So, let me preface this by saying I haven’t been to this part of Darling Harbour since it had the Virgin Music store. I think it was 1988, actually it must have been, because I also went to see VAST for my birthday and First State ’88 was on.
I’ve been back a couple of times, but mostly only in the Chinese Gardens. This time however, after a success staying in an apartment in South Brisbane, and cooking for ourselves; I thought we’d try staying in the Oaks Goldsborough, apparently a historic building.
If you ever get swayed by the prices, or the images on a web search and think you might want to stay there – do yourself a favour.
It was so bad we left after one tense and miserable night; walking to the room was like walking through accomodation for a prisoner release program. I didn’t even want to spend that night there, to be honest.
I kept quiet for a while, and desperately started looking for somewhere to stay for the next few nights.
Then we got hungry.
Going for a walk to find food, we went through Darling Harbour – and the bits that weren’t under construction were empty. It was only a Thursday at 10pm, and it felt like a few days after the zombie apocalypse hit.
So, our first night in Sydney, we had McDonalds; the only thing open in the foodcourt.
The next morning, we moved to the other side of the harbour.