Back to Coathanger City again, and this time my bed awaited at the starkly modern Sydney Harbour Hostel in The Rocks at the other end of the Sydney CBD. To be honest, I stuffed up the booking for two of us sharing, as one double room in a hostel usually means ‘two bunk beds’. Not so here, but by the time I checked in, the management had kindly substituted the double-bed room with two single rooms, with self-contained bathroom. Patrick could sleep easy.
Up-to-the-minute, yes, but the hostel has been built above and around the site of an archaelogical dig which exposes some of the earliest European dwellings in colonial New South Wales. Inside, the ambience is minimalist, but bright and cheerful, with Opera House views to die for. Vintage Sydney pubs stand a couple of doors either side of the hostel, and you can check out the Big Dig educational centre on site.