Our last day in Sydney was as well spent as all the others before them. In the morning we left our hostel without breakfast. Reason: we managed to get into the ‘breakfast with koala’s’ special in Sydney’s Wildlife World. J
We were allowed to be present when the koala’s got their breakfast. Funny to see how they go from a comatose sleep to a state of über alertness in a matter of seconds.
One of the koala’s even dropped down from the tree and took a short sprint on the ground (didn’t even know they got out of trees at all!). During the feeding we got to pet the koala’s and have our picture taken with them. We couldn’t actually hold them, but the experience was fantastic nonetheless!
Then suddenly waking up due to a certain smell
After the petting and watching it was time for us to have breakfast ourselves. Wildlife World took care of this, and after a healthy and filling breakfast we were surprised with a few visitors at the table. A snake and a blue tongued lizard were picked up from their habitats so we could those them as well. We obviously weren’t as thrilled as we were with the koala’s, but we did decide to take the chance to do this as well. After that we were free to walk around Wildlife World to our hearts content. We saw virtually all the indigenous Australian wildlife, ranging from cockroaches to kangaroos and from emus to wombats. Lots of fun!
Later in the day we decided to take a trip on the Monorail to see how that’s like.
It was fun doing the circle circuit of the city centre, but all in all it wasn’t as spectacular as we thought it would be. Since we had plenty of time after that, we took the bus to Bondi Beach for our last afternoon in the city. Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse, and the stormy and rainy conditions meant there were no sunbathers and only a couple surfers left there. Still, at least we can say we were there, right?
'Do you smell that too?"
Back in Sydney we decided to spend our last evening there in Chinatown. The restaurant seemed good enough, but after deciding on a menu and eating halfway through that, the very grumpy waiter (and family grandpa apparently) suddenly announced our menu wasn’t valid anymore (his exact words!). Took a bit of persuasive action from us to avoid a large bill, but in the end we could laugh it off…
The next day we went to the airport to pick up our rental.
Since I’m the only one with a valid licence, I was off course the designated driver. One small problem though…I’d never driven an automatic, and if you combine that with the reversal of everything I was used to (driving on the left in Oz, on the right in continental Europe) you get trouble! Apart from the driving and the automatic gear I mainly had to get used to the fact that the wiper blades are on the left instead of the right. A lot of Australians thus saw a car wiping the very dry front window several times just before changing lanes…
"Why...I think I smell food!"
After getting used to the car, we drove west out of Sydney and towards Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. A beautiful and rugged National Park mostly known for it’s famous rock formation the Three Sisters. After admiring the area we had lunch (a kangaroo sandwich, very nice) in Katoomba before heading north to our next stop, Newcastle!