Finally, after 14 hours driving, we drove back into Sydney. Although it wasn’t strictly necessary to drive across the Harbour Bridge, we did it anyway to mark our return to the city! It had been a long, very hot drive, and we were all relieved to arrive. In the campervan the girls had enjoyed the long trips – they sat upright and had a table for drawing or cards. But in the car they just had to sit in the their seats, and it got quite boring for them. But its our last long drive for a while, and in the last month we’d only covered 800 miles in the whole month, so they were pretty patient.
None the less, they were happy to get out the car finally in Sydney, and run around like monkeys on the lawn. After driving on near empty country roads for three months, it was a bit of shock to arrive back in a heaving city, with cars going all over the place, but we managed to get back to Kings Cross without incident, and checked into our backpackers hotel (we’re in the kind of hotel which you’d run a million miles from in England, but what would you expect for £24 a night for a triple room!). We’re still on the Sydney Olympics trail too – after staying in cabins that were used for the athlete villages during the Olympics, we’re now sleeping in an official Sydney Olympics bunk bed too!