Day at Bondi Beach

We were told that we should check out Bondi Beach while we were in Sydney, so of course now that we had all of our planned activities out of the way and nothing special to do today, we made our way there after late breakfast.

IMG_4850-1We took the train to Bondi Junction. When we got up from the platforms, we were unsure which way we should go until I saw a big sign with an arrow and text that went something like “Buses to Bondi Beach”. It was pretty easy after that, because once we were on top of the escalator, we saw a huge line going to one of the doors. We just joined it, and a little later we saw that it was the line for the bus 333 to Bondi Beach. Bingo!

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The Sydney Harbour from up high

IMG_4712-1Wednesday started bright and early for us, as we had a BridgeClimb reservation at 10:05am. We wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t be late, so we left the hotel at 9am and made our way to Circular Quay. It took us a moment to find the right building, and then the waiting started.

Once they had checked our tickets, we were allowed
into a room with forms waiting for us to fill them with our details (name, address) before we were taken to another little room where we were given some more instructions and our suits that we would wear during the climb.

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Hop On Hop Off Cruise in Sydney Harbour

IMG_4108-1I’ve been wanting to come to Sydney for almost 20 years now, I think. I don’t actually know how long I’ve wanted to do so, but as long as I can remember, I’ve been wanting to see the Sydney Opera House. I am so, so glad my friend agreed to extend our trip to Australia so that we had time to come here to do some extra sightseeing. The main destination in my notes, of course, was to see the Opera House.

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WIMA Rally parade and geocaching with muggles

IMG_3901-1Saturday and the end of WIMA International Rally 2015 came faster than I would have thought. It can only mean that I had a great week as time just flew by. The day started with the parade through town. We tried to decorate our motorhome with flags as well, and the only thing we could come up with was to put one large Finnish flag between the door to the back of the car. We tied the corners into knots and then put some rope to make sure the wind couldn’t pull it out while we drove. We also hanged one flag inside to the back window.

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Wilsons Promontory and the Penguin Parade

After breakfast on Thursday, we got ready to drive to the Wilsons Promontory. It’s a peninsula that forms the southernmost part of the Australian mainland. There is also a national park and views to stare at for hours. We only spent about three to four hours there, because we needed to get back to Phillip Island before 7pm as we were going to see the Penguin Parade.

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Great Ocean Road and National Parks

IMG_2881-Edit-1-2After the welcome dinner and official start of the WIMA International Rally on Monday evening, we decided to leave after breakfast on Tuesday to make our way to the Great Ocean Road and the main attraction of our day: the 12 Apostles. We also wanted to try to get to the Grampians National Park to spend the night there before getting back to Phillip Island on Wednesday afternoon after walking around the park first.

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36 hours to the other side of the world

It’s a bit hard to realize we’re actually in Australia right now with S, as this trip has been in the making since May. All that time of planning and waiting, and finally we’re here!

IMG_6619We decided it would be best to try to stay awake on Friday, instead of sleeping for a couple of hours and then waking up after 3am so that we would be on time at the airport after 4am. Our flight was scheduled to leave Helsinki at 6:40am for Berlin, and I think we left on time. At least the boarding started when they said, so after 6:05am we had to take a bus to the plane. The morning was quite cold and foggy. We didn’t have jackets with us, so the cool morning made us a bit more alert, haha. I couldn’t really sleep on the first flight and there was no movies to watch, so I listened to some music and tried to doze off.

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