We arrived in Sydney on the 29th June. The flight from Melbourne to Sydney was the shortest flight we had ever had, and we had the biggest comfiest leather seats! Amazing considering it was the most shortest and cheapest flight we had been on.
When we landed, we were both wearing alpaca ponchos. Dan was sporting a cow hide ozzy hat, and I was wearing a childrens hat/scarf thing that had been given to me as a goodbye present from one of the wwoofing children. Steph (a close friend of ours, and a host for the last leg of our Australian adventure) picked us up with the most mischievous grin on her face. As we entered the car, she commented on our style of clothes, mentioning that we were not wearing the "subtle traveler" clothes that a frequent city goer would wear! Daniel rightly pointed out, "We are TRAVELERS, we have a right to dress like over-exaggerate tourists, thats part of the fun!"
We relaxed for two/three days upon arrival in Sydney. Our 5 month adventure had been constant, our energy bar was running low. We helped Steph set up and conduct her 21st birthday (which is a big deal in Oz) it was of course a success :)
We finally shook off our lazy faces and painted on our curious tourist faces. We wanted to know, was Sydney JUST another city or does it have something different to offer.
After many days of watching films and chilling out with the dogs (my favourite was chloe, the Maltese princess of the house) we finally made it to the famous opera house. The building itself was incredibly retro, with odd angles, concrete and wood paneled walls inside. It was smaller than we thought it was going to be, but didn't disappoint.
We took a strole along the Sydney harbor bridge which was lovely. You could get a great view if the city and the water below, the water was surprisingly clear considering it was a cloudy and rainy day, you could even see the fish it was that clear... unlike the Thames.
After we took pictures and marveled at the sights we got our map out and navigated our way to the visitors center, where we picked up many free leaflets to help our quest of doing stuff for free!
In a big city like Sydney, its harder than it sounds. We managed to find the museum of Contemporary Art which was... interesting, me and Dan both enjoyed it. Apart from the one white canvas that appears to have absolutely nothing on it, which Dan pointed out "what's the point in that, thats not art,... I could do that" I then pointed out with my nose pressed against the white canvas that there were tiny teeny weeny biro ben lines! Dan could not believe his eyes, "thats contemporary for you".
We plodded to the museum of Police and Justice (random I know) Me and Dan loved reading about the truth about how many convicts were sent over to Oz (80,000) and how they lived. We even found out when the first Aboriginal was hung (1802). It was enlightening and interesting and definitely gave us more historical knowledge. We even paid a shocking $12 (sarcasm) for both of us to visit the 'Sin City' exhibition, which was about gambling, prostitution, drugs, organized crime and corruption within the police force, which still goes on today.
On Tuesday the 6th of July Steph took us to Manly. A seaside town were people shop and enjoy and the sun, sea and sand, a bit like the OC. We had a pleasant pub lunch followed by a $40 win on an Ozzy pokey machine. Which was amazing considering we only bet $2.40!!! We then visited the local Ben and Jerry's ice cream store with our winnings and treated ourselves :)
Forgot to mention actually, it was England to a 'T'. Gloomy, windy and rainy, and we were eating ice cream! As we were driving to Manly we saw a tornado out at sea (which is in our Sydney album)
Steph took time out of her busy schedule and took us to the, 'Blue Mountains' for a days visit. It was a lot like the other huge rocks we had seen over Australia but it was much more tranquil and had a lot more greenery! It was extremely epic and was worth the 2 hour journey there and back! There was even a proper dressed up Aboriginal playing the digerydo and a stick, it was amusing, Dan had his photo taken with him for admiration that he was paying in the cold and rain!
The highlight by far of the Sydney trip was being invited by Stephs friends to come aboard their boat! It was such a beautiful day and we loved the sea breeze on our faces, we relaxed, had a few breskis and laid back on deck whispering to ourselves, "this is the life".
We have really enjoyed Sydney and Australia as a whole, its certainly had its ups and downs, the money was always a concern but the adventure soon made up for it, once again another chapter is closing and another one beggining....... fiji here we come.......