13.06.2007 -17 °C
We arrived in Sydney on Thursday evening and were a little worried about having some of our souveniors confiscated whilst going through customs (as some of the Ozzies on our trip in Asia had told us how strict they are in Austalia as to what they allow into the Country). So to make sure we didn't get a fine we declared our photo frames that were made out of elephant dung and some picture frames that were made out of wood and Jamie even declared his boil sweets!!! But it turned out we were worrying about nothing as we made it through customs successfully with all our souveniors and boiled sweets.
We then went outside the airport to find our free shuttle bus that would take us to our hostel. There was a noticeable difference in temperature when we went outside the airport in comparrison to what we had got use to in Asia (we were suprised to find outside colder than the air conditioning inside the airport!) although it is "winter" in Australia at the moment so we did expect it to be a bit cooler. We then found a man holding a sign with the name of our hostel on it advertising the free shuttle, although after becoming so wary in Asia about all the scams with the buses we were a little wary as to whether the shuttle would actually take us to our hostel but then we remembered that we were in Australia now! Our shuttle bus driver was lovely and gave us a little bit of a city tour going past the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge before dropping us off at our hostel. Where we went straight to bed for some much needed sleep!!
The next morning we woke up to a lovely sunny winters day more like our spring. And we went for a walk around the city and through the Botanical gardens (where we saw a million huge fruit bats sleeping upside down on the trees) down to the harbour to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge which were both very impressive. That night the hostel organised a BBQ with free wine on the roof which looked out over the city.
The next day we took the bus to Bondi Beach where we had some fish shop chips on the beach for lunch and then did the coastal walk to Coogee beach.
Whilst in Sydney we also visited Sydney Aquariam on Darling Harbour where we got to walk underneath sharks swimming above us and also see platypus's, turtles, seals, penguins and lots of other marine life including Nemo (clown fish)!! We would have liked to have done the Harbour Bridge climb but due to us being on quite a tight budget we decided to just walk across the bridge on the pedestrian footpath instead to Milsons Point. Where there are great views of the harbour and the Opera House, we also went to Luna Park to take our picture by the big clown face entrance (however the day we went the park wasn't actually open so we weren't able to go on any of the rides).
We also visited the New South Wales Art Gallery and went to see Cicus Oz at the Opera house. The hostel also organised a wine and cheese night on the roof for us one night. Katy commented how sophisticated we were having wine and cheese nights, going to art gallerys and going to the Opera House. However Jamie reminded her that we were eating cheddar and drinking $4 wine out of a box, only going to the art gallery because it was free and going to see the Circus at the Opera House!!
When we first arrived in Sydney we had 6 people in our 8 bed dorm room however by the 3rd day our room mates had diminished to just the two of us!! (due to it being low season and not because we smell!!). However a few days later we were joined by a german guy and girl and a british guy.
We spent 10 days in total in Sydney which is the longest we've stayed in one place at one time but after travelling so much we needed a bit of a rest before starting our journey up the east coast.