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Sydney is a fabulous city!Yes,
I know I'm biased, but this IS my website after all (haha). We have
recently hosted the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and shown the world we're
a fun place with great weather, great location and a great sense of
humour/humor - do come visit, we love to chat ...
Shown here are some
sites and tips for travellers and tourists - this is not a
commercial site - just some links of interest...email
me if you have aquestion
or would like to tell me about a site. (Each site should
open in a new window - if you get an error message, click OK
and press Return again to launch the URL in the new
Armchair travellers enjoy ... Teena!
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Australia's YOURLifeChoices is the most comprehensive Seniors' web site
covering government departments and health organizations as well as
lifestyle interests such as sport, hobbies, computers and travel.
Do you ski,
snowboard, rollerblade? Know how important it is to have well fitted
boots? Have you been searching for the BEST ski boots in the world?
Check out Surefoot.com, where you can have your feet digitally
recreated for the PERFECT fit. Contact Steve Walshe in Australia at his stores in Cremorne and Jindabyne, or check the website for other store locations all over the US, as well as in Canada and Switzerland.
Renting a car at
bargain prices has just become easier in Oz, USA, UK! From $A28/day,
you can book a rental car for your holiday in Oz or overseas, from the
comfort of your desk - go to http://www.globalcars.com.au for all the info.
Well, all the world
now knows what a fabulous location Sydney was for the 2000 Olympic
Games (15 September, 2000), and it was absolutely fantastic. I was
lucky enough to attend two days of Wrestling (and now I know more about
it than I EVER thought I would!), as well as the Closing Ceremony. What
an extraordinary afternoon and evening, to be a part of such a
spectacular extravaganza, to talk to strangers on buses, trains, in the
streets, sitting beside us at the event - if only the whole world could
accept this attitude of openness and sharing, the world would be a
continually happy place. Let's all make more of an effort in our daily
lives. The link for the Official Website which is chock-full of fab info on everything related to the Games. Don't miss this one!
work in Australia is the dream of many who come here on holidays, but
it's not an easy thing to do. If you're EEC, and under 26, you can work
here for a year; all others need to look at the Immigration Department
info to see what they need to do. Also check out books online at Amazon (use search engine above) and type "work in Australia" to get a good selection. Clear here for more info below.
Koalas galore at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary,
the largest koala home in the world! 15 minutes from Brisbane, 130
koalas call this "home". Check out the site for tons of info and and
even go shopping online.
Taronga Zoo on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Check out this website.
HERmail.net Travel connections for women travellers -An international directory of women travellers
...check out more details below!
Bali - information on Bali, which is just a hop, skip and a jump
from Australia, and where the value for money is excellent.
From Goanna Pulling
(?!) to Car Racing to picnics for Teddy Bears, check out the links
listed in the Index above with "New" beside them.
Hot Tip: JourneyWoman
Best website for women travellers - a must visit!
the story about
my meeting a Canadian traveller online, her visit to Oz and
the wonderful friendship which has continued.
Year 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Opening Day 15 Sept 2000
Show your support for these extraordinary athletes.
has been the most incredible experience for the whole world, a
must-see, must-do, all-out extravaganza. For detailed info, click on
the link at left for the official website.
an experience! Started in 1998, this 3 hour journey tests your ability
to climb steep ladders and have no fear of heights before embarking on
the climb of your life ... walking across the TOP of the Harbour
Bridge. Approx $A95 (in 1998), photos included, a must-do for
everybody. Call 02-9252-0077.
Margarida Simoes Lopes, e-Commerce Marketing Co-ordinator for BRIDGECLIMB, advised in June 2002, "A BridgeClimb is priced from around AUD$130".
you need to know about Sydney, including maps, movies,
accommodation, businesses, places to go, things to do and
see ... the list is never ending!
a great site, chock full of info about all of Sydney's
public transport and links to many government
of the best bargains around is the Public Transport Red
Weekly ticket for $23 (as at August 1998), which allows you
to travel all over Sydney on buses, trains and ferries for 7
days. Take ferries all over the Harbour from Circular Quay
(pronounced "Key") and enjoy our spectacular city from the
water (extra tickets required for Manly and
NSWSouth Coast from
Wollongong to the Victorian border - a must see
gorgeous beaches north of the Harbour Bridge - chock full of
information, a lovely site.
site is all about Manly, a beautiful place right on the
ocean, with gorgeous photos of the whales and waves and
tours of the beaches in OZ (also a truly well-designed
Hot tip!!! When you fly into
Sydney, go straight to the Accommodation Information Desk at the
Airport and you'll get great discounts on a huge range of places to
stay, possibly even up to 50% ...
- The Hotel Guide Find accommodation all over Australia
Hotel Wonderful small
boutique hotel, excellent for women travelling alone, located in
Ward Ave, Elizabeth Bay (central to everything, close to all
transport & Kings Cross)
- Footloose Travel - great source of info on all aspects of travelling, tips and gear for the independent traveller.
- Backpackers online lists all of the backpackers hostels in
Australia and around the world, including the YHA ones
International website for registering for work online.
Another online job registering service.
this link to go to Amazon online bookstore to find out about books
which give tons of information on getting work in other countries.
Info on Tourist Visas, Work Permits, Migrating, Visiting, Studying ...
you a computer nerd, programmer, specialist wishing to work in
Australia for a year or more? There are several agencies who can help
you obtain long Work Visas for Australia (and other countries), for a
small percentage of your weekly income, or a once off fee. Here are a
couple: Lester Associates, Ambit Technology, and here is an article with quite a few links - Contractor UK. Use a search engine and with the Advanced Search you can specify what you're looking for.
