Sydney... Is it over rated?

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
Trip End May 23, 2007

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

We were starting to move down the coast quite quickly now and arrived in Sydney 2.5 days after leaving Brisbane.
Our thoughts on work presently are... we don't want to work just yet. We feel it would be best if we keep travelling down as far as adelaide and we will then decide where we want to go back and work at. This means we get to see everything we want to first.
Currently we still feel Queensland is the best place to go back and work as it is cheaper, and free campsites are really good, whilst the money is also good.
We are wanting to also go to Fiji before New Zealand so it could also be a good place to have a base from near Brisbane... However this could all change when we hit Melbourne.

I was given a contact who was great friends with my Aunt and Uncle. Seany and Geraldine Burns lived outside Sydney, at the foot of the blue mountains, so we got in touch and they were more then happy for us to call by.
But not only call by, but they have put us up for 4 days meaning we don't have to try and find somewhere in Sydney to stay. They have been absolutely wonderful to us.

We were told by people we have met that you can see all you need to see in Sydney in 3 days. So that is what we have done... and they were right.
Sean and Geraldine brought us up to the Blue Mountains on Thursday afternoon, and they were a wow factor of our trip. So far up and looking down at miles upon miles of trees, rocks, and the famous "3 Sisters" which our basically large masses of rock that stand up off the edge of the mountains (we will add photos to better describe soon).
We took a walking trail along the top and got to witness some excellent views from various look outs. Definately a must for anyone who visits sydney.

On the Friday we left Homer at the house and got a day tripper ticket for the train into sydney. This was far better as it meant we did not have to drive in, plus
the ticket was valid for all public trains, buses and ferries (and only $15 - about 6.50 sterling)
We arrived in Sydney with some anticipation as we were about to see the world famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. When we saw them we initially felt a bit let down. These land marks, just did not seem to live up our expectations. Don't get me wrong, we thought thet were lovely attractions, but they just didn't seem to have that Wow factor.
We went round the opera house and took the usual photos, and then went up to the Harbour Bridge and walked across (Not the bridge climb though - still on a budget as not working and $150 dollars each would have cleaned us out)
The scenery and sites were lovely and again not a cloud in the sky with soaring temperatures helped set the scene.
We then took a ferry over to Manly - Although Bondi Beach is more famous with backpackers, Manly is where Australians prefer to go. And having seen both now, we would say Manly Beach is far nicer.
The main Photo shots were on the Ferry back when it is one of the few places where you can get a picture of the both the Opera house and Bridge in the one shot.
We finished off the day by sitting having a drink just outside Sydny Opera house as the Sun Set.
This was the time that these 2 famous landmarks came into their own. I found myself just staring at the Opera House and its marvellous architecture, and i can now say that i love the place. Ciara prefered the Harbour bridge which again looked marvellous as the sun set with the famous Luna Park Entrance lit up below it.
The next day (today) we took the train back in to Sydney and went up to Bondi Beach. It is far smaller than we imagined, but again a nice beach.
We now plan to go to Darling Harbour and finish Off at Paddy's Markets.

Tomorrow we are back living in the van and Heading to Australia's Capital - Canberra

Speak again soon

Paul and Ciara
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houdeani on

Hey there,
Great to see that you guys are having a fab time in such a wonderful part of the world. i've been to many places and I think Sydney has a great balance of everything: envious beaches, great temperate weather, helpful people and agood mix of the old and the new.


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