Saturday, 10 February 2007

Arrivals


Sydney: A Summary of the best city in Australia.


Day 1:
When Anthony arrived at my place to leave it was 6:45 am. We where leaving early because we where embarking on what would become a ~1,250km trip to Sydney. When we arrived at Hay (NSW) it was lunch time & we'd burnt 1 tank of fuel. When we arrived in Sydney we found ourselves heading into the city along Pitt St. (Think Bourke St in Melb, or North Tce in Adelaide.) We got through that drama and then found ourselves driving around Kings Cross (think St Kilda in Melb) trying to get onto the right street in the right direction at 10pm at night. Needless to say, after arriving in Sydney, we where happy and tired.

Day 2: After arriving at Circular Quay (read: Key!) we learned that the Opera House & Sydney Harbor Bridge really are the coolest buildings in Australia, & that all the hype about them is completely justified! Jet Boating across Sydney Harbor is very cool. After tea that night, we realized how cool Monorails are! So after doing a complete loop of the monorail, we arrived at Darling Harbor, which is a very cool place, (like Southbank in Melbourne, except better!)

Day 3: After arriving at the Taronga (as opposed to my home, Tooronga!) Zoo we would spend over 5 hours looking at all sorts of weird and wonderful animals that live on Gods earth. After walking seemingly many kilometers around what really is a great zoo, we caught the ferry back to Circular Quay again.

Day 4: By this stage tiredness is starting to set-in and arriving at a stage of consciousness proves difficult, especially given that this is the coolest night (ie. best for sleeping) since we arrived. After arriving via Ferry to Manly (Who was insecure enough to name a place that?) we cruised around what was a fairly nice beach, and some nice cliff face sorta things as well. Later that night, when we arrived at the top of Centrepoint tower, we saw a very pretty view of the Sydney night skyline.

Day 5: When we finally arrived at the markets at 'The Rocks' we saw some weird and wonderful crafty creations. It was about 1pm when we'd finished there. It was by far the hottest day of our trip t0 date, and what better thing to do on a hot day than go to the beach? So that's what we did. Took a bus out to Bondi and managed to fill in the rest of the afternoon at what we rekon is a fairly cool, but mostly overrated Bondi beach. When the sun went down, we went back and changed before heading to the Hard Rock cafe Sydeny for tea. Best eating out experience ever. Funnest atmosphere & best food. American Brownies are really good!

Day 6: After arriving in Canberra, it was late in the afternoon on a day in which we had: Driven across the Harbour Bridge. Driven back across the Harbour Bridge & then spent over 1 hour trapped under the Sydney Airport in the M5 East tunnel because of an accident. It was hilarious watching people get frustrated because they where running late. As if getting annoyed was gunna get the accident cleared faster. Anthony & I had a whale of a time drinking coke and memorizing the warning message: "This is the M5 East Tunnel Control Room. There has been an 'incident' in the M5 East Tunnel. For your safety, please observe all signs, including the reduced speed limits. (The traffic was backed up for well over 1km & at a standstill!) M5 East Thanks you for your co-operation."

Day 7: After arriving at the Australian War Memorial, we learnt that the Australian love of a 'souvy' ( souviner) was even extended to the battlefield. Apparently there is more WWII German Artillery in Australia than in any country in the world. There's even a piece of artillery on display in Kaniva. Our diggers really are legends. Learning about war odly fascinates me. Somthing about focusing the best of humanity's technology, manpower & ingenuity into somthing that is such a fallacy. Imagine if we put the same effort into usefull things, like reducing greenhouse emmissions, finding a cure for AIDs or reducing poverty.
After a brief look at the mint, we would arrive in Albury 3 hours or so later, to an awesome cabin & some Hungry Jacks for tea.

Day 8: After arriving home, we had traveled almost 2,700kms for the trip and spent at least $210 on fuel. After arriving in Bendigo we had lunch and briefly caught up with Sammy, one of the locals. We where pretty tired and glad to be home, but we had an amazing time & saw some really cool things. It's one of the best things I've done in a long time.

2 comments:

Kylie on 10 February 2007 at 10:57 pm said...

Sydney is awesome!!! I fully agree with your intro statement of "...the best city in Australia" And driving in Sydney is fantastic!! (Yes, even with all the accidents in tunnels... Did you turn off the car to reduce the amount of toxic gases getting trapped in the tunnel? Or did you send yourselves high? Or was that the effect the coke had??) It sounds like you had a great time, and that was a really well written sum-up of the trip (I still haven't really written/journalled my Vic trip... The map is still in the car glovebox, and will probably be there for a couple of weeks...)

We are meant to be going to Sydney in a bit over a month for my sister's 21st (in the evening... That afternoon is my best friend's engagement party) which will be a harbour (spelt with a "u") cruise in an older style ferry (the 21st, not the engagement party)... I'm really looking forward to it. (I'm looking forward to both parties...)

How could you go to Canberra and miss out on going to Questacon?? It is a not-to-be-missed exciting place full of fun. And I didn't like science at school. But I like Questacon.

Anyway... Have fun on your last week being at "home" before heading back to Uni... And start planning your future trips to Sydney to try and jam even more in (but it would perhaps be wise to break up the journey to Sydney rather than trying to do the almost impossible/completely insane thing of driving in one day).

BTW, I used more $ in petrol in my trip than what you guys did... I think I did about 2900km in the Sunday-Sunday time that I wasn't in Wagga... Opps!! Expensive!! But worth it. :)

PI007 on 12 February 2007 at 7:14 pm said...

Glad you and Anthony had a great time at Sydney. Probably one of, if not the biggest, highlight of your Summer hols. I will catch up with you back at uni next week!! Cya

 

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