Comfort Inn . I remember walking along the beach eating fish and chips. I found Perth to be a very friendly place.
In fact I liked Australia so much I thought of apply for immigration status there, but never got around to it. The night before we left we stayed at the Sydney Hyatt which was very relaxing as it was a long trip back to Canada and we needed a good rest.