Sydney in spring offers the perfect combination of great weather and all the attractions. The Independent highlighted its top picks for spring visitors to the city:
1) The Sydney Tower Eye offers breathtaking views from 309 metres up. Savings can be made by booking in advance.
When planning a holiday in Sydney, a harbour view is at the top of most people’s hotel wish list. But this often comes with a hefty price tag. To secure a spectacular view of the harbour without blowing the budget, heraldsun.com.au suggests choosing an island for your base. More specifically, Sydney Harbour’s Cockatoo Island.
Located at the meeting point of two rivers, Cockatoo Island has some of the best views of Sydney. There are various area around the island that allow visitors to take a load of, spread out the picnic blanket and have a barbeque, all while taking in the spectacular views.
An online auction for travel-related purchases has been developed by two Australian teenagers.
Zac Darch and Jonathan Shearman are two college students who live in Brisbane. In September, they launched a website which they believe will revolutionise the online travel market. Their site, Flight Penny, works in a similar way to existing auction sites for electronics, but customers bid for flights and accommodation instead.
A five-star hotel may sound like the best a city has to offer, but star ratings can be misleading, especially when some of the biggest names in hotels don’t even feature on the list.
AAA Tourism is well-known for its star ratings system. However, hotels pay to be part of the scheme and, as there is no obligation to be reviewed under the system, anyone searching for a hotel in Sydney using the AAA Guide will pass over options such as the Hilton and the Four Seasons.
The cost of travelling to Australia from the UK varies enormously according to the time of year.
To secure a lower fare, The Independent advised travelling from April (after Easter) to mid-June. More affordable fares are available between September and early December too, whilst mid-January up until Easter is also a good time to travel.
With rising house prices and the strong Aussie dollar, Sydney has been named as the tenth most expensive city in the world for expatriates, according to Mercer’s annual Cost of Living survey. Other cities on the list included Luanda, Moscow and Tokyo. Surprisingly (maybe not to the locals), Sydney ranked higher than cities such as New York and London.
Mercer’s Talent Business Leader, Garry Adams, said the biggest contributor for Sydney’s ranking was the cost of housing, with the median house price at $758,000. In June 2013, the average price for an apartment was $491,845.
While housing prices may play a large part in the overall ranking, the general cost of living is not much brighter. The survey revealed that the cost of a movie ticket in Sydney was $19.62, the cost of a fast food hamburger meal was $9.24 and the cost of a domestic beer averages $6.
The food truck phenomenon may just be building momentum in Brisbane, but it’s been the darling of places like New York City for years. That is where Harry and Christine Fleming got their inspiration to start The Bun Mobile.
Capitalising on a virtually non-existent market, owners of The Bun Mobile are setting a high standard for street food performance with their custom selection of Asian marinated meats and locally-grown vegetables hugged between two steamed buns.
Filmmaker Stefan Popescu provided his highlights of this year’s of independent films on display at the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF).
As the festival co-director and co-founder, Popescu understands the frustration of working in the film industry and having few mediums on which to display your work because it does not cater to the tastes of the average cinema goer. It is that widespread exclusion that moved Popescu and fellow filmmaker Katherine Berger to create the Underground Film Festival on a shoestring budget in 2006.
The City of Shadows Crime Exhibit combines historic images, mug shots and crime scene photos of generations past. This is combined with the present-day narratives of living community members who can recall the stories behind the pictures. The provocative exhibit makes another run in Sydney this year.
When the exhibit debuted at the Justice and Police Museum in 2005, it caused quite a stir amongst museum patrons and community members alike. People called in tips which helped the museum curator and staff researchers unearth a colourful catalogue of sensational non-fiction anecdotes. These private stories–turned-public narratives gave meaning to images that would otherwise have seemed unrelated.
From the 5th of June 2012 to the 31st of May 2014, the Nicholson Museum is featuring its intriguing exhibit 50 Objects 50 Stories, a collection of pieces that simply have the best stories, according to museum senior curator Michael Turner.
Of the 30,000 possible choices from which Turner could have pulled the exhibit pieces, he was able to narrow selections down based solely on the stories behind the objects. The fifty objects chosen vary in value and rarity. But all have interesting historical anecdotes attached to them.