Super Duper Sydney!

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Monday, January 3, 2011

On our way to Sydney, we were praying that sun would start shining again just like it should do in Australia...and we were lucky because the further south we travelled, the brighter the sky seemed to get!

We arrived late afternoon on our first day, so decided to head into the centre of Sydney and wander round a few of the pubs - an essential part of our experience in each place we visit so it seems! Helen, our friend from Uni, has been in Sydney for a while so she met up with us for a couple and we planned what to do on New Year's Eve....that's a whole different story!

On our first full day, we thought it would be a good idea to see the most famous landmarks and give my camera a bit of a warm-up before the fireworks on the thirty-first! Without a cloud in the sky, we wandered round the beautiful harbour and stared in awe, at first at the harbour bridge and then at the unusual shape of the Sydney Opera House! We then meandered through the small lanes of The Rocks, which was the first area of settlement and used to be a community full of sailors and prostitutes...it now has an array of restaurants, bars, pubs, shops surrounded with history.

Whilst in Sydney, we definitely wanted to take advantage of the beach life there is to offer. With several to choose from, we decided it would be a good idea to do a coastal walk we'd read about which starts at Bondi Beach and passes through three beaches til you get to Coogee. We didn't really think much to Bondi as it was packed full of posers lunging by the shore and lots and lots of tourists - understandable really, as it is one of the most famous beaches in the world! We ambled along the coast til we got to a sweet little beach tucked neatly in between the craggy rocks called Tammaramma. We stopped here for a refreshing dip and a chance to bask in the gorgeous sun!

The main reason for our visit to Sydney was for the New Year's eve celebrations which we had been eagerly awaiting and planning since our arrival! There was a lot of information around which told us about the different zones you could watch the fireworks at so after lots of indecisive moments, we chose to go to Balmain which was had a perfect view of the harbour bridge with the added advantage of being able to bring your own food and drink rather than having to by overly-priced drinks at some of the sights close to the Opera House. We had such a wonderful time, sunbathing, pic-nic-ing, laughing being merry during the day with friends we'd met in Cambodia and Helen and her friends she was travelling with and  (we got there late morning so to get a good spot!)...and then finally the 9pm fireworks began. We were so impressed by these and couldn't believe that the midnight ones could compete! Sean and I got a good spot right by the water with nobody in front of us for the firework bonanza at midnight! It was spectacular! Most definitely a highlight of our trip so far!

A first in our lives too, was lying on the beach all afternoon in Manly - a lovely ferry ride away from the centre - on New Year's Day! We were so happy because it was very relaxing and after Christmas Day being all rainy we definitely wanted a good beach day!
On the other days we were here, we managed to fit in going to the Powerhouse Museum which was very interactive and had exhibits on everything from science and industry to fashion and the 80's! We also went to the Museum of Sydney which had seemed to have the largest collection of skeletons ever...including a human skeleton riding a skeleton horse!

Sean's cousin Matt and his girlfiend, Adele, arrived in Sydney for a holiday whilst we were here so we got chance to meet up with them for a few drinks one evening and then Yum Cha Chinese the next lunchtime. Since being in Sydney, we have eaten so many different kinds of cuisine from Turkish to Thai! It's probably a good job we are going to be camping for a week up until Melbourne so we can actually cook our own food again and not spend so much money!....
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Helen on

wooooo!!! great times Greeny....i feel famous! loveya xxxx

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