Published: August 6th 2007July 5th 2007
Well it's my last full day in Australia, and I haven't caught up on my updating yet. I still have to write about my visit to Sydney. It was short and sweet, and fun visiting my friend Ben and seeing, probably what are the most famous Australian landmarks, the Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House.
It was slightly surreal seeing them to be honest. You kind of just think wow, I've seen that on TV loads! but really the harbour is gorgeous and these two landmarks contribute to the overall picturesque views.
On my first day, we walked about Darling harbour, and went to the Wildlife centre, where I got to see all the lovely critters that I (haven't really) missed while going through Australia. Oh you know, things like the red back spider, and funnelweb spiders, white tip spiders, taipan snakes.. etc. I am quite happy to have seen them behind glass rather than in the wild to be honest.
Then from Darling Harbour we headed over to the circular Quay where we cought a ferry over to... uh oh don't remember the name... Anyway it was beautiful.. wait.. nope still don't remember.. It was a lovely coastal area. With houses on the edge of the water and boats bobbing up and down in the wind tousselled water. (I spelt that wrong). Stopping for a quick lunch at a small restaurant, we then went on a little walk to look over the other side. It was even more amazing. It is a national park, and the cliffs drop down suddenly to a rocky and watery ground. When looking out over the water, you can't see anything in the distance, and funnily I got a feeling that maybe I was at the end of the world, and Columbus possibly was onto something. haha. (Unfortunately my imagination was dashed by the fact that he was proved wrong).
I can't explain how beautiful it was though, so honestly I will have to just post photos on here so that people can see what I mean by the cliffs and the waters edge.
It was starting to get dark, and the sun was starting to go down, but we were still keen to do a little looking around, so we then headed off the Manly Beach. It was dark by the time we got there, but I still walked onto the beach and took photos. It was quiet, probably alot different than what it is in the day time. I could tell it was a trendy area by the stores and little restaurants lining the main drag that lead to the beach from the ferry terminal. We didn't stay long, and headed back to catch a ferry back to Circular Quay.
On the way back, it was windy beyond belief, but we didn't let that stop us from standing out on the front deck of the ferry to welcome the beautiful view that I knew would come on the way back. It was definitely worth getting my face smacked by my wind whipped hair. The view was worth it. Seeing the harbour and city all lit up with lights. It was one of the most spectacular views I have had on this trip, and that is really something.
Everything looked so scerene and everything was so silent with the wind. It was calm even with the raging winds. It was definitely one of my favourite moments on this whole trip.
The next day, I headed out on my own to Bondi beach, and the Botanical Gardens, Kings Cross (Which is a trashy area), and then I just roamed around the city endlessly. It was a good day and Bondi looked beautiful! Especially with the bright blue sky. Again it was windy, but that's why it was blue out, so I couldn't complain. Rather wind than Rain!
It was nice seeing Ben and meeting his family (who are all incredibly nice and easy to get on with). Besides that, I'm back in Melbourne waiting out my days until I go back home! I've made some good friends down here and it will be sad to say goodbye, but awesome to go to Hawaiii! Hope everyone is great back home and everywhere else, and I will be seeing you soon!
Lots of love