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.
Sydney Architecture Walks founder Eoghan Lewis takes visitors on architect-guided tours of Sydney’s culture as expressed through the design of the city’s most remarkable structures.
Lewis has designed his Architecture Walks to be anything but the typical architectural tour. No pointing out buildings and regurgitating historical facts. He considers architecture to be great public art.
High above the city, visitors in Sydney Tower will enjoy the most scenic and breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Sydney available.
Since it first opened in 1981, Sydney Tower has afforded visitors a variety of activities from shopping at the five-level Westfield Shopping Centre, to relaxing in the lounge area of the Observation Deck, to getting a better view of the city in open air by going up to the tower’s Skywalk.
From its late eighteenth century start as a chaotic and anarchic colony to its modern status as a hot tourist destination, Sydney has grown to become a world renowned cultural icon in its own right.
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In The Sydney Morning Herald, two lettersmake their way onto the pages of the Traveller section.
Reader Anthony Williams offers a quick opinion about the lacklustre appearance and atmosphere of the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Perhaps the airport’s designation as the “Gateway to Australia” is inconsistent with the true beauty of Australia, as Williams reports that the absence of plants outside the airport and lack of ambiance inside the airport leaves much to be desired. He even had a word or two about the less than helpful parking attendants and the bus driver who transported patrons from the multi-storey parking structure to the airport.
Obtaining the right travel insurance policy can be a complicated matter. A survey conducted by consumer watchdog group Choice found that only 30% of Australians will review and understand the verbiage in their policy. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that travel insurance policies are notoriously difficult to decipher.
When it comes to sorting out the specifics of a travel insurance policy, the time investment alone required to review the finer points can easily climb to three or four hours of searching, reading, comparing and compromising. The alternatives are to either travel uninsured or quite possibly be insured but not covered in the event something does happen.
For decades, Byron Bay has drawn free-spirited nomads, who congregate on its shores and enjoy the area’s nude beach. Recently, officials have been battling with the alternative crowd after plans to eliminate the nudist culture were revealed.
In 1998 Byron Shire Council assigned part of Tyagarah Beach clothes-optional status. Today the beach, which is controlled by three state agencies, is the target of a movement to have the nude culture eliminated from the area. Officials and area residents cite anti-social behaviour and sexual harassment as adequate cause to revoke the clothes-optional status in the Byron Bay area.
One of the most sought-after gems of travelling is the opportunity to live as the locals live without the pretence of being singled out as a tourist. Travellers want a “real” experience. But the definition of “real” is rather subjective.
In the Traveller section of The Age The Backpacker told the story of travelling with other tourists to Taiwan and having the experience of sitting down to eat Taiwanese food in a Taiwanese restaurant. Yet the feeling of authenticity seemed elusive.
Many people have asked themselves them same question when travelling, “Do you tip the porter who carries your bags to your room and, if so, how much?”
The ritual of tipping the bag porter is one that is alive and well, yet its rules are still unclear for many Australians. The amount of the tip can depend on various factors. Geographic location, the socio-economic climate in the region being visited, the amount of luggage to be carried and the distance taxied can determine the amount of a tip.
Winter is over and spring has arrived, as evidenced by the start of the twelve week long horse racing season at Warwick Farm and Moonee Valley. Roar Rookie Kevin chronicled his experiences at the races for The Roar.
- Mitchelton Wines Plate (1200m 3y F SW, pen) – Emerging as the winner, Gregers was guided by the gentle skill of her trainer, Hayes.
- Carlyon Stakes (1000m 4y+SW.pen LR) – Finishing 1.8L behind the actual winner, Commanding Jewel showed up in good, but not perfect, form. Great things are expected of her in the coming races.