The Best Beaches in Sydney

The Best Sydney Beaches

Sydney is world famous for having some of the best and most iconic beaches in the world amongst the most famous is probably Bondi but there are some great hidden away gems just waiting to be explored.

Perhaps the greatest metropolis of fun and commerce to have such fantastic beaches and leisure opportunities open to locals and visitors alike.

Sydney abounds in white sandy beaches but if you are more for a tranquil lazy day then perhaps Bondi Beach should be avoided and look at Balmoral on the northern side or Redleaf on the eastern side.

 

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Bondi Beach

Certainly Bondi is Australia’s best known beach and therefore also tends to be the most crowded. It still has its charms and is definitely worth a visit. The best swimming is probably in North Bondi and if you go mid-week then things are a little quieter.

If you fancy an early morning cuppa or breakfast then Brown Sugar is an excellent choice before taking lunch at Bondi Hardware. The Porch and Bucket List are also favourite watering holes of tourists and locals alike.

Tamarama Beach

This narrow strip of land between the headlands at Tamarama is a little spot of aloofness from all the other rather crowded beaches. This is rare for a city beach giving it’s close proximity to Bondi.

Very much a place for the more suave and glamorous and also the left-hand reef break will have you vying with some of the city’s best surfers and bodyboarders to catch a decent wave.

Freshwater

Freshwater is a hidden gem and is the first beach north of Manley boasting a great rockpool which will delight your kids and possibly entertain yourself too.

It is also officially the official birthplace of surfing in Australia. The tale goes that a Hawaiian swimmer started to show off with what he could do with a board back in the early twentieth century.

There is a great place to end your day and have a beer or something to eat, pop into Pilu restaurant part of the establishment of Freshy.

Shelly Beach

One of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the whole Sydney area. Shelly Beach is a secluded cove not far away from Manley’s main street, simply walk south along the road and you will eventually come to it.

It is a perfect spot for a picnic with the family where the scenery of bush and tropical vegetation matches the exotic fish swimming freely in the water. The beach is timeless and you could almost imagine days of yore where designer bathing suits were donned to take a dip.

Surf at nearby Fairy Bower, one of Sydney’s best surf breaks or swim safely at the Cole Classic which is Australia’s largest ocean swim.

Whatever beach you choose to spend your day, choose the most appropriate beach to suit your needs. Sydney’s beaches have something to offer everybody and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.

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Sydney Events

Events in Sydney July – Sept 2016

If you are looking at visiting Sydney during July – Sept 2016 then there are plenty of events and things happening in and around the city.

Sydney has a bright and buzzing entertainment scene all year round and no matter when you visit the city there will be something to suit for everybody.

Below is highlighted some of the best events not to be missed during the July-Sept period.

Bondi Feast

11 July -25th July

A great festival of live entertainment for local homegrown theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and food all over a fortnight period.

There will be fifty performances and over one hundred artists on stage.

The event takes over the Bondi Pavilion building and the Bondi Feast showcases performances from Sydney’s finest writers, comedians, storytellers and theatre makers. Featuring Zoe Coombs, Marr, Retrosweat 80’s Aerobics, Sabrina D’Angelo, Little Fictions and the PACT Rapid Response Team.

To warm up your winter there are numerous delicious food vendors and hot cider purveyors in attendance.

PBR Australian National Finals

23rd July

A one off event and perhaps one day in a lifetime. The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) prepare to deliver a huge night of rough and tumble sport in the dirt.

It’s a spectacular like nothing else – there are twenty two riders all chomping at the bit to try to overcome the power of 52 awesome and extreme beasts namely; the bucking bulls. The battle is head to head for power, glory and to see who’s skill can out match the bulls.

Possibly the longest eight seconds of the rider’s life.

The Sun-Herald City2Surf

9th August

Possibly Sydney’s most favourite sporting event, the Sun-Herald City2Surf event is presented by Westpac and is the largest run in the world with over 80,000 participants attending each year. To give you an idea it is more competitors than London and New York put together.

The run has been taking place since 1971 and Sydneysiders are joined by participants from all over the world. The 14 kilometre race is from Hyde Park in the CBD to the finish at spectacular Bondi Beach.

Public transport is the best way of getting to the start line and also to return home but add extra time for your journey as things are bound to be a little busy.

 

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Festival of the Winds

11th September

A terrific day out at Bondi Beach as Australia’s largest kite flying festival is back on again. The sky will be full of kites of all sizes and shapes flown by professional, local and international kite flyers. Whilst on the ground below there will be dancing and music to accompany the kite’s.

Festival of the Winds also brings numerous attractions such as face painting, kite making stalls, an animal farm, bouncy castles and everything else that is needed for a family fun day out.

Whatever you decide to do on your next visit to Sydney then these are just some of the ideas to keep you entertained and busy. Just visit the city and explore for yourself the many attractions open to you.

