Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sydney - Such a City - A First Timer's Journey

As the plane banks over Sydney for the run into landing, other first time visitors crane their necks to glimpse the harbour, the Opera House and the Bridge. If you are arriving from overseas, the long flight is over and the adrenalin is flowing. Sydney has come a long way since the first settlers ended their six month journey from Europe to Australia in 1788 and started building what is now one of the World's most exciting cities. So, how long was that plane flight again?

Heading in from the airport, the first impression is bustle, energy and activity. Sydneysiders seem a happy lot, and they move quickly. The trees look almost tropical - broad leaves and obviously well watered - Sydney has a pretty high annual rainfall (1,213mm, or 47 inches) and averages about 10 rainy days a month. Rainfall and rainy days are spread evenly throughout the year. An umbrella is not a bad idea in Sydney.

To be in the thick of things, the best place to have your Sydney hotel is within a Kilometre of Circular Quay. The ferries are nearby, buses and trains leave for all parts of the city and some of the best restaurants are within walking distance.

Aerial View of Sydney
Check out the picture above and refer to a map of Sydney. You can see Circular Quay, with the Opera House on the left, the Bridge is in the centre, and the Downtown Central Business District in the top left hand corner. Darling Harbour is to the right of the CBD. The ferry to Darling Harbour from Circular Quay goes under the Bridge and loops around to the Casino, the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium and the Wildlife Sydney Zoo.

Check in to the hotel, and then check out the area.

Stay tuned as we journey around the Land Downunder for your first time... 

New Author

Well, I've been a bit slack here lately and haven't been keeping up with my posts.  So, one of my colleagues, Matt, has volunteered to contribute to the blog with a series on "Australia & Tasmania - A First Timer's Journey".  He intends to take you on a trip around OZ as seen through the eyes of a first time visitor.  For those of you who have already been, hopefully it will stir some great memories (and make you want to travel back there again!)

Matt works in the Custom Travel Planning Division at &, so he really knows his stuff.  He's certainly been there, done that, and has the t-shirt to prove it!

I hope you will sit back, relax, and enjoy being taken on a verbal tour of Australia, one step at a time.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Aussie Slang

Don't forget to check out my separate Slang page - updated once a week.  You can access it from the menu bar at the top, or click here.

In my ongoing effort to inform/educate you about all things Australian, I have decided to do a slang word/phrase of the week.  I'll pick a word or phrase, give its definition and then use it in a sentence so that you can get the context.  To help keep everything together, I've created a separate Slang page for this.  So, tune in once a week - you might learn something, and hopefully you'll get a laugh out of it too!  If you've heard a word or phrase that you didn't know, please leave me a comment so that I can include it in future posts.

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