Day 1: We got there after our 12 hour bus ride and it was pouring down the rain. After going to get some breakfast, we decided that it was probably a museum day. We went to the Hyde Park Barracks museum, which had information about Sydney’s convict settlement history and also some information about female factory workers that lived there afterwards. From there, we walked through the Botanical Gardens to Circular Quay to look at the Opera House and the bridge. After that we went back to our hostel for a much needed nap. That evening we went out in the Rocks, one of the more historical districts of the city.
Day 2: Still raining cats and dogs. We slept in a little bit because we were still quite tired from our very little sleep on our trip to Sydney. We walked to Paddy’s market, a huge market underneath a shopping center, chalk full of stand after stand of random junk. Onesies for sleeping in that look like giraffes, sequin American flag dresses, wigs, cheap watches. I found a nice stand though that was selling handcrafted silver jewelry. I bought Juliette a present there and myself a small silver ring. Per and Erika and I attempted to take a tour of the Opera House, but it was sold out when we got there. So instead we just walked through the city for a while. We had dinner in Darling Harbor and it was absolutely beautiful at night.
Day 3: The weather was slightly better, so we used the opportunity to explore more of Sydney’s downtown [read: go shopping]. We had dinner in Darling Harbor again, but at a different restaurant. Then we went to O Bar, which is in a cylindrical building on the 47th floor. The inside of the bar rotates so that over the span of about an hour you get a 360 view of the city at night.
Day 4: It was an absolutely beautiful day. High sixties, sunny. We went to Bondi Beach and walked from there to Coogee beach. It was absolutely beautiful. That night Erika and I headed back to Melbourne, and Petra stayed in Sydney for her flight home the next day.