A new breed of bar is cropping up in Sydney and proving a real hit.
Boutique bars – some specialising in one type of drink, others intimate watering holes – have found a home in Sydney after licensing laws changed to allow smaller bars a chance to thrive in New South Wales. The subsequent influx of boutique drinking establishments has led to a cultural change, welcomed by the bars’ owners.
Travelling light might be a great concept, but sometimes a few extra items will make life on the move much simpler. ZDNet‘s roundup of the best gadgets to take travelling will help you organise your luggage, keep in touch on the go and stay connected wherever you are:
- Grid-it holds your small items safely within its grip, keeping everything together during transit.
- Travelon luggage tags will help differentiate your bags from the dozens of others on the airport carousel.
- Keep all your gadgets charged with Kensington AbsolutePower. Its adapters can handle a variety of laptops and smartphones.
- Universal plug adapters are essential if you’re travelling overseas with electronic items. Buy a couple before you set off.
- The Nokia 301 is useful for frequent travellers. It takes foreign SIM cards to enable you to make cheaper phone calls abroad.
- Charge USB powered items without the need for a laptop by using the Logiix USB Power Cube.
- Compact luggage scales will keep you on the right side of airline luggage weight restrictions. EatSmart Precision Voyager’s are accurate and light enough not to eat into your luggage allowance.
- If you have switched from a laptop to a tablet for easier transportation, the Kensington Keyfolio Pro 2 is a keyboard and stand for tablets to make typing easier.
- Replace your holiday reading with the Kindle Paperwhite, which has a long battery life and the capacity to hold hundreds of virtual books.
- The Joby GorillaPod is a flexible tripod for your camera or smartphone, to make taking shots easier.
Sydney’s metropolitan centre belies its hidden wilderness not so far away. For a taste of the bush without leaving the state capital, the New York Times suggests walking Sydney’s coastal trails, one of which is the Spit Walk.
Just a few kilometres from the central business district, the Spit Walk runs from the Spit Bridge in Mosman to Manly town (and vice versa). A guided tour of the area with Sydney Coast Walks begins with a water taxi to the walk’s starting point. The knowledgable guide will tell you about the plants and wildlife around you and even provide a picnic lunch at a suitably picturesque spot amongst the houses, trails, bush and beaches. The tour ends with a ferry ride back to Sydney.
The inaugural Corporate Travel Innovation Summit was hosted by CAPA Centre for Aviation in Sydney in August. The main topic up for discussion was the changes occurring in the Australian marketplace.
According to the Centre for Aviation, more than 160 delegates attended the summit. Speaking at the event, Andrew Kelly, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) regional director for Australasia, said that Australia had shown growth in the market against an overall downward trend – a good sign for the country’s corporate travel industry.
Sydney is at the top of its game, so there’s no better time to head over and experience the city’s energy for yourself. Here are the Daily Mail‘s Sydney highlights:
- Visit the theatre. Australia’s acting talent is reportedly keen to remain part of the local arts scene, so there’s a good chance of seeing a big name at the Sydney theatres.
- Take a tour. My Sydney Detour is a tour with a difference: instead of jumping on a coach, visitors are chauffeured around in a classic car and shown a less obvious side of the city by a well-informed guide, Richard Graham.
- Embrace the arts. The Daily Mail highlights the White Rabbit Gallery (in Chippendale) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (The Rocks) as particularly excellent examples of modern art collections.
- Sample the wine. Rather than hitting the Hunter Valley, Mudgee is tipped to be the next great wine region in New South Wales. Fly there, or experience a spectacular drive to reach it instead.
Sydney’s George St spans several kilometres, from The Rocks to Central Station. It’s fast making a name for itself as the place to be both weekdays and weekends, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
From the birdcages of Angel Place to the Strand shopping mall, George St is packed with sights and sounds. It’s also heavy on choice when it comes to eating. For a snack or sweet treat, Lorraine’s Patisserie is making its presence felt in tiny Palings Lane. For a meal, options include another new arrival, Mr Wong, or the more established Neil Perry’s Rockpool. Est, located within The Establishment, offers Australian fare, whilst The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room does drinks and dinner.
A new food sensation debuted at the famous Sydney Night Noodle Markets earlier this month – but not everyone was impressed.
The ramen burger has become the latest craze since America embraced the concept of a beef patty within a noodle bun. David Yip is the owner of On Ramen, which has brought the ramen burger, in various guises, to the annual Night Noodle Markets in the city.
Business travellers can end up spending a lot of time on the move. If that sounds like you, the Sydney Morning Herald said it may be worth investing in a few travel items designed to make travelling less onerous and more luxurious:
- You could take the standard sleep mask and pillow offered on board, but Armand Diradourian’s Travel Sleep Kit, in cashmere, is a classier choice.
- The Aesop Jet Set Kit includes travel size hair, face and body products to keep you fresh and stylish.
- An aluminium case will look tough and last for years – the Sydney Morning Herald recommends the Rimowa Topaz carry-on case.
- If you worry about your suitcases going astray, the Trakdot Luggage Tracker will keep an eye on the whereabouts of your bags, for a subscription fee.
- The Rolex GMT Master II might be one for the man who has everything, but it will keep you up to date with three different time zones simultaneously.
Some planes are more luxurious than others. Business class in one plane can mean a reclining seat, whilst in another it means a seat that becomes a completely flat bed when it’s time to sleep. Amazingly, travellers can get the better deal for exactly the same price.
If you plan your flights, says the Sydney Morning Herald, you can book your trip so that you fly on the most comfortable plane. The Qantas Airbus A380 has fully reclining seats and a superior cabin to the Boeing 747. The Sydney Morning Herald also reports a smoother ride with the A380. Both planes fly the same route between Sydney and Hong Kong, but on different days of the week. Book your flight for the beginning of the week and you’ll travel on the 747, go for the second half of the week and experience A380 luxury.
Travelling can sometimes be stressful or boring, especially the time spent waiting in airports after you have cleared security. An enjoyable alternative to the gate area is an airline’s airport lounge. These areas have restricted access and provide guests with various facilities, food and, most importantly, a place to relax pre-flight.
Lounges are also a bonus in the event of a delay, whilst lounge staff can help you with many enquiries, too. There are several ways of accessing these lounges, according to Lifehacker, and it can be well worth it for the peace and quiet.