Absolutely crazy two days in Sydney!
I’ve spent the last two days in Sydney City, which is only about a 45minutes bus ride from Narrabeen where I’m staying with my friend from summer camp.
I went for a guided tour of the Opera House which was fantastic as it’s such an interesting building. I also visited the nearby Museum of Sydney which was a good introduction to the Sydney story with lots of interesting exhibitions outlining the Aboriginal and Colonial influences. The Sydney Tower (260 metres high) was a definite highlight as you could see for miles from the top. It took ages to get up there though as there are only two lifts that could take about 30 people in total. Unfortunately I timed my visit with about a hundred children on a school trip – pesky kids! It was worth the wait though and I would love to go back to the do the Skywalk. Basically you get a fetching jumpsuit and are harnessed to the top of the building where there are glass floored viewing platforms – I’m getting giddy just thinking about it but it’s supposed to be much better than the Sydney Bridge climb as it’s twice the height.
Also at the Sydney Tower is a 3D virtual adventure called Oztrek. That was okay but I was rushing for the Harbour Jet so I was a bit grumpy waiting for it. The Harbour Jet ride was amazing.
I got completed soaked to the sound of music blasting from the boat which was fun at the time but as I met up with Casey and her friend later that day for a night out I wasn’t exactly looking great with my matted, salty hair.
We ended up going to the Rocks, which is the port that served Sydney’s first European settlement. It was great fun with live music from an Aussie singer who had no idea who he was but everyone else seemed excited!
Other sights that I squeezed into my manic two days included the Aquarium, Queen Victoria Building, Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Casey and her parents also drove me out to the Ku-ring-gai National Park and to the Scotland Island Ferry port. I thoroughly enjoyed my first week in Australia and it was great spending it with Casey and her family in Sydney.
I feel like I’ve been here for weeks given all the sightseeing I’ve packed in already. There’s still ‘heaps’ more on my hit list for Sydney so I’ll be back… off to Canberra to find some work now though!