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Holidaying in My Home Town

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 6 February 2015 | Views [526]

I've decided I don't want to hit the road tonight so I've booked in for another night and settled in with the laptop next to the lake. So lucky you reader, you get more of Jane's Adventures!

I think I'll talk a little about Sydney, which is where my trip began. Being Sydney born and bred, it may seem a little strange for me to have started my holiday in a city where I've spent a majority of my life, but I was inspired by a comment by a friend who moved to Britian once told me. When he moved to London he spent the first few weeks with relatives over there exploring the sights, and they'd told him they never even realised how much amazing stuff had been under their noses in London all this time. It inspired me to explore my city through the eyes of a tourist, and it did not dissapoint.

I actually collected my campervan while starting out in Sydney and spent my first few days living in it around Sydney, despite owning a house in Blacktown. This turned out to be a great idea not only to escape the notion that you're still at home and still engaged in the daily grind, but also it was useful for getting used to camper living. The reassurance that I could travel to familiar places, and had a home to return to should I decide the campervan wasn't for me really took a lot of stress out of the experience. I also learned that, just as I suspected, Sydney has so much more to offer than most people give it credit for! The first day I explored the area around Taronga Zoo, with walkways and headlands looking out over Sydney Harbour and the sights were frankly breathtaking.

I actually decided after that first night that my van was probably bigger than I needed, and swapped my van for a smaller one. One of the advantages of hiring off-peak is that often the companies will have spare vans availale, which is great if you need to book or change last minute. This also meant that for the same prices I could pickup a campervan with a lot more features from the rental company in Sydney. I mentioned in the last post, like a TV and stove. And all it cost was a kitchen sink (and a few feet empty space)! I'd recommend everyone try before they buy based on this experience, even if it just means visiting in store before you collect your camper just to be sure.

The second day I spent at Narrabeen beach camperground, and this was a great way to spend an evening. I walked down to the beach and had fish and chips while the sun went down, then had an early start the next morning walking round the lake. Absolutely lovely, and parking the van wasn't too expensive either, compared to a hotel!

Of the sights I saw I would definately reccoment readers who are traveling in Sydney visit Shelly Beach for lunch, and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in the city for relaxation. These were both standouts for me.

Now I'm off to dinner. Thanks for reading again, next time I'll update you on my travels once I left Sydney!

Jane

Tags: campervan, camping, roadtrip, sydney, tourism, travel

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