Sydney, bathed in sunshine

After a late night on Tuesday and ahead of an early taxi to the airport for our flight to Ballina, we took a well deserved lay in, only venturing out at midday.

Mike went out for lunch with Cat Lee, one of his close colleagues at Dimension Data whom he’d spoken to hundreds of times on email and calls but never met in person. Cat is a leading food blogger and an expert on all the trendiest foodie spots in Sydney – she picked Cuckoo Callay’s for a lunch of coffee and bacon inspired burgers and sandwiches – all with a film pun.

While Mike was tucking into lunch, Sam and I got a taxi (after failed attempts at using public transport, with none accepting cash, only a xxx card) to Coogee Beach to take the famous coastal walk between Coogee and Bondi. We’d completed the walk in 2014 with a pregnant Jo in strong winds – somehow this seemed longer, in baking sunshine – probably due to Sam stopping every 2mins for a selfie!

We met Mike outside the Pavilion on Bondi Beach, he’d taken the train from Newtown to Bondi Junction, but run into similar problems with no cash on buses, instead walking the 2km to the beach, needless to say we were all a tad hot and sticky so it was time for a swim.

Bondi is arguably the worlds most famous beach, packed with tourists and insanely well tanned and lean locals. The water isn’t quite as warm as you’d expect given the air temperature – but it didn’t stop us spending an hour playing in the surf before drying off in the sun.

With sunset approaching we headed up the beach to one of the large grass banks to fly the drone. Technical issues with our cheap Shanghai knock off SD card mean we think we’ve lost some great footage – but we had enough time for a quick second flight for some quick shots.

After a couple of heavy nights of drinking and the damage it had done to our sleep and bank balance, the sensible thing to do would have been an early night. Instead, our desperation for a good steak took Mike and I to The Cut steak house in the Rocks by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Cut lived up to all the reviews – high end food, wine and atmosphere it provided a complete contrast to the last two and half months and felt just like our life in London.

With Sydney’s iconic skyline lit up it we had one last chance for some shots of one of the worlds most spectacular and liveable cities. We took the drone for several trips around the harbour, around the Opera House and Bridge – capturing some great shots.

After a relaxed evening together it was time to head back to the hotel for a rapid pack and probably another night of 3am cooking from our selfish neighbours…

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