Or rather G'day Mate! I just wanted to share a bit of what I've been up to now that I've landed in Sydney. My first week unfortunately I caught the travel bug, however I managed to escape to Sussex Inlet caravan parks to spend some time in the great outdoors and quarantine my germs from his family.
Lake Conjola is absolutely beautiful. Parts are shallow enough with a sandbar in the middle that you can walk out to. I can't wait to come back during summer with a couple of beach chairs and a pic nic cooler of goodies and plop myself down in the middle of the lake.
Sussex Inlet is a quaint little town perfect for a little getaway with great access to beaches, national parks, hiking AKA bush walking, kayaking, and just a little R&R. For your non camper, this is really perfect. Forget the tents, shrub toilets, and cold showers, the Sussex Inlet caravan parks are walking distance to the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) for a reasonable dinner and go at the pokies, or as Americans would call them, slot machines.
Devonshire Scones - JJ's Bakery
While there are a couple of different bakeries in town, I think JJ's is the best for their fresh devonshire scones and assortment of baked goods.
Meat Pies and Pasties- JJ's Bakery
Fish and Chips: a must try off the main drag, and grab some fried banana and pineapple fritters while you're at it. Since I missed this year's OC Fair, I decided to make up for it here. Australia's classic beach food is Fish and Chips or Mc Donald's.
IKEA's Food Court
Most wouldn't think there is anything special about an Ikea ad, but I found it shocking...I remember the Swedish meatballs at home going for about $1 and here they cost $8.00. There's no point winging and whining about the Aussie prices, honestly I could complain all day about the cost of living here or how badly the Australian market just gets fleeced on everything...but at the end of the day it doesn't change anything. So I may as well just address it and move on. Regardless if you plan to eat out or cook at home, plan on paying at least double.
Smirnoff Vodka: $34.99
So enough on prices, once you get past having all the comforts of "home" at your finger tips being relatively affordable, you will really enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.
Great Restaurants and Fine Dinning
Famous Landscapes and Beautiful Architecture
Sydney Opera House - view from the Harbor Bridge
Mary McKillop Cathedral
Sydney Harbor Bridge: the climb to the top is on my "To Do List"!
Dee Why Beach...this is winter
But don't let the sunshine fool you. Its been about 55 degrees! Brrr.... bundle up!
Alright friends, I'm signing off for now, but be sure to check back for more updates from your American down under who misses you all dearly! xoxo