Brisbane’s Northern Sunshine Coast and Noosa

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While we were in Brisbane, we took advantage of a car and drove to the city’s near north coast. This area is called the Gold Coast, and consists of dozens of suburbs and small beach towns that are known primarily for their beach activities, surfing and deep sea fishing. We skipped through the Gold Coast [Read more …]

Brisbane Australia Art Museums

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While in Brisbane Australia, we visited several museums. Queensland Art Gallery The Queensland Art Gallery is a striking contemporary architectural statement for the display of contemporary versions of traditional Australian Art. The current display is divided into three primary exhibitions: an overview of works from its permanent collection; one of masterpieces that reconceptualize the traditions [Read more …]

Brisbane Australia

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Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, and the capital of Queensland is the only major city in the eastern half of the country that we had not been to. We rectified that gap on our South Pacific trip as a three-day stopover between Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The Brisbane River, which loops around [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Cremorne Point

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Once again, Sydney’s ferry system too us to another coastal walk. The quiet residential suburb is nestled between Mossman Bay and a small harbor. It provides lovely views of the CBD skyline, the Opera and the bridge. The proposed plan to develop a large coal seam that was discovered under the city at one time [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Watsons Bay and Vaucluse

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Thanks to the easy to use Sydney’s ferry system, we spent one of our days in Sydney focused on another rugged coastline—that of the South Head peninsula, of Watsons Bay and Vaucluse. Like the Manly coastline, it consists of a combination of steep oceanside cliffs, jagged rocky shorelines, inviting coves and sandy beaches. Watsons Bay [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Balmain

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Balmain is another historic village near Sydne that dates from 1800. Many of today’s oldest buildings date from the 1840s and 50s, when the original owner of the peninsula sold it, and it was subdivided into lots that were developed as homes for workers. Larger, grander commercial and public buildings popped up along Darling Street [Read more …]

13 Toranga Zoo

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An easy, 20-minute ferry ride in the Sydney Harbor brought us to Toranga Zoo, on the north end of the Harbor. This large, 2,500 animal zoo has a particular focus on indigenous Australian wildlife, although it also has a substantial collection of African and of some Asian animals. Animals are generally displayed in open environments [Read more …]

11 Potts Point, Wooloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross

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Potts Point Sydney’s Potts Point is a charming, harborside community that has a pleasure marina, a naval base, interesting shops and galleries (including a great antique and retro decorative arts gallery), cafes and food shops (especially Harris Market for produce and gourmet items, the attached Sydney Fresh Seafood, where we bought ingredients for a couple [Read more …]

10 Paddington

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Paddington, like many of Sydney’s other neighborhoods, has its share of Victorian terrace-style apartments, quirky shops and interesting restaurants, pubs and cafes. The streets, however, are wider and tree-lined, many of the homes are especially well maintained and many of those on side streets have interesting boutiques and galleries on the ground floor and living [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Manley

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Manly is a town that lies on a stretch of land between the Sydney Harbor and the ocean that is a seven mile (30 minute) ferry ride across the harbor from Sydney. Like Bondi, it is a beach and surfing community with its own beach, beautifully-eroded rocky headlands, ocean-side cliffs and beach-oriented (inexpensive cafes, beach [Read more …]