Category New South Wales

I am the Mountain, I am Mudgee

It was three and a half years since we first arrived in Sydney. In that time we had explored the city we had decided to call home for a while, gallivanted up and down the east coast, popped over to Tasmania, hopped up to Darwin and a few more places in between. But as for […]

Vivid 2018: …and there are lights!

As my wife and I trained in Bradfield Park our eyes were fixed on the familiar sight of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, an almost 5 year fixture in our lives. Except tonight it was shining a bit brighter than normlal…oh crap it’s May -> that means Vivid Festival is here. Billed as […]

Harbourside Hamiltons

Not only did we get to spend time in Byron Bay with the Hamiltons, but we also got to show off our neighbourhood, the Lower North Shore and the greater Harbour district to them as well. Purple Rain Spring in the Southern Hemisphere begins in September lasting through to the end of November and the […]

The Way It Should Be

After spending an afternoon snorkeling at Julian Rocks we had earned a drink. Of all the gin joints in all the world we would be walking into one shed in particular. Nestled in a corner of an industrial estate just off one of the main roads out of Byron Bay is the place where a […]

Hamiltons Down Under

2006: After spending a number of weeks on the well trodden backpacker trail south from Cairns, Karen and her pals – Sarah and Lori, made the decision to fly from Brisbane to Sydney. The bold move would cut out a good chunk of the New South Wales coastline but it would allow them to make […]

Sculptures By the Sea 4: Citizens on Patrol

October 2017 Welcome to our 4th annual report from the Eastern Suburbs. It’s October in Sydney and that means one thing. Sculptures by the Sea. We would once again be joined by our fellow Art Critic (and occasional Art purchaser) Adam. As always we would be taking the South to North route starting at Tamarama […]

Elton Gong

“Wow. Elton John is playing in New South Wales! Fancy going?” Looking up from his laptop, a silent acceptance formed on John’s face before he could utter the affirmative response. “Aye. Whereabouts is he playing?” Wollongong. Wollongong. Road Trip 82 Kilometres south of Sydney and sandwiched between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean is […]

TBT: Sydney Vivid 2017

Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:a mystery never fully explained. We are told, ladies and gentlemen, that this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster. Our workshops have repaired it and wire parts of it for the new electric light Perhaps we can frighten […]

Spirit of Anzac

Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in a soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace – Kemal Ataturk Starting in September 2015 in the border city of Albury-Wodonga, the Spirit of Anzac : Centenary Experience had spent the previous 16 months travelling across the country and telling […]

To Sydney With Love

With visitors in town it provided a great excuse to dust off the camera and take a few snaps of everyday Sydney. The local haunts and happenings that we take for granted on a daily basis. Living so close to Sydney Harbour we have a lot of wonderful things and places on our doorstep. The […]

Secret Garden?

A couple of times each working day I lock my computer and take my empty cup back to the kitchen on my office floor. Placing the empty ceramic cup on the coffee machine I subconsciously pick ‘Flat White’ from the array of buttons, avoiding the ‘too sweet’ hazelnut mocha option and the pedestrian ‘Long Black’ […]

These Routes were made for Walking…

And that’s just what I’ll do, because one of these days I’m gonna walk all over you!! Great weather, amazing scenery and a cheap place to buy running shoes and active wear all combine to create the perfect cocktail called ‘Hiking Trail’ New South Wales has over 2,000 km of coastline and a ton of […]

Sculptures by the Sea Part 3: Revenge of the Silt

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life – Samuel Johnson Had he been born a few centuries later,  Johnson’s quote could equally be attributable to the city of Sydney. With another October (our third here) looming we were certainly not tired of life or Sydney and we geared ourselves up […]

…and build a Lego house

He must have done something right. Not only was Karen really enthusiastic about going to a museum but she was fully aware of what the exhibition was going to be – Comic Books and Lego. Wow, I guess 8 years of subtle pressure and influence does pay off. Also we had a wee bit of […]

Crossing State Lines

We started off early this day. Our last full day in the area and we wanted to make the most of it. With no night life to speak of we awoke relaxed and refreshed.  A quick look at the area will show you what was left to cover that day… All that was left was […]