What a hectic week this was! After a delayed flight to Sydney from Brisbane it was all stations go as soon as I set foot off the plane. My bag and I were whisked away by a lovely chap from OzIntro and taken straight to the Base hostel for a seven minute turn around. Yup that’s right, seven minutes precisely.
In that time I think I managed to brush my hair and put on some sun lotion, what a waste of time that was! Precisely another seven minutes in to our jet boat tour around Sydney Harbour I resembled a drowned rat. But one think I’ve learnt whilst travelling around is, who bloody cares? It really doesn’t matter what your hair is doing or the fact you’ve worn the same shorts for the last week, as long as your having a blast it’s all good!
Tuesday morning saw 15 of our group climb sleepily onto the mini bus for our first surf lesson in Manly. As one of the group who had never attempted to ‘catch a wave’ I was a little bit apprehensive about the whole thing, especially since we’d be spending a lot of time paddling around waiting to attempt the waves – shark biscuits ahoy! Strangely after squeezing myself into a size 8 wetsuit (I swear the man was deranged) I felt a lot better and as if my wetsuit was made of Kevlar I marched bravely on to be given a board.
Now when everyone pictures Australia, I’m pretty sure it’s along the lines of tanned, toned people with surfboards in hand. Well it’s not surprising they’re so toned, surfboards are stupidly heavy! I resorted to dragging mine through the sand. How people run along the beach with them I have no idea!
After a brief introduction to how to surf; Paddle, push up, bring your knee up, JUMP! I’d pretty much mastered this on land, however when it came to transferring these newly acquired skills to the water, whole different story! Think I managed to get to my knees and fall off every time, but what an amazing experience. And at no point did I worry about our friendly shark friends! For how appalling I was, I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it.
Just our luck, on the one beach day of the week the heavens decide to open, fantastic. I’d heard mixed reviews about Bondi anyway and combined with the weather I didn’t have high hopes for the day… Wrong.
I’m not one for lying on the beach for hours and hours. I get bored so quickly, not even a good Dan Brown book can keep me occupied, so take out the beach part of our ‘beach day’ and it was brilliant! The Bondi coastal walk was beautiful. Breezy but beautiful! And followed up by a lovely BBQ the other end, yummy!
Sydney tower restaurant
The last night of our OzIntro week took us saw all 30 of our group ascend 88 floors to Sydney’s famous revolving restaurant for an all you can eat (four of my favourite words) buffet. There was everything! From fish and chips and roast beef to crocodile and kangaroo. I have to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of crocodile but kangaroo on the other hand is amazing!
We piled our plates high that night and I don’t think I was the only one who had to loosen my belt a notch or two. An amazing end to a great week!
Please note: The Blue Mountains day tour was also included within the week but as it was so amazing it has its own post here
I’d like to say a huge thank you to OzIntro, in particular our leader Sam for not only making the week so much fun but also for planning the entire remainder of my time in Australia! Without his help I would have played safe and not done half the things I’m going to do.
If you’re thinking about traveling Australia on your own or moving out for a year, I’d 100% recommend signing up for OzIntro. They set you up with everything you need to work and/or travel and are a constant contact throughout your entire time in Australia. Best thing I could have booked! www.ozintro.com
I’d also like to say a massive thank you to everyone else on OzIntro that week. I met some truly amazing people and made lifelong friends. Thank you!