10 Things I Liked about Australia


You have all seen Australia’s icon image ““ the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Like Brad and Angelina they are an eye-catching pair. But how are they up close? Even better. I can only vouch for the Opera and Bridge which are stunningly beautiful, especially from one of the waterside cafés of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

The best way to get a feeling for the Sydney’s harbour district is to tune into a local artist who paints the place as brilliantly as Van Gogh painted Provence. Ken Done’s paintings capture the fun of living by the ocean, in a warm climate. “I love the patterns of the boats, the little hidden bays and the amazing spectacle of Sydney Harbour dressed in full sail”.

The best views of Opera & Bridge are from the Rocks. This characterful, heritage district is right under the bridge ““ and home to the Ken Done Gallery, of course. And the Museum of Modern Art, which has a patio café overlooking said attractions. And I counted at least twenty taverns on George and Argyle Streets, with more hidden in the alleyways. The Rocks is also home to Circular Quay ““ the tram and ferry hub that gets you to all the wonderful “˜city villages’ that make Sydney such a desirable place to live. I’d have a hell of a time deciding if I should be in Potts Point, Kings Cross, Paddington or maybe over in Manly ““ so my daily commute would be by ferry. After my evening ride I’d stop off at the 4 Pines Brewing Company tavern which has a second floor patio overlooking Manly Cove. Life would be perfect. But it might be even more perfect if I lived in the next place I’ll tell you about. Bondi Beach.

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