been and picked up my car for the australian leg. i had splashed out and gone for a "premium" car and had arranged for a jaguar xk8, unfortunately, like the rest of car rentals it seems i have ended up with something different. once again though it's not a bad trade, i have a convertible audi tt quattro which is an absolute rocket. took it for a bit of a test run over the harbour bridge and up to manly (on the north shore of the harbour) and apart from being an arse with the petrol cap it is absolutely great fun. so two weeks of driving heaven to follow.

earlier today i went on the customary bus tour of the city to get my bearings. there is more things to do than i have time so will have to choose carefully before heading up to the blue mountains.