Blogs from Hyde Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park February 1st 2013

Australia was amazing. It is a beautiful country, and I greatly enjoyed my two-week vacation; a great way to get away from the Korean winter. I spent most of my time in Sydney, with a day trip to the Blue Mountains and a three day jaunt up to the Gold Coast. Though everything was much more expensive than Japan—or any other place I have visited—I had an amazing time while traveling and walking around the country: and, it was my first time being in the Southern Hemisphere. The highlight of the trip was definitely the New Year’s celebration at the Sydney Harbour. The fireworks with sights of the Opera House were stunning. The Harbour Bridge was beautifully lit. The Rocks had great public houses that provided good beer throughout the night. Other nights at restaurants at ... read more
New Year's
Harbour Bridge
Manly Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park January 29th 2013

The rain continued on into the night but was starting to show signs of clearing in the morning. We had a bit of a lie-in and spent the morning updating the blog (it had been neglected for 10 days or so). In the afternoon we jumped on the ferry from Manly to the Circular Quay and headed off to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. As most people will know, the first people sent from England to the Australian colony were in fact mostly convicts; these people had their sentences changed from death to transportation for 7, 14 years or life. The Hyde Park Barracks Musuem provides insight into the daily lives of the convicts arriving in NSW and their route to freedom. It allows you to do a surname search using the historical database to find ... read more
Fifty shades?!?
Convict hammocks
'The Dropouts'

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park May 11th 2012

11th – 13th May ’12 Sydney, Australia We left Auckland and arrived in Sydney in the morning and were met by Debbie, Rob and Matt all decked out in their Boro shirts and waving a Boro flag! It was a brilliant start to our Aussie adventure! Deb rang the lady whose apartment we were renting for 3 nights and discovered we could check in before the 2pm usual time, which was great news as we were all shattered. We then all followed Howard through various bits of airport car park and across roads and through a park until we arrived 1 mile later at the station he had researched that would save us all $12 each on our train fare into the city. Our apartment was in the Hyde Park Plaza and had fantastic views over ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park January 7th 2012

Today the Sydney Festival kicked off and runs throughout January – it involves a whole host of free music, art and culture events across the city. Today was Norman Jay dj’ing from his party bus in Hyde Park. We headed down to Hyde Park in the early evening with Andy and Jess and met Wendy and Anthea & Dave. We soon realised that although the event was advertised as no BYO, pretty much everyone was ignoring it, so Andy and Jess headed over to the off licence to pick up some supplies whilst we kept a spot on the grass. When Andy & Jess returned to the park with the supplies the Police had got a bit more strict, and were wandering through the crowds taking any alcohol they found, so we launched a cunning plan ... read more
The Norman Jay Bus
The crowd in Hyde Park
Anthea & Dave

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park December 28th 2011

After a morning at the travel agent finding out about options for Tours around Australia for later in our travels, we went to the Convict Exhibition at the Hyde Park Barracks. The exhibition told the story of how the barracks were used to house Convicts in the 1800’s who were put to work doing manual labour around Sydney. They were given only 2 meals a day, soup and porridge and shackled together in small groups with leg chains and marched to their place of work each morning and back again each evening. Jo tried out the hammocks which weren’t very comfy. The barracks were also later used to house the Irish orphaned girls who were sent to Sydney during the potato famine as Ireland was suffering too many people at that time, and Sydney had a ... read more
The Barracks Entrance
Watch your step
Will in leg irons

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park October 31st 2011

Den 21. ankom vi til Noosa by. Vi havde ikke de store forventninger til stedet, da folk kun havde nævnt byen pga. Australien Zoo. Derfor havde vi også kun rejst dertil, fordi vi ville se den berømte Steve Irwin zoo med alle krokodillerne. Men byen var betydeligt større end forventet. Vi havde regnet med et par tusind indbyggere og en ellers ret kedelig by. Men vi blev glædeligt overrasket da byen var stor og var fyldt med unge mennesker og turister. Det var åbenbart en af de steder, australiere selv tog til når de ville på ferie og vi forstod dem godt. Efter en lille omrokering af hostels, fandt vi et som passede til vores budget og behov for ro. YHA Halse Lodge hostel var en gammel træbeklædt bygning med hyggelige facilliteter og en rigtig god ... read more
De skal jo fodres!
Vores hostel i Brisbane

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park October 29th 2011

After having apparently sampled the finest beef burger Sydney has to offer at Rockpool on Friday night, we kept the fine dining theme going and went along to the Sydney Food & Wine festival at Hyde Park. First impressions were that it wasn’t as manic as the Night Noodle Market we went along to the week before, as it did have a more relaxed feel with people dining to live music whilst supping their wine. After wandering around all of the stalls and noticing the abundance of small dogs, mincing men and drag queens, we agreed this was probably quite a popular event with Sydney’s gay and lesbian community! So after a little debate we spent our food tokens on Presecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Pistachio Macaroons and a Curry… we will leave you to decide who picked ... read more
Australian Beer Festival entertainment
Australian Beer Festival 2
Andy & Jess

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park May 27th 2011

First off, our apologies in not keeping up with our travel blog for the remainder of our trip – needless to say, Internet difficulties made our “blog-keeping” quite difficult. However, we do plan to finish the blog, despite the fact that we are currently back in Steamboat Springs. We will likely write the blog in present tense from time to time, but don’t be fooled because we are not still off gallivanting around the world, as much as we both wish that we were! So, without much more to say, here starts the continuation of our blog, a few months late… From New Zealand, we caught a flight to Sydney to begin our ventures in Australia. For a time reference, this was in mid-January. You may remember hearing about the devastating floods in Australia earlier this ... read more
Park with a view
Harbour Bridge
Pylon Lookout

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park February 17th 2011

Good Day Mates Thursday February 17th. Again (!) I woke up early. 6:30. Grrrr...But than again, it is summer and so you don't need as much sleep as you do in winter. After having checked Facebook, chatted with some "mates" it was time to clean up the mess that I made in my room : clothes everywhere ! Took a shower and packed my suitcase again. My flight to Sydney was scheduled to leave at 12:40. Packing the suitcase went faster than I thought , so instead of taking the 9:22 bus to the airport I caught the 8:52 one. The bus ride took about 40 minutes. So at 09:30 I already arrived at the airport. No worries. I had purchased access to the Jetstart Lounge and that would keep me busy. But up on entering ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park February 11th 2011

It seems that everything amazing about Australia isn't just located in Sydney. Barely one hundred kilometres out of the city is an area known as the "Blue Mountains". Cascading waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna can be found just outside this city's doorsteps. The Blue Mountains get their name from the microscopic droplets of blue eucalyptus oil that is in the air surrounding these majestic structures that tends to give them a bluish hue from a distance. Many of the small towns surrounding these mountains use Aboriginal names and co-exist with the people and share the can anyone not be charmed by a name like "Leura", "Katoomba" or even the old dodgy sounding "Wentworth Falls" When we first arrived out of the city our guide was determined to show us ... read more
Family Feeding
The Blue Mountain Range
"The Three Sisters"

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