Circular Quay, Sydney, views at dawn

Having woken early, and knowing the weather would be fine this weekend, I caught a train to Circular Quay ahead of sunrise. There weren't too many people around. Just a handful of early morning walkers, and a couple of other people with an interest in photography. When I arrived, one photographer (with a tripod) had [...]

Recent Dining

"Have you ever been to Nomad?", a colleague asked me the other day. What followed was a passionate conversation, as we extolled the virtues of the restaurant in Surry Hills, which I've been to a few times, though not recently. This review, takes you back to when my friends Sandra and Robert were visiting, and [...]

Bundeena Day Trip

If you've never been to Bundeena in Sydney's South, I'd highly recommend it. You can catch a train to Cronulla, and then take the ferry across. Or, like us, you could always drive, taking in the terrific Audley Weir. I'm home now, after a lovely day walking along the beach with a friend. As you'll [...]

Nepal in Sydney

"Have you ever been to Nepal", a man asked me this afternoon. "No", I told him, adding, "I think I'd like to, though."  I hadn't realised there was such a large community of people from Nepal, living in Sydney. I also hadn't realised there was a festival until a friend sent me a text yesterday, [...]

The Big Dig

"I used to come through here all the time", I said to my friend Sue as we walked through The Rocks in Sydney. "When Damien used to live here I used to climb up and down these stairs all the time", I added. Back in those days, during the early 2000s, there was a large [...]

Manly Saturday

I was running late, and so I paid a few extra dollars to catch the fast ferry. With only a few people on board, I couldn't help but notice I was amongst a handful of middle aged nerdy blokes taking a close up look at one of the cruise ships at Sydney's Circular Quay. "What [...]

Sydney Views

"Can you imagine what it must be like here for the New Years Eve fireworks?", I asked a colleague earlier tonight. The reality is neither of us could probably afford the view privately, so it was really lovely to be invited to a function earlier tonight, located on the thirty-first floor of Sydney's Interncontinental Hotel. [...]

Night Out

"Oh my goodness, we can book in for 9.30", I told my friend, as we made plans for a meal AFTER seeing a play last night. Having visited New York together about eighteen months ago, with all of the lock out laws rhetoric, and with Sydney's stupidly restrictive restaurant trading laws, I was convinced our [...]

Circular Quay

We've had a series of warm nights in Sydney. You know? Those nights where you wake up in the middle of the night, look at your phone, and can't possibly believe it's 27 degrees. It was one of those nights last night, and so when I woke in the middle of the night, I hopped [...]

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Though I've been on many ferries over the 20+ years I've lived in Sydney, for the first time EVER I went on a cruise of Sydney Harbour today.  For $39, a group of friends and I (including visitors from the US), enjoyed two hours cruising the harbour. The cruise included a complimentary glass of sparkling [...]

Back Laneway

"Do you mind if I pop in and take a few photographs?", I asked the bloke with legs covered in clay, as I walked around the back laneway of the street where I live. "I have a couple of colleagues who are really into pottery, and I'd love to show them what you're doing", I [...]