Happy New Year


In 2017, we were fortunate enough to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney Australia. Here is a fond memory. Every once in a while, we try to experience New Year’s Eve in a major celebration location. In 2014, we went to Hong Kong for the holiday. It was a little disappointing, truth be told. So [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Cremorne Point


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

Macquarie Lighthouse

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


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


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


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 …]

Exploring Sydney: Bondi Beach and Eastern Branches

artist painting

Although we aren’t beach people, we do enjoy pretty white sand beaches and seashores, especially when the shores are lined with rocks and cliff faces that the sea has eroded into fantastical shapes. Bondi and its neighboring beaches its this criteria. We took an express bus from Sydney center to Bondi, arriving in about half [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: The Rocks

Sydney Bridge

The Rocks is one of Sydney’s most popular and expensive neighborhoods. But it wasn’t always so. The rocky headlands that once lined the harbor and from which the neighborhood took its name are long gone. So too are the original mud structures that preceded the streets and stone buildings that the convicts created. Development began [Read more …]