3rd Feb - 15th Feb 2011
Trev and I had the most fantastic time in Sydney and met some great people. We were based in a house with about fifteen other people on the Clovelley coast line. Despite being slightly uni-esk and moudly it was great for the week or so that we spent in the area. Walking down to the beach on the evening of our first night we realised what a fantastic location we were in. Coogee Beach is lovely, atmospheric yet not too touristy. The following couple of days were spent near or on Coogge Beach, whilst Trev's best friend from uni, Will, and his girlfriend Sian, who were also staying in the same house, were at work. On the Friday evening Trev and I ventured to The Rocks, near Circular Quay and visited the evening markets which was fantastic. Seeing the sights around Circular Quay, the main transport hub, all illuminated was spectacular especially the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Saturday was quite possibly the hottest day ever as Sydney was hit by a heat wave. It literally felt like someone was blowing a hair dryer in your face! Therefore, Trev and I spent most of the day lying under a tree next to the beach showers! That evening we took the bus to Bondi. Having heard mixed reviews regarding Bondi I was quite apprehensive as to what I would make of the iconic area. However, at night it was hard to formulate an opinion and having just experienced the night life it was hard to judge. Sunday was equally as humid and perhaps not the best day that we chose to visit the Opera House and Botanic Gardens! Regardless the gardens were beautiful, although due to the weather, a large majority of it was really dry. We had great fun on the Monday, as all four of us went on a jet boat around the Harbour, which was hilarious! It was a great way to see the Harbour though, and as well as seeing a nudist beach, we also saw where Mission Impossible was filmed! After driving to the enterance of the Harbour we headed to the other side of the Bridge and saw Luna Park plus the most amazing apartments. At the end of our 45 minutes we were also absolutly drenched despite wearing very glamorous floor length rain coats! In the afternoon we went to a rooftop pub which overlooked the city and subsequently made our way to Darling Harbour. I thought Darling Harbour was especially stylish and glamorous and with yucky seawater hair and Trev sporting a large wet patch on his bottom, I felt slightly out of place! Nonetheless we had a great time having drinks on Cockle Bay Wharf. The following day we walked the stretch from Coogee to Bondi. Even though it is really hilly the walk is quite spectacular; as you pass a gigantic graveyard which is used in many films, plus Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelley Beaches. There are also numerous exercise stations lining the route. The panoramic view of Bondi is amazing, yet I didn't feel the beach is as great as everyone raves about. However, when Trev was swimming in the sea he did come across two penguins! We had a fanastic day on Wednesday, Trev and I went into the city and firstly walked around the Opera House before heading into The Rocks from where we walked up onto the Harbour Bridge and up the many stairs to the top of one of the pylons, which enabled us to get a detailed view of the structure and make up of the Bridge plus 360 degree views out over the city. In the afternoon we took the ferry over to Manly, and walked part of the Manly Scenic Walkway, which leads west out from the town. Subsequently, we walked down the Corso to Manly Beach before jumping back on the ferry just as the sun was setting. The couple of days after were spent in the local area. We were hoping to go to the Blue Mountains but due to the weather turning and it becoming overcast, we were advised that it would not be worthwhile to visit due to poor visibility. Monday, however was one of the best days spent in Sydney. In the morning we went to Sydney Aquarium. The aquarium houses so many species, including many species of shark which was fascinating. Also, throughout the aquarium are many models made out of lego, including a whale! Following the aquarium we went for lunch at Darling Harbour, followed by pancakes at The Rocks and then headed over to the Opera House in the evening.