Melbourne to Sydney

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, February 4, 2013

So today was our last day in Melbourne which was really sad but we are ok to move on to Sydney! We checked out of Greenhouse and went to get some breakfast in Coles supermarket and went back to the hostel and ate it. We then headed out to wonder around and find a pin of Melbourne for Jennie and to make a few visits to some shops we had seen in the last few days. We had pretty good success with it all and then went and sat in Federation Square for a bit.

We also had a look in a cathedral that was right by where we were staying. It was pretty impressive in there with some nice stained glass. We were then feeling a bit hungry for a late lunch and had noticed a voucher on our receipt from Coles for 2 for 1 on a small stack of pancakes at the Pancake Parlour. In one of the free guides to Melbourne we had seen it mentioned and so decided to go in search of it. It did take a while to find but eventually we did and it turned out to not be as far from our hostel as we had first thought. On their menu they were advertising a cheap lunch deal for about $10 so we chose to both have a savoury pancake lunch and then sweet pancakes to follow. Jennie had a Barramundi fillet on a pancake with some salad and I had a mince beef pancake thing with some potato chips and salad. It was pretty good and the sweet pancakes were also really nice.

We then returned to our hostel and lounged about waiting for around 7 o'clock when we would leave the hostel and travel by train, one stop to Southern Cross station. That's where we would get our 8pm coach to Sydney. We got there in reasonable time and the coach was pretty full and a little squashed but it was alright. The first leg of the journey was about 4 and a half hours, and we stopped for a break around 12:30am. We hadn't really had any dinner so just got some chips and a piece of chicken from the service station and stretched our legs us much as possible before climbing back onto the coach for another 4 hours until we arrived in Canberra, our first proper stop.

Jennie had slept quite a bit but I hadn't found it that easy to sleep and oddly enough wasn't feeling that tired. The fact that there were a lot of street lights on and the stop in Canberra didn't help with trying to get sleep. After that stop we both rested some more, I think Jennie slept more and then around 7:30am the coach stopped at Sydney International and then domestic airport. By then the sun was up so sleep was gone.

We arrived in Sydney Central at 8:30am and found our hostel only a few minutes walk away. We couldn't check in till 11 so left our bags there and went in search of breakfast, somewhere to sit down and a drink. We found a Starbucks and that just seemed easy and they also had 30 mins of free wifi. After that we ventured down to find the tourist information centre which was by Darling Harbour. It wasn't that helpful there and it was cloudy with a slight bit of rain so we slowly made our way back to hostel to check in.

I'm now sitting in our 10 bed dorm, waiting for the sheets to be changed on my bed and feeling very weary and unclean. I think once I have showered and they have changed the sheets, it'll be time for a sleep-catchup-nap. That's all we have to report for the moment and I won't write much more as the 12 hour coach journey has knocked our sleeping pattern and energy out.

More soon but at least we are in Sydney!

Rikki x
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Glad you made Sydney, even if it was an exhausting journey. Get some sleep and rest.

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