Sep 18 2013

The Botanic Gardens – an oasis in the heart of Sydney

Botanic Gardens CreekIs there a better place in spring than a garden? All the better when it has a team of professional horticulturalists and gardeners to keep it looking beautiful.

And as an added bonus, during my walk around the Botanic Gardens in Sydney I came across the “Contact Garden”.

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Sep 17 2013

Sydney is a work in progress

Hoarding around Sydney Opera HouseSometimes I think Sydney is a work-in-progress. Everywhere I go there are construction sites with their cyclone fencing, shadecloth, hoarding, cranes, jackhammers, big trucks and men in hard hats and fluoro vests.

And what’s not under constructions seems to be closed off for the ‘elite’.

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Sep 16 2013

Aboriginal Tourism in Sydney

Sydney Harbour & The RocksThere were fewer visitors to Sydney in 2013 than there were in 2012, and far fewer than there were in 2001. And I think I’ve discovered one reason why.

It’s too hard to find out what to do – apart from see the Harbour Bridge & the Opera House that is.

On my latest foray into the sightseeing business in Sydney I woke up and it was not a very nice day – overcast, windy and cool. I had planned on getting the on-off bus around Sydney & Bondi, but the day just wasn’t good enough, so I decided to change plans.

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Sep 13 2013

The Secret Garden, Lavender Bay

The Secret Garden, Lavender Bay (17)Frances Hodgson Burnett knew the value of a secret garden to retreat to as a place to revatilise the soul.

The Secret Garden (or Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden) is a landmark at Lavender Bay. Started by Wendy Whitely around 20 years ago on derelict land owned by Rail Corp, it’s now an oasis perched on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

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Sep 12 2013

Venturing north – of the Bridge that is

Lighthouse Cremorne PointOne thing about travel is that it challenges all your assumptions.

As a born and bred Sydneysider I know a lot about the place. And despite what you may have heard about Australia being a classless society, Sydney has very distinct social divides.

These are decided by where you live – north / south / east / west.

The northside is old money, conservative and boring. The eastern suburbs & eastern beaches is where the ‘beautiful people’ live, westies are bogans, and the south … well, have you seen The Shire or Sylvania Waters???

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Sep 10 2013

Botany Bay

Crystal clear waterOne of the great things about La Perouse is the beaches. Regardless of which way the wind is blowing, you can find a sheltered beach. And they’re perfect for families, with white sand and no surf. And there’s a barbecue and picnic area at Frenchman’s with a children’s playground.

Even on a Thursday there were people there having a barbecue, and lots of mums and toddlers on Frenchman’s Beach. Kids were running around everywhere while their mothers sat on the sand and watched. It’s only the beginning of spring but that didn’t stop them jumping in the water and having a great time.

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Sep 09 2013

From the harbour to the bay – and Anglo-French relations

Big Congwong & Little CongwongThis tour of Sydney is quickly turning into a trip down memory lane. Not deliberately, but because I really have seen lots of Sydney – and have family connections to it.

Even though I haven’t been through the Opera House yet, I decided to leave the city and travel to Botany Bay. Another major landmark in Sydney’s past (Cook’s landing place), but one that’s not visited by anywhere near as many tourists.

And it has Sydney’s best kept secret beach.

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Sep 05 2013

Sydney’s No 1 tourist attractions

Suannah Place Terraces, the RocksIf you’re going to experience Sydney you might as well start at the beginning , a very good place to start so they say. And for modern Sydney the beginning is The Rocks.

I’ve always loved Australian history, but even in primary school was a bit disquieted about the glossing over of any reference to the 10s of thousands of years of Aboriginal history and culture well before the British settled here. One thing we are starting to do well is to acknowledge that history – and that we wouldn’t be who we are as a people without it.

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Sep 05 2013

Lesson No 1 – Public transport ticketing in Sydney is a nightmare

Ferry across Sydney HarbourI love outback Australia. I’ve done a few trips to various places and am planning my next, but in the meantime I figured if I can’t get out and travel, then how about I bring travel to me? So I’m sightseeing in my home city.

As with many tourists, I decided to take in some of the major icons in the city. I downloaded two self-guided walking tours  – Sydney Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks – which went together quite nicely to make one long walk, and this morning caught the bus to Circular Quay and the ferry across to Milsons Point.

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Sep 02 2013

Tourism at home

Sydney Harbour, south headI’m travelling while still staying at home.

When I was younger, my mother always said that when you live somewhere you never bother to really see it. She was right (but don’t ever tell her I said that). Really seeing your own city is not something we often do, probably figuring that we can do that anytime.

But unless we make it happen, anytime doesn’t always eventuate, so now I’m doing the tourist thing at home.

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