Here are a few links to help you find out what to see and do in and around Sydney. It’s by all means not the ultimate list, yet includes some of my favourite things.
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Other Sydney bloggers:
Kate Dorrell - My friend Kate is a PR professional. Kate shares insights on her blog tab.
Starring Maya – My talented friend Shereen Khan shares her life with her daughter Maya as well as fashion tips.
Giggle Goosey – Shereen’s friend Ana, shares her experience as a mummy and professional Nanny.
Noodlies – Noodlies, by Thang Ngo. One of my fave food bloggers. Thang will make you want to get out more! Sign up for his fab e-newsletter and follow his social media.
Social Media News – David Cowling is a social media guru who will keep you up to date on the biggest changes in social media in Australia. Look out for his monthly statistics report. Think of it as a Sydney version of Mashable.
The Adventures of Miss Piggy – Mel’s The Adventures with Miss Piggy is a great foodie adventure blog with a focus on Western Sydney. Follow Mel’s Instagram to watch her adopted kitties, battles with slugs in the garden, and work in progress sewing shots.
VegeTARAian – Tara is a vegetarian blogger that shares amazing food out and about and recipes.
Australian blog directory:
http://www.blogchicks.com.au – An Aussie directory that helps you to find local bloggers. Sorted into lots of categories or use the search bar. Contact Leigh to get listed. Her Facebook links are great. There are occasional events (great excuse for a boozy lunch with other bloggers).
General info sites:
http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au – Time Out Sydney has a great e-newsletter. Purchase the magazine at newspaper stands throughout the City.
http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au – Official events page from the City of Sydney.
http://www.liveguide.com.au/Sydney – Gig guide for music, theatre and arts.
https://www.therocks.com – The official website of The Rocks area of Sydney, next to Circular Quay.
News and opinion:
The Hoopla – Great opinion, news and fun from writers including Wendy Harmer and Corinne Grant.
The Conversation – Fantastic opinion pieces on every topic you can image. Cut through the political BS and find out the truth with academic rigour.
My favourite Sydney events:
http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au - The Sydney Festival is fantastic each year. So many free and low cost things to do.
http://australianmuseum.net.au/ – Wildlife Photographer of the Year travels from the UK to the Australian Museum every year .
http://www.tropfest.com/ – Australia’s largest short film festival is held in Sydney’s Domain every February.
http://www.cityrail.com.au – Search for train, bus and ferry information. The maps and fare locator are handy.
http://www.webjet.com.au – Use the price match function and then book on the actual airline page to save yourself the booking.
TripView iPhone app – If you are looking for a transport app to get around, there are lots of different options. I prefer TripView. I paid for the premium version so I can store my favourite journeys.
Local fashion & art:
http://www.sticksdesigns.com/ – My friend, Shereen Khan, designs amazing leggings, shirts, and pants and has an ever expanding collection
http://www.claudioraschella.com/ – Claudio Raschella Photographer
http://www.facebook.com/onesmallleap/ – Bekk McQueen makes amazing vintage inspired shoes
http://www.kaboodledesigns.com.au/ – cute collection of accessories, purses, and notebooks
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Australian-Designers-Market/163130080364707?ref=ts&v=wall#!/pages/Young-Australian-Designers-Market/163130080364707) – Young Australian Designers Market at Paddington Town Hall.
http://www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au/ – The famous markets at Paddington, not far from the city.
Sydney bead shops (I’m an addict):
http://www.iloveyou.net.au – Fantastic bead shop on Parramatta Rd, Leichardt.
http://www.2beadornot2bead.com/ – My new favourite bead shop close to home.
http://www.dfo.com.au/homebush/ – Hide your credit card when you go to the Homebush outlet of DFO (i.e. Direct Factory Outlet).
http://www.birkenheadpoint.com.au/ – Another excellent outlet shopping mall.
Sydney bands & music:
http://www.lior.com.au – I love Lior!
http://www.thirstymerc.com/ – Thirsty Merc are even more amazing live than on their CD’s.
Venues & guides:
http://sydney.edu.au/seymour/ – The Seymour Centre, near Sydney University.
http://www.enmoretheatre.com.au/- The Enmore Theatre, near Newtown.
http://www.thebasement.com.au/ – The Basement is Sydney’s most famous jazz club and is near Circular Quay.
http://www.moshtix.com.au/ – Moshtix.
My favourite Australian travel writers & books include:
http://www.brianthacker.tv/blog/home/ – Brian Thacker is originally a Pom but I’ll claim him as an Aussie. His memoirs are hysterical. Sleeping Around recounts his travels around the world by sleeping on people’s floors and couches after meeting them on couch-surfing websites.
http://penelopegreen.com.au/ – I love Penelope’s books about culture shock in Italy.
http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780143007715/hellas-and-back-my-modern-day-greek-tragedy – Lara Penrose made me laugh and cry about moving to Greece.
http://www.dymocks.com.au/productdetails/ProductDetail.aspx?R=9781863253260 – Great read about moving to India from Sarah McDonald.
http://www.paris-expat.com/interviews/8-03_st.html – Link to an interview with Sarah Turnbull, author of best seller, Almost French.
http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Strange-Country/Mark-Dapin/book_9781405038720.htm – Mark Dapin’s Strange Country will make you laugh.
Visit where I grew up & live now: