Issue 4 | December 2012
SYDNEY HAS IT ALL Great sights. Great Food. Great Shops.
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INSIDER SYDNEY: THE ICONS AND BEYOND Plan the perfect Sydney vacation. See iconic sights such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. Whether you’re going with your friends or with your family, Sydney has it all.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S WINTER GETAWAYS
Enjoy your winter holidays instead of being locked up in your home. Relax at a spa or go wine tasting at one of Western Australia’s renowned wineries.
GOING EXTINCT! ENDANGERED SPECIES
Australia is known for its very well known and somewhat strange wildlife. However, many of these species are at risk of becoming endangered. Find out which of these species are and why.
EXPLORE THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
Rent a van and take a road trip through the Australian Outback. Learn tips on where to go, where to stop, and how to be safe on this unforgettable adventure.
Regulars HOTEL GUIDE
20 Ayers Rock Hotels 26 Adelaide Hotels 32 Perth Hotels
66 Great Melbourne Sight
40 Top Sydney Restaurants
74 Ten Australian Must Sees
90 Dress Like an Australian
PLAN YOUR TRIP
54 Essentials for an
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INSIDER SYDNEY THE ICONS & BEYOND Sydney. It’s a city built from icons that make your jaw drop — the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach — but there’s also plenty of substance behind the flash. Get the best of both worlds with these insider tips.
he suburbs of Sydney are all unique in their own way. There’s Bondi (flashy, beachy, great cafes if you know where to look), Newtown (alternative chic), Paddington (uptown chic and Australian designer boutiques) and more. But if you’re looking for a cosmopolitan kind of day, hang out in Darlinghurst and Surry Hills and eat/ drink/shop til you drop. Gourmet grocers and nichey boutiques like Wheels and Doll Baby abound. The Book Kitchen is a great spot for brunch and a browse of their massive range of cookbooks. The Bourke Street Bakery is a must stop.
Royal Botanic Gardens
GET YOUR ART FIX Set aside an entire day to get your art fix — start off at 2 Danks Street, an incredible warehouse complex of mini-galleries in the back streets of Waterloo (you can get amazing brunches from the award-winning cafe there) then head over to the grand and challenging Museum of Contemporary Art, where the works are as inspiring as the Circular Quay view.
PLONK YOURSELF ON A BEACH
TAKE A WALK
Need to work on that tan? Sure, you have to see Bondi but you could also throw your towel down at nearby Bronte or Tamarama, or on some of the less well-known city beaches like Shelly Beach near Manly and Camp Cove near Watson’s Bay.
Stroll around the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens (which just happen to afford a fantastic view of the Opera House) or walk around Cremorne Point and take in the beautiful gardens and fantastic city views. It’s on the other side of the harbour from the Opera House, and you can ride a ferry each way.
EAT YOUR WAY ACROSS SYDNEY When it comes to food, there’s a lot on offer in Sydney, especially if you’re a fan of seafood, mod Oz and Thai. Here’s a little tasting plate. • Crown Street in the suburb of Surry Hills is lined with eclectic eateries and famous restaurants like Spice I Am, Billy Kwong (Kylie Kwong) and Bills Surry Hills (Bill Granger). Zip around the corner to Le Monde or Fifi Foveaux for great egg breakfasts. • For a quintessential Sydney dining experience (ie food, sea and swank), head to Hugo’s in the beach suburb of Manly. All you need to do is hop off the ferry and you’re there — try for a seaside seat. • Newtown has a heap of cafes, quick cheap Thai restaurants and killer coffee at Campos on Missenden Road. • Kings Cross may have a dicey reputation but Macleay Street is home to many a lovely restaurant and deli these days. Try Yellow for great food and supplies. • Cleveland Street (which crosses through Surry Hills) will find you surrounded by affordable and super-tasty Middle Eastern food — there are too many to recommend! • For low-rent dining fun on the city fringe, get yourself some fish fingers and mash (fairly certain it’s from a packet) at Betty’s Soup Kitchen or chips and rissoles at the ancient, perplexing but unforgettable Oceanic Cafe.
One of Sydney’s best walks is along the cliff tops from Bondi to Coogee. With sea views all the way and cafes to break up the journey, it’s as loved by locals as it is by tourists.
One of Sydney’s best walks is along the cliff tops from Bondi to Coogee. With sea views all the way and cafes to break up the journey (in Bronte), it’s as loved by locals as it is by tourists. If you’re there around October/November, you might be lucky enough to see Sculpture by the Sea, a yearly exhibition that installs itself on the beach and gives it a magical feel.
Sydney is Australia’s largest and best known city, loaded with fun for families and singles looking for action. Be aware that Sydney is a little on the pricey-side of travel life as it has ranked as one of the top 30 most expensive cities in the world and is the most expensive in Australia.
STAY OUT ALL NIGHT Check out Kings Cross, Sydney’s colourful red-light district. It’s not for prudes but plenty of budget travellers make it their temporary home thanks to its cheap lodgings and plentiful bars. If you’re looking for a drink with a view, head to Opera Bar at the Opera House — sure it’s a bit cheesy, but it is also one of life’s pleasures to watch the sun go down on Sydney’s biggest icons with a cocktail in hand. Or if you want something a little more clandestine and wicked, delve into the shadows of Surry Hills’ Absinthe Salon. The wood–panelled Victoria Room in Darlinghurst goes from day to night seamlessly; depending on what time you go, you could be in for High Tea, a cocktail or dinner.
