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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Sydney Festival 2013: My 5 tips

Sydney Festival 2013: My 5 tips

It’s time for one of my favourite annual performance festivals in Sydney … the Sydney Festival (www.sydneyfestival.org.au). In 2013 the festival runs from 5 – 27 January. As always it is choc-a-bloc with exciting events, performances and exhibitions. Venues have been selected across Sydney including Darling Harbour, the Domain, Seymour Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, the Recital Hall in Angel Place and many more. There are indoors and...

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Last minute Christmas Shopping in Sydney

Last minute Christmas Shopping in Sydney

Do I hear you say ‘Arrrrrrggghhhhh’? It’s 22 December and you are still shopping for Christmas presents in Sydney? Don’t worry. I’m here to save the day. First of all I am going to be smug and say I finished my shopping by end of November. OUCH! You didn’t have to punch me. Ok, back to the helpful tips … below are a few ideas for last minute gifts that will hopefully get your blood pressure down. All of my tips don’t require...

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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...

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Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

                    Sculpture by the Sea (http://www.sculpturebythesea.com) is an annual outdoor art exhibition of Sydney. It also visits Perth and Denmark. In 2012 the Bondi program ran from Thursday 18 October to Sunday 4 November 2012. I went along to the Bondi event on Sunday 28 October 2012 and took a Kiwi friend who was visiting. The festival attracts thousands of entrants from around the...

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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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