Greetings everyone and Happy Australia day - well yesterday anyway.
We are now in Sydney Domestic airport waiting for our flight to Tasmania, should be called shortly so I guess we should rush this!
We spent our first Australia day in Sydney which was pretty cool, there were just thousands of people everywhere! We made our way into the city from our oh so lovely hostel on Bondi Beach in the morning and did a little bit of shopping for souvenirs, which I might add are now taking up about 90% of our luggage space. After a brisk walk we found ourselves in the beautiful darling harbour once more, this has to be the best place in Sydney by a long shot. It was starting to hot up when we arrived there and everyone was busy jumping in the little water features and rivers that surround the park. They certainly go to extremes for Australia day and people turn out in their droves, there was turkish belly dancers, auzzie concerts and gigs, fireworks and boat displays and even a muslim ceremony, I dont know they get bloody everywhere dont they!
We watched a few unknown Australian acts on the gig stage some were pretty good, some were absolute crap but it was quite fun to watch them all. There was a bar, bbq and pretty much every food you could think of on offer, although we were happy feasting on our sandwiches and our "goon" of wine that we bought prior to the celebrations "cheap cheap". After about 3-4 hours of sunbathin and jumpin in and out of the water features we decided to grab our spot at the waters edge to enjoy the fireworks. It was probably the most dramatic firework display we have ever witnessed, they definately like their fireworks over here! It was actually nice to see a bit of patriotism, completely the opposite from our St.Georges day celebrations!
We had a really wicked day laughing at some of the foreigners who have chosen to emigrate here, this one guy got on the mic to the whole of darling harbour and said "theres no other place to live other than Australia", but when asked by the interviewer why, he just stood silent! It was gold!
Our final day in what has got to be said the worst hostel in the world started brilliantly the sun was shining and it was baking outside. We headed down to Bondi beach to get a bit of sunbathing in and a little swim, trust me you havent seen big waves til you have seen Bondi waves, they're like running into a brick wall! Unfortunately we had to cut the day slightly short, the wind started up on the beach and the sand was flying in everyones eyes. We had to pitch up on the grass at the top of the beach for our last hour, but it was still nice and warm. Finally the clouds came in, pretty good timing though as we needed to get showered and packed for the flight. Its now gale force winds outside so plenty of turbelence I reckon!
Gotta go catch the flight guys so take it easy and we will see you all in about a weeks time hope you havent missed us too much, there'll be plenty of things to catch up on I'm sure x x x Dan and Shell x x x