21.12.2012 - 11.01.2013
I became the ultimate tourist for my last three weeks in Sydney! Adam and I walked so much (especially up and down George street) which helped because we quickly learnt the layout of the city! Our first hostel was good as hostels go, it was near Paddy's Market and about a 30 minute walk to Circular Quay. The first few days were spent walking around and getting the tourist photos of the bridge and Opera house. We did the tour of the Opera House which lasted for an hour and was interesting, you got the history of the building etc, usual tour stuff! We also got a pass for three Sydney attractions. The first one we chose was the Westfield skywalk tower, which is I think 240m above sea level and amazing views right around Sydney (and a lot cheaper than the Harbour Bridge Climb!). The mistake we made with the tower was booking it for Boxing Day, the mad day of the sales, it was just a sea of people which we had to get through to get to the floor it was located on in the shopping centre! The second was the Aquarium on Darling Harbour which was really good, if you are ever there you should visit it! And the last was the Wildlife Sanctuary also on Darling Harbour but it was rubbish because we went to toronga Zoo first. So we had our first three nights on George Street and then moved to a hotel on Darling Harbour for 4 days over christmas. Amazing views, and you love hotels even more after being in hostels! Christmas eve was a hot day, so we spent it on Manly beach, it is really nice there and you get the ferry over from the Quay which goes past the bridge etc. That evening we watched fireworks out of our window which were so good and then went for our one none backpackers dinner out! Christmas day was spent with a couple of girls from Contiki tour, such a lovely day despite it being the worst weather Sydney had for 70 years...that's right thunder, lightening and rain! But we had a christmas tree and a really good christmas dinner although it wasn't turkey, Baramundi was on the menu with veg and rice.
After the four nights at the hotel we stayed with Michelle, my second cousin, in her beautiful house in Seaforth (I hope that is correct!). It is set in the hillside and the view was amazing, over the sea with Sydney in the distance. Really nice to see Michelle again and meet her husband and to be in a home! Michelle took us to Palm Beach which is where Home and away films, very windy there, i now understand why the characters look so windswept! We also saw some aboriginal sandstone artwork. The next day was spent at Toronga Zoo, best zoo I have been to, I loved it! It also had an amazing view of Sydney as it was set on a hillside. Really good bird and seal show's too! We spent all day there and then headed back to Michelles for a BBQ, aussie style! We were soon moving again, this time to Jades flat in Kiribilli for the 30th and NYE. When we got to the flat Jade was currently in LA flying home from the UK so it was strange being in her flat without her but we met her lovely flatmate Jenna. The view from their flat is the Harbour Bridge which was the perfect view for NYE fireworks which did not dissapoint us! Moved to Bondi on NYE day which was so busy and so hot! the trains were fine but we ended up waitin gclose to an hour to get onto a bus to get into the centre of town. I didn't really like Bondi but i think my first impression of it being so busy didn't help that! Whilst in Bondi we went to Watsons bay and had amazing fish and chips at dougles, if you go there have the food from the takeaway as it is cheaper then the resteraunt. The next day we did the Bondi to Coogee walk, just a casual 5k walk in the sunshine which for some reason we decided to walk back to Bondi instead of a bus so that was 10k for the day! it did mean we were hungry for our dinner that night with Jade and her boyfriend Phil who came over to Bondi. The following day was Adams last day before flying home, his flight was in teh evening which meant he got another day on the beach before leaving...
For my last week I stayed at Jade's flat which was lovely as who knows when the next time I will see will be... I went on a free Sydney tour with her flatmate Jenna which was really good and before I left I got to experience Sydney in 43', we were all slowly turning into pools of sweat!
Next stop Fiji!