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A QUICK TRIP TO SYDNEY
Photographs Captured By Samual Flynn. A QUICK TRIP TO SYDNEY These are only a few glorious destinations Australia has to offer, take my word for it and also visit Sydney and Brisbane, you will not be disappointed! I took a quick trip down to Sydney, stayed in New Castle and travelled to Sydney for the day. There are also some incredible beach destinations and we even found our very own private beach once we stumbled over a few odd shaped rocks. Australia is nothing but spectacular, everything from the calming vibe to the incredible views, I think I could happily live here my whole life.Jade Arthur
Beechworth, Victoria: A Country Playground
Only three and a half hours from the City of Melbourne, nestled just off the highway bound for Sydney, is the Victorian treasure, Beechworth. If you’re looking for a small Town with big views and great food, Beechworth is the place for you.Amelia Jane
Brisbane districts and things to do
Brisbane has lots of things to offer for tourists, but all in all it is not as big as Sydney or Melbourne, therefore some people say it is quite boring. For me, after 6 months of living there, I found it very nice, small and comfortable for living. Even though it can get quite hot and humid in Brisbane, it is still very close to such nice places like Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast with its famous Surfers Paradise. Also Byron Bay is a special place on earth only few hours from Brisbane. There are lots of things for every tourist in the City or in its surroundings. I would definitely recommend staying there at least for a week or so, it is totally worth it!Stjuxa
Australia has some amazing cities, being a small town girl I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I capital L loved every second of it. I have been lucky enough to get to live in the middle of Melbourne, and it has easily become one of my favorite cities in the world. I think when people think of Australia and cities, there mind automatically goes to Sydney, and it is definitely worth a visit. With the opera house and Bondi beach as some of the places to see, but in my opinion Melbourne is an equally, if not even a better reason to go to Australia. It is a city with millions of people, but in some weird way it doesn’t feel that way. Because it feels like a big community put together by a lot of suburbs that all have their own cool, individual vibe. There is always a market, festival, museum or restaurant to visit, and there is just so much to do. And where Sydney gets to big and confusing for me, Melbourne is right about perfect. It is easy to navigate, not to mention the trams are free in the CBD. Don’t get me wrong Sydney is a great city as well. I remember the first time I saw the opera house and the bridge, it was even bigger then I had imagined it to be, and all I was thinking is this is so cool and awesome, I am finally here. However for me Melbourne has become home, and still after being here for seven mouths I still find new things do to, new places to go, and most importantly new places to eat.Kristine Aarøen
Exploring the City
The CityHopper service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.Santiago Vargas
Sydney: Reliving childhood by the seaside in Narrabeen.
Remember how fabulous summer holidays were when you were a child? Long days in the sun, sand in your bathers, and ice cream as the sun set on the horizon. Friends you’d only just met, calling across the camp site for you to come and play down by the water as your mum lathers you with sunscreen and tugs a hat down on your head – didn’t you just want those days to last forever? On a side street along the Peninsula of Sydney’s Northern Beaches this fun summer childhood still exists. Parked by North Narrabeen Beach, at the mouth of Narrabeen Lake, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in an idyllic beach side town away from the city. But for the young and the young-at-heart, Sydney’s Lakeside Holiday Park in Narrabeen offers the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and relive childhood moments of summer freedom.Stacey M Brown
A list of my top 10 places to see/experience in Canberra…
The ever popular Brodburger is a must for any foodie passing through the capital. From its roots as a food truck, Brodburger is extending its reach to Sydney due to the enormous popularity of the place, so be prepared for a long wait. I recommend ordering over the phone before you get there. Brodburger is about 10 minutes south of the city centre by bus.Naomi
I made it!:
