Sun, sea ...and rain.
Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
19Trip End Jul 02, 2012
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So we arrived last Friday and made our way to Steve and Sue's house, who are El's cousin's wife's parents. Breathe. It was suuuch a nice house, (mumma and pappy hop, the kind of house you watch being made on grand designs and absolutely love), it had a swimming pool in the back and it was really open with huge slidey glass doors and a massive telly and really comfy chairs. You don't realise how much you appreciate a house after being in hostels for the past month. Oh and we got a room each, the best of times!
On the evening we arrived, after settling in we went for a walk down to Coogee beach and sat watching the sun set. Conversation consisted of me working out how and when to move my life to Aus permanently...what? Then we went and ate the tastiest Caeser salad I've ever had in my mouth, and it was brilliant. On the Saturday we decided to do the Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk, which takes us from Maroubra to Bondi Beach, and walking there took us about 2 and a half hours. It was the prettiest little walk, we passed about 5 little coves and beaches, and it was about 27 degrees so we were the happiest little cooked humans. When we got to Bondi Beach we met up with Max from Kiwi Experience, the day before she flew home to Amsterdam. We went and got a smoothie (my first smoothie ever, and I absolutely bloody loved it), and another salad (10 points for us) and then went and ate and drank and had a cheeky little nap on the beach! Then we had to say bye to Max (until we come and have the kiwi reunion with everbody in Amsterdam of course), and then walked back for another 2 and a half hours. All in all we walked about 18km, which is probably triple the amount of exercise we got in the whole of New Zealand, and boy my feet knew about it. That night, Steve and Sue's friends Donna and Harry came round and we had a lovely little barbeque (i'm happy to say that the phrase 'put another shrimp on the barbie' WAS actually said).
The next day Steve gave us a lift into the centre of Sydney and gave us a little tour. We went to the Harbour and saw the Harbour Bridge and teh Sydney Opera House, which is when we went and bought tickets to see the Australian Ballet the next evening. Our excited little selves then went to a restaurant by the Harbour and ate some amazing little pasta balls. We also went and had a look through the market which was so lovely and sold some amazing little things! Absolutely aching from the day before, we decided to call it a day and went home in the afternoon and watched some films while we totally just pogged out on the really comfy chairs.
On the Monday we went shopping in the day (bought another smoothie of course) and then came home to get ready for the Ballet. We maxi dressed it up and made our way back to the Opera House. I've already blogged about the Ballet but it was a definite highlight, we both absolutely loved it. It was El's first Ballet and she couldn't get enough of it. We decided that all men should do ballet. The end.
On the Tuesday morning, Sue took us to Harry's cafe for breakfast, but we ended up buying her breakfast as a thank you for having us (Harry gave us an amazing deal, the best.) There was also somebody's pet pig just running around. After that we went to Maroubra beach and just stayed there reading and writing for the day. In the evening we watched a film with Steve as it was our last night in Sydney.
So we had amazing weather whilst we were there, and much to Gingey's sadness, I have quite brown feet now :)
And now we're in Port Douglas for the next 5 days, and it's amazing here. It feels like we've come for a holiday for the week, because we're staying in a two person tent but it has actually beds and electricity in it. It's a backpackers hostel, but it's more like a holiday camping resort and it's just the perfect size, everyone is so lovely. It's right by a 4 mile beach and near some really cute little shops. It was so hot yesterday so we beached it up, but as I said today it's raining so hard, like a tropical storm or something. So we might go in the pool :)