Arriving in Oz
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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.
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.
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.
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.