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Events in Sydney April-June 2016

Events in Sydney April-June 2016

Sydney’s event calendar seems to get more and more adventurous as every year passes.

The city is a hive of activity all year around and every sort of event possible is stages 24/7 five days a week and 52 weeks a year.

Some of the more interesting happenings are listed below.

 

The Championships

Royal Randwick
2nd Apr & 9th Apr

Australians love their horse racing and the Championships is an important calendar event.

The two day event features ten Championship races over the first two Saturdays in April. There is nearly $20 million in prize money at stake in a dazzling array for classic races for all ages and categories.

The Championships is part of the broader BMW Sydney Carnival.

 

Cracker Night

Elmore Theatre
20th April

If you enjoy a rib-tickling night of comedy then look no further than Cracker Night at the Elmore Theatre. Quite simply it is Sydney’s biggest festival of comedy featuring Australian legends, international stars and many new acts.

This night launches the Sydney festival of comedy and what a way to do it.

 

Fashion Weekend

Moore Park
14th – 17th May

The 14th of May signifies the rolling into town of the fashion bandwagon. Sydney is the fashion hub of Australia and the town has a buzz to it during fashion weekend.

The Cannon Runway will feature over 100 different designs and looks from some of Australia’s top fashion designers.

Fashion is not the only commodity on show as fans of beauty products and shopping can also heavily indulge in the fun and festivities. Find out all about the new trends in makeup, hair and nails at the huge Beauty Hub.

 

Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

Olympic Park
26th – 29th May

This is the largest event of it’s kind in Australia, enjoy four days of fun and excitement exploring all things in natural therapies and general healthy living.

Over 200 exhibitors will be displaying their wares and holistic approaches to the industry. Attend free inspirational seminars, psychic readings, meditation sessions and stage performances.

Also enjoy sampling and learning home to cook healthy food at the Soul Kitchen.

 

Vivid Light Festival Photography Tour

Sydney
1st June – 8th June

Witness the city as you have never seen it before, Vivid Sydney is back bigger and better. There will be more than 60 projections this festival along with light sculptures and innovative installations.

There are even tours you can take to show you just exactly how to take photographs of all that Vivid has to offer.

The whole ethos of the festival is based on photography and how to get the best from all the events that are happening around the city.

 

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney
8th June – 19th June

This is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the Sydney Film Festival is now in it’s 63rd year.

Films from all around the world are showcased including; features, documentaries, animation and a whole lot more.

The festival acts as an annual forum for cultural thought and discussion all about the art. Highlights of the festival include twelve films that compete for the AUD60,000 cash prize.

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Events in Sydney Jan – Mar 2016

Often the start of a new year turns out to be a bit of a damp squib after all the party celebrations of Christmas and celebrating the New Year.

However, Sydney is a buzzing city during the whole year and has many thrilling and exciting events coordinated for the first quarter of 2016.

Whether your preferences are more on the arty side or you enjoy sports and outdoor events then the opening months have something special in store for you.

Classical music, opera, sailing, baseball, horse racing and live music are all waiting for you when you visit the city.

 

Symphony & Opera in the Domain

Jan 16th & Jan 23rd

Royal Botanic Gardens

 

Two completely free events and of the highest quality and class; just bring a rug, a picnic hamper, find a free space on the grass and enjoy the show.

This year the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has a special show planned as it is the 40th anniversary. The repertoire is a collection of all the music they have played at the event since it’s inception.

A little later in the month presented by Opera Australia is one of the most anticipated events of the whole Australian operatic calendar.

An evening of fine opera and ballet is in store by some of the best soloists and top dancers on the Australian scene.

 

Ferrython

Jan 26th

Circular Quay

 

Sydney Harbour enjoys a spectacular maritime treat as it displays it’s naval heritage in a superb free event.

Witness Sydney’s iconic ferries battle it out in Circular Quay for a celebration of Australia Day.

The boats compete from Circular Quay to Shark Island and finish the race in a climax at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

World Baseball Qualifiers

Feb 11th – 14th

Rooty Hill

 

This international showcase was first held in 2006. It gathers together the world’s greatest baseball stars competing for their home nations.

 

Team Australia will clash with New Zealand  and South Africa will face the Philippines in the qualifiers. Australia are aiming to go on their fourth trip to the WBC and take the next step for attaining the global crown.

 

Chipping Norton Stakes Day

Feb 27th

Warwick Farm

 

A day at the races is always a good day out and the action at the Liverpool City Council Chipping Norton stakes should be unmissable.

Relax with the whole family with your picnic on the beautiful spacious, tree-lined Popular Lawn.

Not only is the racing top notch but there is plenty of other activities going on as well; including face painting, a bouncy castle, petting zoo and a clown show.

 

Camden Show

Mar 12th

Camden

 

Spend a top weekend where the country visits the city, only one hour away from the CBD.

