Thoughts on Location No 36
Sydney, New South Wales
Dean and I took a little side trip and spent a couple of days in Sydney and although this was not technically one of our trip locations, we stayed there all the same and hence this update/review of our time spent in the ‘big smoke’.
We arrived at Bondi Beach on Sunday at 2.30 pm to find the temperature was 25° C (77° F).
It was a pleasant treat to take a walk without jumpers, scarves, and beanies. Come on summer! Dean and I have been cold long enough and are really looking forward to the warmer weather that is (now) just around the corner.
On Monday we rose early and walked along a section of the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk where we sat and watch whales playing as we waited for the sun to rise. (You can click here to see where we walked.)
From there we spent our daily travel cap ($15.00) riding the buses, trains and ferries travelling past the Sydney Opera House . . .
. . . and of course, hopping on a ferry at Circular Quay affords an amazing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge . . .
. . . on our way to and from Manly, where Dean grew up. There is always something nostalgic about visiting a childhood haunt.
On Tuesday (after visiting the Apple Genius Bar with my non-responsive iPad), we simply hopped back on the train for the three-hour trip back to Nowra where the car was parked at the station, exactly where we left it, despite Dean apprehension over doing so.
We stayed at the Hotel Bondi, directly across from the beach and, even though we paid as little as possible for a basic room, the hotel was lovely and the room so much more than we expected. Both nights we ate in the dining room and on both occasions we sent compliments back to the chef.
This short trip to Sydney was taken on the spur of the moment due to a fine weather forecast and very inexpensive public transport. The trip itself was 189 kilometres (117.4 miles), and although it took as long on the train as it would have had we chosen to drive, because we travelled on Sunday using an Opal Card, it cost a grand total of $2.50. Yep, $2.50, the Sunday travel cap – no matter how far, no matter how often, $2.50 is the most you pay for travel on a Sunday.
Imagine our surprise! In our home state of Queensland, a 50 kilometre journey (31 miles) costs more than three times that much every day of the week. Our return (off-peak) trip on Tuesday cost $5.81 and we could not travel that far and back again on less than $20 worth of fuel.
We had a lovely time, a nice little ‘break’ but, to be perfectly honest, we both agreed we’d rather not be in the city. We’ve grown accustomed to the smaller towns and country locations where we’ve been staying. There’s a lot to be said for a area that doesn’t have traffic lights.