23.05.2010 - 06.05.2010 23 °C
So our journey back down the east coast of oz from Cairns to Sydney lasted 6 days and consisted of the following:
Date: Weds 21st April,
Trip: Cairns to Ayr
Highlights: Overnight at rest area and parked next to sprinkler heads woken by campervan being sprayed at 2.30am
Date: Thurs 22nd April,
Trip: Ayr to Raglan
Highlight: Over night at BP station. First experience of showering at a petrol station.
Date: Fri 23rd April,
Trip: Raglan to Noosa Heads
Highlight: Found 5 cents in a garage forecourt! As good as its gets today , boring drive!
Date: Sat 24th April
Trip: Noosa Heads to Yamba
Highlight: Picking our way through Brisbane city centre just to avoid a $3 Toll Road.
Date Sun 25th April
Trip: Yamba to Wyong
Highlight: Seagull pooing in the camper van at Coffs Harbour.
Date Mon 26th April
Trip: Wyong to Sydney
Highlight: That we only had 118km left to drive!
So now both sick of driving we arrived in Sydney looking forward to seeing the cities famous sights. Our accommodation at the YHA is the cheapest you would find in Sydney Harbour 15 pounds per person per night and was a bargain with unobstructed views, from the roof top terrace, of the bridge and the opera house.
We got straight down to business, dumped our bags and headed off for a tour around the stunning looking Sydney Opera House. We heard some very interesting background on how the opera house came together, the cost and the time it took to build.
Day 2 was an exhilarating ride on a jet boat around Sydney Harbour. We had done one of these in Bournemouth a few years ago but both agreed it was a slightly different experience because of where it was.
Day 3 was a free bus ride through the city to Paddy's market. The best location to stock up on mobile phone covers, Eminem T shirts, dodgy Diggery Doos and over 100 stalls specializing in mostly tack!!!! The afternoon we embarked on a one hour cruise around the many bays, beaches and islands that make up the outrageously good looking Sydney Harbour.
Day 4 April 29th. Back to Ali's uncle and aunties house for one night then the next day set off on the 4 hour scenic train ride to the Blue Mountains at Katoomba west of Sydney.
The town of Katoomba, perched on the edge of the Blue mountains was compact and very hippie, even more so then Bellingen was. Men in skirts, religious orders and groovy music filled Katoomba and Aboriginals playing their Diggery doos echoing round the mountains. We did a few of the many walks to view waterfalls and used the red double decker bus to hop on and off when we were tired of walking. The scenic cable way, sky-way and railway should have been spectacular but again the misty gray weather put paid to the views. That all filled our 3 days in the Blue Mountains and so glided our way back down to Sydney via the train on the 3rd May to finish our Oz trip at Cyril and Diana's hostel. There must be something about this hostel as it is one we keep returning to often!!!!
We had one final chance of a day out somewhere as well as getting prepared for Thailand so we decided to head to Manly which mainly has a reputation for its young and trendy backpacking scene and beach life. After soaking up the atmosphere and a visit to their version of Ocean World, we took the leisurely Manly ferry back across the Sydney Harbour. It was a good way to end our Oz experience with one final close up look at the Opera house and bridge. For us Sydney has to be one of our most favorite cities. It is an amazing experience and you could easily indulge yourself daily on its glitzy sights and active inner city suburbs, although it would take a lifetime to do this.
Our flight to Thailand is at 5pm on today the 6th May and with everything packed and ready we head off into the slightly unknown as far the current climate of unrest goes.