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New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia

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...
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#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...
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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...
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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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...
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#2: Going Inside the Sydney Opera House

The Opera House seems to be the Eiffel Tower of Sydney: it’s the most recognized landmark in the city, the thing that you see upon arriving and think—Yes. I’m here. I got a little giddy as I spotted the trademark white, swooping arches as my plane...
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Postcard from Glebe

Once I booked my ticket to Sydney, I messaged an Australian girl who I had met on a bike tour in Munich a couple of years ago about grabbing a drink. In typical, full-on, Aussie friendliness, she first invited me on a trip to Thailand (that left the...
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Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee

The coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is a fabulous way to get a bit of exercise with a gorgeous backdrop. As usual, I'm glad I packed both my umbrella and my sunglasses: stormy skies closed down the beaches, but the sun was shining by the time I...
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Postcard from Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach quickly became my beach of choice, being named after one of my favorite authors and also being host to the oldest surf live-saving club in the world. Thus, I feel perfectly inspired to read my book and quite safe if I do decide to dip my...
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Welcome to Sydney: a review of Sydney Harbour YHA

The Sydney Harbour YHA is the perfect introduction to this sprawling city. I only stayed for a night, but I would have happily stayed for many more if I didn’t have a friend who offered up her room for free while she’s vacationing in Thailand for a...
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