SHOP YOUR SOCKS OFF You might want to dive into the cut and thrust of the CBD, or wander the warm, old-fashioned delights of the multi-level Queen Victoria Building, but sophisticated shoppers head for the boutiques, cafes and bookshops of Paddington (for original Australian design like Dinosaur Designs,
Sydney is family-friendly. Hop on a ferry and taking a beautiful, serene ride through Sydney Harbour. The Taraonga Zoo is one place to visit that’s just a ferry ride away to one of the world’s best zoos. The zoo offers one of the best views of the Harbour. A well known happening at this zoo is their Roar ‘n’ Snore overnight adventure, where your family is awakened by roaring lions!
But if you’re not tied down with youngsters yet, Sydney welcomes you too! It is an absolute must for singles and young married travelers looking for the getaway of your life. With four district areas to choose from there is bound to be something happening in the areas of your choosing that you will like. Northern Sydney is where you will find breath-taking beaches like Palm Beach and Manly. There are also lots of cafes to satisfy every hunger you can imagine. Take note however that some of the restaurants are plush and on the costly side, so come prepared to enjoy your selves financially.
For a cheap day trip check out the two way boat on the Harbour with a fun destination stop in between that will be a nice surprise! You’ll encounter all kinds of watercrafts and don’t forget to bring your camera for some of the most awesome scenery in the world. Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa in nearby Woollahra). In Glebe there’s the much loved Gleebooks, and check out Newtown’s Better Read Than Dead, Holy Moley, Egg Records. The flea-market set will fall in love with the Surry Hills Market held the first Saturday of every month (not to mention the Paddington, Glebe, and Bondi weekend markets). The markets are great for picking up a bargain — think vintage home wares and handmade clothes — and the people watching cannot be beat (look for the stall holder selling pictures of himself in wrestling gear). Afterwards, enjoy the leafy vista from the upstairs balcony of the Clock Hotel next door for a breezy Sunday afternoon.
Get a ferry anywhere. The views are awesome and there’s always something worth seeing at the other end.
GETTING AROUND • If you’re travelling solo, save by catching the train from the airport to the city rather spending big on a taxi. But if there are two or more of you it is worth taking a cab (they come with baby seats if you request them). • Don’t bother with the monorail. It’s pricey and doesn’t take you far. The CBD is easily walkable. • Get a ferry anywhere. The views are awesome and there’s always something worth seeing at the other end. • Jump on the Neutral Bay ferry or Mosman ferry from Circular Quay about 30 minutes before sunset and get a world class view of Sydney Harbour for under $10. Don’t bother getting off, just stay on the ferry until it returns to Circular Quay. ● December 2012
GOING EXTINCT! Australiaâ€™s Endangered Species
CENTRAL ROCK RAT
Found in the southern portion of Northern Australia, the Central Rock Rat was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. It is believed its main threats are loss of habitat due to forest fires and being preyed upon by Dingoes.
BANDED HARE WALLABY
The banded hare wallaby is found on Bernier and Dorre Islands in Shark Bay, Western Australia. The banded hare wallaby has disappeared from most of its range because of the clearing of vegetation for agriculture, competition for food with nonnative mammals and predation by nonnative animals like cats and foxes. It is now protected by law in Western Australia. 1843 1805
SHORT NECKED TURTLE
The short-necked turtle is a small freshwater turtle and Australiaâ€™s most critically endangered reptile. This species has a restricted distribution and depends on its swamp habitat which has been greatly reduced and disturbed by draining and filling for agricultural purposes. The species also suffers predation by the introduced red fox.
Also known as the Tasmanian wolf, the Tasmanian tiger is a large marsupial native to Tasmania in Australia that closely resembles a striped coyote. Most scientists believe that this creature is extinct, but dozens of unconfirmed sightings and even tiger tracks are reported each year in remote areas of the state.
Dozens of Australiaâ€™s animals are currently on the endangered species list. The reasons for the depopulation of these animals ranges from the clearing of vegetation for agriculture to competition for food with nonnative mammals to predation by nonnative animals. Preservation efforts around the continent are being enacted to prevent any more of these animals going extinct. Many of the aniamls are being bred in captivity to ensure that the population lives on.
BRINDLED NAILTAILED WALLABY
The brindled nail-tailed wallaby was once thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1973 in an area near Queensland. The population of the bridled nailtailed wallaby has declined due to competition with domestic animals, loss of habitat, and predation by introduced animals such as foxes and dingoes.
KANGAROO ISLAND EMU (1805)
DWARF EMU (1822)
BIG-EARED HOPPING MOUSE (1843)
TASMANIAN EMU (1850)
EASTERN HARE-WALLABY (1890)
MACLEAR RAT (1908)
ROBUST WHITE EYE (1920)
CENTRAL HARE WALLABY (1935)
PIG FOOTED BANDICOOT (1950)
SOUTHERN DAY FROG (1979)
The turquoise parakeet is endemic to eastern Australia, and its range extends from northeastern Victoria, through NSW to the granite belt of southeast Queensland. Threats to the species include loss of habitat due to clearing of forest for logging, wild fires, and grazing.
NORFOLK ISLAND BOOBOOK (1996)
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