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After waiting for almost an hour, and being told one bus was too full, we finally boarded a bus bound for the Sydney. We arrived at our hotel and instead of crashing out for hours like we did in Melbourne, we decided to get our bearings :) We headed to Darling Harbour which was practically on our doorstep. After making the all important purchase of some South East Australian wine, we headed back to our hotel room to have a bit of a chill to recharge our batteries ready for more sight seeing!

We decided to head out and see the city a little bit on our first full day there. We went to walk around the Botanical Gardens and got some beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. During our walk around the gardens we saw many Flying Fox bats. They were very active for during the day. We saw some huge spiders (which I yet need to Google!), they were everywhere in these humongous webs, they made me shiver…. Ew. We had a lovely late lunch before heading back to the harbour. We then decided to catch a ferry to Rose Bay, and then another one to Cockatoo Island, just for a look around, and we had a ticket for a week which allowed us on pretty much any form of transport known to man :) We then decided to head to the middle of the Harbour Bridge to catch a good view of the sunset. I didn’t think the whole height issue would bother me on there, but oh it did. By the time we reached the middle I was getting to the point where I need to shrink down to my knees and crawl back from the edge! I could feel the bridge shaking a little with the traffic and it just made me worse, so after we got a few snaps we headed back to solid ground :) It has certainly made my mind up on whether I would like to do the bridge climb… err no!

The following day we boarded a train bound for Katoomba so we could head to see the Blue Mountains. We used the Scenic Railway, which is the world’s steepest track at 55 degrees, and the one used by the miners many years ago to head down the mountain into the valley. We took a walk through the forest and saw the waterfall, and then used the Scenic Cableway to make our way back up the mountain (during which I didn’t really look out of the window – height issues again, these things really are wasted on me!). We then took a walk to Echo Point which had some great views and then walked to the Three Sisters, which is the most photographed point of the Blue Mountains. You can actually get across to the rock formations themselves, which is pretty cool :) We then randomly bumped into someone we met on our tour of the Great Ocean Road, small world!

The next day was a bit of a chilled one, and we just lazed around. Even though we are on the other side of the world and we should probably be sight seeing, it’s nice to just not, once in a while! We did head out shopping for a bit, and then jumped on the ferry around the harbour again, mainly because they provide free wifi access haha! Yep we are definitely penny pinching backpackers now :) We did end up stuck on the ferry for 2hrs though, which wasn’t part of our master plan!

We decided a trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. We took a walk from Bondi to Coogee which was lovely. The views and scenery here in Oz just never cease to amaze me, truly stunning. The following day we headed out on a winery tour, we were both really looking forward to this one! We stopped off at a little place called Wollombi to have a look around and try some Jungle Juice. This is a concoction of brandy and fortified wines, it was lovely, though not sure it should be drank at 10:30am! Our first tasting stop was at Lindemans Winery. Now this is a brand that I love at home so I was so excited to actually get to visit their home! We got to try five wines, all very different. On our exit, I was paying too much attention to the fact that Lee was near enough shovelling a whole plate of cheese and crackers into his mouth, and I managed to kick over the spit bucket that everyone had been pouring their dregs into during the wine tasting… nice one, nothing like making a lasting impression! We then went on to have a lovely lunch, with more wine. We then moved on to McGuigans Winery, and tried another six wines… by this point we were certainly starting to feel the effects of the many different wines we had tried :) Luckily there was no bucket for me to kick over there! We then stopped off at one final place and tried yet more wines before making our way back to Sydney, rather tiddled :)

On our last day in such a fabulous city we headed to The Rocks and had a look around the market – which was torture as I still have nowhere to put anything, so have to refrain from any temptation of buying anything. We then headed to Manly beach and randomly bumped into some people that we met whilst travelling Vietnam. It’s unbelievable that you can manage to be in two completely different places at the same time, months apart! We took a walk around Manly and unfortunately the heavens opened so we decided to head back to our hotel. The following day we headed to the airport to catch our flight to Auckland. As always, there generally seems to be some sort of airport incident, this time it was Lee being questioned as to whether or not he was over the age of 16… and being searched for explosives. I just waltzed through immigration without a ripple, clearly looking innocent… and ancient.

It’s quite a shame that we haven’t been able to spend more time in Oz on this trip, it really has surprised us and is such a remarkably beautiful country (spiders excluded!). We will definitely have to return here again one day and make our way round some more of this incredible country :)

Posted by Cass - Lee 18:49 Archived in Australia

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