New South Wales

Postcard from Sydney Tower

Sydney is a gorgeous city, thanks to its idyllic harbor location and year-round sunny skies. However, you tend to soak it up at ground level: terraced houses in Glebe, the iconic Bondi Beach, in the streets of downtown Sydney. It wasn’t until I zipped up to the top of Sydney Tower until I realized just […]

June 29, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Bondi Beach

While I didn’t lie out at Bondi Beach, it’s still synonymous with Sydney beach culture. However, it’s not always sunshine and bikinis: I caught a dramatic storm brewing over the ocean when I did the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. The crazy clouds and street art certainly lend a different perspective to this popular beach […]

May 4, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Coogee Beach

After discovering Coogee Beach on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, it quickly became my favorite sunny day destination. The wide, sandy beach and refreshing-but-not-too-scary waves are the perfect antidote after an invigorating walk along the beach or a vegetarian lunch in the adorable town of Coogee.

April 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from downtown Sydney

While Sydney is synonymous with surfers and sunshine, it’s also the thriving business capital of Australia. The Central Business District (commonly known as the CBD) is nestled right in the heart of Sydney: next to The Rocks and Chinatown, a few steps from the Sydney Opera House and conveniently located right behind Circular Quay (where […]

March 30, 2011 Continue reading…

#10: Why I didn’t lie out at Bondi Beach

As soon as I decided to go to Sydney, I started daydreaming about long, sun-drenched days at Bondi Beach–so much so that I included it in my Australia bucket list. Bondi Beach is synonymous with Sydney beach culture: I didn’t even realize that Sydney had other beaches! It seems like Bondi is the only beach […]

March 24, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Manly Beach

Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride or long bus ride away from downtown Sydney. One of the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches, it’s a fabulous place to go for a stroll, eat lunch with a view or–if you’re lazy like me–read on the beach all day long. If you’re looking for short-term […]

March 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Sydney on a budget

You know what no one ever tells you? Or, at least, what no one told me? Sydney (and most of Australia) is really freaking expensive. Sure, people might mention the outrageous cost of books ($25 for a new paperback or $50 for a Lonely Planet Australia) or the super-high minimum wage, but no one outright […]

March 17, 2011 Continue reading…