We loved Sydney as soon as we arrived, seemed so laid back and actually quite quiet for a large city. We stayed in Big Hostel, which was great, a nice atmosphere and great location, very central.
We walked to China Town and the nearby Darling Harbour on the day we arrived (Sat) where there was a Latin American Festival, lots of people, music and food stalls!!
On Sunday we walked through Hyde Park and into the Botantical Gardens which had thousands of flying foxes (bats) sleeping in the trees, an amazing sight. We also saw alot of wild cockatoos (weird when you are used to seeing them in the Zoo!). From there we walked to the Sydney Opera House and Bridge and the Rocks area where we looked around the weekend market. Did you know you can pay to walk over the bridge actually on the iron works hundreds of feet above the traffic. We may do it on our return to sydney in early November, budget allowing.
It was busy because it was the finals of the Aussie Rules Football and also a bank holiday weekend in New South Wales.
The budget started in Oz and we made use of the hostel kitchen and had good old simple grub...benas on toast one night and jacket potato with tuna the next...no more burgers for Steve !!!! (maybe a birthday burger!)
On Monday we picked up our 'Wicked campervan' and headed inland about 100km to the Blue Mountains. It looked like a smaller scale Grand Canyon covered in trees. The mountains get their name from the blue haze given off from the eucalyptus trees. We visited a place called Katoomba where we stayed the night. It was in the middle of nowhere, on the edge of the valley with great views and huge ants. There were no facilities just us and the wilderness.
Current position - Batemans Bay on the South East coast of NSW. ........