live in Sydney and I have had overseas
friends stay at this B&B and they
raved about it. Bondi Beach Homestay
is a sweet little place with very
welcoming and friendly hosts. It's
located 10 minutes out of the hustle
and bustle of the city but still within
easy reach by public transport bus.
You can take long relaxing walks along
the beach and there are loads of interesting
cafes & restaurants nearby. Good value
for your money and you get to enjoy
one of Sydney's most famous beaches.
sun in Australia is hot, hot, hot
and should be treated with extreme
caution! If you want to be kind to
your skin, wear sunscreen all the
time even if you're not at the beach
and sun bathing. No need to bring
sunscreen lotions from home. We sell
so many different brands -- some you
might never see any place else. Treat
yourself to a wide-brimmed crushable
hat as well. They come in a variety
of interesting styles and colors and
are oh-so-easy to pack. In fact, these
hats and lotions will make great gifts
for Mom, Granny, Aunt Mabel and girlfriends
eats in Court...
a really cheap and simple meal (omelette,
sandwiches, etc.), or just to sit
with a cup of coffee and gaze for
as long as you like at one of the
best views of Eastern Sydney and the
Harbour, go to the coffee shop on
the 14th Floor of the Supreme Court
building (across the road from the
hospital on Macquarie St. about half
a block towards Hyde Park). It's open
to the public from about 7 am to 5
pm weekdays. For breakfast, get there
early and you'll have no trouble scoring
one of the tables overlooking the
Domain and the Botanical Gardens.
During Court recesses (around 11 am
for morning tea and during lunch from
about 12.30 to 2.00 pm), you probably
won't be lucky enough to get a window
table but will see barristers in their
wigs and gowns having coffee with
their instructing solicitors and clients.
All this for less than the $3 you'll
pay for coffee. While you're there,
almost every Courtroom is open to
the public so check them out if that's
lovely sightseeing walk...
live in Sydney and absolutely love
it! This tip is something that doesn't
appear in guidebooks. Thought it would
be great for any Journeywoman who
wants a different type of sightseeing.
The thing I like to do is walk my
dog from my home in Mosman Bay around
to Cremorne point. This is not a tourist
attraction at all. It is just a lovely
walking path that winds around the
water foreshores and ends up looking
over the harbour to the city (the
view taking in the Opera House and
the Harbour Bridge). There are ferry
stops along the walk. A traveller
could catch the ferry from Circular
Quay to Mosman Bay, walk the path
around to Cremorne point (about 45
minutes), then catch the Ferry back
into the city from Cremorne. Far cheaper
than a harbour cruise and you see
a lovely part of Sydney.
is a fun city but you must sample
the surrounding country side as well.
Catch a train up to the Blue Mountains
for the day --it's an easy two hour
trip. You can stop at Leura for morning
tea or lunch, then enjoy some interesting
shopping, art galleries and antique
hunting in this beautifully quaint
relaxed village atmosphere. Pop into
the Fountain of Light book store or
the Megalong book shop and find out
what Sydneysiders are reading. Continue
to the town of Katoomba to see the
Three Sisters - unusual rock formations
overlooking the gorgeous blue mountains.
There's hiking in the area, there's
also a cable car across one of the
valleys, and a vertical train trip
to the bottom of one of the valleys
- a sure way to get the adrenaline
pumping. P.S. Don't go during the
weekend -- it is far too crowded with
lineups for everything.
Peta, an American
who lived in Australia for 10 years.
you plan to bring your babies or toddlers
to Australia, I suggest that you avoid
being here in the height of summer
-- late December and January. It is
just too hot for young ones then.
Older children and teens can enjoy
our many beaches and water sports
but tiny babies will just be cranky
in the heat. The best months to travel
with little kiddies are September,
October, April and May. The weather
is lovely for outdoor activities then.
Lee, a mom
in Sydney, Australia
department store for men...
you're a serious shopper or simply
a browser, I suggest a visit to Gowings,
store especially for men. This company
first opened its doors in 1868, they
are committed to offering "made
in Australia" brands and
in using natural fibers in the clothing
items they offer. I found their products
so interesting that I checked out
most of the levels -- there's books,
trendy surfing gear, the softest cotton
P.J.'s, soaps, socks, camping gear,
specialty gift items and much more.
P.S. When you tire of looking at the
merchandise, cast an eye on all those
shopping around you -- men, men, men
each more rugged and lovely than the
next. Worth the trip! (three locations,
319 George Street - Oxford Street,
corner Crown and Market Street corner
wine tasting 101...
first Australian state to grow vines
was New South Wales, which today makes
27% of Australia's wine. The Lower
Hunter Valley is an historic grape-growing
area less than 100 miles north of
Sydney with a very warm, damp climate
and heavy soils. Semillon, Shiraz,
and Chardonnay are produced here.
When visiting in Australia you can
enjoy tastings at the many wineries
and restaurants scattered across this
region. Learn what your favorites
are and dazzle your friends with your
knowledge when you get home.
(Source: JW files
and Wine for Dummies, Hungry Minds,
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