In November, five of our awesome friends from at home in Horsham came over to visit us in Australia (Tom, Kate, James, Monika and Sammy). We were very excited to see them, and just like when Phil and Rhainnon came last year, we gate-crashed part of their holiday and went on with them up to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas.

Here’s some highlights of what we got up to in and around Sydney for about 5 days. If you come and visit you can do some of this cool stuff too!

Welcome BBQ and hot-tub: For their first night in Sydney we hosted a welcome BBQ and hot-tub night. It featured Aussie classic foods like kangaroo burgers and FIVE kinds of Tim Tams, plus Batch 1 and 2 of the home brew which all went down very well. I reckon the hot tub is good for jet-lag.

Hot-Tub

Squishing in the hot tub

Bondi Coogee Coast Walk: We went along the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi, about 5km, stopping for some lunch at Clovelley on the way. James had a go at snorkelling, and picked up some bonus sunburn at the same time. Annoyingly I got a bit burnt to when I missed some bits with the sun cream – amateur mistake!

O Bar for dinner: After the walk, complete with our sunburn, we went to the O-Bar for dinner. It revolves around Sydney, 47 floors up, so has some pretty awesome views and nice food and cocktails to boot. We went in at 6pm and got to stay till about 8.30pm so saw it getting dark and the city light up which was cool.

Dinner at the O Bar

Dinner at the O Bar

Drinks at the Opera Bar: After dinner we walked up to Circular Quay to check out the Opera House and Bridge closer up, and stopped for some drinks at the Opera Bar which also has some awesome views.

Mixed day: The next day we split up and did lots of different things, including: Taronga Zoo; the Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery NSW; the Guillian chocolate cafe and surfing at Bondi beach. In the evening James and Monika did the Bridge Climb at syunset which they said was really good. Matt and I will be giving that a go soon. Kate, Tom, Sammy and I went to the Escape Hunt to try the hard ‘Murder in the Pub’ room. You have 1 hour to solve puzzles and clues to work out who the murderer is and escape the room. Matt and I went and did an easier one a while back (see here), and just didn’t make it (we blame some teething problems with their puzzles). I was keen to see if we could do the harder one with more people. We did it, with over 3 whole minutes to spare – woo! It was a bit tricky, especially when the torch batteries we found didn’t really work!

Super-sleuths

Super-sleuths

Blue mountains tour: On the Saturday we hired a car and took a day trip out to the Blue Mountains. We went to a lot of lookouts, plenty of cafes and did a few different short walks in scenic places. We found a really nice cafe in Bilpin with a nice garden to sit in, home made apple pies and an overly friendly dog. After a late lunch we accidentally bought 3 new games for the holiday at the game shop in Katoomba, and headed home for take away pizza, board games and another dip in the hot tub!

Bridal Veil Falls, Blue Mountains

Bridal Veil Falls, Blue Mountains

Photos by the bridge: After the mountains we stopped for some long exposure group shots by the bridge, like we’d done with Phil and Rhiannon on their visit. Timing jumping off the wall right proved quite tricky, and there were quite a few other people waiting to get photos so we only had a couple of attempts. One more and we’d of had it I reckon!

Bridge Ghosts

Bridge Ghosts

 

After Sydney we flew away on holiday to Cairns, the  Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas. More about those in the next posts!

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