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Sydney Travel Blog

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Double decker tube

So, first stop in our Australasia tour was Sydney.


We got an overnight flight into Sydney direct from Phuket with no stop overs. We flew with Jetstar, an Aussie based budget offshoot of Quantas that turned out to be the nicest flight we've taken so far. I managed to get at least an hours sleep!The landing was quite rough due to high winds and it made Rachel feel quite ill. We had applied for a tourist visa online so didnt have any hassle getting through passport control, the guy was actually quite cheery!

We emerged from the airport and caught the tube, which was a double decker! A short journey took us to the Central Business District of Sydney, where we found that it was freezing cold and windy, what the.

Fruit bats in the botanical gardens
.?!? It was like being back in England, except with friendly people. Thankfully our hostel was only a stones throw from the station so we didnt have to be out for too long. We got a couple of hours kip, our body clocks were totally screwed up due to the time change and lack of sleep. we then ventured back out a short while later to go to the shops and get some food for dinner, by the time we had finished and were walking back it had started to rain. It was 12 degrees, we have spent the last 5 months in 30+, a bit of a shock to the system!


Thankfully it seemed to be the tail end of some freak weather as the next day was much warmer. We walked down to the botanical gardens, it was more like a huge park and we spent a while wandering round looking at the different flowers. It wasnt until I narrowly escaped getting pooed on that we looked up and realised that the trees were full of fruit bats. Huge numbers of the furry critters were in the tops of the trees, and were quite active and noisey, we must of thought the noise was birds or something! We sat on the grass watching them for a while, some even graced us with an aerial display.

Sydney Opera house & Bridge


We then walked down to Mrs. Macquaries Point, which offers the best view of the Sydney

Opera House and Sydney bridge. To be honest the Opera house and bridge didnt really live up to their hype. The Opera house was smaller than I thought and was quite grubby looking while the bridge was rather non descript. After traveling for so long have we become blasé about monuments?


Our last day was spent on Bondi beach, which again fell rather short of its hype. It was a small cove, a thin strip of sand that was covered in a plague of bodies and the water full of surfers. It was rather fun watching the posers, two boys were strutting about with surfboards stuck under their arms, feeling like the big 'I am' but when they actually went in the water they were floundering about like hippos in quicksand within minutes, better get some lessons boys.




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Double decker tube
Double decker tube
Fruit bats in the botanical gardens
Fruit bats in the botanical gardens
Sydney Opera house & Bridge
Sydney Opera house & Bridge
Beached whales on Bondi beach
Beached whales on Bondi beach
Sydney
photo by: Sunflower300