Sydney Harbour & Manly by Manly Ferry (Part I)

A few years ago, I worked in a backpacker travel agency with a girl who was on an overseas working holiday/gap year from Ireland. Chiara (pronounced ‘Kee-ra’ – I always got it wrong) had a slightly warped sense of humour… we got on well 🙂 Whenever students, backpackers or visitors to Sydney would come in…

Happy New Year from freakyflier.com

What an interesting year 2012 was. From the 1st January till 31 December, I flew on 12 flights (lower than some years) on 5 airlines  including Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Jetstar and Vietnam Airlines which I reviewed on freakyflier.com. I flew Business Class and Economy Class and visited two overseas destinations, Indonesia and Vietnam. There were…

Merry Christmas 2012. How Does Santa Claus Find His Way Around Australia?

With the help of Airservices Australia, of course! A few day ago I was talking to my friend Johl whom I’ve known for around 12 years. He is an Air Traffic Controller based at Sydney Airport and he excitingly mentioned how this time of year always get so busy. I, surprised at his excitement of such busyness,  reluctantly agreed and…

A Tale Of Two Lighthouses, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I grew up in Wollongong and during the school holidays or on a long weekend, my dad would sometimes take my brother and I fishing, much to our delight, and I think my mum’s as she had a few hours respite from her noisy and sometimes over-energetic boys! The very first time, when we were…

A Royal Tour of Sydney

When I was a kid, my primary school would charter a bus and we’d go on an excursion to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. In 1983 we were on the bus and almost at the showgrounds when all traffic on South Dowling Street came to a halt. On the opposite side of the road were…

Review: CountryLink Xplorer – Sydney to Bundanoon Economy Class

What: CountryLink Xplorer Where: Sydney – Bundanoon, NSW Southern Highlands Service: Southern Xplorer CLK635 A train with wine 🙂 . I was going away for the weekend to visit some good friends who live in Bundanoon, a few hours south of Sydney in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. Leaving after work on a Friday…

Virgin Blue (DJ) E-Jet in AFL Livery

New uniforms, new aircraft for regional routes and new branding and livery expected soon, in the meantime, the newest aircraft to join the Virgin Blue fleet (this Embraer 190 and a Boeing 737) have been painted in this quite plain AFL (Australian Football League) livery, with an all white tail. Virgin Blue recently won the AFL contract….

A Long hop for the flying Roo

Qantas (QF) has announced it will start services between Sydney (SYD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from 16 May. They will operate 4 services a week in a 3 class boeing 747-400. As a result they will cancel their Sydney to San Francisco services from 14 May. Now Dallas may seem an unusual choice for the Australian carrier, but being…