Blogs from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 30th 2015

Finally almost caught up. Great wifi in this place so plan to get quite a few out. So, anyway, back to Sydney, I finally made it. Got there late in the afternoon, took a short walking tour of Sydney and then dinner at the Crown Hotel across from the Vibe Hotel. Feel like all we do is fly, ride in coaches, walk and eat- emphasis on the eat. Sydney is a unique city, really lovely. First full day we took a coach tour around the city; checking out the Harbor Bridge and Operal House from afar and traveling through the oldest part of the city where the convicts and soldiers lived. From there we drove down to the headland and walked to the spot where convicts chipped a chair facing the sea out of the granite ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta March 29th 2015

It has been a few years since I fell off my motorcycle in East Timor and that is due to spending many weekends and many hours after work collaborating my first book. It's called 'FROM BACKPACKER TO TRAVELLER' and it describes my travels during my pre-blogging days. It can be bought either by E-book or Paperback E-book through Amazon Kindle Paperback through Amazon Here is the description - Drew was preparing to become a marketing genius when he left Australian shores to work in the UK, only for travel to get in the way. With his first footsteps on the plane, his two-year overseas trip changed to a travell... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Harbour March 6th 2015

The Sydney Opera House and the famous bridge were amazing to see the first time. All my life I'd seen photos but now I was actually looking at these sights and I had to pinch myself, It was hard to believe I was actually there!!- Sydney is a lovely, quite modern city, situated on the harbor. For me, the Opera House was what impressed me the most, it's totally magnificent! I couldn't take my eyes off of it! Over the next few days while there, I did have the opportunity to take a tour and hear 'Schumann's 3 & 4 Symphony' in the main theatre. An experience I shall never forget. I also got to walk across the famous bridge crossing Sydney Harbour and walk miles around the city, night and day. Took a ferry around ... read more
Sydney Opera House celebrating Chinese New Year!
Different angle
Tiles are glazed 3 times in white and cream, shipped from Sweden

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour March 1st 2015

Spent the morning packing and preparing to move onto Melbourne. Went out to grab some lunch, visited China town and Paddies Market before settling on the quayside to watch the finals of the dragon boat racing. Back to the apartment to change then out to meet relatives. Great evening.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hurstville February 27th 2015

Well the bookings are nearly all done. We are flying out of Sydney in exactly 22 weeks from today. Thank you Fiji Airways for a great price on the days that I wanted to travel. There's nothing much else I can do now until July when I will be able to organise my last minute accommodations in Vancouver, Lake Louise and Anchorage. I'll have to book some hire cars late July too. In the meantime I need to hope that the AUD/USD exchange rate improves for my spending money that we'll need. It's getting so exciting!... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Mascot February 27th 2015

Well not quite there yet but packed and ready to go. Little concerned about the weight of my cases, three in all, the case for the luggage hold, the one as cabin luggage and also my 'hat box', well that is what it looks like but is an insulated box about 9 inches cube which will be used to transport insulin and arthritis injections at fridge temperatures. Cathy Pacific tell me they will not include this in my baggage allowance and I carry letters from the drug manufacturer and hospital requesting that it is not put through the x-ray machine, time will tell if the airport authorities agree with that.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Beach February 26th 2015

Our plan today is to visit Bondi. Using our Opal cards to full advantage we caught the Light Railway to Central Station and the caught a bus to Bondi. This took us down Oxford Street through Paddington - the other side of Sydney. We spent five hours on the beach and Dave braved the waves a couple of times, great fun but a bit exhausting for a soon to be pensioner. Both of us are feeling a bit cooked but it was good to have a relaxing day. Our return to the apartment took us down Market street past the designer shops and along side the major skyscrapers. It was fun to people watch as we walked and we saw another side of Sydney. Again we took advantge of our kitchen and Lyn prepared pie and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside February 26th 2015

We awoke to rain this morning, but decided to keep to our plan of visiting Manly and, optimistically, taking our swimming gear. We walked to Pyrmont Bay to catch a ferry to Circular Quay. There we transferred to the Manly ferry. This boat is unique in having a pointed bit and propellor at both ends. The journeys took us under the bridge and past the Opera House; lost count of the number of photographs we have taken of both of these icons. To reach Manly the boat has to cross the opening to the harbour and in the wind and rain and a six foot swell this became an exciting journey as the Manly ferry is no ocean going liner. The attraction of Manly is a beach on the harbour and only a couple of hundred ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour February 24th 2015

A good flight from Auckland to Sydney. Impressive to see the harbour bridge and opera house from 6000 feet. Took a while to get transfer from the airport to hotel organised and then was I glad I did not have to drive into the city in the evening rush hour. When we got to our accomodation it turns out that it was a dockside warehouse now tastefully converted into apartments. You should have seen the smile on our faces when we were told that we had been upgraded from a studio apartment to a duplex two bedroom penthouse on the top floor. When we travelled up in the express lift and then opened the door to our apartment we realised it was almost as big as our bungalow. We unpacked and then found a supermarket to ... read more
Sydney harbour bridge
Sydney Opera House
view from the lounge window

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » The Rocks February 22nd 2015

Hi, just waiting for our plane back to Melbourne, so thought I would blog a bit more. After the bridge climb and a beer to get over it, we were given a free ticket to climb one of the pylons at the end of the bridge, so up 200 steps we go, thought this was a doddle compared to that bridge, but this was indoors. Anyhow we read all about the history of the pylons and about the bridge, basically they are there really for the decoration, the style is very Art Deco. Took some pictures at the very top, still made me feel giddy, that hasn't gone away. Stu really didn't like it, said he made the right decision not going up especially after reading the health and safety asking if you have any heart ... read more

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