At one o'clock I embark on a walking tour of Sydney and at five thirty if finally ends... at the other side of town. Here's my thoughts on my YHA lead guided tour of the city and what else I've been up to while exploring Sydney.
I spend most of my Friday wandering about the city with other touristy people seeing places I had mostly explored myself already but at a much slower pace. The free walking tour was organised by the hostel I was staying in and had a few prizes along the way but I missed out on a free dinner as I didn't know the blockbuster film which was shot at Market Street in Sydney CBD. Turns out it was the Matrix. I did, however, gain my free dinner for knowing that Paul Hogan aka Crocodile Dundee was 'discovered' as a construction worker on Sydney Harbour Bridge. See that's why you read the guide books.
Since Friday I have now seen the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and am now staying in a hostel over looking them which would normally have cost a lot to stay at but I got a very very cheap deal so I'm very happy.
I have also found my new favourite place - the Sydney Aquarium. I managed to spend 3hrs in the place, hanging out with all the fishes. I also visited the Wildlife World next door which wasn't so i pectacular but I did get to see my first native wildlife. The may be city dwelling captive ones but still my first experience of Australian animals, and kangaroos? They look even weirder in real life.
Fish fish fish at Sydney Aquarium
My following Monday was spent at Taronga Zoo. More animals including lots of elephants and lions, and A LOT more sun than there's been all week. The ferry trip over was nice too as it sails past the Opera House and Bridge and up towards north Sydney where all the fancy houses on the hills are located. I even found my own little beach after I had had enough of the zoo and had gone a wander before the boat back. Was an amazing view of the harbour to add to my good day.
My own little beach near Taronga Zoo.
The plan is to heading a little south soon to Bondi and staying at Maroubra beach for a day or two. I have still to visit the Blue Mountains before heading up the coast to Newcastle so will need to gets some plans in order.