Glenferrie Lodge garden, Kirribilli image courtesy Glenferrie Lodge

A Boutique Budget Stay in Kirribilli

Kirribilli is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Australia, is the suburb you’ll find the Prime Minister’s official Sydney residence in and has an enviable harbourside location. Not exactly the sort of place that you’d expect to find budget accommodation. But as I discovered, it is possible to spend aRead More

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

The Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

When you don’t live too far from the airport there’s a moment of dread when you get into a taxi and tell them where you’re going. For years I’ve faced disappointed looks and even some huffiness after telling a driver that I’m going to Surry Hills from Sydney Airport, even though at around $40 aRead More

Q Station Manly

Ghost Tours and a Sleepless Night in one of Australia’s Most Haunted Locations

Some things seem like a good idea in the light of day. Such as spending a night in an award winning hotel in one of Australia’s most haunted locations after doing a ghost tour. ‘What fun!’ I thought to myself as I arranged my stay. ‘I’ve always wanted to do the ghost tours at QRead More

Vivid Sydney, image courtesy of Vivid

Winter Festivals Around Australia Worth Coming out of Hibernation For

… This content has been created as part of my involvement in Microsoft’s #WorkWonders Program … When the temperatures drop it’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a good box set. Okay, very tempting. But there’s no need to let the winter blues get to you when there are so many great eventsRead More

Annette Lacey, head sommelier Pei Modern

Annette Lacey, Sommelier, Pei Modern: Ten Questions

When you’re travelling you really should go out and explore the city you’re in, but sometimes your hotel’s restaurant is so good it puts up a very strong argument for staying in. Pei Modern in Sydney’s Four Seasons is one of those restaurants that makes me want to come back for more. While most peopleRead More

Cathay Pacific Business Class flat bed, image courtesy Cathay Pacific

Cathay Terrific: Flying Business Class with Cathay Pacific

When you only have a few days to spend somewhere you want to make the most of them, which is why flying through the night and arriving first thing in the morning is a great idea. The only slight downside is that after flying through the night you may not be your sparkiest for theRead More

The Shark Reef Snorkel, picture coutresy Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Snorkel with Sharks at Sydney Aquarium Review

I’d just been passionately talking about the WA Shark Cull when the invitation to snorkel with sharks in Sea Life Sydney Aquarium came through. It took about 0.25 seconds for me to go from saying, “Sharks are so misunderstood!” to thinking, “But there’s no way I want to be in the water with one!” Yes,Read More

Sydney Opera House at Vivid Festival, picture courtesy Destination NSW

Best Hotels for Vivid Sydney Winter Festival

I don’t want to suggest that Sydney people are overly affected by the seasons, but it’s fair to say that the streets get quieter in winter. Compared to other parts of the world our winters are very mild, but we’re still harder to tempt out of the house when the temperatures drop. Which is whyRead More

Two Up at The Beresford Hotel, Sydney. Image courtesy Merivale

Sydney’s Best Two Up Venues for Anzac Day

Two Up is one of those incredibly simple games that can suck you in, big time. For international friends who are new to the game, it consists of putting two coins, preferably pennies, on a piece of wood, tossing the coins in the air, and then betting on whether they’ll come down heads, tails, orRead More

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, photo courtesy BridgeClimb Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Express Review

Fun fact: The flagpoles on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are taller than the water below it is deep. I’m not sure just how deep I imagined Sydney Harbour to be, but it was definitely deeper than that. It never occurred to me that if one of those poles was touching the harbour floorRead More