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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [2658]

Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a seat cut into a rock at the end of the Botanic Gardens at Sydney Harbour. From the spot, named for the wife of one of New South Wales' early governers, you get the most stunning views of what must be among the most famous ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Karaoke

Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Views [750]

Ciaran with the Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book again, Ruth saved from Bohemian Rhapsody but put in a group of women to sing about Raining Men , we saw everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, but as was fitting, we finished the evening ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


Big Day

Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | Views [666]

Finally, after 4.5 years, Kathrina and Barry are man and wife. Great weather and amazing setting close to both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. All good.

Tags: Friends


Preparation...

Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | Views [742]

The last day before the wedding and all thoughts are on preparation. Nails. Hair. All that stuff. Australia itself is preparing for the Australian Tennis Open with a whole load of tournaments, so those who didn't spend the day shopping, or doing other ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase


Queen Victoria Building

Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | Views [720]

Shopping today. All day. The Queen Victoria Building in central Sydney is enormous, and required that all shops be visited. All. Night-time then at the Opera Bar at the Opera House.

Tags: Shopping


Hyding in the Park

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | Views [808]

First day of the year and recovery is the order of the day. Luckily, the magnificent Hyde Park is no more than a few blocks away from us, and provides everything you'd need to do nothing. Grassy lawns. Bright sun. Utter quiet. Perfect. Captain Cook ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Happy New Year!

Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | Views [814]

We got to experience the earliest New Year of our lives, a full 11 hours before you folks back home in Ireland. Food, drink, friends and fireworks. What else could you ask for? Earlier, we'd part-taken in the rehearsal for Kathrina and Barry's wedding.... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Deja Vu in Sydney

Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [750]

We'd seen it before, not even too long ago, but nonetheless, the Sydney Harbour Bridge makes an impression. As does the Opera House . As before, we caught some fine views of these landmarks by taking a boat trip in the harbour, this time to go to ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Holy Day

Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [430]

Today we recovered from last night by going to watch Barry's heroic performance for his soccer team, taking a drive around Sydney to see where luminaries like Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe lay their heads at night, and then going to see the hotel and ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Sydney Opera House

Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Views [421]

They tell you not to miss the Opera House - at least the guide book does - and this is advice taken up by pretty much every tourist in Sydney. We went to a showing of the Barber of Seville - a show about a guy who helps another guy who fancied some ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Whales

Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | Views [410] | Comments [1]

We drove for a good 2.5 hours to Hervey Bay, a surprisingly big city to the north of the Sunshine Coast. The place is nowhere near as nice as Noosa - in fact Noosa locals are currently opposing amalgamation of their council with neighbouring towns (yes, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Noosa

Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [2111] | Comments [2]

Maybe we're obsessed with placenames, even names in general. In fairness, the Aussies give us good reason to do so. We've already written about the plain speaking clarity used in the naming of Australia's finest tourist spots. Visiting these places never ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Surfers Paradise to Noosa through Brisbane

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | Views [1096]

As promised, we hit the beach this morning, just to see what a place named Surfers Paradise looks like on a winter's morning. The beaches are beautiful - white sand and deep blue water stretching in every direction - except behind us, where high rise ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Gold Coast

Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [513]

After a deserved lie in we made our way to Sydney airport in the company of a chatty Chinese taxi driver, who seemed particularly excited about something or another. Not sure what, but he kept clapping and laughing out loud. Good for him. Anyhow, we ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Recovery Mode

Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | Views [331]

Today was a day to relax and take it easy. We took a few moments to plan  the week ahead - which involves a flight tomorrow to the Gold Coast and a week of exploration from there. Apart from that we did nothing. Nothing.

Tags: The Planning Phase


Sydney Swans

Saturday, 28 Jul 2007 | Views [1644]

Following a kickabout in the park and a trip out to Bondi we got down to the serious business of the day. At the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) the local Aussie Rules team, the Sydney Swans were hosting Richmond Tigers - who were introduced a little ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


Uluru at Morning

Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | Views [565]

Leroy, our guide for our four hour trip around the rock at sunrise, explained in graphic and entertaining detail the spiritual significance of Uluru to the local Aboriginals. The park in which the rock is located along with slightly smaller versions ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Uluru at Night

Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | Views [626]

Uluru (arrogantly named Ayers Rock by exploring Europeans) was considered until recently the largest single skin monolith - rock to you and me - on Earth. Though it has recently been passed out by a competing Aussie rock, the scale and beauty of ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Cairns

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Views [433] | Comments [1]

Firstly, we can't really pronounce this city's name - even the assimilated foreigners (Paddys mainly) pronounce it as Kiiiiins. We recent arrivals call it Kayearns. Bogger style. Secondly, we'll probably never need to say the city's name again, except ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Daintree Rainforest

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Views [532]

We mentioned yesterday that our plan for today was to visit Cape Tribulation , the sole confluence of two world heritage sites on Earth. In fact, that doesn't even begin to illustrate the significance of this area. The Cape, so named by the intrepid ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


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