Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
15Trip End Oct 08, 2009
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I took the 4am bus on Sat morning from Canberra to head over to Sydney, which meant getting up at 2:30am… ouch! The trip didn’t have the best start… the cab driver showed up 20 minutes early, and the bus showed up 30 minutes late… to top it off, it was about 5 degrees out and very windy, and the Greyhound station had locked the doors which meant I ended up waiting in the cold for over an hour in the middle of the night. Stupid move on my part was that I had decided not to bring my jacket because I didn’t want to have to carry it around all weekend, so that sucked! I got to Sydney around 8am, and it was still freezing cold and the shops weren’t yet opened
I kept on walking through China Town which was quite nice and then went to the Chinese Gardens, the largest Chinese garden of its type outside China. The scenery was quite lovely! After that, I kept walking up to Darling Harbour, which was by far my favourite part of town!! Designed as a tourist precinct, Darling Harbour feathers Sydney’s main conventions, exhibitions and entertainment centres; a waterfront promenade; the Sydney Aquarium; the Australian Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, Star City (Sydney’s Casino) and plenty of shops
After having seen what Darling Harbour had to offer, I decided to take a 90 minute cruise between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. The cruise offered amazing views of the Sydney Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the city in general and many little islands along the way. I met these 2 really nice girls from Sydney that were going to Shark Island to have a picnic with friends and invited me to go to lunch with them! It was a tempting offer, but I decided to keep moving to see as much as I could! After the cruise, I walked for about 30 minutes up George Street all the way to the Rocks and Circular Quay. On way, I stopped at my hotel to drop off my shopping bags which was great! Chris and Lindy had helped me book the hotel because they were afraid of me staying in a dodgy area, and it turned out to have the perfect location
Given that it was by then Saturday night, I had booked “The Rocks Pub Tour” for the evening thinking I’d have the opportunity to meet more people travelling on their own (as this is the way it’s advertised). I was a bit surprised at what awaited me: the pub tour was actually me, and 8 other people…. 4 couples in their 50’s, all with kids older than me!! I was a bit disappointed at first, but I was really exhausted by this point and just decided to make the best out of it! The group turned out to be really fun! They were 4 couples from Sydney who had decided to have a “Tourist in your own town” kind of weekend. I stayed with them until 10pm and then stayed at an Irish Pub with a great live band for another hour before heading back to the hotel. As soon as I reached the hotel, I brushed my teeth and literally passed out (from the 12hrs of walking, not from drinking!) for about 8 hours until my alarm went off
I woke up Sunday morning at 8am to go climb the Sydney Bridge!! The Bridge Climb experience lasts about 3.5 hours total and is quite the endeavour! You need to get out of your clothes and put on this grey jumpsuit, followed by track pants, followed by a fleece vest, gloves, a hat and a rain jacket. Once completely dressed, you need to walk through a metal detector and take a breathalizer test (a bit extreme, I know!!). After about an hour, we were ready to begin our journey! You are harnessed to a line on the bridge and, in groups of about 10 participants; you climb your way up to the very top of the Bridge, a total of 1,437 stairs! The view from above was just exhilarating, well worth the steep $215! I met this girl named Julia who was travelling from Germany. She had been working in Perth (Western Australia) for about a year, and was just in Sydney for 4 days before heading back to Germany. The Bridge Climb was done around 12:30pm, at which point the weather was looking pretty gloomy.
I was planning on hitting the beaches all afternoon, but given the weather I decided to have lunch in the Rocks to see if the weather would clear up. I ended up at a Bavarian restaurant called The Lowenbrau Keller where the nice (and HOT) manager helped me pick what to eat and what beer to order
I headed back to the Greyhound station, jumped on my bus around 6pm and got back to Canberra around 9:30-10pm
Well that’s it for now, I hope I didn’t bore you to death with this never ending blog! I hope everyone is doing well! Miss you all and wish you were here!