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Nov 3, 2004 - Getting what you paid for

Having decided that it's a bit loopy to skip around Sydney when it's so close, I thought I'd also ring the changes and stay in somewhere other than a YHA. Didn't do terribly well with my first attempt at this, as the place was unbelievably scruffy and ramshackle compared to where I've been staying thus far. Being charged $50 for 3 nights in a respectable area in the countries biggest city I wasn't expecting Hilton-like levels of comfort, but neither was I expecting to be put in a dorm nicknamed 'the dungeon'. The plan to maybe meet some...

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Down Under Tour '04

Oct 31, 2004 - Sydney

Arrive in Sydney and it's starting to warm up a little, so what we get is warm rain. Don't do a whole lot of the first day other than explore an area called Darling Harbour near where we're staying. It's Friday mid afternoon and it's full of people who have clearly had a very long lunch and probably won't be driving home either. Oh for a job like that. Or indeed a job. Nightime is out to a nearby Spanish restaurant. Saturday we have big plans for exploring but get slightly waylaid by the fact that there is a charity raising event for Aids...

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Oct 25, 2004 - Sydney

What a great place! We both loved Sydney and will definately be coming back here sometime again. We stayed in some rather colourful hostels in the city centre which meant we were close to lots of action. The first day we wandered up to the Opera House, beautiful sunny day meant pink noses all round ( well for me anyway!). The area around the harbour was lovely to wander around in, eating ice cream and watching the world go by. On sunday, the rain came down and so we tootled of to the Aquariunm which was brilliant, the sharks, stingrays,...

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Oct 20, 2004 - D: A lil' soggy in Sydney

We were looking forward to 3 days of exploring all the sites in and around the beautiful city of Sydney. We were even tossing around the idea of signing up to climb the Harbor Bridge for the killer view of the whole harbor (it's a 3 1/2 hour climb with all the climbing hardware and jumpsuit provided and includes a picture of the whole group at the top of the bridge). Alas, after a record-breaking 37C (almost 100F) the day before we arrived from Tasmania, the temperatures dropped to the low 50's and the rain blew in. The periodic breaks in...

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Armstrong Adventures

Oct 14, 2004 - Deb's 23rd Birthday......

Hey everyone! sorry its been a while. All going well in Sydney but where to start? Dan and I moved into our flat a couple of weeks ago in St. Peters-10 minutes away from city and 20 minutes from Bondi. SWEEEET. We have a great almost new flat. Its a 2 bedroom unfurnished place overlooking Sydney park, with a couple of balconies and has a pool and hot tub! Friends have helped us out so now it is fully furnished. We even picked up a big tele from a garage sale for $5. Bargain. The only downside are unwelcome cockroaches. They live in the...

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Oct 12, 2004 - G'day Mate!

hello, just a quickie to say that we're all here ok -we arrived yesterday morning and we collected mel this morning ( after her slight detour through India...to dodge the missiles -will explain later!!!) All off for a little powernap...and then a 'quiet' drink -and if you know me, mel and vikki, you'll know thats a big fat lie!!! love E. V & M x

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Vikki & Emma

Oct 11, 2004 - Bondi Beach

Out of Coogee luxury and into the first Hostel; 'Indy's Backpackers Bondi' My room is rather small and I miss my appartment already. However, this place is $26 per night and that is more suited to my unemployed status. First impressions are that Bondi is not unlike Newquay, if I have to choose a benchmark you'd know. Bigger, tackier, busier, more commercial. Coogee is altogether more relaxed, less showy. Real, not fake. However, the set up here is more convenient. At no more than 2 minutes walk in either direction, I have: 3 Banks, Post...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Oct 8, 2004 - Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia We were intending to spend 2 days in New Zealand, and then two days in Sydney, but after talking to my friend, Alec Harris, we decided to change our arrangements and travel on to Sydney from Auckland the same day. The people in the Auckland airport were very friendly and helpful, and I enjoyed talking with them. We felt like we had come home, and we were just moving on. We traveled to Sydney on Emirates Airlines, and ended up at Harbourside Apartments at McMahon Point. We had been upgraded to a large apartment, on the...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Made it

I arrived safely but have never felt so wasted in my entire life. The queue at customs was horrific but I did get my visa ok, so my recurring nightmare about my papers not being in order was laid to rest. Which is exactly what I wanted to be but had, owing to the last minute rush to leave, failed to pre-book a room. It was a hot hot day and this didn't help. When I wondered outside it felt like a lot more that the 23° that it really was. Even more clueless then when I got on the Plane. Perhaps expecting clarity at this moment was...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Sep 30, 2004 - Arrive Sydney...

a quick stop over...437 miles down! 40,000 more to go... OK, I'm going to keep some stats on this trip...feel free to reply with any more suggestions. I'd like to thank Samsung for their 24 free internet terminals at Sydney Intl airport. They need to make the browser more Javascript compatible and make sure the keyboards work... Flights done: 1. Take offs: 1, Landings: 1 (these numbers should always match). Time on plane: 1.5 hours Plane Details: UA840, Boeing 747 named "Spirit of Seattle II". Very empty. Miles: 437, Total Miles: 437, Miles...

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Aug 9, 2004 - Seeing Sydney

Saturday morning we woke up early after a much-needed night of rest and had a great breakfast at the hostel before setting out to explore Sydney. It was the day of the big rugby match--the Australia Wallabies vs. the New Zealand All Blacks, so everywhere we went people were decked out in green and yellow Wallaby jerseys/scarves or the black and white All Blacks shirts. We walked to the Syndey Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, then went to The Rocks which is a neat little shopping area. They had a giant craft fair where we all went a...

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Oz '04!

Aug 7, 2004 - We made it to Sydney

We are now in Sydney and our grand plan for Oz hasn't quite worked. We arrived on the 3rd August and met up with Lucy and Sarah as planned and they had found a reaaly nice appartment for us all to stay in which was the same price as a hostel. No complaints from us on that score! We went to the Blue Mountains on Tuesday and it was so cold. We had to buy hats and gloves to keep us warm from the wind, snow, blizzards, hail, you get the picture! After leaving Hawaii with temperatures of 85, to arrive in Sydney where it was on in the low 60's it...

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