03.08.2010 - 03.08.2010 17 °C
It certainly had turned stormy overnight – woke up to the news that there had been an unexpected level 2 tropical storm during the night with winds of 130 km/hr! The weather forecasters hadn’t predicted it at all – shows they are also as useless as Frank Mitchell.
After a cloudy, windy start the weather improved today and it ended up quite sunny. We went for a walk through the Botanical Gardens, saw the Opera House and walked over the Harbour Bridge. While crossing we could see people hundreds of feet above our head doing the bridge climb – from ground level they were so high up they looked like ants. A bit too scary for me! We then caught a cab to Manly Beach which was really chilled out. I think the Aussies saying about Manly is “Only seven miles from Sydney, but a million miles from worry”. That sums it up pretty well.
Later we took a rather choppy ferry back into Sydney and it was nice sailing into Sydney harbour past the Opera House and bridge.
After a quick stop in a pub, we went for a cocktail at the Blu Horizon bar situated on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel. What a view!! We had £13 cocktails and looked down onto the Bridge and Opera House as day turned into night and watched all the lanes of commuters drive over the bridge. It was pretty special. We then hit a steak house and then went for a drink in Kings Cross area which is very seedy to be honest and in total contrast to the Shangri La – we saw hookers, strippers, cops searching people for drugs, kebab shops – it’s the main backpacker area and was like the worst parts of Soho. We had heard people rave about the nightlife there – but we thought it was a dive.
We now head briefly to Byron Bay and then Surfers before spending the weekend in Brisbane so it may be a few days till the next update.
What I’ve discovered in Sydney
1.No-one drinks Fosters
2.Everyone is Chinese (perhaps a slight exaggeration but at least 1 in 4 and most tourists)
3.Aussie barmen are the friendliest and most chatty in the world
4.Everyone does say “mate”
5.While everyone is so proud of their British roots (e.g. street nearby called Castlereagh street) their approach to how they report the news and show sports etc is much more American