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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 6th 2013

The view was the real draw card in deciding to rent my apartment, and this view came into its own on New Year's Eve. I had invited some friends to dinner and this turned out to be the perfect way to see in the new year - good food, friends, plenty of champagne - not to mention having an excellent view of the festivities. I particularly liked that unlike thousands of others, there was no queuing for hours in the sun for a decent spot, and for me, no need to fight for a taxi on the way home. I knew that the city was mad for their fireworks, they seem to have random fireworks for no good reason several times throughout the year. Sometimes I wonder if they are simply celebrating my arrival home from ... read more
Family fireworks at 9.00 pm
The warm up fireworks
The famous fireworks didn't disappoint

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Orange January 4th 2013

It was a new year, and my old travelling buddy, Lucy, was in town, so what better excuse to take to the road? The selected destination was Orange, about 3 ½ hours west of Sydney, in an area famous for wine and food. Sounded perfect to me! I was quite small when I heard that there was a town called Orange, and as a child I thought that this was extraordinary – a town named after a fruit? Turns out however that Orange was named after a Prince, William of Orange in fact. NSW has no shortage of suitable destinations for a summer road trip, but my childhood fascination with a strange sounding town, and my adult appreciation for wine and food, saw that Orange made the top of the list of potential destinations. The road ... read more
View from Borrodell winery
Views from "Young Man" Canobolas
Lucy liked the Three Sisters!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Auburn December 8th 2012

One of the things that I have loved about Sydney is its multi-culturalism. At a recent team function with my work colleagues, I discovered that our relatively small team's collective background includes Lebanon, Syria, Italy, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hungary, Latvia, Ireland, Scotland, England not to mention New Zealand. With so many different cultures, it means that the food on offer is wonderfully diverse. Sometimes though, you need to know where to look to find the most authentic and delicious food. I had heard about a company that offered specialised walking tours in various neighbourhoods around Sydney, called Gourmet Safaris. I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures, and explore new parts of Sydney, so signed up for the walking tour of Auburn, exploring the local neighbourhoo... read more
Our guides, Serap and Serpil, sisters
Dried eggplant, capsicum, okra
Turkish breakfast

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Potts Point November 26th 2012

Living in Sydney is not so different to living in New Zealand. Sometimes it feels like I've just moved to a much bigger city with better weather down the road. The cultures are very similar and we speak the same language...most of the time. But then again there are some key cultural and language differences which can trip you up. Firstly the rugby. Where I'm from, if you say you are watching rugby, then you are watching rugby union. If you want to watch rugby league then you say you are watching the league. Here though when you mention you watched the rugby in the weekend, it could be rugby, league or AFL (what I know of as Aussie Rules). And sadly, it's not very likely to be actual rugby. True rugby fans seem quite thin ... read more
At Elizabeth Bay House
Fitzroy Gardens, Potts Point

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Margaret River October 8th 2012

Since I have been in Australia, I've kept my work colleagues amused with my stupid questions about snakes. Before I headed up to the Blue Mountains to go walking I asked David what to do if I saw a snake. I was actually serious - do I run? Do I stay still? David thought this was the funniest thing he'd ever heard. As it happens, we never left the pavement so it wasn't a concern. However I have raised this again with a number of people, who have all been too busy laughing and telling me I'll never see one to actually give me an answer. Finally I came across one colleague, a farm girl like myself, who paused from her laughter to tell me that I should run. At last, an answer! Yet when the ... read more
Capel Vale grapes
Sunset, Busselton
Fishing on the jetty

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Barossa Valley October 1st 2012

It was a long weekend in Sydney, which for me means time to explore a new destination. So I spun the wheel.....and up popped Adelaide. It's somewhere that I've wanted to visit for some time, based on the rave reviews from friends and family who've visited there. I also fired off an email to find some friends to join me, and so it was a real treat to be joined in Adelaide by Lucy, from Wellington, and Cam, Joey, Kate and Craig who all flew in from Melbourne. In a self-congratulatory pat on the back, I can say my choice of both destination and travel companions was excellent. Adelaide itself is a very pretty city, with lovely parks and gardens, and gracious big wide avenues and it's very easy to find your way around. In fact ... read more
Coffee time, Unley
Hentley Farms wine tasting

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Potts Point August 27th 2012

Sydney is a truly gorgeous city and I never tire of the stunning views I am lucky enough to see every day. Generally speaking I don't have the opportunity to travel much beyond a thirty minute walk of the city centre, however whenever I get the chance to venture further afield I leap at it.... And leap I did when offered the chance to spend a day on the harbour with my parents when they visited recently. A friend of theirs who was visiting as well, invited us out for a day on the boat and a picnic lunch. Her daughter and son-in-law have a beautiful motor launch, with a captain, so it was easy to say yes! The weather was more than kind, and we had a wonderful day getting to see the sights from ... read more
Hello Opera House!
I liked this angle of the bridge and brilliant blue sky
From the water..

Last weekend I was basking in the heat, surrounded by the red earth of central Australia. This weekend I was trying to stay warm in the Australian centre of power. Apparently Canberra became the seat of government because Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital and couldn't agree where it should be, so as a compromise they came up with Canberra, somewhere in between the two. And that's pretty much what it feels like. It's a funny old town, with massive big roads suitable for a Napoleonic army, but strangely empty of people or cars. This made it very easy to get around. I was there with Mum and Dad who are currently in Australia to visit, and Canberra was new for all us. We had hired a car, easily the best decision we'd ... read more
Commonwealth Avenue
At the airport
Lest we forget....

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs August 6th 2012

Alice Springs has always been somewhere I wanted to see. When I was little, I used to love the old TV shows like “The Flying Doctor” and of course, “A Town like Alice”. Usually the problem with having a romantic notion of a destination is that it never quite lives up to expectation. In the case of Alice Springs I feared that would be the case when I first arrived, however by the time I left I was captivated by the harsh rugged landscape and marvelling at the stunning scenery. With a small population of around 25,000 residents, the town centre is fairly small. From my hotel, it was around a twenty minute walk to town, along the bank of the Todd River. This sounds very scenic and pretty, however at this time of year is ... read more
About to board the Robinson R22
A thorny devil
A frilly lizard (I think)

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru August 5th 2012

What kind of nutter would book themselves on a day trip which involves travelling 1100 kms on a bus? Me for starters, and apparently a whole bunch of other people too. So at 6.00am I was waiting for the bus outside my hotel. It was freezing in Alice Springs, about 3 degrees, although the locals tell me that’s good, last week it was -2 degrees. The bus finally rolled by and I joined a coach load of other nutters heading out on quite possibly the world’s longest day trip. Our two guides, GJ and Tick, have control of us for the day and do a fine job in keeping us entertained, pointing out the sights and the animals, and educating us on the plant life, history, aboriginal folklore and geological beginnings of Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) ... read more
Erldunda - the centre of the centre
The Red Centre
Landscape in the middle

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