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For those who came across the seas

Today’s Australia has been shaped by migration. We’ve come from all the lands on earth to build this great country. The National Maritime Museum collects the stories of migrants to Australia, and the National Monument is one of our most important and visible ways of recognising the people behind these stories. Over 30,000 names already…

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October 22, 2021

Purple Rain

Nothing says warm weather in Sydney like the full bloom of purple jacaranda trees. For six or so weeks (usually from mid-October before a peak in mid-November) the streets become filled with beautiful purple flowers gently falling on the footpaths like purple rain… it’s just stunning. Here are a few places you must check out. What better place…

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October 21, 2021

Sydney’s international travelers

If you’ve ever peered into the murky waters of a pond in Centennial Park chances are you’ve seen one of their long, slimy occupants flopping about. The long-finned eels seem pretty content in their picturesque sludge, but apparently, they migrate as far as New Caledonia or the Solomon Islands to lay their eggs. Autumn is…

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October 20, 2021

Sydney’s abandoned secret gem

Looking like something, you might see in Medieval Europe, but the Greystanes Aqueduct is instead one of Western Sydney’s best kept secrets. The stunning aqueduct was completed in 1888 and can be found just minutes from Parramatta and less than 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. The Aqueduct was originally constructed to bring water over a…

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October 19, 2021

From the ashes

The Willoughby Incinerator building was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and completed in 1934. This incinerator is a remarkable piece of early Australian Industrial heritage. Designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Eric Nicholls, the building is sited at the edge of what is now the Willoughby Centennial Parklands. In 1967 the incinerator was switched off, and the…

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October 18, 2021

Dead centre of Newtown

There are still some hidden places within Sydney. Most locals can find a cemetery nearby, but there are some that even locals did not know existed and they live with 100m of the spot! Considering Camperdown Cemetery’s location right off King Street, smack-bang in the middle of Newtown, it’s incredible how few people know it…

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October 15, 2021

Discarding evidence…. Sydney style

Coogee Beach is one of the most beautiful, serene beaches in Sydney. I was once home to an aquarium that housed a massive tiger shark in 1935 for a week. This predator of the deep was caught three kilometres off the beach by fishermen. While families gazed at the shark located inside its tank, they…

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October 14, 2021

Resolute

If you are willing to walk through some of Sydney’s beautiful bushland (and climb a few stairs) the reward is one of Sydney’s best secret beaches. Accessed only by walking track or boat, Resolute Beach in Northern Beaches’ Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park is as remote a beach as they come. A small stretch of sand…

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October 13, 2021

Sounds from Sydney’s past

In a quiet alleyway off George Street, Angel Place holds an art installation with such a magical quality. Hanging high above the alley is an array of mismatched empty birdcages, and while you’re looking up to appreciate the display, you may hear the sound of birdsong quietly drifting through the air. This creation was originally…

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October 8, 2021

For the international sweet tooth

To the casual passer-by, this small general store on the corner of Redfern and George Streets looks fairly commonplace. In reality, it’s a lolly-lovers nirvana and an Instagram sensation with more than 24,000 followers. People venture from all over Sydney to visit this local corner store with a cult-like fan base. Owner Hazem Sedda was…

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October 7, 2021

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