In the last week of the summer holidays my family and I, yet again, escaped Indonesia. This time our initial destination was Sydney, followed by Gold Coast. We stayed in Sydney for a few days with friends. I had not fully wrapped my head around the fact that it was winter in Australia even though it didn’t seem that far away, and being naive I mainly packed shorts. I was freezing. On our first day we embarked on a cycle tour around the centre and despite the torrential rain, we had a great time.
The second day we visited Bondi Beach. I had always wanted to go there after watching countless episodes of ‘Bondi Rescue’ however, unfortunately I think we visited in the wrong season because there weren’t many hot lifeguards around. We did go on a nice walk though and I very much appreciated the cool fresh air, a huge contrast to Jakarta.
On our final day in Sydney we visited the blue mountains. This was probably the coldest day yet the view was stunning. There are many transportation options in order to see all aspects of the Blue Mountains and it was a very enjoyable day out.
After a few days it was time to leave and go to Gold Coast. I was very excited because my childhood friend Justine was coming with us. We both lived together in the Netherlands and when we moved to Indonesia Justine and her family moved to Canberra. During our weekend stay at the Q1 we visited the movie world and sea world theme park and the water park. It was probably a bit too cold to go to the water park but we had fun nonetheless. Overall, our trip to Australia was amazing and I did not want to leave, probably also due to my apprehension of going back to the dreaded IB!