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Dec 30, 2004 - Sydney Central

Well I've arrived in Sydney Central all set for seeing in the new year, been for a wander down to the Opera HOuse and the Harbour Bridge and it feels so weird standing there looking up at both of em . Doing the Bridgeclimb at 23:45 tonight so I'll stick those Pics on when I've done it. Went on a tour of the harbour on a cheapy $6 tour which was more or less like a taxi that just run people to different points around the harbour etc. Got some cool pics of the Opera House and the Bridge and also a few pics of the Flying foxes in the Botanical...

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Dec 29, 2004 - Sight seeing in Sydney with Little Helen

Thanks to the generousity of Quiv, Eleni and Ruairi we have accomodation in Stanmore, Inner West suburds of Sydney. Leaving us free to explore the sights of the city with Helen and bump. A nice chilled day was had seeing the sights that make Sydney so famous, the bridge and the opera house to name the most obvious! Sydney's a great city with a great quality of life, not to mention right next to some awesome beaches.

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Dec 27, 2004 - Christmas in Sydney

We arrived in Sydney about 10 days ago and found a patch of grass to call home for the few days until Helen's mum arrived for Christmas on Thursday 23rd. We headed into the city straight away, excited to see the Opera House and the Bridge and it was exactly like a picture postcard! On Saturday we went to Carols in the Domain, a huge carol concert with such 'celebrities' as this year's Pop Idol and an audience of over 100,000. We had to get there hours before it started and stake out a patch but we spent the afternoon eating and drinking in...

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Dec 27, 2004 - Bondi Beach

So this is the next location for 2 days - stayed in the Bondi Beach YHA which was pretty cool. Didnt really do a lot other than walk along the beach which I think is heavily over-rated, didn't really know what all the fuss is about to be honest - its just a 400 meter beach! (Ok, it was pretty clean but not much else!) Heres a couple of pics but nothing spectacular. Speak soon, Paul

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Dec 26, 2004 - Sydney in summer - but where's the sunshine ?!

(Updated by: Giles) This being my first jaunt into the southern hemisphere, and despite the lack of sleep on the overnight plane, I was keen to see how Australia differed from old Blighty and having listened to Susie's tales of Christmas in Australia, glorious heat and sunshine and barbies on the beach, we were both a bit surprised to land in Sydney on a grey, overcast, cool day (apparently this is not unusual as summer is their wet season - looks like a British spring/autumn day to me !). Anyway, we headed off to Manly Beach where we were...

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Dec 25, 2004 - Merry Christmas!!!

Ich bin also wieder in Sydney und weiss genau, dass ihr alle unbedingt wissen wollt, wie wir Weihnachten gefeiert haben. So richtig weihnachtlich gefuehlt hat sich glaub ich hier im Hostel keiner, irgendwie fehlt dazu doch die Kaelte und der Schnee. Wir haben netuerlich trotzdem gefeiert (obwohl hier ja wie in England eigentlich erst heute Weihnachten ist). Zuerst war kollektives Kochen angesagt, es gab Lachs, King Prawns und Hummer (ja, richtig gelesen) mit diversen Beilagen und diversen Flaschen Wein. Sehr, sehr lecker muss ich...

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Sandra Downunder

Dec 25, 2004 - Australia - Happy Holidays from Sydney (more new pics here too as of 30th December 2004)

Happy Holidays to all of you! We are currently in Sydney after spending a lovely Christmas with my cousin Taryn, her husband, Mark and their sweet daughter, Ella. We were with them for 4 days and had a great time relaxing. So nice to be with family for the holidays. After the Cairns, we flew down to Brisbane and rented a car to drive the rest of the way south to Sydney via Byron Bay, Coff's Harbour, Newcastle, and Katoomba. It was great way to see some of the east coast of Australia. One funny thing about Australia is the "Big" things. It...

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Dec 23, 2004 - Sydney (HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!)

JG...Loved Sydney. We stayed just near Darling Harbour in Pyrmont with great bars and a short walk to the City Centre. Weather mixed a few hot sunny days and a few rainy ones. Climbed the Harbour Bridge Pylons for great view across the harbour. Visited the Sky Tower, good views across the city. Walked through the Botanical gardens ...1000's of fruit bats (also known as Flying Foxes) hanging in the trees. CHRISTMAS DAY..pink champagne for brekkie, ferry over to Manly. In-situ trendy restaurant for traditional Christmas dinner,...

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Dec 21, 2004 - Hello Australia...

A pretty uneventful flight, watched a couple of movies, chatted for a while to the guy next to me who was Australian and heading home after a couple of years of London and then a holiday in South Africa. I was a bit worried as I walked down the plane and saw I would be sitting next to him and he was in dreads and I had a flashback to the girl on London - Nairobi flight, but he turned out to be a really nice guy. He was very impressed when he discovered he could call another seat and spread about an hour on the phone to his girlfriend until...

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Dave's Big Trip

Dec 20, 2004 - Long and (non) winding roads

Up at the crack of dawn for a 6:30 start, and my first seriously long drive of the trip. 11 hours later arrived in Sydney, having stopped for about an hour in total for food/petrol/stretches & driver swaps. Along the way, crossed a great deal of not a lot, as most of the way the road ploughs straight through vast expanses of bushland. The nature of the bush does change over the course of 100s of kilometres, from lightly wooded and relatively fertile undulating plains to dead flat scrubland consisting solely of stunted bushes growing up to...

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Down Under Tour '04

Dec 16, 2004 - Sydney

Another update at last! Sorry but we've been a bit busy over the past few weeks enjoying the fantastic city of Sydney!! It is everything we could have hoped for and in many ways, more. At the end of the day it's a city but it has so much to offer, as well as the usual - shopping, cafes, nightlife etc, it has culture, many beautiful and interesting sights and attractions, fabulous beaches and of course the weather! And most of the Aussies seemed to be very helpful, well that is when we found one (it was about 3 days before we even spoke to...

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Dec 16, 2004 - Sydney

We spent an enjoyable few days in Sydney catching up with friends and family. The Waldorf in Darling Harbour was quite a good place to stay, there was plenty of action around. We had to leave our room early as the whole of the street was losing its power, so we arrived at the airport in plenty of time.

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