The show is designed to educate, enthuse and excite everything that is good from the countryside.

Camden Show attracts visitors from far and wide and is one of the biggest events in New South Wales.

 

Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR)

March 14th – March 20th

Penrith

 

Held at the prestigious Penrith Sydney 2000 Olympic rowing venue, this week long regatta is Australia’s largest rowing event. Some of the world’s best rowers compete in over 100 events.

Not only is the SIRR Australia’s largest rowing event but it is also the premier rowing event in the country. The top events are;

  • Australian Open Rowing Championships
  • Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships
  • King’s and Queen’s Cup Interstate Regatta

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Overnight Trips from Melbourne by Private Luxury Coach or Mini Coach

Australia is a large country and there is a lot to see. Melbourne in southern Australia is a days drive to many great locations and today we are going to look at the city of Adelaide. Many people travel from Melbourne to Adelaide and one of the most economic ways to do so, as well as one of the most environmentally friendly is to travel in groups by bus or mini bus.

The drive takes about 8 hours and can be done overnight while you sleep saving you a night in a hotel, and taking care of your travel time all at the same time. This can be an especially great way for students and school groups to make educational excursions, or for families to travel to other cities on a budget. There are many things to see and do in Adelaide and we are going to look at three places, the National Aboriginal Centre, the South Australian Museum, and The National Wine Centre. A little bit of culture, a little bit of wine, and a dash of art will fill a day or two in Adelaide.

The South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum

Photo by Richard Lyons, courtesy South Australian Museum. & artdaily.com

The finest opal ever found was acquired by the to the South Australian Museum in 2013 and it is now going to be displayed to the public for the first time in September of 2015. The name of the stone is the Virgin Rainbow and is a full 6 cm across or 2.4 inches. It literally looks like there is fire inside the stone. The museum is going to display the stone to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of Opals.

At one time southern Australia was covered by a sea and it created the perfect environment to produce the stones. A young man named Willie first discovered opals in 1914 when he was on a gold mining expedition with his father. He was told to go get some water for the camp. He was instructed to stay near the campground, but being a teenage boy he ignored the advice and went off on his own to find the water. When he returned to camp he not only had plenty of water but his fortune in stones as well. He discovered what is now known as the opal capital of the world.

See the million dollar opal on display at the South Australian Museum for the first time ever in September 2015 to celebrate the centenary of opal mining for the country. Very fitting as this opal was found in Coober Pedy the same town where they were first discovered and what is believed to have 90% of the world’s opal stock.

 

National Wine Centre

The National Wine Centre is any wine lover’s dream come true. The ‘Wined Bar’ & Cellar Door have the largest selection of wines to taste in one place in all of Australia. 120 distinct bottles are available for tasting from boutique vineyards, to larger scale products, reds, whites, sparkling, dessert, and rose, every type of wine you can imagine. Definitely something to suit every palate, even the pickiest of drinkers. Perfect for groups that include those that claim not to like wine and wine connoisseurs alike.

If you are going to be making a day of it, and why wouldn’t you then you will want to explore the tapas bar. The menu has been specifically paired with the wines on offer by the chef Patrick White. The location is not so bad either, it overlooks the botanic gardens of Adelaide. The National Wine Centre has all the best Cellar Doors all in one place, no where else will you enjoy such a vast variety of Australian wines.

Fun facts, up to 38,000 bottles of wine can be stored onsite at any given time, and there are always at least 12,000 bottles on hand for tastings, functions, and being served at the Tapas bar. This makes for a pretty awesome venue for just about any type of event whether corporate or social. A lovely place for weddings, team building events, product launches, birthday parties, social gatherings, or just for the fun of tasting wine with your nearest and dearest friends.

The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence is also in Adelaide. Founded in 2006 the centre has raised over $30,000,000 in social value. The centre has set up programs for after school, and holidays for students, as well as classes for adults. In addition there are arts & culture classes, and a magnificent sporting facility. Up to 110 people can lodge at the centre at one time, and the sports centre can be used for a number of different activities all while learning about Australia’s indigenous people.

There are many reasons to visit Adelaide, and these are some of the best places we can think of to visit while you are there. The Southern Australian Museum, the National Wine Centre and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence all provide educational opportunities for all ages, and provide unique venues for special events. Team building, educational excursions, or family outings, consider Adelaide for a day or a week, only an 8 hours drive from Melbourne, the most cost effective way for a group to travel there is by private minibus hire with driver.

 

aUSTRALIAN SNOWFIELDS

Want To Travel To The NSW Snowfields From Sydney?

If you are in Sydney and are interested in having an excellent time while on holiday, one of the places you can purpose to visit is the New South Wales (NSW) region. There are many tourist attractions that make it particularly appealing to people. One of the major types of attractions in the region is the snowfields. There is a lot for any tourist to see and do in this region, and planning a trip there is likely to be a highlight for your road trip from Sydney to NSW. The major activity in the region is skiing.

