Dan and Lu's Travels
After seeing some leaflets and meeting a couple from Nottingham who had driven a car they'd bought in Cairns down the coast, we made enquiries yesterday about renting a camper van - decided that 5 weeks wasn't long enough to buy drive and sell a car. Went to a travel shop near our hostel and the woman said we had no chance of getting one before the Easter weekend. We said we'd book for the following week but ended up getting a last minute cancellation - only drawback was we have to leave tomorrow! So we feel a bit rushed now, as we'd have liked to be in Sydney longer. But we have the whole of the east coast to see... So we went on a mission to see some more of Sydney. Firstly to the art gallery of New South Wales which was full of Australian art. There was some interesting stuff, including a guy called Sidney Nolan who was famous for his Ned Kelly series. It struck me that you don't see much Oz art in England. Walked down to the Botanic Gardens, which are on a gentle slope down to one side of the opera house and harbour. Really serene place, you don't feel like you're in a city. We had another look at the harbour and walked across the bridge, which gives you yet another angle of the opera house. Its drown on me a lot; I think its spectacular. Walked around 'The Rocks' which is where the first European settlement was in Sydney, all built up high on the rocks. Some very out of place looking red brick terraced houses there which made me laugh. We then went to one of the many pubs in that area which claim to be the oldest pub in Sydney, The Fortune of War (I guess the oldest pub in Sydney means the oldest pub in Oz) - and had a beer. There was a framed article on the wall from about ten years ago which named the authors favourite drinking establishments around the world. This was one, the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel in Saigon was another, and the Bar and Billiard Room in Singapore was another - we've been to all of these so were quite chuffed, although there was a Bangkok one we missed - think we'll have to revise the list...... We then went and bought some essential driving CDs for the camper van. Rock Classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and the best of Dire Straits. It had to be done... It wa dark by now and we walked through the rush hour to Darling Harbour, where we sat outside a restaurant looking at the skyscrapered skyline and ate (sorry in advance) the best fish 'n' chips I have ever had. They gave us a free bottle of wine too, which was nice. We both love Sydney and wish we had more time here - we'll be back!