Aussie Women Share
extremely lucky to have so many helpful
Australian women as members of our Journeywoman
Network. Over the past few months they have
generously shared their thoughts about the
city of Sydney not only via e-mail, but
also face-to-face when I visited their charming
city this year. From where the nicest collection
of handsome Australian men can be found
to modest accommodation under $A35, here
are a dozen of their female-centered tidbits
designed to make any Journeyman's time in
Australia as much fun as it can possibly
perfect Sydney evening...
is absolutely beautiful and I could
shout its accolades across the world.
An evening at the Opera House (we
recently saw Madame Butterfly), preceded
by dinner and drinks at the Bennelong
Restaurant, overlooking Sydney Harbour
and the Harbour Bridge is an exquisite
experience. Follow that with milk
shakes or coffee and dessert up Oxford
Street in one of the quaint coffee
shops or al fresco eatouts, and you
have a perfect evening. I went with
my husband but this itinerary can
easily be enjoyed solo. And...you
never know who you'll meet along the
way. Have fun ladies!
is a perfect tip for the female traveller
who's always on the lookout for the
nearest loo. Worry no more. Before
heading out for a day of sightseeing,
simply log onto the Aussie toilet
map site (http://www.toiletmap.gov.au)
and follow the instructions to locate
the nearest lavatory to where you
plan to be. Just point, click, print
and... you're prepared 'to go'.
S Teena, Sydney,
things Italian in Sydney...
pasta, pizza and handsome Italian
men make your heart go pitter pat,
you must make your way to Norton Street
in Leichardt (a Sydney neighbourhood).
This area specializes in wonderful
Italian cuisine and atmosphere. Check
out the 'Italian Forum', a Mediterranean
style open air plaza packed with restaurants
and boutiques. This is not budget
shopping and dining -- prices are
a tad extravagant so some Journeywomen
might simply want to spend their time
browsing here. Further up the street
look for Il Vizio, a cafe located
in the Norton Street Plaza that is
well-know to locals for brewing the
best cappuccinos in Sydney. I bet
you'll have a great time here!
offer modest accommodation...
a tip few women know about. If you
are a Quaker or if you are related
to a Quaker, the Quaker Meeting House
is a quiet and peaceful place to stay
in Sydney, only two blocks from Central
Station, close to Universities and
the full range of city attractions.
There are four bedrooms; two rooms
have double beds, and two rooms each
have two single beds. Guests (both
men and women) have access to the
kitchen and laundry at the Warden's
discretion. Fees are a very modest
but the house rules must be followed.
To register your interest in using
these facilities, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
explores The Rocks...
live in Sydney and am happy
to provide a few hints for JourneyWomen
visiting our city. North of the famous
Opera House is the area called, The
Rocks -- historically one of the first
areas to be settled by the British.
Tourists just love this area so I
thought I would help visitors to avoid
the tourist traps. Let me steer you
to where the locals congregate.
first -- The Visitors Centre (106
George Street) is worth visiting for
maps and guided walks. My advice is
to wander up Argyle Street and discover
the quieter streets, parks and pubs.
Visit Clyde Bank, a Georgian House
museum with art and furniture of the
period. Climb up Observatory Hill,
visit the Observatory and the National
Trust gallery and shop, sit in the
park and admire the gorgeous view
of the rooftops.
s for eating and drinking
in the Rocks, try the Thai restaurant
called Sailors Thai located at 106
George Street. There is an expensive
version (downstairs) and a cheaper
version where guests eat at one long
table community style at street level.
This spot is fun, innovative and delicious.
If you're a solo traveller just introduce
yourself to the diners on either side
of you. Aussies are extremely friendly.
Another convenient and
delicious place for lunch if you are
sightseeing near Macquarie Street
is the Courtyard cafe, actually located
right in the courtyard of Sydney Hospital.
A lot of tourists don't know it's
there -- so let's make this our secret.
Courtyard Cafe serves great pasta,
other Italian goodies, huge servings,
all reasonably priced.
would like to pass on the
name of my favorite salon in Sydney.
It's called Trumps -- owned and operated
by Nella Todaro - an excellent hairstylist
and interesting woman. Nella and her
staff took care of my hair for ten
years while I was living in Sydney
and working for Qantas Airways. In
1999, I returned home to the US and
decided to go back to school and get
my cosmetology license. In 2000 I
returned to Sydney for the Olympics
and worked for Nella in her salon.
What fun! Not only is their hair salon
upbeat and full of lovely, talented
women, but they also have a great
day spa - the elevator doors open
and you walk into this wonderful smelling,
relaxing oasis. Trumps is located
at 283 George St, right in the heart
of downtown Sydney. If you visit,
please tell Nella I sent you!
female friendly tips...