So it was with a sense of excitement and nerves we flew into Sydney airport last night.
We grabbed a cab to our hotel, The Rydges World Square, located in the Central Business District, next to China Town and a stone throw away from Darling Harbour.
Having dispatched our bags to the room we walked our first steps as a family through Sydney in the rain to Darling Harbour.
We were met by an array of sculptures, water features, bars and restaurants. Darling Harbours lights shimmered in busy yacht-filled waters and I realised how much Sydney had gone and grown up and got sophisticated since my last visit all those years ago.
We ended our stroll with a glass of red wine and bar snacks over looking the Harbour.
As we sat there admiring the lights, Max about to have a sugar rush from his lemonade, my mind wondered to those early years I spent in Australia, in Coogee and Randwick. The plan was to go back there tomorrow.....it was going to be emotional.