John's Around the World Adventure 2005/2006

Travel time: December 2005 - June 2006  |  by John Davies

Australia: Sydney

We simply had to be in Sydney for Christmas and New Year, an absolute must, which most certainly lived up to all its hype. We spent Christmas Day on the famous Bondi Beach to the tune of 'let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!' The weather was certainly frightful- frightfully hot at 36-40 degrees!

Christmas at Bondi Beach

Christmas at Bondi Beach

Early memories of Sydney come flushing back. I was enjoying my time there so much that my smile was quite often beaming from ear to ear, I had obviously been looking forward to this one for quite a while!

Posing for the Camera at Sydney Harbour

Posing for the Camera at Sydney Harbour

Interesting fact for you- the Sydney Harbour Bridge was modelled on the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle.

Interesting fact for you- the Sydney Harbour Bridge was modelled on the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle.

Sol and I overlooking the Opera House from Circular Quay.

Sol and I overlooking the Opera House from Circular Quay.

New Year, yes you've guessed it, the inevitable Sydney Harbour (including the opera house and harbour bridge) was the home of our all day come all night party and firework extravaganza. Simply fantastic!

New Year Firework Festivities- Sydney's Circular Quay.

New Year Firework Festivities- Sydney's Circular Quay.

Whilst in Sydney we met some very nice girls and guys especially at the Base and Wake Up! Our two most favourite hostels. First we met some really nice guys from NY, John and Tosh, then Russ and Karl from England and Erika from Sweden, just to name a few. Of course, all these people were subjected to the 'circle of death' and 'beer challenge' drinking games- they were not complaining by the end of the night!

Tooheys Beer was flowing well!

Tooheys Beer was flowing well!

Sydney had so much to offer away from the parties. Darling Harbour was a favourite haunt, watching the street performers and live shows in full flow. From Sydney, we also arranged a day trip out to the fantastic blue mountains, blue from the eucalyptus gasses. This trip also included a trip to the Sydney Olympic Stadium, an impressive sight, and the venue for England's 2003 Rugby World Cup win!

Darling Harbour View

Darling Harbour View

Daytrip to the Blue Mountains, Three Sisters Rock Formation and Cablecar, New South Wales

Daytrip to the Blue Mountains, Three Sisters Rock Formation and Cablecar, New South Wales

Olympic Stadium- also the venue of England's Rugby World Cup 2003 win!

Olympic Stadium- also the venue of England's Rugby World Cup 2003 win!

On separate occasions, we made trips out to beaches such as Coogee and Manly, both top places, Coogee for its huge Bay Hotel Bar, and Manly for the ferry ride across Sydney Harbour and its popular beach.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach

The Old- World Charm of the Rocks District of Sydney

The Old- World Charm of the Rocks District of Sydney

John and shah at the Wake Up! Side Bar

John and shah at the Wake Up! Side Bar

Circle of Death early in the evening!

Circle of Death early in the evening!

Lowenbrau Beer Haus- The Rocks

Lowenbrau Beer Haus- The Rocks

While in Sydney, we also explored many of the suburbs such as Glebe, Newtown and Kings Cross, especially for nightlife. The Rocks was also a nice spot leading down to the harbour. Shopping in Sydney was also excellent, with a large number of malls you could easily get lost in!

© John Davies, 2006
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The trip
 
Description:
Following masses of preperation my trip of a lifetime was finally a reality. Beginning in the adventurous New Zealand, before taking in delights of Australia over Christmas. Bali was next on the agenda, trading in the comfort of the West for drastic cultural differences of East Asia. The modern city of Singapore next acted as a stepping stone for travel over-land through Malaysia and island-hopping around Thailand. My Adventure finally ended amongst the neon scyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 01, 2005
Duration: 6 months
End of journey: Jun 02, 2006
Travelled countries: New Zealand
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong
The Author
 
John Davies is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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