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Wendy’s Secret Garden Sydney

A true creator sees what isn’t there, then makes it appear. And so it was with Wendy Whiteley, already an established Australian artist, when she looked over the mess of invasive weeds and tangled lantana filling the neglected escarpment near her door. In her mind’s eye she could see it. A sanctuary to escape the […]

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South Head heritage trail Walk

Watsons Bay Walk

The Watsons Bay walk on the South Head Heritage Trail is the southern gateway to Sydney Harbour. Rich in early settler and forgotten military history, the Watsons Bay walk is home to the historic Hornby Lighthouse, one of Australia’s first lighthouses. It’s the easiest way to escape the city and yet still enjoy city and […]

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Q Station Manly Quarantine Station

About Q Station Manly It’s what still attracts people here; close to the burgeoning township of Sydney yet far enough to break from city life. But from the 1830s, North Head was more than a simple respite for arriving ships. For 150 years until typhus, smallpox and scarlet fever became history, Manly Quarantine Station tended […]

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Tips for Hiking in the Rain

The weather forecast is RAIN. Do you a) hide indoors and dust the top of your kitchen cupboards OR b) greedily choose to have stunning bushwalking tracks all to yourself, see more wildlife than usual, stare in amazement at the trickles and waterfalls you never thought possible? The more awesome option b) means facing the […]

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The Goods Line Sydney

The Goods Line Sydney

The Goods Line, Sydney, is urban renewal at its best. Transforming a long-abandoned freight railway line into green space, this formerly dead part of town now draws city workers outside and creates an attractive walkway between Central Station and Darling Harbour. This area was my former stomping ground (I’m ex-ABC and UTS, both of which […]

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Where to Stay in Sydney to Walk

Thinking about which of the city’s best walks you’ll do will determine where to stay in Sydney. If you’ll be doing other things during your stay, it doesn’t really matter where you stay as it’s fairly easy to get around… but if you only have a short time in Sydney and like the sound of […]

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Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

The Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk is a short bush walk with big rewards, amazing views over Palm Beach and whale watching in Winter and early Spring. Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk Barrenjoey Headland is a relatively small peninsula, primed for spectacular views. From the top you can see the vast stretch of Pacific Ocean to the east, Hawkesbury […]

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Short-beaked echidna. Photo by Adrian van der Stel.

Australian birds and animals in Royal National Park

We are still blown away by how beautiful guest Adrian van der Stel’s photos are of the Australian birds and animals he spotted while out on a full-day Sydney coastal walk with us in Royal National Park a few years ago. This wasn’t a birdwatching tour, nor a specific wildlife walk, but rather Adrian’s photos […]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

Two structures define Sydney’s skyline: the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. While you may have heard of Bridge Climb – walking over the bridge’s arch to the summit – there’s also a completely free Sydney Harbour Bridge walk with equally unmissable views. There are three ways to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk; The […]

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Royal National Park Cabins Open Day

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Royal National Park cabins? On the annual open day, hear directly from members of the shack communities for the National Trust Festival. You’ll hear how the cabins have been built and maintained by generations of local families away from the mod cons of 21st century life. […]

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