Arriving in Oz

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YUMMY FOOD!!

We flew direct from Phuket to Sydney with JetStar which was a fantastic flight, unfortunatly the landing was not so great and resulted in me being rather ill at the end of it. We have taken so many flights this year, and every time we have a bad one I wish we didn't have to take any more!


Getting to the city centre from the airport was easy, just jumped on a tube (which was double decker!) and arrived 5 minutes walk from our hostel.

Christopher Columbus
We were completely shocked at how cold it was, it felt just like England which was a relief for about ½ an hour, then just annoying! We have spent the last 8 months in 30+ temps, it was 12oC I think that day – not good when you only have one jumper each!


On our first evening we went across the road to a pub attached to a hotel, which advertised cheap steak dinner. It actually wasn't evening at all, it was 4pm, but our body clocks were all over the place having not slept on our overnight flight. It really was a wonderful welcome to Australia moment, with a glass of red wine, and a steak - yum!


We only had a couple of days in Sydney before heading up North, so wanted to get all the major sights in. We had heard that the best view of the opera house and harbour bridge was from the botanical gardens, we could just about walk this from our hostel.

Fruit bats in the gardens
We started at Hyde Park (!!), and continued through to the entrance. The gardens were lovely, and we spent quite a bit of time just sitting enjoying the brief spell of sunshine. As we continued onwards, a near miss with poo alerted us to the hundreds of fruit bats above our heads! It was amazing, we haven't seen bats close up apart from in zoos, and they are usually in the dark. These bats were everywhere, some flying about, most just hanging from the trees. A couple even had babies which they sheltered up to their bodies, wrapping their wings around them! Apparantly they are seen as pests as they poo all over everything and everyone, but we were transfixed!


Tearing ourselves away from the bats, we continued up the path to eventually reach Mrs Macquaries Point, where we saw the best view of the opera house. I'll be perfectly honest, it's not that big, and it looks pretty grubby.

We were standing there, faced with this iconic view, looking, and looking, waiting to be overawed. Finally we looked at each other, I think our 'impressed' reflex has just been completely spoiled after travelling for so long. We took lots of photos of course, saw it in the changing lights, but eventually left, still waiting for that 'wow' feeling to emerge.


The next day we tried another iconic sight, Bondi Beach. This beach is one of the most famous in the world, and it certainly seemed like the world and his wife wanted to visit it. After beautiful and empty beaches in Thailand, we were faced with a beach crammed to the maximum. We went down the hill onto the sand and struggled to find a spot to sit that wasn't already occuped. Yes it's Bondi, yes it was reasonably hot, but imagine Broadstairs on a bank holiday weekend and you're pretty much there. We spent a couple of hours reading and watching the surfers, which was amusing and amazing in equal parts, some people seemed to have rented out surfboards purely to have their photos taken next to them. However the proper surfers were fun to watch, it's something I would love to be able to do.



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YUMMY FOOD!!
YUMMY FOOD!!
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
Fruit bats in the gardens
Fruit bats in the gardens
Sydney
photo by: Sunflower300