A ridiculous flight plan but saved too much money to refuse it!
6.5hr flight to Abu Dhabi, then a 4 hour wait then 14hr flight to Sydney....breezed thru customs and passport control and straight out to the taxi rank. Arrived at the Oaks at 0900, thank god our room was ready so we could check in. Unpacked and put washing on ( we had a washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher in the apt) a balcony but unfortunetly no view.
We then strolled down to the supermarket and got the food for a few days, was shocked how much everything was also they don't sell alcohol!!! Liquor land was opposite and was also expensive...$10 for a bottle of wine....Australian wine is cheaper in the UK!! $16 for 6 small cans of beer! Ouch, no hangovers!!
Walked down to Darling Harbour (7mins from apt) beautiful mariner with restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping mall, imax and a great vibe. We chose an Italian for lunch which was lovely. Tiredness had now kicked in after 2 nights of little sleep, back to the apt and slept 5 hours! Woke up at 2030, freshened up and walked to the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, OMG now I felt like I was in Australia