Down and Under in Sydney and Melbourne
Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
59Trip End Jun 2008
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After 2 nights on a boat, an overnight bus then an overnight flight we were feeling a little frazzled when we arrived in Sydney from Bangkok. Our first impressions though were pretty positive except that it was raining and after 4 months in Asia everything seemed prohibitively expensive. As we only had a short time (2 weeks) to spend in Oz, we had no spare time to recover from our journey and the sight-seeing began in earnest almost immediately. We spent 2 nights in Sydney mooching around the harbour, traversing the Sydney harbour bridge, strolling through the botanic gardens and scrutinising the Opera House. This was all very spectacular although the drizzle wasn't really helping much.
We then took an overnight bus to Melbourne for another couple of days sight-seeing. We hadn't booked accommodation in advance as is the norm for us expecially when we're vising a large town or city
After all this time spent in cities we decided it was time to see some of Australia's beautiful countryside. We'd enjoyed seeing a couple of the big cities but we couldn't help getting the feeling that we'd returned home to the UK and someone had just changed things round a bit and people has started talking with a funny accent. I think the grey weather had rather helped this impression along and we were glad to see that the forecast was improving for our next excursion along the Great Ocean Road. We had high hopes for seeing reportedly some of the best views that Australia has to offer..... Would our hopes be dashed? Would the Great Ocean turn out ot be a damp squib? Were we about to experience a slightly twisted version of a wet weekend in Southport? Find out by tuning-in to the next entry - coming soon...