Royal Oak Hotel, Balmain, Sydney.

I’ve recently spent a few weeks looking after a dear friend’s house and her gorgeous kitty Clover, in Balmain, right on Sydney Harbour. My new local go-to was just a few hundred metres away – the Royal Oak Hotel. Balmain is a quick 11 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, under the harbour bridge, and…

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 โ€˜Kee-raโ€™ โ€“ I always got it wrong) had a slightly warped sense of humour… we got on well ๐Ÿ™‚ Whenever students, backpackers or visitors to Sydney would come in…