If there is a single event that signifies Sydney to arrival of Spring, it’s the Sculpture by the Sea. It has becomes a ritual and a must-do Sydney activity in recent years amongst my group of friends. It’s the perfect excuse to organise a gathering and to soak up some early spring sunshine in Sydney.
La Perouse was named after the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741–88), the first Frenchman to arrive in Australia. This is why this suburb has such an unusual name – it’s French.
“EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY” (sirens) “Get away from me!”
“Run! This is not a drill!” “No! Noooo!” “WHERE’S MY SON?!”
“Tell my wife I love her…”
Have you ever wondered what a zombie apocalypse would be like in real life? Wonder no more, just see for yourself at the annual Sydney Zombie Walk. The Sydney Zombie Walk started in 2009, and it aims to raise funds for a very fitting charity: the Brain Foundation. A group of friends and I caught the zombie fever after watching the popular US TV drama, The Walking Dead, and we actually joined the walk in 2012.
I thoroughly enjoyed our one-day road trip to the Yarra Valley. It’s only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The scenery of the valley was very therapeutic and we had lots of fun at wine tasting.
Here are the wineries that we visited that day: Yering Station, Domaine Chandon, TarraWarra Estate and Innocent Bystander Winery.
If you want a place to appreciate the red and orange autumn leaves in Sydney, come to Mount Wilson. It’s a small village in the Blue Mountains, and only a 2 hours drive from Sydney.
In Autumn, the red and orange colours light up the town and turn it into a photographer’s heaven. Apart from taking a photo walk, chestnut picking is also a fun activity at Mount Wilson.
Jervis Bay is the home to the world’s whitest beach and is one of my favourite places on Earth. Luckily, it’s only a 2.5hrs drive from Sydney.
Interestingly, it’s in itself a Territory of Australia since 1915 to give the Federal capital an “access to the sea”. So when you hear people say there are 6 States and 10 Territories in Australia, one of the Territories is indeed the Jervis Bay Territory！
Kiama is a small town 120km south of Sydney that’s well known for the Kiama Blowhole. It’s just less than a 2-hour drive from Sydney, which makes it perfect for a day trip from Sydney; or a good stopover town for a road-trip to the Sydney south coast.
Sculpture by the Sea is one of my favourite events in Sydney. It’s held in end of October/ early November each yea, just when the whole of Sydney is ready to leap into the warmth of spring.
Here are my photo highlights of my 2010 Sculpture by the Sea visit. All of the photos were taken without filters or light-room adjustments afterwards.
Manly Beach is one of Sydney’s internationally renowned beaches. I like taking my friends from overseas here because the ferry-ride from Circular Quay to the Manly Wharf is itself an experience not to be missed.
Things to tick off your list while in Manly:
- Fish’n’chips by the beach.
- Manly markets (Sat & Sun 10am-5pm).
- Go up to the North Head.
Hunter Valley is the wine country that’s only 3 hours away from Sydney, and is home to 150 wineries. It’s doable as a day trip from Sydney, but I much prefer coming here as a weekend getaway so it’s not as rushed.
The main thing to do here is, of course, wine tasting and stocking up on your wine supply. However, even if you’re not a big fan of wine (like Mikey), it is still worth coming here for the country scenery and fresh air.