As this is my last blog in Australia I'm glad to say its an amazing one!
Despite having a slow start when we arrived in Sydney we have tried to fill our days as much as possible, so originally we were doing a hop on hop off ferry around Sydney Harbour but we changed our plans..for the better :)
Firstly we went up the highest building in Sydney, the Eye Tower which overlooked the whole of Sydney. Although London is exciting Sydney has such a young, fresh, you-never-know-where-the-night-will-take-you vibe :) We've heard a few people say how wonderful Sydney skyline is, but it really is breathtaking. We chilled out at the hostel and as it was Amy's (lovely room mate) last night we all decided to celebrate, only the girls went out and danced and we topped off with a Mcdonalds!
Yesterday, me, Chris, Josh, Gemma and Sam all went on the Blue Mountains tour - And what a day we had! We had to be ready for an 8am start, surprisingly i was quite energetic but the same could not be said for Sam. Our tour guide took a quick pit stop to allow us to take photos which overlooked this vast rainforest with misty mountains on the horizon. I have never seen anything like it, we were all awestruck! Other visitors had engraved their names in the cliff, the oldest one we could find was done in 1978. Next we went on the skywalk ride which had a glass floor allowing you to see all the rainforest below as well as a huge waterfall. In order to get down into the rainforest we also had to go on the cableway which felt quite like roller coaster down through the trees. My favourite part was the journey back up as we went on the worlds steepest inclined railway which even cut into the mountain, so your surrounded by darkness! Next was a bush walk, prior to this I had been freezing the whole day as I hadn't taken a jumper but after this hour long walk which included over 600 steps I felt anything but cold! The walk was fascinating as our tour guide showed us a plant which aboriginals used to brush their hair or if soaked in water can be used as an energy drink, we even ate a plant that tasted like chewing gum! We dipped our toes into the streams and had some photos next to the waterfall - we kept whispering to each other 'make it look like its warm!'
The Icing on the cake was our ferry ride through Sydney Harbour at sunset. We saw the million dollar houses which had the Sydney Harbour Bridge as their view, as well as islands that were previously used to hold prisoners. We meandered through the river and as the sun began to set all the lights of Sydney skyline were being turned on, it was incredible. I took photos frantically but sadly my camera ran out of battery, so we all agreed this will just have to be a wonderful memory. As we sailed under Sydney Harbour Bridge we all did high five and congratulated ourselves on such a successful journey in Australia. Floating past the Opera house with the harbour bridge in the back drop was simply unforgettable, we had a group hug. It was a 30 minute walk back to the hostel and then we crashed.
I'm now able to write this blog because he survived, Josh did a Skydive today! 14,000ft with 60 second free fall. He shouted kowabunga as he jumped out the plan -classic Josh. I won't go into too much detail as that's his story to tell, but he said it was the best feeling he had ever felt! Chris and I didn't go as its cheaper in New Zealand and so went to the City market today and bought some wonderful souvenirs with my birthday money :) Tonight as its our last night all together in Australia were going for a meal opposite the Opera house then partying with our room mates.
It's hard to sum up Australia. All we can say is ROCK 'n' ROLL! we've truly loved every minute of it, from being bitten to shreds, to loosing Josh, to loosing chris, to surfing, to meeting Cal and John, to making so many friends along the way, to all the parties, to the campervan battery running dead, to people not sleeping because someone snores!, to the sunsets, to the sunrises, to the beaches, to the theme parks, to BBQ flavoured crisps, to beer, to amazing views, to feeling free, to scuba diving, to arguing about whose the worst driver (Chris), to sitting in the hot tub, to having ear infections, to josh cleaning, to singing in the campervan, to playing 20 questions, to dancing British style, to not showering for 6 days, to sleeping all three of us every night in the same bed ha!, to being stuck in a petrol station for 3 days, to the tears and most importantly the laughs! A big thank you to Josh for agreeing to come and be a part of our journey, it's been a privilege. Memories we've shared together and will never forget.
Were all leaving to go to the airport tomorrow, mine and Chris' flight is at 9.30am local and Joshs is at 4pm local. We have one more night to celebrate, Thanks Australia it's been amazing.
For the last time,
Love to all, Love Jess, Chris and JOSH xxx