Published: April 8th 2008
March 29th 2008
We left Melbourne for Sydney at a gentlemanly hour and proceeded to catch our first flight without problems although it was one of the most turbulent flight I have ever been on, almost stained my trousers on several occasions! We were met at the airport by a most Australian Ben Nutbeam (old friend from school who now lives in Sydney) who took us for an impromptu tour of the city and the university as he thought he had dropped his mums electronic tunnel pass/tag in the car park at the airport, but we got to see a quite historic Sydney university and Mr Nutbeams office (he is the vice Dean). Ben lives just north of Sydney in a suburb called Roseville about 20mins by train to the CBD. Back at Bens we just chilled out and planned our week a bit before a lovely home cooked meal and a relatively early night!
Second day stated nice and late we got up and headed to circular quay (Ben had lectures most of the day) where we reunited with our friends from New Zealand, Zack and Chewy (real name William), and got on a ferry across the harbor to go to the
zoo which boasts lovely views of Sydney as well as the usual animals! It was a lovely day as you will see from the photos and the highlight has to be the bird show as not only do you have a fantastic views of the city but the you get eagles, owl and sort swooping over your head! After our Zoo experience it was back to Bens for more home cooked and very healthy food!
Next day the weather was not the best so we just went into town with ben and had a nice lunch down in Darling Harbour did some shopping and went to the aquarium there, supprisingly it was full of fish who would have thought that! there was a cool baby shark though!
It was beautiful weather this day so ben drove us down to Manly beach (in his dads lexus which was very nice!) absolutely beautiful place played in the sea, i did some more shopping and we met Bens friend Ben Owens who was at Gordons aswell and moved to Sydney and it turns out he was very good chums with Lyndsays brother Simon! Very small world! In the evening Ben had rugby training
so myself and Lyndsay went into town to meet our friends from NZ in town for some drinking! Much needed after a few days off not that i have become an alcoholic its just that drinking seems to go hand in hand with travelling!
This next day we had prayed for good weather because we were due to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb so of course the weather was a big steaming pile of pants! We met ben on his lunch hour from his friday job doing admin for a small accounting firm, after lunch we climbed the bridge which was really good fun just a bit chilly and cloudy but what can you do! We were dressed up in silly grey jump suits and not allowed to take anything with us, anything they gave us clipped onto our jumpsuits (we looked very silly) this is to stop things falling down onto the busy traffic and trains bellow! When we got back to Bens we had a lovely BBQ and played a drinking form of Jenga with a few of his friends! Much fun had by all especially Ben!
Another day at the beach! this time Ben and myself
drove to a beach called Freshwater very lovely good waves and a few Blue Bottles (Jelly fish) meanwhile Lyndsay went to the famous Bondi beach with our NZ friends! We all met up at the train station afterwards and when we got home we were treated to a chinese take away and played Canadian Rummy (which i won!)
Our last proper day in Sydney was spent lazing around by the pool in the sun. In the evening Bens older sister came for dinner (she usually lives in the city) and she gave us some good tips for Thailand! Blue Mountains
Up very early to be in town for 7 o clock to take our 'Wonderbus Tour' of the blue mountains! We had a crazy South African lady as our tour guide who made things very exciting!
First stop was a wildlife park where i was dragged by Lyndsay straight to the Koala's which we were alowed to stroke and have our photo with and the went on and fed some Kangaroos and Walabys (little Roo's)
Second stop, the Blue Mountains which recieve their name from the blue haze that is created by release of oil from the thousands eucalyptus
trees. Here we had lunch by the Three Sisters a beautiful rock formation on the side of a massive valley.
Third stop was at the steepest railway in the world! We took the train down to the valley floor for a little bush walk and then back up in a cable car.
Fourth stop was a very beautiful winery where we sampled some very nice wines and some cheese and buscuits
Last Stop the olympic site to get a catamaran up the river back to Sydney harbour.
There are more photos below