Berry and Bega Cheese
We awoke to a bright and ugly Kings Cross, and decided on attempting to see some Sydney sights. The Cross is located a fair bit from the city center and all of the main Sydney attractions, so we hopped on a train and headed for the Sydney harbor to see some of the touristy parts of Sydney. After a brief train ride we found ourselves situated right on the Circular Quay. This is the location of the famous Sydney Harbor bridge, as well as the Sydney Opera House, and many, many touristy type things.
We had a walk down the coast and got several pictures of the Harbor Bridge, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Seeing the Opera house in person is actually a very cool thing. The architecture is just crazy, and seeing it up close and personal is just fantastic.
We left the Opera House and the Harbor behind and made our way for the city center. We were in a pinch to find something to get for lunch, so we stopped at a Maccas in the city, which was beginning to become a theme for us. Nothing like flying halfway around the world to have a Big Mac. One positive for eating McDonalds over here is that it is one of the few places with actual wireless Internet access, which is a bit of a tough thing to find in Australia.
We walked quite a way through the city and got a good look at a lot of the city center. Eventually, we made our way to the Sydney Monorail. It doesn't get more touristy that this, but I remembered the monorail as being a good way to get a quick overview of the main areas of downtown Sydney. It was a brief ride, but the monorail did provide some good views of the city and a quick look at a few of the main areas of town.
After a ton of walking, we decided it would be best to get the train moving on the tracks once again. Spending about 36 hours in Sydney is really not even close to the amount of time you should spend in a city like this, but we had places to go. We returned to the LFC-mobile and after paying an exorbitant fee for over-night parking in the Cross, we were back on the road.
Spending most of the afternoon touring around Sydney left us with only a few hours of travel time before we had to stop somewhere the night. We headed towards the open road, with Ken behind the wheel. Unfortunately for us, Ken and Sydney roads didn't get along too well. We found ourselves making several wrong turns and ending up way north of Sydney where we needed to be south. After some seriously strange wrong turns we finally got straightened out and headed towards Wollongong.
Wollongong is the only city with a population of over 15,000 people even close to where we could stop for the night. We had only driven for about 45 minutes when we found ourselves there. We decided to push on down the road and try to get a bit further. We ended up driving for about another 45 minutes and we arrived in Berry, Australia situated directly on the M1 highway. Population: 3,000.
We inquired about a place to stay and after a couple of tries, we found a place to stay for the night. We had a ridiculously excellent meal at the Grand Southern Hotel, and rested up a bit.
About 10:00, we decided to go have a look at what the townsfolk in Berry do on a Saturday night, so we traveled down the road to the local pub to see what was shaking. It turns out, quite a lot.
There were several people out at the pub, some kind of St. Patty's day party, a bachelorette party, a bachelors party, and even a band playing. The band was actually just one guy playing guitar and singing with pre-recorded backing tracks, but pretty much exactly like a band. It was quite a trip to see a bunch of the Berry locals just partying their asses off and really having a good time. We ended up staying for several drinks and mingling with the Berry-ites.
We enjoyed the one-man-band most of the evening, although he did play one of the most questionable versions of You're So Vain by Carly Simon that I have ever heard in my life. We had a brief chat with the bachelor who was about to get married, and all of his mates were upset that we were only going to be in Australia for two weeks. Not even close to the amount of time we needed to see the Australia they reckoned.
After seeing all the Berry had to offer, we decided to call it a night. By the way, if you ever have the chance to stop in Berry, do it. It rocks.