In the shortest trip to Sydney ever (made by us), we had a jam packed day!
Step 1. Get up at 3:30am (or, if you're me, wake up at 12:30am feeling anxious, and then be scared out of your wits by Marsh sleep-screaming bloody murder at 3am), get your bags and head to the bus station, where you get the 4am bus to Avalon airport.
Step 2. Grab a coffee and hop on your 6am flight to Sydney, where you arrive at 7:30am. Store your bags in the airport ($12 for 24 hours) and get the train into the city.
Step 3. Be on time for Marsh's 9:30am appointment at the travel doctor to get a Hep B booster.
Step 4. Go to a web cafe and print out all the supporting document you think you'll need when you arrive at US customs (you won't need them, it's aloha time in Hawaii).
Step 5. Walk and walk, head for the Rocks where you sit in a cafe to meet your buddy, Sam, and her house-guest/Lindy Hop guru Lennart, for coffee and a trip to the old observatory.
Step 6. Talk jazz! science! weather!
Step 7. Hightail it to Darling Harbour to meet Anna, then hightail it to Google HQ to meet her boyf Abdullah, who works there and is kindly hosting you for free Google lunch and, what, a tour?! (Thanks, Abby, you shouldn't have!)
Step 8. Take all the free stuff from Google and gleefully get a picture taken.
Step 9. Rush back to the train station, jump on the train to the airport, and check in for your 6pm flight to Honolulu.
Phew! Thanks Sydney, we like you and we will be back for longer next time!