A huge part of my 2014 was getting married and I will blog about that soon but following our handmade wedding we had a luxurious seven week honeymoon in Australia and then Dubai. I thought I would be a little indulgent and write about our honeymoon and share some photos but also tips of places we went to incase you ever find yourself out in Australia!
Flying business class with Emirates was AMAZING! A seat mix up on the first leg of the flight meant Paul got to swap seats with the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen – who was very charming – and then we had seven hours to kill in the lounge in Dubai. We eventually got to Sydney extremely late almost 48hrs after leaving home but the adventure began!
We stayed in two hotels in the first portion of time in Sydney, the Mariott overlooking the Harbour Bridge and then the Ibis around in Darling Harbour. I’ve always wanted to see the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge so these were top of my list to visit.
One of our favourite attractions in Sydney was the Chinese Garden of Friendship near to Darling harbour. The weather was beautiful and it was a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours getting over our jet lag.
We spent a couple of days getting over our jet lag just walking around and seeing the sights of Sydney, we popped to Bondi Beach, the botanical gardens, took the ferry and walked around The Rocks, an area we really liked very much.
After a week in Sydney Paul had booked us a few days in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and so we took the train and off we went. The Blue Mountains were just beautiful, they get their name from the coloured ‘gas’ emitted from the eucalyptus trees deep in the valley. We had tickets for the hop on/off bus for a couple of days which was a great way to get around and see lots of the attractions. Whilst we were there, there was a dreadful bush fire and sadly some residents lost their properties, our motel was about a mile from the fire site and we spent one night wondering if we should pack ready to leave but thankfully our motel was not harmed.
It was lovely to spend a few days here, a total contrast to the hustle and bustle of Sydney. The scenery in the Blue Mountains was just stunning. Aside from just admiring the shear beauty, we also visited the Everglades Gardens (bottom three photos) and Scenic World which is an attraction park combining the steepest inclined railway in the world created for mining, a rainforest walk way, cable car and sky car rides.
Our next stop was Uluru, but I’m going to save that for another blog post as there are just too many amazing photos!!