Australia Gap Year: Sydney
Sydney was the next destination on my gap year world travel. After a short delay at the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, I managed to catch a minibus to central Sydney and my pre-booked hostel. Cheap accommodation is fairly abundant in Sydney and I prebooked mine through Hostel world before leaving Bangkok.
As so many young British people visit Australia, it was no surprise to see the hostel full of young Brits. The vast majority of British travellers at the hostel had come to Sydney to work for one year by taking advantage of the Australian working visa for 18 to 30 year olds. Naturally, most people spent their evenings at the local bars.
It was quite strange to see everyone wake up early and go to work. By 9am the hostel was virtually empty. The only people who remained were also in the process of looking for work. Besides being over thirty, the idea of work was the furthest thing from my mind.
After the excitement of visiting exotic locations such as Thailand and Japan, Sydney was a bit of a let down as it all so familiar just like parts of London or other major cities in the UK. Sydney does have a lot to offer with all its beaches including Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as great weather and a stunning harbour dominated by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. I enjoyed visting various cafes, bars and restaurants but the feeling of familiarity still remained. Even a boat trip to Manly beach was a let down after having visited the beaches of Phi Phi and Koh Samui.
I had originally planned to go up the east coast of Australia for a few weeks but decided this would be best carried out on another holiday. After a pleasant and relaxing week in Sydney, I decided to change my flights and went straight to Christchurch in New Zealand.