After nearly 30 hours of traveling, no sleep, and stiff legs I finally landed in Sydney. When I landed I didn’t have a place to stay (crazy right?) and ended up messaging a friend of a friend who very graciously told me I could stay with him. The first thing I did after getting to his apartment was go to a cafe and get a latte. After all, Australia is supposed to have the best coffee. As I took my first sip I knew that Sydney would soon become my home. It was the best coffee I had ever had in my life and trust me I drink a lot of coffee. Having only ate nothing but sad airplane food I decided to order eggs Benedict, and like the coffee it did not disappoint. After filling my belly with yummy Aussie-ness I went back to the apartment with legs so swollen that I immediately called my mom asking her if I was going to die. She said it was normal but I still thought I was dying because WebMD said so. Needing some well deserved rest I decided to stay in until the following day.Amira
Sydney: an artistic guide
For the art lovers who want to do more than wander through an empty gallery, here are some must-see art events in Sydney, Australia, tested out by me just for you, with personalised tips to make sure you make the best of your time in this vast, bustling city.Laura
Sydney: First look at Australia
Sydney skyline from the Royal Botanic GardensWild Coconut
Sydney: A Week With Ultimate Oz
Ultimate Sydney: A Week With Ultimate Oz Since graduating University travelling has always been on the cards. Something I have always wanted to do. However I wasn’t brave enough to do it all by myself, so I decided to head online and do some research regarding travel company’s. This is where I discovered Ultimate Oz. For the people that haven’t heard about Ultimate, they are a company that gives you brilliant opportunities around the world and also there for you 24/7 if you need a helping hand, before and after arriving to your chosen destination. It was a week in Sydney (Sunday to Sunday) with a tour guide and a fun filled itinerary set up for us for the week. To me this sounded perfect, especially it being my first real big adventure. With that me and my fiancé Kai agreed on how perfect it was for us and we went ahead with it. One of the main reasons we went for this package is because it included so many things that would be so helpful to us once arriving in the country.maireadandapenn
We walked across the seaside with numerous yachts in sight, with the sun shining upon us! Unlike Sydney or Melbourne you don’t have those highrise buildings with millions of tourists, instead you have this small town where everyone just seems to be so happy with no worry or crisis impeding them. The market area just across the Cairns Esplanade which has a public swimming lagoon, has everything from bars to restaurants that you need! With some people performing, kids playing, families having picnics or people just laying there on the grass sun bathing, what else would one want of a holiday?Bhairavi Jaiswal
I left Sydney because things were perfect there. As strange as it sounds, I knew that my experience couldn’t get any better and I needed to leave before its panache in my brain became tarnished. One for the worry, I envisaged becoming bored, bitter and resentful so I took myself off to Darwin and have been here ever since. I am exiting my twenties next year and fight a constant battle between conforming to social norms and daydreaming about backpacking in South America – because that’s not cliché at all is it JLouise Keogh
Coffee in Brunswick
Well duh. It’s Melbourne. You’re a caffeine addict and why shouldn’t you be? DIY: If you want some of the good stuff at home, go to Code Black Coffee Roasters for some in-house delicious beans. Go for the 3056 if you’re drinking some good ol’ Brunswick pride, or the Finca El Faldon as a delicious Colombian roast. Broke-As: Ok you love going out for coffee but really shouldn’t be spending your money on it. Go for the Green Refectory. Because yeah, coffee costs pretty much the same everywhere. But come on, you’re going to get a pastry with it if you’re sitting down. Grab the fresh-outta-the-oven scones with homemade berry jam and housemade heavy cream for $2. Or of course, any of their incredible cakes in the front display that greet you from halfway down the block. My favorite is the chocolate cheesecake, but I won’t argue with any of them. Maybe even give their beetroot salad or lamb and veggie soup a go. Green Refectory is probably my all-time favorite of Sydney Road cafes. It’s open until 7pm, has varied seating, and all of their food (breakfast, lunch, and everything in between) is mouthwateringly delicious, well-sourced, made fresh, and significantly cheaper than the same thing elsewhere. Treat yo self: Steam Junkies. Deliciously strong coffee in a little café right by Anstey station. Be warned – it has an aesthetic bicycle and typewriter, and quinoa is on the menu multiple times. The building itself is pretty nifty, as one of the newer apartment complexes which has tried very hard to be as eco-friendly as possible. Brunswick’s Weekday Happenings Every other Monday is spoken word poetry night at the staple Senegalese bar Oussou with an incredibly supportive community. Or, chuckle with (and sometimes at) amateur local comedians at fortnightly Funny at the Brunny. Tuesday is free movie night at The Penny Black (with $4 pizzas and free popcorn). Wednesday is free trivia at the Victoria Hotel, and has a pretty solid variety of categories. I Need Things We sometimes need to buy, trade, (or nick) things. It happens. You’ll find some bigger labels down Lygon in East Brunswick, and there is Barkly Square, but almost all of Brunswick is small and independent retailers.Adar Schneider
