Surprise! Entertaining Sydney visitors on a budget

Surprise! Entertaining Sydney visitors on a budget

A friend of mine has an overseas visitor and asked me what she should do while they are in Sydney. So … here are my top 10 things to do and see in and around Sydney – whether you have a visitor or want to step into holiday mode. My tips, as always, take a thrifty slant. Prices are correct as of the date of this post. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly - Manly is on the north side of Sydney Harbour. You can get there by bus or car...

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My Sydney New Year’s Resolutions

My Sydney New Year’s Resolutions

So it’s 2012. Weren’t we all supposed to have rocket packs and robot servants by now? Below is a list of my 5 New Year’s resolutions for Sydney tourist activities. The items are activities and place I’ve been talking about for years but have never got to. Maybe if I write it down it will make me actually go! 1. Bridge Climb Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (aka Bridge Climb – http://www.bridgeclimb.com.au/) has been on my list...

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5 things to do in Sydney this Winter

5 things to do in Sydney this Winter

1. Winterlight – Go ice skating in Parramatta! I kid you not I never thought I would ever mutter those words. Church St Mall will host an outdoor ice rink during the July school holidays during a new festival called Winterlight. For more information go to – http://bit.ly/lHZcXy Right next to the train station so very easy to get to. No word yet as to how much this will cost.  The opening night is on 30 June at 6pm. Opening...

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Bridge to Bridge walk along the Nepean River

Bridge to Bridge walk along the Nepean River

The Bridge to Bridge (aka Two Bridges) Walk along the Nepean River is located in Penrith, approximately 1 ½ hours’ drive from central Sydney.  The walk follows the banks of the river and crosses over the M4 in the south and Victoria Bridge in the north.  The Blue Mountains loom over the river and the river sparkles in the sunlight.  The river is always a hive of activity.  It’s a favourite spot for day fishing boats, water skiing,...

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Lovely Leura – a day trip to the Blue Mountains

Lovely Leura – a day trip to the Blue Mountains

One weekend the world was getting all a little too much for me.  As my tense shoulders reached for the sky I decided a trip to Leura was in order.  Leura is in the Blue Mountains and is not far from the iconic, Katoomba (home of the rock formation The Three Sisters).  There I dosed up on coffee and fresh air, sampled lovely beauty products and herbal teas in Ikou (in Leura Mall), then wandered around the Everglades Historic House and...

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Give me a gnome among the gumtrees – Australia Day at the Gnome Convention

Give me a gnome among the gumtrees – Australia Day at the Gnome Convention

The 7th Australian Gnome Convention was held in Glenbrook Park in Glenbrook Village on Australia Day. Crowds braved the stifling heat adorned in their best blue and gold.  Over 2,000 gnomes were submitted for judging and organisers expect to raise up to $10,000 for Lower Blue Mountains Rotary. It took volunteer landscapers 2 days to carefully sculpt the gnome display area that included a miniature train track and tunnel.  Chief Gnome and...

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