Egyptians in Australia – The Gosford Glyphs

Who would’ve thought that one could actually find some Egyptian hieroglyphics out in the Australian bush. Well as it happens there are, and they are a short drive from Sydney. I’d actually first heard about these glyphs years ago, back in the 90s, and a part of me was fascinated by them, however as time wore on I they passed to the back of my mind, pretty much forgetting all about them – that is until recently. … More Egyptians in Australia – The Gosford Glyphs

Paramatta – Sydney’s Second City

In the past the only time I have actually seen Parramatta was either out of the window of a bus, or the railway station while I was sitting on a train. Okay, a suburb with a name like Parramatta may not sound like a suburb that everybody is suddenly going to want to rush to visit, but I can assure you that it is more than just an boring out of the way part of Sydney. … More Paramatta – Sydney’s Second City

Paddington – The Inner East

I’m not really sure why it is I feel that I should write a post on Paddington since I haven’t wandered around here a huge number of times, but then a part of me is determined to have a beer at least at one of each of the pubs that I have found around here (though I haven’t managed that to date, namely because I get to a point where I simply say that I have had enough, jump on a bus, and head back to my hotel). Well, at least I have had a drink at the Unicorn, since when I last walked past it had closed down. … More Paddington – The Inner East

Submarines & Destroyers – Australian Maritime Museum

If you are standing on the shores of Darling Harbour you will no doubt see what are quite obviously naval ships – it is not a naval base but the National Australian National Maritime Museum. Mind you, some of these museums tend to call themselves national despite the fact that they are only state based (the National Railway Museum in Adelaide is quite guilty of that) however since Canberra happens to be very landlocked, and carting the ships overland can be very difficult, the National Maritime Museum finds itself in Australia’s First City – Sydney. … More Submarines & Destroyers – Australian Maritime Museum

A Ferry to Double Bay

Since I was spending ten days in Sydney, namely to give myself as much opportunity to explore the city as possible, I decided to jump on a ferry that I hadn’t been on before – the one to Watson’s Bay. Now I wasn’t intending on going to Watson’s Bay but rather a suburb that was about halfway there, though I soon discovered that the Ferry doesn’t actually stop at Double Bay, at least on the way up, which meant that I ended up going on a bit of a cruise around the eastern part of the harbour before I finally arrived at my destination. … More A Ferry to Double Bay

Leafy Balmain

Balmain is one of those old inner city Sydney suburbs that I have never visited, so one of the things that I decided to do when I was in Sydney for a week was to rectify that. Okay, while the suburb isn’t serviced by any train, it is serviced by the ferries (though as a form of public transport they certainly aren’t the fastest – the Parramatta River Cat takes at least two hours to make its way from Circular Quay to the Parramatta Wharf). … More Leafy Balmain

A Drummoyne Detour

Well, the next day of my self-guided tour of Sydney was going to take me to Cockatoo Island and Balmain, however for some strange reason I decided that I would go and visit the suburbs of Woolwich and Drummoyne before I wandered around Cockatoo Island. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake because it landed up that I really didn’t have all that much time to take in all Cockatoo Island had to offer. However, I will leave that for my other post because this is about the detour that I decided to take beforehand. … More A Drummoyne Detour