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pittwater National Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Finally, I am writing my first blog entry...didn't realise how difficult getting hold of FREE wi-fi and a solid computer would be out here! I will admit I have sat outside McDonalds a few times with my dutch friend, Esther, a bottle of Shiraz and plastic cups soaking up the wi-fi. Being a backpacker and all, you have to watch the pennies.

So, I arrived in Sydney early Tuesday morning (30th Oct) feeling proper grotty after the long flight. The hostel I stayed in was really friendly and a great place to meet new people - on my second day after a good snore I went on a beach walk which went from Coogie to Bondi and met alot of cool people, one being Esther, a girl from the Netherlands who I have since been continuing my travels with.

Saw the sights of Sydney and had a day walking up and down the Blue Mountains which was great - walked for about 6 hours but being the only girl on the trip I didn't want to pussy out. I was one of the boys, I had to carry on however knackered I got. I went with 3 cool guys I met at the hostel, Andreas from Sweden, Rich from the US and Jasper who is from the Netherlands. It was a good idea catching the train from Sydney and not choosing to take a tour as we got to go off the beaten track slightly catching glimpses of waterfalls, amazing wildlife and luckily NOT a massive poisonous blood sucking spider.

After a few days in Sydney central Esther and I decided to head to Manly. We stayed here in a  Backpackers for 2 nights. I love Manly - more chilled than the city and just a really nice vibe. We met a local lady, Jenny, who lived near Pittwater and she kindly drove us around the area and gave us a tour, even brought us with her to her lunch which was sausage sarnies and wine at the marina where her daughter worked. We then got dropped off at a pub, the Newport Arms, which was rammed as it was Melbourne Cup day. We sat in the beer garden with a view of the marina and and cold beer, mmmm. We got chatting to an english guy who moved over here 8 years ago and he gave us some tips on where to visit, the YHA hostel in Pittwater National Park was one of them.
So glad we met him as we wouldn't have found this place otherwise - it was water access only and so we took a little ferry across. It was a 15 minute uphill climb to the hostel passing Walibi's, Lizards and many different colourful birds on the way. We reached the hostel to find that we were 2 of 5 guests staying there, what a treat! The view from the kitchen and the balcony was brilliant and so quiet. It was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city. However, our faces did drop once we realised we had forgotten to buy wine at the supermarket before getting on the ferry! Luckily, one of the girls had a stash of red wine in her room which she was willing to share, our saviour! Spent the next day Kayaking and walking enjoying the surroundings.
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