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Travel Report Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia
one stop on Wendy's & Joe's world tour 2004/05

Sydney, Bondi Beach, Blue Mountains


Kind of travel: Travelling alone
Year of this voyage: 2004
Author's age: 30-45 years

Journal Update 27th Nov 2004 / Sydney Australia
Gad Day Mates Hello
We got to Sydney this morning after our 7 hour 40 mins flight from Changi. We were totally wiped out as we travelled through the night and didn't get a wink of sleep on the plane. We hadn't booked anything as Joe thought there would be stacks of rooms, but alas it looks like the whole Sydney is booked up. In our delirious state we managed to score a place at a YHA which is pretty cool. It is an old railway station and you can even sleep in an old train carriage.

We are in a 4 bed dorm, which is all very studenty. It is the last dorm left and a young French guy is in the opposite bunk. He says he works all night, which is good for us. I am a bit concerned though as I just saw a guy who, I don't like having to say this 'Dear Diary' but he is a bit 'Care in the community'. He has a Rolf Harris beard, wellies, a box of pills he checked in to reception and two shopping bags dripping with a strange glue like substance. I hope he isn't in our little dorm and gets us with his Didgeridoo!
Double yikes! Please don't think me unkind.

Sydney feels a lot like Essex. The airport is like Stanstead, all the women are blonde and well groomed and the men wear lots of gel. Even the customs officers looked like they were dressed up for a night down Tots. It was a bit disconcerting after a night without sleep to have the sniffer dogs hoovering us. Customs wasn't as scary as people make out though, we will say they are by far the most organized airport we have been to so far. It is the strangest thing after 8 months to see no Indonesians, Malays, or Chinese.

Joe is doing his reckie and is very excited, he exclaimed on his way back from the bogs "Oooh its just like camping". He is now inspecting the notice board for a clapped out jalopy that may take us up to Cairnes without blowing up.

Journal Update 27th Nov 2004 / Sydney Harbor

Hi guys
Once we had got over our jet lag today we ventured out to explore Sydney. Our first adventure was to take the train to see Sydney Harbor at Circle Quay. Joe's first reaction on seeing the Opera House was "Bugger Me Buttocks Its The Old Opre". Luckily the old dear sitting opposite had a good sense of humor and her laughing nearly bought on a cardiac arrest.

We then took the ferry over to Manly which takes you through the harbor to Manly, which has some lovely beaches. The place was jammed due to the weekend and all the "Ozzies" were roasted red on the beaches (I don't think they really use sun cream).

We met a nice German lady who has invited us to stay at her campsite out of town but we haven't decided yet whether we will stay so long.

Yes Joe's wallet is well and truly burning down here. I swear when he opened it at the airport a moth flew out after all those months of cheapy Asia. Oh well, we could afford to share a paper bag of chips for lunch and have found a fab Vietnamese Pho noodle shop, which is tasty if not as cheap as in Vietnam. The good news is there is a girl in the spare bunk of the dorm, so no creepy people tonight.

P.S. The Opera House is quite small in reality and very 70's.

Camping in Australia
Camping in Australia


Journal Update 28th Nov 2004 / Sydney
Bondi Out to the Burbs

We got a pretty good nights sleep considering we were bunking with two others. The Frenchie did finish work at 4.00 am and snuffled around till 5.00 am. We never got to speak to the girl or even see her face.

Anxious to get over his lazy image Joe roused me out of my deep slumber at 8.00 am and after cornflakes and baked beans on toast we ventured out to Kings X to look for a camper van. Kings X is quite similar to the one in London and smells of wee and has junkies hanging around as well as numerous sex shops. Apparently it was a major R&R location during the Vietnam war. Suffice to say it probably rocks at 1.00 am and is quite Bohemian but at 9.00 am it looked like hell.

We then caught the bus out to Bondi Beach. This is where all the Poms do their Xmas on the beach.

In keeping with the Essex theme we decided on a crowded Sunday that this place is a bit like Clacton-On-Sea. We had a paddle and were shocked at how ice cold the ocean was. Later on we caught a train out to the burbs to a place called Worohoo or something like that. I will have to check the book for the correct spelling.

We went to look at a very cool modernist architects house from the 1950's that over looks a national park. It was as you can imagine completely fabulous, it is a shame we couldn't stay for the gin tasting function the guy was preparing for this evening. He was so nice he even drove us back to the train station as it was out in the sticks.

Journal Update 29th Nov 2004 / Sydney Australia
This morning we have booked a campette for two weeks and the aim will be to head up the coast to Cairns in it tomorrow. It was pretty cheap in the end and certainly cheaper than bus and accommodation. We spent the morning switching our tickets to Fiji and Tahiti as we found out Tahiti is soooo expensive we plan now to spend more time in Fiji and the Cook Islands.

Off Camping
A very quick one today.
We are now off camping and had a fab time yesterday discovering the hip area of Glebe, which is like Notting Hill before it got too expensive with great curry places also. Then we walked around the Rocks. Joe had a few beers in the pubs there and we had a great time. He is off cooking muffins, for breckie.

Journal Update 01st Dec 2004 / The Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia
Hello you Whinging Pommies
We are now heading up the coast and are at a place called Nelsons Bay after spending a night in the Blue Mountains in the outskirts of Sydney. We have an excellent little campette for two weeks hire. It is a little Jap van with space for all our gear in the back and you put a board down at night to build it in to a bed. It is surprisingly comfortable if a little hot. We actually slept with the door open last night as the temperature here is through the roof with a dry, aching, hot, hot heat. This sun is very different to Asia as there is no moisture in the air, in the day time it is unbearable.

Joseph Brilus
Joseph Brilus

Wendy Brierley
Wendy Brierley


We decided to blow the deposit for a house on a grand world tour through 2004. We booked through STA travel and put together a brief itinerary including the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As it turned out we experienced China, Bali, Fiji and many more places in between.

We decided to end the trip with a wedding in Las Vegas (which was very memorable!) As a wedding present my brother put together an on-line travel blog for us which was a great tool for documenting our journey. This experience truly changed our lives and we encountered many fantastic people through out the world. I hope you enjoy reading some highlights of our journal!

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For such a small town with about 10 stores they actually have 3 skin cancer clinics hear (very scarey), I am slapping on the old factor 50+ everywhere, but you can still see all the lobsters on the beach. We went to Echo Point this morning which is a site of Aborigini legend. There are three huge rocks they call "The Three Sisters", the legend is that a father turned his daughters to stone to prevent them from being captured by another tribe and he died before he could turn them back.

Joe is getting very stressed with all the rules and regulations that we left behind in England. Trying to park this morning a bus driver yelled at us three times that we were breaking the law in NSW, and that's just parking a bloody van.

Added to that the stiff woman in the caravan park wanted us to walk around the park to select a space at the very hottest part of the day, that was about 42 degrees. Joe was so incensed I thought he was going to deck her, come to think of it so did she and soon changed her tune.

Apart from the heat the flies are every where and they try and fly at your eyes. Now we know why the Ozzies wear corks on their hats!

That's it for now. Love Wendy and Joe

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