This week started out with a trip to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting day. Picked up nice and early again by our very friendly tour guide, Ronnie, and off we went. Unfortunately it was a rainy start to the day, but a perfect day to taste some wine at the cellar door! As my wine knowledge was zero, I was especially looking forward to learning all the tips and tricks to tasting and knowing about wine.
Travelling north from Sydney, our first stop was the McGuigan Winery. On entering we were treated to a quick tour of their wine-making facilities and then escorted through to a lovely bar where the tasting commenced. What a beautiful selection of wine we had, very spoilt indeed. I learnt the proper way to judge the alcohol content – the “legs” as they say – and how to get the most flavour out of it when sipping. My dad would be very proud!
This week started off with an epic Jet Boat ride with Oz Jet boating around Sydney Harbour. It was a perfect day for this activity: nice and warm, blue skies. Arrived in the afternoon and was straight into one of their massive waterproof red ponchos: I had a feeling I might get a little wet, but this confirmed it! In we all got and off we went.
Started with a nice relaxing cruise out of the harbour and then the g-force suddenly kicked in and the engine roared. Wow, what a feeling! I’ve never been so fast on the water before and just as you hit full speed the driver puts his hand in the air and counts down with his fingers: 3, 2, 1.. He puts full lock on the steering wheel and you fly around a 180 degree spin, stopping with a huge wave made by the turn flying over your head. Soaked but awesome!
9:30am Australia time: I touch down in Sydney busting with adrenalin, excited to get the #60dayadventure started!
On the first day I headed to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for the Bridgeclimb. I had no idea what to expect apart from a lot for steps (obviously) but my friendly climbing guide walked me through exactly how it would go. We all got kitted out with radio headsets and harnesses, and suddenly the reality that we were about to scale this massive structure became very real!
Back in September we announced the winner of our #60dayadventure in Sydney and New South Wales. This lucky person would get flights to Sydney, accommodation for the whole stay, a campervan to explore with and the chance to report back and show the world the beauty of this part of Australia.
That winner was Matt Harrison and, as you might imagine, he’s a tad excited…
Australia is beautiful, huge, cosmopolitan, rugged, unmissable and, unfortunately, not as cheap and your other classic backpacker stops such as Southeast Asia. For many the idea the open road, running to your own schedule and taking your bedroom with you is appealing, not just for the freedom, but also the potential savings.
Read on for our essential tips on saving big bucks while you’re on the road, so you have more moolah for the important things. Like this hat. What?
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