Thredbo

Climbing Kosciuszko : Because it is there!

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Ok – for all those of you who have made it to the Kosciuszko summit, you might be asking amusedly ‘What climbing?’ I do admit – it’s not a climb exactly to the highest point of Australia (2228m), but more like a walk in the park. Actually a very long 13.5 km walk in the park for the return hike. Add in a few more kilometres of hurt-my-knee-and-toes if you do not prefer the cable car that takes you to the start of the walk. Whatever, ignoring the kilometres, a summit is a summit – a badge to display proudly […]

Sydney

Harbour gazing from Cremorne Point

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If you are wandering about in the beautiful city of Sydney, and if you are dying to get those amazing selfies and felfies with the iconic Opera House or the Bridge in the background, then head straight to Cremorne Point (c’mon its always crowded at the base of the Opera House to hog the limelight yourself).Take a ferry from Circular Quay, get down here at Cremorne Point Wharf and stretch your legs by walking all along to Bogota Avenue – of course, all the while clicking those quintessential bytes of memories. Scintillating views, take a look

Canberra

Spelunking at Yarrangobilly

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Okay – I admit you are thinking if the header above is English or arcane Hebrew, but trust me, it’s plain English. Let me help here. Spelunking spɪˈlʌŋkɪŋ | noun | NORTH AMERICAN – the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby Yarrangobilly yaran-gu-bili | noun | ABORIGINAL – place located close to the Snowy Mountains, about 40 km south west to Canberra In simple words, this is where I went cave watching in the long Easter weekend. I felt awed, intrigued and mesmerized by the strange beauty and more importantly the patience that led to the formation of these […]

Sydney

Sydney’s hidden jewels: Headland Park – steal a stunning sunset

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One of the most amazing chapters of a green Sydney is that never ending list of hidden parks, nooks and corners that never fail to knock one out with their quintessential jade grounds, quaint walks, the occasional quietude and above all, some really stunning views of the quayside. (And no matter how much you rove, there’s always that one name that a colleague mentions where you raise one brow and ask, ‘Eh, where is that?’ only to discover in a moment of epiphany that it’s right next door in your own neighbourhood). Last weekend was no different – while traipsing […]

Sydney

Song of a thousand blooms

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“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life”   I could imagine Ken Watanabe enlightening Tom Cruise in absolute Zen calmness (from The Last Samurai in case you are wondering what this is all about) with the above words.  I could further pretend to understand a fraction of the epiphany brought in by these deep words. All because I was gazing lovingly into the eyes of a thousand pastel pink beauty blossoms, resplendently welcoming Spring in early September. I was at the Auburn Botanical Gardens, […]

Sydney

Day trips from Sydney: Kamay Botany Bay National Park – Remembering History

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For a country with a relatively short history compared to its European or Asian counterparts, the past may not be steeped in rich incidents. But whatever memories it has, Australia has beautifully preserved the same for the future. One such jewel, rich in natural beauty, significant from the gaze of history, is the Kamay Botany Bay National Park – more famous for being the landing site of the British explorer James Cook than the Botany or the Bay. In fact, this was the first landing site of the British on the continent, and hence a watershed event in the anglicized […]