29.11.2010 - 04.12.2010
We flew from Avalon Airport in Melbourne which is quite a bit out of town. I think it is just for Jetstar flights but it really is in the middle of nowhere!
So Sydney, we meet up with our friends Will and Stef again which is great. They have since been back to UK and gotten their year visa for Australia and had moved into their flat 3 days before we landed!! The flat was in Mosman and was lovely, it’s about 20 minutes out of town in the bus and you have to go over the Harbour bridge every time you go into the city which is nice.
Just our luck though the weather was not that good, infact it was properly chucking it down!! On one of the really wet days we actually went to the cinema to see Harry Potter just to escape from the rain!
When the weather cleared up we went to the city just to have a little wonder and found the gardens as we always do!! The plaque at the entrance was really sweet and said ‘Welcome to Sydney Botanic Gardens. Feel free to walk on the grass, smell the roses and hug the trees!’ There was a lovely herb garden which smelt gorgeous with little water features dotted around.
As you follow the gardens it brings you out to the path which follows the harbour. Then you turn a corner and there is the Opera House! And behind that is the Harbour Bridge! A little like the Taj Mahal in that it’s very familiar but as you get closer to it it changes somewhat. It was built by Jorn Utzan and what you don’t see on all the photos is that the skin of the Opera House is made up of tiny little tiles, 1,000,000 of them! But this is only evident as you get closer to it. There was a rehearsal going on in there and it was televised in the foyer, sounded really good! The Organ in there is huge though and has an amazing 10500 pipes!!
We had a lovely afternoon just on the harbour with the fab backdrop with Will and Stef drinking cold beers and basking in the sun when it finally came out!
The Bridge is quite impressive too. The locals call it the ’old coat hanger!’ It was built in 1932 costing $20 million to build, which took them 60 years to pay it off! We could see lots of people walking up it, like tiny little lemmings!! We didn’t do it for various reasons, mainly because of the weather- the views aren’t guaranteed, and also because of the price- $170-250 each!! Ah well!
We also visited the Fish Market which was quite good actually, but quite smelly!! We tried properly fresh sushi which Darren didn’t really like but I thought it was good, Tuna and Salmon with wasabi and soy sauce. Yum!
We couldn’t leave Australia without trying Kangaroo though so one night we bought some Roo and flash fried it and served it with mash and veg with a red wine sauce. Very nice!! We had bought so much of it not realising how far it would go so the next day we also did a stew with it which wasn’t bad either!
One night we went to the dog races which was hilarious and an experience!! But actually quite funny. We must have had beginners luck though because we won one race!!