In which we go to an amazing free concert, see some shocking modern art and trek along the north Sydney coastline (and have a few too many schooners too)
11.01.2013 - 15.01.2013 24 °C
Since my last post, we've continued in much the same vein... a bit of walking, a little too much drinking with some live music thrown in too. On Friday night we met up with my Aussie friend Andrew for more than a couple of beers. Andrew did a great job of being a tour guide too, taking us to a few tourist sites along the way (only the ones on the way to the next pub of course) including Cadman's Cottage, the oldest residential building in Sydney.
The next day, feeling a bit worse for wear, we spent the morning in Coogee before moving to another hostel, the Y Hotel, in Sydney central. The hostel is actually a cross between a hotel and a hostel with quite decent private rooms and shared bathrooms. The nice thing is that its next to the YWCA and the profits from the hotel go to the YWCA... so a decent place to stay.
Its Sydney festival at the moment (remember the giant rubber duck?) and on Saturday night we went to a free concert by Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright called Sing the Truth. It was a tribute to other female singers they admire, including Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Tracey Chapman. Totally inspirational. We took along a picnic and had a brilliant night.
On Sunday we spent the morning at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks. We saw an incredible exhibition called Taboo, although it was quite confrontational at times. We also saw one of Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirrors outside the MCA.
We spent the afternoon hanging out in Surrey Hills which is a quieter, more residential area of Sydney. Actually reminded us of Brighton with lots of cafes, vintage clothes shops and boutiques.
Yesterday, we got the ferry to Manly which is Sydney's north shore. Manly is beautiful but the ferry ride is worth a trip anyway, with great views of the harbour.
From Manly wharf we did the 12km Manly Scenic Walk which is true to its name, a stunning trail that follows the coast, taking in beaches, hidden coves, lush greenery and dry bushland with some great views over the coastline from the cliff tops. Of course, this was nothing to Marcus compared with the excitement of seeing hundreds of lizards along the way! The area has been at risk from the bush fires in NSW at the moment and the trail had been closed, but luckily they were open for us.
We also saw some Aboriginal rock carvings that pre-date European settlement and even a marriage proposal written in the clouds!
Today was our last day in Sydney so we went back to Bondi for another day on the beach. Marcus did a bit of surfing, I did a bit of sunbathing and we both enjoyed a few drinks with dinner overlooking the beach. The perfect end to what has been a brilliant ten days here. We're feeling a little bit in limbo tonight, disappointed to be leaving Sydney but also really excited to be starting our New Zealand adventure too.
Tomorrow we've got a 5am start for the airport for our flight to Christchurch, where we're picking up the campervan we'll be calling home for the next three weeks. Watch out on the roads!