After four full days of fun and a four hour delay on our flight from Brisbane to Sydney, we arrived in Sydney exhausted and unable to drag ourselves out of our suburb of Parramatta for the train ride downtown. Instead we walked the streets near our hotel, grabbed dinner, groceries, and booze, and re-energized in the hotel in preparation for the next few days. On day 2, we toured Sydney Opera House, shopped Rocks Market, and took an extremely dull bus tour to Manly Beach. Day 3 was spent basking in the HOT summer sun for twelve hours at the Sydney Botanical Gardens with 6,000 other people waiting for the world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks (see video here) over the Sydney Bridge and Opera House and it was definitely worth it to ring in the new year in style. Our last day consisted of exploring Darling Harbour, the aquarium, and the sky tower before packing everything up for a sad goodbye at the airport. I can’t believe way parents have already come and gone and we are on our way to Bangkok for the second leg of our trip!
Our 13-hour waiting spot for the NYE fireworks (see video here)