Lunch at The Meridian Hotel, Hurstville, Sydney.

Its certainly no ‘Le Meridien’ , but the hotels restaurant is an affordable venue for lunch in the southern suburbs of Sydney. I met my Mum and brother Azza here recently for lunch and catchup before I head off on my next adventure. Happy New Year 2017 – Where are you travelling to?   Located in…

Wandering Through Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Australia

  “Dog must not steal from dog” – Convict saying. Recently, I decided to become a tourist in my own city of Sydney and visit one of Australia’s oldest European buildings, The Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Listed on the New South Wales and Australian National Heritage registers and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site…

Air India returns to Sydney with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

After years of speculation, the return of Air India after a 16 year hiatus AND the first scheduled, commercial service of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner happened recently. I’d only ever seen the Boeing 787 Dreamliner once, that was in 2009 at the Boeing factory near Seattle when the first few had just rolled off the…

Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! – Farewell Sydney Monorail

“There’s nothing on this earth like a genuine, bona-fide, electrified, six car monorail!” “What’d I say?” “Monorail” “What’s it called?” “Monorail” “That’s right, monorail!” “Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!” Marge vs The Monorail. Episode 71 of The Simpsons, 1993 It would have to be my favourite Simpsons episode, Marge Vs The Monorail, it centres around a crook…

Welcome to Nyngan – Bogan Shire – Central New South Wales

When I said to friends I was going to Nyngan for the long weekend, most said “you’re going all that way to smoke weed?”… “No, thats Nimbin on the NSW North Coast” I stated with a sigh. Nyngan is located in outback NSW on the Bogan River in the Bogan Shire. I was off to…

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…

New Chinese airline arrived in Sydney this morning

Today marked the start of another Chinese carrier serving Australia. Hainan airlines (HU) will fly an Airbus A330-200 three times a week between Shenzhen and Hangzhou and Sydney. Shenzhen, located on mainland China near Hong Kong and Hangzhou, also on the mainland near Shanghai are both important financial, trade and industrial cities and with populations…