Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Aug 12, 2006 - The trip begins
Up by 7:00, mostly packed. Have called Qantas for past two mornings for latest on the Heathrow security crisis to see if any effect on flights. On checking this morning they advise that the flight shown on our e-tickets was actually cancelled on 12/05 and we are now booked on a flight two hours earlier that morning. News reports have indicated long check in delays could be expected because of the extra security for UK and USA flights so it would be 50/50 whether the shuttle we had booked would get us there on time. Cancelled shuttle, drove...Jump to full entry
Aug 10, 2006 - G'day from your mates down under!
Have we exhausted G'day? Nah. G'day! We've reached our last real stop on our trip. Its the furthest we could be from home but I think we both feel a lot closer. We'll be home in 10 days! Plus they have the Queen on all their coins. Hehe. We slept most of the first day as we'd been awake all the previous night. Luckily from Betty's fantastic apartment, you are unlikely to get bored just sitting in as you can see the whole of DeeWhy beach and watch all the surfers who are braving the weather. Also they all come back to their cars and get...Jump to full entry
Aug 8, 2006 - Sydney and the dreaded interview...
We arrived in Sydney and, despite thinking we'd seen the last for a while, booked into a backpackers. It was in a great spot in Kings Cross, and close to the city. Dan suited up early Monday morning and we headed into town for the fnal stage in the U.S. visa process, the interview. After around half an hour to clear security just to get into the embassy he sat around for alomost 3 hours waiting, and then the interview turned out to be a guy behind the glass who asked 3 questions and didn't need any of the paperwork prepared buy the lawyers,...Jump to full entry
Aug 7, 2006 - Spit - Manly Walk
Working in a bank has it's advantages - in addition to strangely having a day off in Australia for the Queens birthday they also have Bank Holidays which are only for Banks! Not very useful when they only people you know don't work in banks - but hey - a day off on your own is still a day off! So decided to do a walk to Manly which Sarah recommended. Got the bus to 'Spit' and followed the harbour coast all the way to Manly beach - then ate chips on the beach watching the surfers.Jump to full entry
Aug 4, 2006 - Sydney-siders
Wel, unlike our earlier 'plans' we skipped Adelaide and made a bee-line for Sydney. We decided that on our now limited time here (all relative, of course) that we'd rather spend more time in the sunny northern bits. So we drove. And drove and drove and drove and finally made it. This little side trip ws about 4500 extra kilometers, which, upon reflections was insane, but we still have the car and get to enhjou east coast campin, so hopefully it's all worh it! We have discovered that we are aquarium junkies, and Sydney has a fantastic one...Jump to full entry
Jul 18, 2006 - Off to Sydney!
Well, just as we have our first beautiful day in Cairns, we're leaving for Sydney. But first we're going to ride the Duck around Cairns. No, I don't know why, we just are. When we get in tonight, we'll get the log updated. We'll go back and add pictures to posts and post KI, Ayer's Rock and Cairns water sports. I'll make a little directory to tell you where to look for what. In the meantime........... Australian bowling is like a combination of pool, croquet and horseshoes. What we call bowling, they call 9 Pin. There is a game called...Jump to full entry
Jul 17, 2006 - Sydney
When planning our holiday way back in January we decided to book a flight from Coffs Harbour to Sydney to save ourself a 12 hour coach journey. This turned out to be a great idea, as the flight took an hour and having left our hostel in Coffs at 8ish we were checked in down in Sydney by 11. Having considered the recent weather as we were heading south (e.g. RAIN!!), and the fact that the sun was out meant that we decided to book the Harbour Bridge Climb for that evening - the night climb. This was done at the hostel - Sydney Central which...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2006 - Auckland to Sydney
I have changed my airline tickets and am flying out of Auckland on the 14th of July, exactly 6 months in New Zealand. I can't say that I have had too many bad days here and with all the money I spent I think I left most of the country behind. I also left enough blood in the Waitomo caves and in some of the rivers to be truly bound to the country. I am looking forward to leaving as homesickness is starting to set in, but I can't justify going home without seeing some of the major things that the other big south pacific country has to offer....Jump to full entry
Jul 10, 2006 - Sydney
Hey everyone, well we arrived in Sydney safe and sound, Jackies shopping bag and all! We were happy to arrive to a gorgeous clear sunset meaning that weather was going to be a bit better! We checked into a hostel in Kings Cross which was a bit dodgy and full of 'massage parlours' and adult shops (only the best for us) but was meant to be the place to be! On our first day we experienced the apparent 'place to be' by some crazed old woman screaming abuse at us in the middle of the street for being English!!! Ha ha it was quite funny, and...Jump to full entry
Jul 4, 2006 - Our first 3 days in Sydney
We are in Sydney! And have been delinquent in updating so far, so here it is: We arrived on the second after a long long flight including an hour stopover in Hawaii in which everybody and everything had to leave the plane and hang out in a lounge at 2am. We fell asleep in a corner until a fellow passenger prodded us awake to get back on. After our arrival we checked into our hostel, Sydney backpackers, which isn't too bad. First we walked down Elizabeth Street, which turned into Macquarie Street, which led to the Opera House after passing...Jump to full entry
Jul 3, 2006 - Sydney (20-23/04/06)
Après les trois semaines passées au Japon, l'arrivée à Sydney nous paraissait comme celle sur une autre planète: le temps était magnifique, les gens décontractés, nous n'étions plus les seuls touristes et surtout, nous pouvions à nouveau communiquer avec la population. Sydney est vraiment une ville superbe, avec son mélange d'architecture moderne et victorienne, une multitude de parcs où les Aussies hypersportifs s'entraînent, et bien sûr avec le célèbre port et son opéra. La ville est également le lieu de rendez-vous des routards du monde...Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2006 - We've Arrived!
Sydney is magical. There really is no other word to describe it. I think of it as the land of twinkling lights... everything is lit up and vivid. Our first day here has been amazing, despite some overcast and rather chilly weather (it is winter here, so to be expected). It only takes a few hours to be completely drawn into the city's beauty... the Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge are landmarks we've all seen before, but somehow standing next to them, they feel larger than life and you find yourself staring for hours on end. After a...Jump to full entry