Published: July 20th 2005June 1st 2005
Sydney from the harbour.
Taken from gordon's boat.
well, we made great time after Fraser and shot through down to Sydney as quick as we could manage(not before buying me a DIDGERIDOO!!Poor Jo!) , the most noteable small stop being in a small place called Nimbin, it's famous in Oz for being the weed capital of Australia, and we're not talking dandelions here folks!! you can buy cookies, cakes, whatever you want.....a really strange place!!
On arrival in Sydney we had the pleasure of being able to stay with one of Jo's friends, she met him in Canada and still keeps in touch, his name's Gordon, he lives with his folks in a beautiful house in the Sydney suburbs, what a brilliant family, they made us completely welcome, fed and housed us like kings and we ended up staying a bit longer than we thought we would, it actually made our stay in Sydney a hundred times better and the whole experience was unforgettable. Sydney is a beautiful city, somehow it doesn't feel like a normal city, we loved it, we climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, took in a 3-D movie ( Sharks )at the I-Max theatre (The largest in Oz), went for an amazing ride on Gordon's boat
The famous Sydney landmark.
That bridge in the background's quite nice too!!!
in the harbour, stopped off for a Chinese meal in Chinatown with Gordon's sister Catherine and her partner Graham, followed by a ride home in the boat in the dark, as we passed under the harbour bridge we saw swarms of bats which must have been feeding on insects attracted by the lights all over the bridge, it was a real sight to see the bridge and the opera house all lit up with all of these bats also lit up like light bulbs! The next day, Graham and Catherine took me for two scuba dives in the harbour, the first was really choppy with strong currents which made it a bit akward but well worth it, we saw Wobbegongs (sharks with whiskers) and a blue Groper (massive type of cod i think) swam with us throughout the dive, you could reach out and stroke him.....amazing! The next dive was equally impressive, again we saw wobbegongs but the highlight of the day was being attacked by a giant Cuttlefish (sort of like a squid), i must have got a bit too close to his family, I'm much bigger than him but he sent me off with my tail between my
legs, it was great!
On returning to Gordon's house we had tea, scones, jam & cream (very english afternoon tea eh!) before heading off again to get to melbourne. Thanks again to Gordon, the family and the cats for everything, you'll always be welcome in England!
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