Weird Brisvegas

I went to Brisvegas (that’s Brisbane to you) for a work conference. To me, there is just something odd about Brisvegas (It’s odd that it gets called Brisvegas for a START).

Anyway, there was a weird spaceship tower thing near where I stayed. What the hell is it? I asked someone who lived in Brisbane – they said “I don’t know”.

What is this building?

What is this building?

Posted in Stuff that happened | Leave a comment

Whale Watching

It was my BIRTHDAY – Whoo Hoo! – and this Pommie was going Whale Watching. It very nearly didn’t happen due to the WORST WEATHER ever seen in Sydney – it was pretty bad – flooding, rain, winds – FOR A WHOLE WEEK. On the first day that it slightly calmed down – the day AFTER my birthday – we chanced it.

The seas were pretty rough still, and at the start they offered for anyone to re-book without cost, due to the high seas – GULP! However, we were taking no chances, and we took some seasickness prevention pills – this is the first time I’ve ever tried these – looks like they might have worked. There were definitely some seasick people on the boat – BUT NOT US 🙂

We went with www.whalewatchingsydney.net, and they were pretty good. Very excellent boat, good commentary, free coffee and biscuits. It departs directly from Circular Quay – so also convenient.

We did see whales – and some of them very close up – but they weren’t being very active – not even a tail in the air – LOSER WHALES. Still, it was great to see them, and we’ll surely go again to make sure we see them jumping out of the water. It’s called ‘breaching‘ – and apparently they REALLY DO jump totally out of the water! (This is Humpback Whales we are talking about – common around Sydney in winter/spring time)

It’s quite hard to take good pictures with a portable camera and no big zoom, so they have an onboard photographer who takes pictures and sells you a CD of them at the end – so you’ve got a picture of the whale that you actually saw 🙂

They also throw in some ‘highlight’ pics from other trips, so you can see just how unspectacular your particular whale was compared to other more exciting whales.

Our best picture of a whale

Our best picture of a whale

Their best picture of a whale

Their best picture of a whale

Very exciting whale from a different trip to ours...

Very exciting whale from a different trip to ours...

Posted in Tourist Attractions, Wildlife and Nature | Leave a comment

Champagne!

Here's to the Pommies

Here's to the Pommies

Today we drank the champagne that we got from the Hunter Valley.

Why? – I hear you ask…

1) It was time for the final of the Apprentice UK

2) I had a good day at work – somebody bought something.

3) It was MDF’s last day at her crappy job that she didn’t like.

4) You don’t really need a reason to drink champagne – DO YOU?

 

Posted in Stuff that happened | Leave a comment

Julian Assange and Snowtown

Julian Assange mural - Sydney

Julian Assange mural - Sydney

We had two aims for today:

1) Find the (sort-of) famous mural of Julian Assange somewhere in the back-streets of Stanmore.

2) Go to the cinema.

We accomplished these goals by going on a long walk from Balmain over to Newtown via Stanmore. A bit of internet research had indicated that this was the prime trajectory to accomplish both these goals. Being Pommies and not native Sydneysiders we chose to walk rather than drive.

The mural was pretty cool, and we saw a few other good bits of graffitti mural type things along the way.

The film was called Snowtown – another Australian film to help us Pommies assimilate into the alien Australian culture. This film was based on the true story of the ‘bodies in the barrels‘ murders in the 90s. Now that sounds like a clue that it might be grim – BUT HOLY CRAP – IT WAS GRIM – SUPER GRIM. “I think I feel a bit sick” said MDF when we came out… Yeah, it was amazingly depressing – I’m not sure if I recommend it…

Other bits of street mural stuff:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted in Culture and Language, Events, Stuff that happened | Leave a comment

Manly – Narrabeen walk

The Pommie walkers continue through the winter weekends, and now we were done with the harbour and off up the coast. From Manly, you can pretty much walk north for about 16 hours all the way up to Palm Beach. It’s very pleasant walking mostly along beaches.

How easy the beach bits are depends on the tide, as there are several lagoons to cross along the way. We managed to get wet feet by a badly timed run when we thought the tide was not coming in quite as fast as it was. (did you enjoy that exciting little story? :-))

This stretch was from Manly up to Narrabeen:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted in Walks | Leave a comment

Manly – North Head walk

Now this is a MUCH better walk than the over-hyped Spit Bridge to Manly Walk. This walk has better views, and goes through a former school of artillery and several different types of terrain. Really amazing views of the city in the distance.

The walk starts from Manly and goes to North Head via North Head sanctuary, and then comes back round to Manly. Some of it is backtracking from North Head, but after the artillery school you can come back a different way to Manly.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Walks | Leave a comment

Spit Bridge to Manly walk

Winter sunshine now in abundance, we embarked on a series of weekend walks. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is pretty much the second most famous walk in Sydney after the Bondi – Coogee walk.

It’s a nice walk, but there are certainly better. It seems to this Pommie that these particular walks are only famous because they start where all the tourists hang out. I suspect that Sydneysiders deliberately promote these walks to keep the tourists off the nicer ones – yeah – don’t deny it people of Sydney – I know your game.

The walk goes around the north-east edge of the harbour:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Posted in Walks | Leave a comment