Beaches, Harbours and Aquariums

Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
Trip End May 06, 2007

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, January 25, 2007

OK so my first experience of Sydney was not a particularly good one. Not because of Sydney itself but because of something I had eaten on a market stall in Thailand. I was sick 5 times on the flight over and given oxygen as I was so ill (as well as dirty looks from the poor unlucky stranger next to me who I had to pass sick bags over), and then sick twice in the airport (once very embarrassingly in a lift where I had no more bags so bleakly attempted to catch it in my empty water bottle, thus resulting in more of a fountain puke effect) and then about another 6 times in the hostel (by this time it was coming out both ends...) I literally couldnt keep anything down. Had a good pulp fiction moment when I tried drinking some red gatorade, which soon came up exactly the same in the toilet bowl- bright red liquid.

The choice of hostel for the latter of this ordeal was ideal though. The Wake Up hostel in Sydney is spacious and clean with nice bunk beds and a wicked huge TV room complete with comfty cushions and bean bags to sprawl over and relax. So the first few days were unfortunately spent couped up in the hostel while I recovered.

But, once feeling better, we ventured out and first stop- the beach! So hopped on a bus to Coogee Beach and were there at 9 in the morning, the whole place to ourselves and the temperature already scorchingly hot. Beautiful soft sand and crystal waters so had a good swim and splash in the sea to cool off, amongst checking out the little rock pools (which had some odd limpet things we discovered if you knocked them, they squirted out!) Pretty sure they werent poisonous...

Also tried out Maroubra Beach which was surfers bliss! The waves were huge and just kept rolling in. Incredible how strong the rip currents were (dont worry mum, there are plenty of yummy aussie lifeguards) and I got knocked off my feet several times and whirled around like in a washing machine. All good fun until the water goes up your nose. I also made the mistake of wearing a string bikini (not clever) which I completely lost at one point (not funny) and had to try and hide in the surf while someone retrieved it off the beach for me (not a proud moment). But never one to be kept away from the ocean, I simply returned after a quick trip to the shop now equipped with some heavy duty shorts. Ha!

Had a trip to Sydney Harbour (obviously) to see the Sydney Harbour bridge complete with mini people walking over it, and of course the Opera House. Very impressive architecture and that so took some piccies and then wandered off for an icecream. The city of Sydney itself is pretty cool as well, loads of shops etc and a lively modern atmosphere. Tried out a great cocktail called 'The Aussie Rules' which consists of vodka, malibu, pineapple, raspberry and orange. Yes please!

Made a visit to the Sydney Aquarium as it is allegedly one of the best in the world. It sure was great! Tons of different fish (shocker) but also a massive crocodile and some platypus which are just so weird but cute in their own little duck/otter sort of way (apparently when the Aussie's sent a specimen to the English and Japanese scientists they thought it was a practical joke) They also had those cool underwater tube things to walk around with seals swimming around you (they are such show-offs!) and another with all sorts of creepy sharks in as well as some massive fish, different varieties of rays and my personal favourite- a big tortoise! He poked his cute little crumbly face up at us and then turned and floated away like a giant graceful rock. Also some 'little penguins' (their scientific name) which were extremely cute waddling along and diving in around their icebergs.
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