On one of our trips to Sydney last year, we had a free day to fill in and thought we would go for a drive to Palm Beach which is where Home & Away is filmed (fictitiously named Summer Bay) on the northern beaches of Sydney. If you don’t have enough time to do your own Home and Away Tour independently, there’s plenty of other things to do in Sydney if you only have a short period of time.
Last weekend Keira and I flew up to Sydney to visit her friend Bella. We do this regularly as Bella is Keira’s best friend from when we lived in Sydney, kinda strange as they’re only 7 but they are like 2 old women and love each others company like no other. Helps that I kinda like Bella’s mum Venessa.
We decided that Australia Day 2015 was a good option for us to return to Sydney as a family. It had been just over 2 years since we returned home to Melbourne from Sydney and the kids were keen to see some friends they haven’t seen in a while. Craig and I also took the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft that I had won in a competition in the Australian Travellers Magazine. We stayed at the Waldorf Drummoyne Serviced Apartments, which is close to public transport and not far from…
A few months back I was lucky enough to win a competition in Australian Traveller Magazine and the prize was a Balloon Aloft voucher for a hot air balloon ride for 2 people. Balloon Aloft fly in 4 different locations in New South Wales and for various reasons we chose Camden, located south west of Sydney and where a good friend of mine lives.
We thought it was about time we returned to Sydney as a family to visit some friends that we met while we were living there from 2010 – 2012. We made some wonderful friends while we were there and many have come to Melbourne to visit us. We love to see them and show them around our wonderful home town but we are especially excited to be returning as a family to check out all the old haunts! I have been back a couple of times to visit…
For our 9th wedding anniversary, I surprised Craig with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. I booked us in for a twilight climb. It was $213 per person which sounds kind of expensive but all the money goes towards the upkeep of the bridge.
Over the weekend Keira & I had a quick snappy visit to Sydney to visit Keira’s friend Bella. We flew in at 8.20pm and flew out next day at 5.40pm. We departed from Melbourne’s second airport, Avalon. Avalon Airport is approximately 40mins from the CBD towards Geelong. The airport services between 4-5 flights a day but only runs between Melbourne and Sydney. I am unsure why the airport only services Sydney. We spent the last day at Darling Harbour experiencing the kids friendly activities.
On the March long weekend we decided that we hadn’t been up to the Murray River for a while. The Murray River divides 2 Australian States, Victoria & New South Wales. Its a very popular holiday spot for Melbournians & Victorians alike.
I’m going to say something that many people may or may not agree with, Taronga Zoo is the best zoo in Australia! That’s coming from a Victorian! Here’s the view you get around the first bend!
Eden is a lovely small town on the southern coast of NSW close to the border of Victoria and a little below Narooma and the Sapphire Coast. From Melbourne where we live, its a 7 hour drive. Eden is famous for the humpback whale migration to the northern warm waters of QLD to calf. They then return to Antarctica at the end of winter with their calves close by. This migration takes place during the Australian winter months.