Yep that’s right, the time has actually come that I’VE MADE IT TO AUSTRALIA!!
And I know I’ve only been here 2 days but, so far it’s everything I dreamed it would be!
So after our 24 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Sydney at 5am. And of course, being the determined opportunists we are, we dropped off our bags at the hotel and headed straight out for some sightseeing. And I’m blooming glad we did as the first thing I got to see was the beautiful sunrise over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House! What an amazing first start!
Being just literally 5 minute walk from the Marriott in Sydney we were right by the harbour – and after the sunrise we took comfort in a nearby diner/restaurant overlooking the harbour for some coffee (as it was rather chilly at 6am in the morning deep in Australian Winter – although can I just say that as the day progressed and the sun came out the weather was absolutely gorgeous and although it wasn’t quite sunbathing weather it wasn’t far off the current English temperature – and it’s meant to be summer over there!)
Being right by the harbour we got to gaze and people watch as all the Sydney residents began their trip to work and their jogs round the town. We then took the 30 minute ferry over the Manly where my dad used to live eyons ago.
He took us on the most beautiful walk round the bays up to Fairlight in search of what was once his old flat. And then we headed out through the town over to Manly beach – a stunning white sand beach, good for beginner surfers, surrounded by loads of lovely bars and restaurants overlooking the sea. I mean just look at these photos…
We stopped of at the Sugar Room for some juices and smoothies overlooking the beach!
Probably one of the best views I’ve had from a hotel! ^
After popping to all the nostalgic bars my dad used to visit back in the day, we took a lovely stroll around The Rocks, an area of shops and historic buildings by the harbour before taking space at some lovely bars to soak up the last of the sun before our jet lag set in and we had to amble back to the hotel at about 5 for an early dinner and were konked out in bed by 6!
So all in all, a pretty incredible first day on the Down Under Adventure and I’m now overlooking another incredible view (all posted over on Instagram stories) a little more north in Surfer’s Paradise after a day of some gorgeous sunbathing (WINTER – it’s meant to be winter here! It’s bloody hotter than English summer for goodness sake!) and I will share all the gorgeousness in a post as soon as possible!
Anyone else visited Australia – tips for Brisbane/Surfer’s Paradise?
Also, don’t worry I’m planning on spending longer in Sydney around Christmas time – I’m starting the adventure off with a family holiday – cray right!? – before parting ways and riding solo up to Cairns to start the proper backpacking journey down!