Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Weekend in Sydney

Friday: 3hr train ride

After getting to Sydney around lunchtime, we headed to Chinatown for some cheap authentic Asian cuisine. Chinatown was pretty cool, and there are a TON of Asians in Sydney.

After leaving Chinatown we walked all the way down to the harbor to get our first glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. The harbor was pretty amazing, but the weather was kind of nasty so the pictures didn't turn out that great.
We had a beer at the Opera Bar, then headed to dinner at The Rocks Cafe, and some fun times at the Minus 5 Ice Bar.

Opera Bar

Me and Chris at minus 5
We woke up kinda early and caught the ferry to Manly beach, which was a small community outside Sydney, but it was pretty touristy and we weren't all that impressed. After getting back to the harbor, we caught a train to Bondi Beach. Sure enough, as soon as we get to one of the most famous beaches in the world, it starts pouring down rain! We made the best of it though and had some hungry jacks (burger king) overlooking the rainy beach.
View from the ferry
Manly Beach

Bondi Beach in the rain
We all took a nap at the hostel and then headed out for St. Patrick's day! We went to just about every Irish pub in the city and had a great time!

Bar #1

Bar #2

Bar #3
I think we quit thinking about pictures after this one.
We managed somehow to check out of the hostel on time Sunday morning at 10am, then we headed for the Sydney Fish Market. We had some great fresh seafood at the famous Doyle's restaurant, and then walked over to the nearby maritime museum (exactly what you would expect from a maritime museum, but we had a great time trying to save martin on the lifeguard video game).

Like I didn't know what a tuna was...hah
We caught a bus to The Gap Park, and hung out around Watson's Bay for the afternoon. I thought this was the coolest part of Sydney by far. Watson's Bay was a quaint little fishing town with a few pubs and restaurants, and the atmosphere was great and it reminded me of home.
Some great views at the gap park.

Watson's Bay
Cool tropical looking bird at Watson's Bay

Havin a beer at Watson's Bay
Before catching the train back to Newcastle, we took one last ferry ride through the harbor and stuck around for a few minutes to watch the 75th Anniversary celebration for the Harbor Bridge.
The harbor was full of sailboats on Sunday
Harbor Bridge lit up