Always have a backup plan
You are going to need one. Since being in Australia, I’ve had so many things go wrong that I’m losing count. Firstly, your priority should be money. The amount of people I’ve walked by on the streets of Sydney who are sleeping rough because they have no money is astonishing. Backpackers included! Think twice before being roped into that 3-day tour around Bondi for more money than makes sense and do not get led into any over the top swanky bars in Sydney without being prepared to shell out a near-fortune for drinks. I know a lot of people will be smart about their money, especially since you had to save it to get here in the first place, but I know there will be people like me who are still learning what it’s like to be an adult. Make friends with people who are going to help you out when you need it, and be there for them in the same way. Don’t hang around with people who encourage your inappropriate spending (more specifically on nights out – I’m sure you know the kind). And in fear of sounding like your mother – BE SENSIBLE.Rebecca Pritchard
Sydney Road, Brunswick – Middle Eastern gems
Throughout the 20th century, Melbourne was the destination of many migrants around the world, fleeing war, poverty or otherwise keen to settle in a growing part of the world. Different communities chose to settle in different parts of Melbourne, meaning that today, you can grab a Vietnamese iced coffee in the morning, and after a short train ride, find yourself at an Italian bakery. When moving to a strange new land, different groups tended to flock together in one part of town, leading to Melbourne having many culturally distinct areas today. Keep reading for a breakdown of some of Melbourne’s culturally rich suburbs, where you will find migrant stories and traditions carrying on through the generations. Some of these suburbs have been traditional heartlands for some groups, whereas others have only recently attracted a specific group of people. Sydney Road, Brunswick – Middle Eastern gems Sydney Road is a stretch of road passing through the heart of Brunswick and Coburg, like a rich tapestry linking together migrants in the inner north. These suburbs saw a lot of migration from the Mediterranean throughout the early 20th century, leading to a large Lebanese population, as well as pockets of Greek and Turkish communities. While other pockets of Brunswick in particular have become heavily gentrified, much of Sydney Road still tells the story of the area’s early migrant population.Hania
Unsettled in Sydney
I had no idea what to expect when I first arrived in Sydney. Or Australia for that matter! A sunny and warm version of my hometown of London? A friendlier version of London? A more-touristy London? If that’s even possible. I’d been dreaming of visiting Australia for years and finally I’d plucked up the courage to actually go for it, spend a year in Australia on a working holiday visa. On my own. There was no turning back now.KitKat Gibbs
Getting Down and Dirty with Sydney
Getting Down and Dirty with Sydney I thought I’d start off this travel writing shebang with a bit about my hometown: Sydney.nicole-nuglar
Yamba: Byron Bay’s Cooler Older Sibling
When six foreign twenty-something-year-olds take a road trip up the east coast of Australia, there are many spots you can expect to find on their list: Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, Airlie Beach, Cairns. These are the buzzword places; the places pictured on Qantas airline pamphlets and bartered off to you by student travel companies in neat little packages. They are stylish and established homes to World Heritage UNESCO sites, brimming with world-famous attractions and activities. I mean, it was practically our duty as young travellers to take pictures at Whitehaven Beach—one of the most photographed sites in Australia—snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and walk barefoot up to the lighthouse at Byron Bay, right? I’m not saying all these places and experiences weren’t amazing, because they really were some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen, but one of my most favourite places ended up actually being Yamba, a little fishing town located about an hour and a half’s drive south of Byron Bay. In fact, we all liked it so much we stopped there twice, once on the way up and once on the way back down.Jazz Siddiqui
Central Coast: Terrigal, Avoca and Beyond
The southernmost part of the Central Coast, Australia still appears to be the quiet area hidden from Sydney-siders containing many unpolluted natural areas. My journey for the day was spent across Terrigal and Avoca. The day started early and I spied a café nearby a gym.Stephanie Brown
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