Do you need to be a pro in order to have fun in the Snowfields?

A common concern that most people have is the degree of skill they will need in order to take advantage of the snowfields. In most of the other parts of the world where skiing is offered as a holiday activity, it’s normally a prerequisite to have some experience in the activity beforehand. This limits quite a number of people, particularly if they are just interested in having a bit of fun before going back home.

This is not an issue that you have to worry about when you visit the snowfields in NSW from Sydney. You will find that the vast majority of them will have sections that are suited to a particular skill level. If you are a beginner, you can head over to the more gentle slopes, where you can learn how to ski with ease.

It will also make it easier for you to interact with people who are only slightly more skilled than you, so that you can then learn from them. This does not mean that people who are seasoned at skiing will not have that much fun. There are many sections that are particularly challenging, and suitable for them as well. What this means is that irrespective of what your experience has been with skiing, you can be sure that you will find a facility where you can have fun when you go to NSW.

The issue of equipment

You will need special equipment to go skiing. There are various ways of getting hold of such equipment. For one, you could buy it in Sydney, and then travel with it to NSW. One of the benefits of doing this is that you will have access to a larger variety of stores, and you can even order custom made equipment if you are interested in it. The only disadvantage with buying your skiing equipment in Sydney is that it might be a bit inconvenient, seeing as you might need to travel with greater loads.

This can easily be solved by renting a coach to get you to and from the snowfields. This is not as expensive as you would imagine, and gives you access to a lot of space and comfort. This is one of the most cost effective ways to travel to and from the snowfields.

What are some of your snowfield destinations?

Some of the more popular destination options in the region include:

  • Thdredbo: This is a snowfield that is located around five hours’ drive from Sydney. It is a relatively large snowfield, occupying an area of more than 480 hectares. Some of the defining features of the facility include very wide slopes and trails. It is also home to one of the longest runs in the country.
  • Perisher Blue: This is also located around five hours away from Sydney by road. It has around 50 ski lifts in place, and occupies an area of more than 1250 hectares. This makes it one of the most expansive ski facilities of its kind. The runs are a bit shorter compared to what you would get in other ski facilities in the country, but still offer quite a bit of fun. The Perisher Blue snowfield is generally a beautiful place to be in and you will be glad that you go the opportunity to ski there.
  • Charlotte Pass: You can also choose to visit the Charlotte Pass in NSW for skiing. It is located around six and a half hour away from Sydney. The area has excellent accommodation facilities including small old school lodges. It is predominantly populated by gentle slopes, though there are some tougher sections as well. There is a section to suit people with all types of skill levels.
  • The Selwyn Snowfields: Most of the other snowfields in the NSW region have a mix of both simple and complex ski slopes. The Selwyn Snowfields are different, since they are primarily geared towards the novice skier. The region generally has gentle terrain and is also populated by high quality staff members who can easily show you the ropes. If you plan on having fun at the snowfields for more than a day, you will need to organize for accommodation at Adaminaby, which is located around 35 minutes away from the snowfields.

The issue of logistics

As you can see, there is a lot of sense in thinking of going to have fun at the ski slopes in NSW. If you are planning on doing this, you will definitely need to think about the logistics of getting from and to Sydney.

A common means of transport that most people prefer when visiting the regions for leisure is by hiring coach buses or minibuses. Some of the advantages of this include the fact that you have access to loads of space, as well as increased levels of comfort. In addition to that, visiting the ski slopes using a hired coach will reduce the need for you to navigate unfamiliar territories on your own. You only need to tell the driver about your itinerary, and then let them figure out a way to get you there on time. This leaves you to simply sit back and enjoy the ride.

The other thing you have to consider is picking the right coach hire firm. It’s important that you hire coaches from companies that have a lot of experience in ferrying customers to and from the Snowfields, so that they can advise you appropriately and also make sure that you have no hiccups for your transport.

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8 Tips for Booking a Private Coach and Driver

8 Tips for Booking a Private Coach and Driver

 

private coachGroups of 2-200 use private coach and driver services across the world for all kinds of reasons.  Schools use private coach service with driver for daily school runs, sporting trips, educational excursions, and academic competitions.  Companies large and small use private coach hire for conferences, airport shuttle service, and for training seminars.  Social groups use private coach and driver services for spa days, golf outings, hens/bucks nights out, weddings, graduations, and birthday celebrations.   Read more

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What’s On Sydney 2015

What’s On Sydney 2015

Sydney has a multitude of events happening in the first quarter of 2015. We have highlighted some of the best things to do and see in and around Sydney from February to April 2015. The events listed are good for families, couples, social groups, and corporate incentive packages. Transportation to these events can be through shuttle services, or private coach hire. Read more