This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challange: Eerie. It’s taken at Tamarama, Sydney and is part of Sculpture by the Sea. The park I like to walk the dog is taken over by sculptures and it certainly makes for an interesting dog walk. If find the people are almost as interesting as the sculptures.

Sydney is my city

 Sydney is My City

When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is Bondi Beach. Not necessarily Sydney’s most beautiful beach but it’s a Sydney icon and only 10kms from the city centre and 5 minutes walk from home.

Spring is the best time to visit my city because the weather is sunny and cool, the water of the ocean and harbour is aqua blue and the crowds are gone.

Bronte Beach, Springtime

You can see my city best from Dudley Page Reserve. You get the best view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, bar none.

Locals know to skip Darling Harbour and check out Chinatown instead.

The Rocks markets are the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.

In the past, notable people like author Patrick White, actor Hugh Jackman, and painter Brett Whitely have called my city home.

My city’s best museum is the National Maritime Museum because it hosts world class exhibitions and demonstrates how closely we are all connected to the sea, past and present.

If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s to be patient, the traffic can be terrible.

The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is one of its many beautiful beaches.

My city really knows how to celebrate Chinese New Year because we recognise and value our multicultural society. Food, parades, art and music.

You can tell if someone is from my city if they start talking about where you can get the best coffee.

For a fancy night out, I head for champagne at the Blu Bar on 36 at the Sydney Shangri La Hotel. The view is incredible.

Just outside my city, you can visit the Royal National Park, the oldest national park in Australia.

My city is known for being brassy and bold, but it’s really pretty friendly and chilled.

The best outdoor market in my city is Rozelle markets.

The Bogey Hole Cafe at Bronte is my favorite place to grab breakfast, and a pie and peas at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels  is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read Time Out Sydney.

My city’s biggest sports event is the City to Surf in August each year, a 14km walk or run. Don’t watch it, run it!.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I walk along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and try to spot whales and dolphins.

To escape the crowds, I get up early.

If my city were a celebrity it’d be a sports person because Sydneysiders love to watch and play sport.

The dish that represents my city best is a bowl of Vietnamese Pho. A cold, crisp (Australian, naturally) white wine is my city’s signature drink.

The Sydney Town Hall is my favorite building in town because it’s recently been restored, it’s smack in the middle of the city, and it’s a great meeting spot.

The most random thing about my city is the gorgeous ocean pools. My favourite is the Bondi Icebergs.

Icebergs ocean pool, Bondi

Icebergs ocean pool, Bondi

The Basement is the best place to see live music, but if you’re in the mood to dance, check out the ivy.

Snorkelling with blue groper fish could only happen in my city. The underwater life is amazing.

In the spring you should catch the Manly ferry from Circular Quay or visit Sculpture by the Sea.

Visitors at Sculpture by the Sea

Visitors at Sculpture by the Sea

In the summer you should visit Bungan Beach, Sydney’s best kept secret.

In the fall you should visit the Royal Easter Show. It’s a Sydney institution. Find out about Australia’s important agricultural industries, pat a pig or watch wood chopping demonstrations.

In the winter you should check out Vivid Sydney when Sydney is lit up at night with light installations and projections.

Vivid, Sydney

Vivid, Sydney

If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss a bike ride around Centennial Park.

The best book about my city is Aboriginal Sydney. Sydney was inhabited by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years before white settlement.

When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is Home Among the Gumtrees.

This post is my submission to National Geographic Travel’s Intelligent Travel – Beyond the Guidebook What’s your city??


Sydney Harbour Bridge






The other day I was killing time in Sydney while my daughter was at an audition so I took a stroll around the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. I took this snap because I hadn’t ever seen Sydney Harbour Bridge from this angle. Sydneysiders have fondly nicknamed the Bridge “the coathanger”.  The Bridge was also known as the ‘Iron Lung” because it took 9 years to build and was one of Australia’s largest employment projects at that time. It was opened in 1932 as Sydney moved forward after the depression.

This is my response to Ailsa’s weekly travel theme: Bridges and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward


Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the world’s largest free to the public events. The spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk is transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. This year is Sculptures 16th year and as a Bondi local I have watched this event grow and develop from a few small sculptures dotted on Bondi Beach to an event attracting thousands of visitors each year. It is a 3 week event and takes place in Oct-Nov each year.  Which is your favourite?


This is a kinetic sculpture that is a tribute to the 220 victims of the Bali bombing. When the wind blows the bamboo makes an amazing sound. A beautiful memorial looking at Ben Buckler headland, Bondi, Sydney


Sculptures set up along Mackenzies Bay, Sydney


Ribbons. Marks Park, Sydney


Lookout from Marks Park, Sydney. One of my favourite places in the world (and where I got married!)




Casting Around. This is made from fishing rods. Tamarama, Sydney

Tamarama Beach at its best

How beautiful does the beach look today? I think it is at it’s best when it’s flat like this although many surfers would disagree with me. The water visibility is amazing, the sand is white and we are only about 10km from the CBD of Sydney. The only catch is that the water temperature has dropped and only a hardy few (not me) are brave enough to take the plunge.

Tamarama Beach, Sydney