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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 13th 2022

DISASTER!!!!!! Early start today, got up at 5:30am to get ready for our airport transfer at 6:30am. Our friendly Nascar driver greeted us in the hotel reception 5 mins early, with a much newer minibus this time and we set off for a much calmer drive (he didn’t have rush hour to contend with today!). Arrived at the airport and dropped our bags, whizzed through security and got settled in the lounge for breakfast. Maybe we’re becoming snobs, but the lounge wasn’t anywhere near as nice as the one in Heathrow, but that’s OK, we’d only be there a couple of hours. All was going great. Then disaster struck, 15 mins before we were due to board the dreaded announcement was made that our flight was delayed by 4 hours. So, with the 2 hours we ... read more
Airport Hotel View

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 12th 2022

I can’t remember what it feels like to be able to sleep past 5am! Admittedly, we do leave the blackout blind up so just have a thin privacy blind which allows us to see out, but the office workers over the road can’t see in (at least I hope they can’t!). This means by 5am it’s practically daylight in the room, so once you wake up, it’s hard to get back to sleep. We were on the first bus to get to the connecting stop for the Bondi loop this morning, bit of a wait for it to arrive, but a lovely trip around the suburbs, away from the main city. Some of the houses over that way were impressive, with incredible views of the Sydney skyline. Wouldn’t mind living in one of those and enjoying ... read more
Tower View Darling Harbour
ANZAC Memorial
Cockatoo

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 10th 2022

The longest day ever…. It’s been over 50 hours since we last slept in a proper bed, and it feels it! As is usual with me, I was picked at random (or maybe I just have a guilty looking face) and subjected to a very thorough search at Heathrow security - scans, pat down, wands, shoe swabs – the works! Roy just sailed through. Other than that, it was a pretty smooth airport experience. We were quite impressed with the Qantas Business Lounge but overheard another regular traveller complaining it had gone downhill since pre-Covid, so perhaps we’re just easily pleased! We had a few hours to relax in here and it flew by. Got to the gate just as they were calling us to board, so walked straight through and onto the plane. Given this ... read more


Every Sunday morning he'd come in and I'd give him a Vincent's Powder and a glass of water to wash it down...marveling he could consume the pink powder...the foulest elixir known to man...the painkiller for housewives and rock stars...a muso seeking path to the latter...both then youths...ultimately attaining the pinnacle of rock stardom he did. Left his heart and sweat on stage the previous evening...needed 'a mother's little helper' to reenergise his soul...so at his request I helped him along. His name is Iva Davies...then of the band 'Flowers'...better known as the lead and inspiration of 'Icehouse'...one of our favourite bands. Their song "Great Southern Land" featured every Australia Day for decades now. Ride on. Jump to 2022...Covid had killed the live music scene for the last two years...our bums on seats to help musos survive ... read more
Sydney

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 2nd 2022

Day 1: 2nd June, 2022 Sydney – Darwin: The Beginning of an adventure of a life time Day 1 of my 1-month adventure in Europe began at 11:30am when I arrived at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, 4 hours be my 3:45pm flight to Darwin on a Qantas 787 Dreamliner. The reason why I arrived at the airport so early because I was at advised by Qantas that there would be extensive delays due to staff shortages. However, when I got to the flight check-in area, I noticed that me and a few other people were the only ones in the terminal, so checking in, dropping my bags off, going through customs and a security was only a 10 min process. After I made my way past security, I thought to myself, “now what” as I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 12th 2022

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Officially established in 1816, it is the oldest such garden in Australia, occupying more than 27 hectares (66 acres) along the shores of Sydney Harbour. The garden has about 5,000 kinds of plants under cultivation. Today with Lynne we visited The Succulent Garden, The Fernery and an exhibition at The Calyx ‘Inside the Tide - Which has over 20,000 plants on display and one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere. https://www.heygo.com/explore-with-lynne... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 9th 2021

The Bondi to Manly Walk is a coastal and harbour-side walking track between Australia’s two most famous surf beaches, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. I have not been able to join Elizabeth on all sections of the walk but was glad to be able to join her on the 10th section she had made starting at Shark Beach and yes that is a shark net in the photo. The entire length of the Walk is 80km and today’s section was mostly on bush walking tracks with magnificent views of Sydney’s centre, the Opera House & Sydney Bridge. We passed two interesting looking properties which are currently unoccupied. Elizabeth gave information about the properties as well as the link to the walks website which shows the entire route. Greycliffe House - The wealthy pastoralist and explorer John ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside July 16th 2021

While I do not attend so many classical music concerts lately, I had enjoyed my visits to some of the world's most famous concert halls. These would include: Royal Albert Hall in London, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall in NYC, Sydney Opera House, and the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest. In no particular order, here are a few of my thoughts and experiences. My first real concert, other than the old San Francisco Opera House (before Davies Hall) was at Royal Albert Hall in London. We had to queue around the building for hours ahead of the concert. So, I found some friendly Aussies with beer and a deck of cards! The performance, which was both long and ... read more
London's Royal Albert Hall
Sydney Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 6th 2021

Manly Dam http://www.heygo.com The Manly Dam Walk is a beautiful 7.3 km circuit trail in Manly Dam Reserve that is still a bit of a hidden gem. Surrounded by 377 hectares of native bushland, Manly Dam Reserve is known as the largest freshwater lake in Sydney. The lake, also referred to as Manly Reservoir, was created as a result of the damming of Curl Curl Creek (now Manly Creek) with the aim to provide water for the local area. The Dam was constructed in 1892 and had an initial height of 11m. After several increases, the dam wall ultimately reached its current height of 35 meters. Our heygo guide lives in Manly and takes this walk on a regular basis. Wonderful to have this on her doorstep.... read more




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