Category Archives: Activities

Sculptures by the sea – Bondi Beach

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We were looking forward to the event as we love this coastal walk. Unfortunately, we could not avoid the crowds as our only available days were the weekend. We decided to go late in the day, hoping that most people would have left by then.

The weather was beautiful and it was quite warm. When we got to Bondi, the beach was packed. However, we had a look at the sky and realised that the weather was due to change quickly.

We tried to ignore it but soon realised that we would better turn back or would we get caught in the storm. So we didn’t get a chance to see many of the sculptures.

Also, the walk was quite congested by so many people that we could not move swiftly through it.

About 4 kms from home it started pouring heavily. Given that we were on our motorbike, we had to stop rather quickly and managed to find a spot where we safely waited for the rain to subside.

We had been to the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Perth, back in March, and some of the artists were the same so we felt better about not missing so much.

Here are some snapshots:

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Here is a before and after picture. The first one was taken when we arrived and the other when we left (40 minutes later).

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Seven Bridges Walk

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Every year the Cancer Council organises the 7 Bridges Walk around Sydney. This is a great way not only to support a great cause, raise awareness, and fundraise, but also to discover some beautiful areas of the city.

You can start from any point and if you complete the whole course you will cross all 7 bridges, a total of 27 kms. Should you feel tired, or only want to do some sections, there are special buses, clock and anti-clockwise, stopping at all village points, that can drop you at your starting point.

We felt brave and departed from Rozelle bright and early with the goal to complete the whole circuit. And mission accomplished 🙂

The day was beautiful, the sky was blue, it was warm but there was a light breeze which made it just perfect!

We walked through lots of areas that we would generally not do and that was pretty amazing. The views were lovely and it was awesome to cross some of the bridges, that we generally just drive through, on foot, such as the Harbour Bridge.

There were lots of participants but I felt that most people faced the whole experience as a race as opposed to a relaxing walk of discovery, which was a bit disappointing. We did not get the opportunity to speak much to other participants, which I felt was a shame as we were all sharing a pretty amazing experience.

The last 5 kms were hard and the following day walking took some effort… but it was definitely worth it 🙂

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Iron Cove Bridge

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Grove Creek Reserve

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Grove Creek Reserve

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Millsons Point – View of the Harbour Bridge

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View of the Opera House from the Harbour Bridge

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Pyrmont Bridge

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View of the Anzac Bridge from Johnstons Bay

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Anzac Bridge

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Anzac Bridge

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Leichhardt Long Lunch

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This past Saturday we were blessed with an “Indian Summer” day in Sydney. The thermometers went up to 28 C in the inner-west and the sun shined bright and warm.

The Leichhardt Long Lunch was on and it was a perfect opportunity for us to browse the different stalls (all from local business) have some nice lunch, and drinks, sit outside, and even learn some new recipes at the cooking demonstrations.

The tiramisu and pistachio ice-cream from Bar Italia were amazing and we loved the sample of passatelli with mussels from the chef at Capriccio.

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I find these events a great way to cultivate and maintain the community spirit. Sydney is a huge city but each suburb has its own vibe and identity which I firmly believe should be preserved.

Leichhardt is well-known for its Italian community and many restaurants so I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate it than with an outdoor long lunch 🙂

Vivid Sydney 2015

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Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of lights, music and more. All through the city light displays could be seen, some were truly amazing (my favourite was the story like display on the facade of the Customs House) and some were interactive fun little gadgets (like the drums that simulated fireworks display on trees near The Star). You could definitely spend a couple of hours walking along the city, following the lights and photographing: from Circular Quay and Opera House, to The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and even the University of Sydney.

We found it lots of fun, especially as this was our first year! Here are some pictures of the event:

Circular Quay

Circular Quay

Customs House

Customs House

Customs House

Customs House

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

The Rocks

The Rocks

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Martin Place

Martin Place

The Rocks

The Rocks

Town Hall

Town Hall

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

From Rosebay to Nielsen Park

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We love walking, hiking, and trekking, so when we get to combine that with amazing views of the city we feel pleased as punch 🙂

From our previous trips to Sydney, we had already visited Nielsen Park, and both Shark and Milk beaches, on a couple of occasions and we really liked it. So when I was looking for a nice trail to do with some friends the choice was easy.

The path is easy to follow and for the most part there is a man-made walkway. Sydney´s Harbour National Park is definitely a gem in the middle of the city, where you can breathe fresh air, and leave your busy schedules behind.

The weather was lovely and we had a great time. When we got home a couple of hours later there was a massive hail storm which definitely took us by surprise. Luckily, we were pulling into the garage when it started to pour.

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Milk Beach

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Shark Beach, Nielsen Park

Twilight Parade – Chinese New Year

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Last Sunday, it was the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney. We didn´t have the opportunity to attend many of the celebrations, or even checkout the lights and sculptures that were around the city, but we certainly did not want to miss the Twilight Parade.

After our disappointment with the celebrations in Brisbane, and having watched Sydney celebrations on TV the previous years, we were excited to see it live.

We were not disappointed 🙂 It was fun, lively and it featured many aspects of the Chinese cultural in a Western country. Here are some pictures:

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Aztecs Exhibition – Australian Museum

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Before it left the building, on the 1st of February, we still had the opportunity to visit this brilliant exhibition. We got to learn about Aztec daily life, their gods and demons, the human sacrifices, their warrior nature and the Spanish conquest.

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It was very interesting and they had some fantastic pieces on display.

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The size was just right for me, giving one enough information and opportunity to explore whatever area one might wish but not so long that it would become boring or tiring.

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What a perfect day to spend a Saturday morning in the city 🙂