On Monday 13th June we arrived in Sydney and spent a few moments feeling proud of ourselves for getting there with no problems. From the airport, we were greeted by a rickety old minibus ready to take us to our new ‘home’.
There was a lot of time to kill before check-in so we walked around Darling Harbour; a dock lined with restaurants and bars – and only a 5-minute walk from our hostel. It is also the location of Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussaud’s Sydney and The Australian National Maritime Museum. After grabbing some lunch and exploring Australia’s biggest city we were able to get the key to our room.
Feeling tired and anxious to experience our first night in a hostel we made our way up to our 8-man dorm room only to be greeted by the grunts of 6 half-asleep boys and the smell of BO infused with piss. I immediately got on the WiFi and let my parents know that I’d made it there safely and everything was good. X Base Hostel where we were staying for our first week in Sydney is a party hostel right in the centre of Darlinghurst and joined to Scary Canary – a bar that is featured on Geordie Shore and home to the ‘Scary Jar’. We turned down a night out in ‘Scaries’ with our new roomies in favour of an early night to make up for the 24 hours we had just spent on a plane.
After catching up on sleep and getting the important admin done it was time to get out and explore. Unsurprisingly our first stop was Circular Quay – home to The Opera House and The Harbour Bridge. I probably took 100 pictures and selfies around Circular Quay and from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point that day.
Right next to the Opera House are the Botanical Gardens which are equally as picturesque, providing a peaceful getaway from the City just behind. You can follow the gardens all the way along to Mrs. Macquarie’s Point which is where the postcard-like view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge can be seen.
After walking back from the gardens we returned to the hostel, showered and changed ready to see the city light up for Vivid Festival; a free festival where projections of lights are displayed on major buildings all around Sydney. We sat across from the Opera House, eating dinner while watching patterns and stories come to life on the Opera House roof.
Overall, our first couple of days in Sydney were amazing, although we arrived in Australia’s winter we were lucky enough to get clear blue skies and temperatures in the 20’s which for us ‘Pommies’ was hot. We started to feel settled and comfortable in our new, temporary home and started looking on Air BnB for somewhere other than a hostel to stay for our first few weeks.