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I'm a Crap Backpacker....

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Monday was quite a long day after the drive back from Great Ocean Road, followed by the quick dash to pack up my backpack and then get over to the airport for my flight. I made it up to Sydney and into my hostel for around 6ish.

So this is the first time I've ever done a hostel - (I really have to share a dorm with other backpackers?!) (It's all guesthouses in Thailand - for 4 squid you can have your own room)
So in my first hostel room I was sharing with three girls. Two were actually long-termer's at the hostel. One girl named Victoria had been living in the dorm for 6 months. I wouldn't enjoy going to work and then come home to a dorm with people coming and going every few days!
I met a girl called Louise in the dorm too who was also travelling the East coast solo. Louise was travelling the opposite - North to South. Louise and I went out that night to a backpacker bar. Wow! Am I 16 again?! This is when (I already knew) I realized that I'm not your average backpacker. I was pretty shattered so I just stayed for 2 hours and left Louise to it.

Tuesday arrived and I was pretty excited to go and explore the city.
I took a long slow walk through Sydney Botanical Gardens first - they were beautiful. I was just unlucky with the weather as it was raining on and off for most of the day. I got stuck in the showers so ran in to the botanical garden's restaurant which happened to be a tad on the expensive side! I looked at the menu and settled for a feta salad.
I then made my way along water path and turned the corner to the most amazing view of the opera house with the Harbour bridge edged just behind it. I pretty much spent the whole of Tuesday and Wednesday site seeing.

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On Friday I met up with a German girl called Martina as I had spent some time looking on Gumtree for fellow travellers who wanted to get a camper van and drive up the coast. I realized that I would much prefer to drive the coast then take Greyhounds after my road trip weekends. Martina and I met and got on really well but in the end after some research (and the fact I already purchased a greyhound ticket back in the UK) we decided we would bus it up the east coast. So we booked out seats to leave Sydney for the next Wednesday morning. After ward's we headed over to Darling Harbour. This is my favourite harbour in Sydney. We sat out in the sun and grabbed some Champagne. (This is why I’m such a crap backpacker!) We were in a funky bar where the city workers headed to for after work drinks!
Later that evening we decided to jump on the fairy over to Manley beach. Manley beach is just 30 minutes on the ferry. Martina's friend Brendan who's American joined us. We had a few more drinks in Manley and then grabbed some dinner before returning to Sydney on the night ferry.

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I had to be up early on the Saturday I was off to the Blue Mountains for the day. The Blue Mountains are World Heritage listed region which have the most spectacular views. The day trip was one of the best trips I had done as we had a great tour guide and some fun people on the trip.

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On Sunday Sinead, her sister Anna and friend Sarah and I decided to spend the day on Manley Beach catching the best of the sun in Sydney before it turned to showers in the early evening. Sydney and Melbourne weather could easily be mistaken for UK weather!

On Monday I enjyed some shopping and had my nails done before meeting Sinead and gang for for $10 dollar steak. YUMMY!
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Tuesday I checked out of the hostel and headed to Martina flat as I was staying there for the evening as we had to be up early to catch the greyhound in the morning.

I had spent 9 days in Sydney and 12 days in Melbourne. I was glad as I wanted to spend quite a bit of time in both so to get a feel for both cities. ; )

Posted by SarahBavs 03:10 Archived in Australia

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