Aussie aussie aussie...
11.01.2010 37 °C
Sydney is done and dusted! We’re now up the coast in Port Macquarie, staying at a nice friendly backpackers. It’s nice. And friendly.
Our flight into Sydney was uneventful, Anita getting a few hours kip and me watching as many movies as possible (‘UP’ is a good movie, as is ‘9’). Landing in Sydney we got through passport control and customs without being arrested, even though we were probably carrying some Asian nasties in the caked on mud on our trainers in our bags! Should we wash them before getting to NZ?
Our first night we stayed in a backpackers in Surry Hills as we wanted to be close to the city so we could meet up with Joe and Sharon, friends from Blighty that have been living in Oz for a number of months (trying it out to see if they like it) and that night was the only night that we would be able to cross paths. So a night in Darling Harbour having a few drinks (really, how is a Schooner a measurement of volume? A PINT please!) and I also managed to get Leigh, an Aussie friend from London who was on holiday, to come down to the bar for a drink too! It was so good to meet up with friends after 5 months of it being only the two of us and millions of strangers! It ended up being a bit of a late night, but jet lag was on our side since we flew eastwards.
Up the next morning to move out, a wander into Sydney city (bridge, opera house, botanical gardens) and take the train to David and Susan’s (Uncle and Aunt) over in North Sydney! Susan picked us up from the train station and took us home, got us settled down and made us feel at home. Jet lag was slowly catching up with us though, as we could not wake up the next morning, sleeping in until the late morning and doing very little that day – a walk to the shops and then to the waterfront was all we managed. We were treated to dinner out to a Lebanese restaurant that night, with Jessica and Shannon joining us (and Tom of course!). The following day we jumped onto the bus to the city and then the ferry to Manly to get some more beach time! Got to make sure we still look like we’ve been on holiday!
To keep in the beach theme, the day after was a trip to Bondi, where Anita’s friend Nancy picked us up in the afternoon and took us to her place (via D&S’s to pickup bags) out in Graystanes. We stayed there for three nights, Friday night we were also joined by Nicole – a friend Anita and Nancy met travelling around America. Spending time in her pool and relaxing in air-conditioned comfort before meeting some of Nancy’s friends and going out on the town on Saturday night. Sunday was a trip out to Terragal to get some MORE beach time and see more of the country.
Monday morning came around (that’s today) which meant leaving friends and family behind and heading out by ourselves again! We’ve hired a car for the rest of the time we are in Australia and have driven up the coast, on the way to Brisbane to see and stay with Marc and Jayne.
And that’s where we are now, sitting on the porch watching the sky darken and the masses of bats take off for their nights feeding. Tomorrow we head up towards Byron Bay, but not before stopping at the Koala Hospital and for a walk to see some wildlife here in Port Macquarie!
That’s all for now…