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Middle Eastern Food Feast in Auburn

Going to Auburn is like catching a direct flight to Istanbul. You get off the train, or out of your car, and the main streets are lined with Turkish markets, takeaway outlets and restaurants. It is a fantastic place to explore and after a little bit of research on various food blogs, we knew some key places we wanted to visit but that didn’t stop us from discovering a few new places along the way.

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Top 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Weekend

We are being warned of a “bone chilling” cold snap this weekend, which will give many an excuse to lock themselves away at home with the heater on and a hot cup of tea. But, if like me you still want to get out and about but don’t want to sacrifice your warmth, here’s my top 3 ways to keep warm in Sydney this weekend. Continue reading Top 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Weekend

A Staycation in Mosman

As much as you try to recreate the feel of travel in your own city, when you have to return home the holiday is over and you return to the same chores and routine you had when you set off for the day. There is something special about spending the weekend away from home- even if you are really still only down the road.

So, when my brother and his family asked us to house-sit (more specifically dog-sit) their place in Mosman, we saw it as an opportunity for a mini staycation. Housesitting is a great inexpensive way to get a mini-holiday with all the the conveniences of home including toys and kitchen basics, and all for the price of walking and feeding the dog!

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Sunrise overlooking North Head

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A Suburban Gem in Concord

There are times that even the simplest of everyday tasks can lead you to discover a part of Sydney that you never even knew existed. This morning was one of those times. We needed to return a car to our friend’s place in Concord after having dropped them at the airport. Not wanting to waste a trip, I did a quick google to see if there was anywhere to explore nearby and stumbled upon the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. To be completely honest, I had low expectations but, I was wrong.

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The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River. It is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. The focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline. Continue reading A Suburban Gem in Concord

Family Fun Day Sunday Destination: Parramatta

There are plenty of reasons to dislike Sydney’s public transport system, but the Family Fun Day Sunday tickets are certainly one of Sydney Train’s saving graces. For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy unlimited travel all day Sunday in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas, by train, bus, ferry and light rail. Such a great deal.

Here’s the first of a series of posts I will do to give you some ideas for where to take public transport with the family on a Sunday.

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From the inner west, we take the train to Circular Quay. There’s always plenty to see at Circular Quay- buskers line the wharfs and it’s great fun to take the time to wander along and watch some of the entertainment on offer.  The Parramatta Rivercat leaves every hour from Circular Quay and travels past Darling Harbour, Cockatoo Island and down the Parramatta River past Sydney Olympic Park and finally, to Parramatta. The kids love the constantly changing scenery on the Rivercat- it’s a great way to make the journey part of the fun of the day.

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A day as a tourist in Surry Hills

As we approach the Bank holiday on 4th August I am reminded of the same day last year and it brings a smile to my face. With both kids still heading to daycare for the day, my husband took the day off work to join me on a ‘date day’ to explore Surry Hills through the eyes of a tourist.

We began the day with breakfast at Bills on Crown Street. Being a Monday it was super quiet, just a few people grabbing their morning coffee. Our food was great- the crab, chorizo & house kim chee fried brown rice is not your usual breakfast option but it was my highlight.

Surry Hills  has such a great vibe and is great for people watching; exploring the many boutiques full of unique and vintage clothes; shops full of interesting and different curiosities; cafes, bars and restaurants with fantastic designer interiors as well as those with a more hipster vibe full of repurposed furniture… it is a feast for the senses!

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