You Love Seafood? You’ll Love Sydney Fish Market!

We tend to visit the fish market at least once every time we are in town. It is more boutique-like, upmarket, and maybe touristy than many other famous fish markets, and it is also very small for a major metropolis like the Australian capital, but it has got a lot of charm, offers great ready-to-eat food from takeaway to restaurant, and the prices for fresh seafood are very reasonable, in many cases straight-out cut-price, not just by Australian standards. Fresh whole octopus, for example, is just AUD20/GBP 14 per kilogram, can’t complain about that.               It’s nice to stroll around the market and check out the fresh produce for half an hour or an hour. After that we usually have lunch at one of the various venues. This time, my wife’s brother very generously invited the whole family to Doyle’s seafood self-service restaurant, next […]

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Rose Bay to Watsons Bay Walk

From Circular Quay it’s only a bit over ten minutes by speed catamaran to Rose Bay, the starting point of one of the most spectacular walks we’ve done in Sydney. The walk follows the coastline from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay all of about 8km distance with only a few exceptions, when the path is a bit further inland. More than half the distance is through light woodland, so that you are not fully exposed to the sun, and there are several cafes and picnic stops along the way.       From nearly all points you have beautiful views of the city and the harbour and of the many ships and boats in between. The vegetation is abundant and we saw many lizards, cockatoos, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, parakeets, butterflies, and other colourful birds and animals.       After about two hours and a half, despite many stops to shoot photos […]

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Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

We had done the walk before, but it is always great fun to walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach (www.bonditocoogeewalk.com.au for more details). The walk is about 6km long, but feels longer, because it is usually rather crowded, so you can’t walk at full walking speed, and it does go up and down the cliffs. With all the stops to shoot some pictures, take a rest, sit down at one of the various cafes along the route to rehydrate or have a coffee, and considering we happened to have picked the hottest day of the year (38.8 degrees, hottest day in Sydney in 2016), it took us a very pleasant three and a half hours from start to finish, serious walkers can easily complete the walk in less than one and a half hours. If you choose to walk all the way to Maroubra, then you should add another […]

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Our annual trip to Sydney

With my wife being from Sydney and many of our friends living there (usually Australians who we have got to know while they stayed in London, but who then relocated back to Sydney a few years later), we usually visit Sydney once per year. I have myself lived in Brisbane for a year (in 1998, while still at uni) and always loved Australia. In my mind this is one of the top travel destinations worldwide by any standard. Apart from the exorbitant prices due to the bad exchange rate, the quality of life is simply phenomenal. People are super-friendly, relaxed, outgoing, hospitable, helpful, generous, fun to hang out with, the food and produce is fresh and tasty, there are so many things to do, everyone is outdoorsy and sporty and enjoys everything from barbie to surfing, hiking, swimming, or sunbathing on Bondi or one of the many other beautiful beaches. […]

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The Baxter Inn, Sydney’s Best Cocktail Bar

We met up with a few friends at The Baxter Inn, yesterday, a basement whiskey honky-tonk of great style and true awesomeness, half way between Darling Harbour’s Sea Life Aquarium and Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD, and equidistant to Wynyard and Town Hall train stations in 152-156 Clarence St. The little brother of Darlinghurst-based Shady Pines Saloon, The Baxter Inn opened only a few years ago, but has already become the established star of the Sydney bar scene. The entrance is well-hidden in a dark backyard of an industrial building. Often the lines of admirers stretch all the way to the street, though, giving good indication of the direction of the entrance. The atmosphere inside is dominated by dimmed warm light, heavy wooden furniture, and – the center piece of the bar – a giant, beautifully backlit wall of whisky, whose upper shelves are only accessible by scrolling ladders, so […]

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