For years I had longed to experience a campervan trip along the north coast of Sydney, Australia and finally I did it!
Two weeks in total, I spent the first two nights at the Sydney Harbour Marriott and the last night at the exceptionally beautiful Park Hyatt Sydney – a well-deserved treat after thirteen nights in a camper van. Talk about a room with a view! From there I relished exploring the spectacular city: the buzzing Circular Quay, along the waterfront to Wharf 2 and the Opera House, around the foreshore to the lush green spaces of the Royal Botanic Gardens, over to the Olympic swimming pool alongside the water’s edge, up to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, back along the waterfront to the western side where the promenade leads to the The Rocks, a pulsating hub of cafes, restaurants, bars and historic architecture. The other side of the iconic Harbour Bridge led me to Dawes Point where a wedding ceremony took place, and people posing for photographs in front of the Luna Park’s Ferris Wheel.
At sunset on the second evening we caught a ferry to Manly Beach, one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches, and enjoyed the soft sand between our toes while admiring the surfers, volleyball players and those exercising with a huge, heavy rope. After a delectable fish meal at Garfish and decadent dessert at Max Brenner, Manly Wharf we were ready to head back to the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour.
What astounded me the most was seeing only three Aboriginal people the entire time while in Sydney: two buskers and a homeless person. While venturing along the north coast of Sydney I’d only seen another two Aboriginal people strolling along the promenade.
On the third day, we collected our campervan and the real adventure began… Watch this space…