The Great Australian Road trip - Sydney

Trip Start Jan 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 16, 2010

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Wake up Hostel

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, March 5, 2010

Day One

We arrived in Sydney about 7 in the morning after a pretty sleepless flight. Feeling just a tad grumpy and groggy, we attempted to get to our hostel by train. What should have been a simple journey was a bit frought as we were pointed in the wrong direction upon leaving the train station. Our hostel was actually just outside the station, but we walked about twenty minutes up the road after some duff advice. After a bit of squabling we made it to our hostel , 'Wake up' it was very very clean but quite expensive for a hostel. We had a 4 bed dorm , Wangers was to join us later but our other room mate was a mystery. We went off for a little brekkie before check in and then went back to the hostel. We checked in and headed for our room. As we entered the room we were a bit shocked to find that one person had filled every bit of floor space available, but to be fair he was sorting his bag out . He was a quiet kind of guy, when we asked what he had done over the past few days it mainly consisted of nothing and staying in the room. Well as long as he does nothing quietly because me and jones NEEDED some sleep!!! When we woke a few hours later we decided to go for some lunch, get some cheap sandwiches and go to the botanic gardens. When i say cheap nothing in sydney or australia is cheap, you might of heard that the pound has taken a bit of a hammering recently and unlucky for us the pound is very weak against the australian dollar. Two sandwiches and two drinks will roughly cost you about $17 which is about 13 .....ouch! A nice meal for two with drinks more like 80-100 dollars. This was a major culture shock from getting a meal and a drink for 1 in Asia. We spent the rest of the day milling around waiting for Wangers to finish work and join us at the hostel . Five oclock approached and the Wangers was on the way. We thought it would be funny to hide under the sheets and jump out on her . After 20 minutes under the covers and several false alarms we were beggining to feel a bit woozy, but just as my lips were turning blue the door opened and in steps Wangers full of shrieks of excitement, our cover was completely useless as she knew where we were, with a busty hug it was time to get the party started! We were escorted by Amy to the bottle shop to get some Goon. Now Goon is basically cheap boxed wine similar to country manor , its about $12 for about 3 litres and its not too baad when mixed with sprite . The only worrying part is the secret ingredient ... FISH EGGS!! , now i'm not sure this is true but legend has it that Goon contains fish eggs because the factory where its produced also manufactures fish based products and there is some cross contamination, anyhow its the only thing you can afford to drink and it does the job nicely . After a few glasses of goon and a lot of catching up with Wangers we headed down to the Side bar which was part of the Hostel .It was a great little bar a live band ( who were really good) followed by a really good DJ till about 2am . Wangers was straight on the Jaegerbombs and before we knew it we had got through quite a few shots and jugs of cocktail. Quite amazingly Wangers breasts did not make an appearance all night. - A little note about Wangers , Her real name is Amy Lee but she got her nickname due to her ample bossom. Salt of the earth and a great laugh . she moved out to australia for a year to work and we have been waiting to meet up with her for months . However her ample bossom combined with crazy dancing usually results in one or more boobs making an appearance. After lots of dancing we hit the sack at 2am , still tired from the flight.There was an unfortunate finger biting incident where jenny dared to put her finger repeatedly into Wangers's mouth as she yawned, blood was drawn and Jenny had learnt her lesson (she know has a little scar). We had a great night thanks to Amy "Wangers" Lee and lucky for us she had kindly taken the next day off to show us around Sydney.

Day Two

The day started with a cracking breakfast sandwich and a cup of tea....Great hangover cure as we were all feeling just slightly rough. After Breakfast we decided to walk to the harbour and the bridge . We were about 45 minutes on foot from the harbour which wasnt too bad. Sydney is a tale of two towns , the downtown backpacing area is very different from the affluent central business district and the harbour area . As we approached the iconic bridge and harbour the sun came out! I forgot to mention that when we arrived sydney it was COLD!!!! About 14 degrees but to us, that was cold! We spent the afternoon walking around the harbour the taking in the spectacular views and enjoying the amazing gardens with tropical birds everywhere. We stopped for a quick drink on a table that overlooked the opera house and bridge , it was getting hot and once Jones and Wangers got chatting it turned into a 2 hour gossip fest , looking a bit pink we went back into town before later going for a good old nando's. Later that evening we went down to 'darling harbour' before we called it a night, tired from the prevoius nights antics and poor old Wangers had work in the morning.

Day Three

Day three was wangerless in the day so we decided to hop on a bus to Bondi beach. No trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to Bondi. As we approached Bondi the white and blue sea looked very inviting after the hot bus. The town is very chilled, extemely clean and somewhere we may return on our way back through sydney. The white sand squeeks under your feet and the sea is just cool enough to soothe your sunned skin. We were really glad we made the effort as the beach is beautiful and you can see why sydney is such an appealling destination for expats . After a few hours sunning it was time to meet with amy for one last time at darling harbour. We had the greatest burger ever! Then we went to see the harbour at night . It really is amazing at night all lit up. We sat in the harbour chatting and laughing and watching the people go by. After a very pleasurable Ice Cream (maybe a bit too much for Jenny- wangers will know what i mean) we walked back into town and bid farwell to Amy.

Day Four

Day four was all about picking up the camper , we had to get to the offices on the train , which was no great hassle but unfortunately we had the new guy , he kept making mistakes , he took us to watch a instructional video and forgot about us completely for a good hour , meanwhile peaple we coming and going in there campers. All in all it took us about 5 hours to get in our camper and go! however we were a bit lucky because we had been automatically upgraded! We now have a beast of a camper with a toilet and shower! This toilet was to be a life saver on many occasions! We finally hit the road and planned to drive as far as we could before nightfall as Kangaroos get attracted to headlights in the dark and it is similar to hitting a concrete post. We got as far as a strange little town called Goulburn where we set up camp for the night . We had mapped out a route to take us to adelaide that should take three days driving though Wagga Wagga and Mildura.

We loved sydney thanks to Wangers, and we would like to thank her so much for taking the day off for us and taking us out!! Next we went on our way to adelaide to experience some outback , redneck towns and emptying the chemical toilet!!

Love Jenny and Martin
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distant_places on

great photos! I bet that Goon gives you a great headache the next day...mmm, Château Cardboard, yum! Did you try Slap the Bag yet? ;o) Love the blog, it's great to be able to keep up with your adventures. Although not so great to look out the window here at grey, rainy weather whilst looking at you pics of Bondi!
Post a pic of the camper van?

mum and paul on

looks great jen. brings back memories. Pity you couldnt find dingley! Although I suppose Sydney is a tad more exciting. Love u both xx

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