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A couple years ago I took a bus from London (Ontario, Canada) to New York (USA). The bus ride was 14 hours in total. It was the worst bus ride ever! Someone on the bus took off his shoes and in no time the whole bus had this horrible feet smell. The smell was so bad that it woke me up. The bus driver gave several warnings to this person and demanded he put on his shoes. A few hours later, this person got off the bus but nevertheless, it took a while before the smell was away. I decided never to go on a long bus ride again.
The hostel were I stayed in Sydney is called Wake Up! This hostel is really good. It looks really nice (this hostel won awards for best large hostel in the world). The matresses are good. Showers could be better. This hostel has its own bar/restaurant offering a steak meal for 7 AUD. I stayed in a room with three Irish backpackers. All really nice and they told me stories about life in Ireland and alcohol. Really funny!!! Thanx Avril, Sinead and Steve!
The things I've done in Sydney:
Sydney Opera House.
Next to the Opera House is the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. Just like the other botanic gardens I've visited, it's great. The view from the park to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is great. The Botanic Garden is famous because it holds a big population of flying foxes. It's really impressive to see so many huge bats. Yes, this is a really nice garden.
On the other side of the Opera House is the Harbour Bridge. This is the famous bridge that connect north and south Sydney. There is a possibility to climb this bridge. Of course, being a tourist/backpacker, I had to climb this bridge. I did the night climb because it's 10 AUD cheaper and you'll a voucher which gives you access to go up on the pylon of the bridge by day. The climb is completely safe and the people who work there are really good. In all honesty, the price/quality ratio is bad. Don't get me wrong, the bridge climb is really fun to do, it's a great attraction but it's really expensive (too much for the average backpacker). Also, you aren't allowed to take your own camera with you, only the guide has a camera and he takes pictures of you while you're on the bridge.
I've been in Australia for about three weeks and I haven't seen a kangeroo or koala. This is just unacceptable so I had to go to a place where I could find these animals. Sydney has a famous zoo and a wildlife park but I didn't go to either of these places. A backpacker (thanx Nina!) advised me to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park, just outside Sydney. It's a small park where you can get up, close and personal with the kangeroos and koalas. I really like this park because most animals aren't locked in cages. The kangeroos can jump pretty much wherever they want.
The most famous beach of Sydney is Bondi beach. I was planning to stay there for just an hour but I ended up staying there for more than 6 hours. I like this beach. The water is very cold but I really like swimming in/on the waves. It's so good. According to many backpackers Coogee beach in Sydney is better. I didn't go there, but if Coogee is better than Bondi, it must be a really great beach.
A must do in Sydney is the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a national park near Sydney. There are many tours that will take you to many places in this park, but we decided to walk to the different sites.
I had a great time in Australia. I have met many people and done many activities I've always wanted to do and went to places I wanted to visit. The cities I've visited are okay. I didn't really like Cairns (for tourists), Melbourne is okay and Sydney is great but I reckon that Europe has many cities that are better (worth visiting) than Sydney.
Next destination: Aotearoa