- Expat info on Living in Australia
There are a zillion links (check out www.alltheweb.com and search for "Living abroad") - also check out the Living Abroad Newsletter.
Monster.com.au - interview, salary, general career advice.
JobNet.com.au - specialist IT recruitment.
- Wage info around the world
Australian Job search and wage information site which advertises job
opportunities in Australia along with providing information on wage
rates, salary surveys, taxation and public holidays plus information on
immigration to Australia. Also provides information on wage rates in
Europe, United States, Asia and Africa. Click here for wages.com.au
- Long Lunch Train
Unique travel experience every Wednesday. Take the train at 10:30am at
Central, visit the Southern Highlands in fully restored heritage
trains, enjoy a gourmet luncheon box, wine, morning & afternoon
tea, then return to Sydney along the coast by 6pm. Fares, lunch, wine,
morning & arvo tea provided for $A89 per person (2/99). Call
- Teddy Bears' Picnic, October
Held in late October at Parramatta (half hour west of Sydney), a picnic
to raise money for the New Childrens' Hospital at Westmead. 1999 is the
20th Anniversary of this fundraiser.
- Car Racing - Bathurst 1000 Held the October long weekend in Bathurst. For details call the Visitors' Centre on 1800-68-1000.
- Australian Goanna Pulling Championships
What's a goanna? It's a lizard, that's right, a LIZARD! But despite
this title, there are no goannas involved - just brute strength of 2
men on all fours, tied together with a leather strap. Held in the town
of Wooli on the east coast, south east of Grafton, north of Woolgoolga,
in June each year. Contact Wooli Tourist Information.
- City to Surf Fun Run
Over 49,000 people participated last year, walking - jogging - running
from Hyde Park in the centre of Sydney to Bondi Beach, 14 kms (with
hills), held in August. More info call 1800 555 514.
- Scrabble There are 32 official Scrabble
clubs in NSW so if you'd like a game while you're visiting, call
Jeff Spring on 02-9521-2704 for details.
- Chess in
Hyde Park A Sydney
tradition, playing on the big board (carrying the pieces with both
arms), open from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm each day.
Bocce Each night you
can play Bocce at The Rose Hotel in Cleveland Street,
- Comedy Theatresports, a game of
improvisation (not for the feint hearted) where you stand in front
of a group of up to 100 people, and you're asked to sing an opera
about a cabbage (or something else to make you look, feel and act
like a fool). Great fun, 8 week classes, ending up taking part in
the Scared Scriptless nights at the Comedy Hotel. Call
02-9281-7666 for details.
For a great day by the water,
with excellent food close by, try one of these locations - all are
easily accessed by public transport (all buses start at Circular Quay)
- Neilsen Park Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
- Redleaf Pool New South Head Road, Double Bay
- Walton's Boatshed The Esplanade, Balmoral
- Victoria Park Pool Cnr City and Parramatta Roads, Broadway
- Rushcutters Bay Park New South Head Road, Rushcutters Bay
Panel One of the
funniest topical shows on Australian tv
Beach & other
Queensland coastal towns
North Queensland -
Lots of info about the
top of Australia
Lots of great tips
about Bali including where to shop, where to stay, where to eat
and where to get pampered with a " cream facial " (a local recipe
using coconut cream for that all over body tingle!)
- Hawaii -
January 2000 I stayed at a budget motel, one street from the famous
Waikiki Beach, at the Malahini Hotel. Run by Frances, you can rent
self-contained studios and 1- and 2-bed rooms in comfy basic style,
kitchenettes and ceiling fans, from $US50 per night (no credit cards
accepted). There are 30 units, some with aircon, in the best location
at an excellent price.
Located at 217 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, telephone (808) 923-9644 and 923-3095. (just down from the Post Office)
- New travel links! Go to my other travel page
- travel.com.au -Is an Australian travel website which offers fantastic deals and a free newsletter.
- lowestfare.com -Another great website, based in the US (prices in $US) with fantastic specials - sign up for this travel newsletter too.
- allbackpackers.com.au -Lists all of the backpackers hostels in
Australia, including the YHA ones. The search facility makes it easy to find
- HERmail.net Travel connections for women travellers -"Is
an international directory of women travellers. ...a FREE e-mail based
service that allows any woman anywhere in the world to connect at this
site with other females who love to travel." What a great idea - go
sign up today!
Canadian site for women travellers, full of wonderful tips, hints
and travel stories. Feature articles every quarter with a board
where you can leave travel questions, if you're looking for a
travel partner or just want info on any location on the globe.
the story about my
meeting a Canadian traveller online, her visit to Oz, and the
wonderful friendship which has continued ...
Travel Online -An
Australian site where you can book all your travel
American company selling last-minute unused seats on airplanes -
for budget travellers
site for women - everything of
Travel Sobek -Travel
site - very beautiful site for the
Travel Spots - "
Canadian travel site
with links to cybercafes, casinos, various adventure tours from
white-water rafting to golf, even travel bio-rhythms! " Tons of
International Newspapers &
Film/photo processing in Sydney
You've taken your holiday snaps, now what's the best deal for processing?
- good deal, but you have to POST the film and they'll post it back,
turnaround about a week. Process APS film (up to 40 shots) $A13.95, (no
cd avail for APS) postage is $A2.50 per film (replacement film $A5.95
ea). 35mm film $A8.95, extra cd of scanned photos $A8.95 (replacement
film $A4.95 ea). (prices at Jan 2003)
- Target stores
- found in major shopping centres, turnaround about 24-48 hrs. Process
APS film (up to 40 shots) $A13.95, extra cd of scanned photos $A8.95.
- Rabbit processing
- stores in major shopping centres, turnaround about 24-48 hrs. APS
film (up to 40 shots) $A16.95, extra cd of scanned photos $A14.95.
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