After about a day and a half of travel, we arrived about 6 a.m. Sydney time on Wednesday, May 8. Our only plan for the day was to explore on our own, so I went into the city core to see its sights, including the Opera House. Its white-sail look is actually 1 million tiles. I also went to the Sydney Tower observation deck and rode the monorail, which will close at the end of June due to inadequate use. See the pictures page for more.