Thursday 7th - Day 2
We also bought a ticket to jump on the Sydney Explorer Bus, which takes you around Sydney, whilst giving commentary. It was very good.
|Queen Victoria statue outside QVB wearing clothes|
Later that night, we went out for dinner at Darling Harbour.
Friday 8th - Day 3
|Me at bondi. Proof.|
Because our ticket only lasted until midday, we spent the rest of the day wandering around the city, at Paddy's Market/Market City and on the monorail. I got a pair of pretty purple converse for $50. Cheap, cheap.
We jump of at the Paddy's Market station, and there are the Teen Choice Awards being filmed. Right in front of us.
PARRAMATTA! We jumped on the ferry and headed out to Parramatta, where Westfield Parramatta, one of the biggest shopping complexes in Australia. And let me tell you. It was massive. I got a pair of jeans and a purple top to match my new shoes, from one of the thousands of floors.
Sunday 10th - Day 5 (10/10/10)
The big day. The day we climb the Bridge. Because it wasn't until sunset, we went to Luna Park and wandered around a bit. We didn't go on any rides though.
|If you can ignore the un-natural looking circle...|
|Wharf outside Luna Park|
At the other end of the bridge was The Rock's Market. much better than Paddy's Markets. Did I mention that on the plane on the way over, my face cleanser leaked over my brushes and combs and my toothbrush and everything else in my toiletries bag, ruining (well not completely) the actual bag. Lucky it was in a plastic bag. Anyway, I got the most awesome make-up bag to use as a toiletries bag. It's made out of old plastic, which had Chinese writing all over it. I love it.
We got lunch at Circular Quay, then walked to the Botanic Gardens. They're pretty awesome. By now, our feet we're *really* sore and achy, so we caught a little train-y-ma-jig around the gardens...
|I just *had* to take it.|
Monday 11th - Day 6
I hadn't really been looking forward to going to the Blue Mountains, mainly because we were catching the train and it was to be a 2 hour train ride. The train turned out to not be that bad, because it was a long distance train. But the scenery was *beautiful*. We hopped on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to the Scenic Railways which was equally as beutiful. First we caught the cable car to the otherside of the valley. Then we went on the steep railway, one of the steepest railways in Australia. I loved that bit the most.
|The railway. That's just the bottom of it though. It was much steeper.|
We wandered around the rainforest with was beautiful, before hopping on the other cable car back up.
Tuesday 12th - Day 7
We were going to go to Maitland Gaol, near Newcastle, but none of us could be bothered with a 3 1/2 train ride, so instead we went back to the Bondi area. First, we went to Westfield Bondi Junction, another one of the biggest shopping complexes in Australia. It was a lot more up-market than Parramatta. It was funny beacuse there was a Louis Vutton, David Jones and Chanel all next to each other, then you look up a floor and theres Target.
Wednesday 13th - Day 8
That day, I did wear my bathers. We went to Manly on the ferry, which had free wi-fi! Anyway, the beach was closed because of how how big and dumpy the swell was, but of course, there was a couple of surfers out there. Also, I discovered the frame feature on the camera.
|On the ferry|
|Manly - View from south|
We pulled in to Circular Quay, and then out of no where, this massive cruise ship appears!
|The Cruise ship - Sun Princess|
The last day :( We caught the taxi to Central Station, where we put our bags in storage. We went back to Paddy's Markets to get some last minute souveneirs, then to Darling Harbour for lunch (I had Subway - how gormet!), then the best bit... TO THE APPLE STORE! As I mentioned before, I love Apple Stores. Their glass walls, modern stairs, and iPad displays.
My aunty had this poncho thingy from Supré that was really pretty, and Mum wanted too see if they stil had some. Before walking in, I declared that I hated Supré (don't ask why), but the I saw this pretty green singlet I love. There goes that frame of mind.
We walked back to Central Station and caught a shuttle bus to the airport, where we got off, sorted out our seats, and went through security. Why does the thing always beep when I go through. Last time I went to Adelaide, they confiscated my favourite scissors. On the way too sydney, they were trying to work out what something in my backpack was. This time it beeped, and I had to take my belt off. I HATE YOU AIPORT SECURITY! No, not really. You keep us safe.
|Beautiful sunset :) It was also a long long long sundet. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that I was travelling west...|
During my time in Sydney, I did travel on some really nice trains that were newer though. Just thought I'd add that ^.^
P.S. Yes, I took 4 days to make this post.