Well technically, slightly more than a day but only just. I landed around 7am and left at 9am the next morning. In the meantime I’ve pretty much seen all of Sydney that I’m bothered about, including the double-decker trains which were quite a surprise.
It’s a nice enough place, but there’s just not much going for it as far as a visitor is concerned. I admit I’d like to go back just to see the wildlife park and perhaps a museum, but I’ve been round the obvious having done a boat trip around the harbour and taken far too many pictures of the bridge (the Tyne Bridge is still better) and the Opera House. Accompanied by a guy from California I met at the hostel, I also went up the Tower (Aukland’s is better) to get some aerial photos. This is much cheaper than the bridge climb – $19 as opposed to $195 which, frankly is extortionate.
Dinner was nice, especially for only $6 in a pub near the hostel. However, post-dinner was best as the hostel I stayed at (YHA Central) had a plung pool and sauna, plus a TV room where people were watching an episode of Family Guy I’d not seen.
After a 6am rise, I got to the airport in good time for my flight and for the second time in a couple of years was “randomly” selected for explosives testing. I don’t wear a turban, so I can only assume it’s the Newcastle shirt as I was wearing the same one last time (Manchester 2 years ago). To top it all when I arrived in Auckland, I had my luggage rummaged through for drugs as I’ve been to Thailand. The fact that I’d been there in March and had, in the meantime, spent 6 weeks in NZ and in Vietnam seemed to escape the customs folk. Not to worry, at least they were really pleasant and polite. In fact, I had a good chat with the guy who was checking my things out and he didn’t even care about the three bags of dodgy DVDs I had in my rucksack.
I’m now at Pam & Rob’s for 2 nights with some little excursions until I head south again on Sunday night. I shall spend a lot of that time playing with their new kitty!
Also: Photo update at Fotopic.