International Fleet Review 2013 – 8 tips for landlubbers

International Fleet Review 2013 – 8 tips for landlubbers

The International Fleet Review runs from 3 – 11 October on and around Sydney Harbour. So what does this mean for non-nautical boffins? Answer – The biggest gathering on Sydney Harbour since the Sydney Olympics with 20 tall ships, 40 warships from around the world and 10,000 sailors … swoon! Action includes naval gun salutes, aerial flypasts, parades, ships open for inspection, concerts, fireworks and Prince Harry! So pack your...

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My favourite sculpture in Sydney

My favourite sculpture in Sydney

There are some amazing sculptures scattered around Sydney yet my all-time favourite has to be the huge boar, ‘Il Porcellino’, outside the Sydney Hospital and  Eye Hospital on Macquarie Street (next door to Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks). You cannot miss him. He is so cute with his lovingly shone nose (and genitals!) The water that drips from his mouth looks like drool. Very funny. Toss a coin in the coin slot and make...

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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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Sydney’s Rainy Christmas 2011: A wash out

Sydney’s Rainy Christmas 2011: A wash out

What is going on with this weather?! Sydneysiders and tourists, we have been ripped off this Summer and Christmas season! Lucky there are lots of things to do out of the rain in Sydney. Below are 5 suggestions to entertain you while keeping dry over the Summer. 1. Shopping There is no end of shopping options throughout Sydney. For fashion bargains I like DFO in Homebush (www.dfo.com.au) and Birkenhead Point...

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Ever felt like someone is watching you?

Ever felt like someone is watching you?

Australia’s Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was set up in 1949 has files on over half a million Australians over the years.  They have watched and recorded information on suspected of threats to national security, alleged communists, and university student hippies such as movie reviewer David Stratton (I kid you not). The Historic Houses Trust has a fantastic exhibition at the Justice & Police Museum called ‘Persons of...

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10 tips for Sydney on a budget

10 tips for Sydney on a budget

Who’s suffering from a case of mortgage stress or empty wallets yet want to get out and about in Sydney? Are you like me? Is your bank balance or mortgage stressing you out? I bet there are a few heads nodding. I bought my first home a year ago and my heart sinks each time I open my online banking. I know how difficult it is to get out and about in Sydney when you are travelling, entertaining visitors, or going out with friends on a...

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