27.10.2008 - 29.10.2008
We landed in Sydney and took an airport shuttle bus to Kings Cross. We were walking around, looking for a place to stay and prices were very high. We had looked at the prices of the hostels while in New Zeland and expected to pay about $50.00 for a private room, but they were quoting $70-$100.00. We went into a hostel called Hotel Deluxe. Again their prices were ridiculous, but we remembered that we had seen a deal on the website. After some negotiation, we got the room at the required price. We were laughing that it was the same as in South America
It was nice to sleep in a normal bed again and I probably spent 3 hours in the shower. Unlimited time can you believe it?
Next day, we decided to sort out our travel arrangements for our Fraser Island and Whitsundays trips. We went into one agency called Wicked Travel as they had free internet. After 2 hours negotiation we booked our trip and accomodation that covered our whole time in Australia. We got some good discounts for the trips and some hostel vouchers, which worked out to be really good value.
As it was spring in New Zelanad and still a bit chilly, I was quite looking forward to the hot weather in Australia. But it was exactly the same and raining Nevertheless, we walked to the botanical gardens and the Opera House. We met up with Robert's friend Erin and had some wine by the Opera House. The story about getting stuck in the mudd was a winner!
After that we walked around Darlington Harbour where everyone was partying like crazy. We decided to have pizza for dinner, but cook it at our hostel. We saw quite a lot of people cooking different stuff, so we thought that would be easy dinner to make. The kitchen was packed with dishes everywhere and our pizza got a bit burnt as the oven wasn't working properly. It wasn't that great at all.
The next day it was still raining, but that didn't stop us and we kept walking around. We had lunch at Harry's Cafe De Wheels pie shop. Oh my god, it was so good and it came with some mushy peas on top. It's worth going to Sydney only for that.
We then went to the Bondi beach, walked in the rain again and then tried to see if we could have dinner at Bill Grainger's restaurant. But it appeared that it's only open for breakfast and lunch.
We met up with Erin for drinks in the evening again. We then went back towards Kings Cross and checked again at Bill's but we ended up in a German restaurant that was cheap, packed and excellent. I had a snitzel with sourkraut. Yummy and big difference from last night's dinner!
The hostel where we were staying was quite weird. There was no talking about travelling plans and everyone around us seemed to be looking for a job or working somewhere. So they would silently iron their shirts and eat their toast in the morning without raising their eyes. The kitchen was constantly full of piles of dishes and they had huge fridges filled with Coles bags with names on it. These guys were not travellers like we had met everywhere else - they were basically using the hostel as a cheap flat while working in Sydney - some of them had been there for 6 months already.
The next day we got to the Premier bus stop. We were taking 16 hour bus ride, leaving at 2pm and arriving in Melbourne at 6am. We stocked up on some fruit, water and chocolates. Imagine how surprised we were once the bus driver announced that we can not take any food with us as we were going to a different state. And we also had to wear seatbelts all the time, so uncomfortable. I was starving and finally at midnight we stopped at Mc Donald's and I had what seemed like the best burger in my life.
Needless to say from there on in we ignored the bus driver and ate what we wanted and stopped wearing our belts :-)