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Sydney’s Top Shops

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It’s got the beaches, it’s got the restaurants, it’s got the nightlife and it’s got the weather. But that’s not all Sydney has to offer – it is also a premier shopping destination as well. The city’s retail sector has a diverse range of shops and emporia, with everything from international labels and classy home wares to local designers and unique trinkets. And with cheap flights to Sydney available across a range of airlines, it’s becoming easier than ever before to travel Down Under to check them out for yourself.


Bondi Beach is a mecca for the beautiful people – and the wannabe beautiful people – Tuchuzy offers the threads that will work for everyone. Mixing classic cut basics with more cutting edge designs, you can find big hitters like Chloe, Givenchy and Helmut Lang nestling alongside local designers just starting to make their mark.


Not one for those on a budget, but Attic offers some of the chicest clothing designs around. Celine, PAUW and James Perse all have collections in store. The clothes tend to err on the minimalist rather than the exuberant, but they are exquisitely made. Situated in the Woollahra district, Attic also has a sister store, Arida, in Potts Point that features more high-end designers, including Stella McCartney and Lanvin.

Orson and Blake

If its classy home wares you are after, a good place to start is Orson and Blake. They collect an eclectic array of items from across the globe – everything from African stools to Japanese fabrics and Scandinavian bowls. With two outlets, in Crows Nest and Supa Centre, it’s a difficult task not to be seduced by something in this treasure trove of a store.

Dinosaur Designs

Located in one of Sydney’s most iconic shopping locations, the Strand, Dinosaur Designs is a must-see for jewellery fans. Offering its own designs that take their inspiration for nature and the inimitable Australian landscape, the creative couple behind the shop have also branched out into furniture with unique chairs and tables cast in resin nestling in a space that feels part shop, part art gallery. Also, pop next door to The Corner Shop for hip clothes and bags from up and coming international and Australian designers.

Blood Orange

Nestled in Elizabeth Bay, Blood Orange is a very chic experience. Exposed brick walls with discreet displays of cool basics and a smattering of top-end designs. Home to Parisian label du jour, APC as well as items from Alexander Wand and sandals from K Jacques, a jaunt to this leafy suburb is worth it for Blood Orange alone.


Ksubi is hip. Famed for its awesome denim collection, cool sunglasses and unique, edgy designs, it caters to a younger crowd drawn to its vibrant Rosebery store. Their extensive core collection is regularly augmented by its Kustom pieces, limited edition runs by local designers, so its always worth popping in to see what’s currently gracing the racks.

Red Eye Records

You’ve got your new outfit, perhaps something to decorate your home and a stunning piece of jewellery, so what next? What better way to end your Sydney shopping outing than a trip to an institution – Red Eye Records. A cornucopia of new CDs, old vinyl and band merchandise, if you can’t find something worth listening to here, it’s probably not worth listening to.

Whether you are looking for the perfect present for that special someone, browsing for inspiration or simply looking to indulge yourself, Sydney’s shopping scene has something for everyone.

John Peters is a globetrotting freelance writer.

Sunday Stamps: Interesting Animal Stamps


I have been meaning to organize my stamp photos in an album and create a separate posts for each of them, but alas, I have not found the time, until now. I was online, anyway, so I thought why not make one of those stamp posts I have been wanting to do for the longest time now. 🙂

For starters, here is a very lovely photo of a Kookaburra and a little puppy stamps! Aren’t they the cutest? I got them from a Gotochi card that I received from Australia earlier this month. I fell in love with the puppy at first glance. The Kookaburra, on the other hand, are tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They normally thrive in the wild and are most known for their call, which almost sounds human laughter. Did you know that one of the three mascots chosen for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney is Olly the Kooraburra? I just wish we have the same kinds of animal stamps in the local Post Office.

Anyway, I will sure be back for more of my stamp posts, which I am scheduling every Sunday just in time for the Sunday Stamps meme 🙂

Kid Friendly Activities in Sydney

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Bondi Beach in Sydney

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and Australia’s most populated city while also being a very popular destination for people travelling to Australia to visit. Sometimes travelling with children can be a worry as you are not sure if there will be enough for them to do and keep them happy. When planning on travelling to Sydney you should not worry at all, there are so many fun attractions that are perfect for families and children and here are just some of them that will keep you all entertained.

Taronga Zoo

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is a fantastic place for you to bring your family. The zoo is home to hundreds of different species from around the world which will keep the kids amazed and enthralled. Species such as the African Crested Porcupine, the African Lion, Tortoise and the American Alligator are just a few of the animals that live there.

Powerhouse Museum

This museum is located in Darling Harbour making it easy enough to find. Many of the exhibits inside the Powerhouse Museum are interactive and your kids will love exploring the different holographic images, touch screen computers and the numerous science experiments that they can take part in.

Sydney Aquarium

The Sydney Aquarium is also located in Darling Harbour meaning you could potentially make a day trip around the different places there to keep your kids happy. The aquarium has a reputation as being one of the best attractions that Sydney has to offer and is home to over 1200 aquatic animals and 650 different species.

Inside the aquarium, you will be able to explore the tanks by travelling through the underwater viewing tunnels which will thrill the children as they get to see the different animals from a number of views.

Sydney Observatory

The Sydney Observatory is a beautiful stone building that offers you and your family a chance to take a virtual trip to the moon, other planets such as Jupiter and the sun and the solar system. The observatory also has a 3D theatre where you can enjoy exploring the universe from the comforts of planet Earth.

The observatory also holds night visits which you need to book in advance. This is a fun way for your children to explore the night skies and learn about the solar system, planets and star formations.

Bondi Beach

The world famous Bondi Beach is a must visit for anyone who travels to Sydney. The beach has plenty of activities that the kids can get involved in such as surfing or swimming and there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants for any refreshments that the family might need throughout the day. Look for the best deals on flights to Sydney online where you can shop around and save yourself some money.

Luna Park Sydney

This park was originally opened in 1935 and is one of the oldest amusement parks in Australia. Over a million people visit the amusement park every year and will provide your kids with ample entertainment as they run around the park and enjoying the numerous rides on offer. Amusement parks like this are a kid’s dream.

3 Ways to See Australia for Families

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Travelling with your family is one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences that you can undertake together. The memories that you create while you travel will last a lifetime, however it can sometimes be a challenge to try and plan a trip that everyone will enjoy. Here are 3 of the best family friendly ways to see Australia.

Outback Adventure

When many people visualise Australia, the spectacular Outback is one of the first things that springs to mind. There’s simply nowhere else in the world like it, and the ancient spiritual atmosphere of the place is something truly magical to behold. The Outback provides the perfect way to explore with the family, with everything from a safari on camel back to 4WD adventures all on offer.

See the legendary natural wonder that is Uluru, and discover through a range of Dreamtime stories why the area is so scared to its indigenous owners. The red centre of Australia will leave a distinct impression upon the whole family, from memories of its unique and startling scenery to the spirit of adventure you have experienced while exploring this amazing destination together.

Coastal Cruising

Australia has a range of ports that offer high quality cruising adventures. Whether you’re looking for a short day cruise or something that will last a week, there’s a cruise in Australia to suit every travel plan and budget. Some of the best Australian cruises will let you experience the subtle decadence of a luxurious liner and take you for an unforgettable coastal holiday that the whole family will love.

Based around the spectacular coastline, you can choose where you cruise and how many days you will be away. Explore the magnificent tropical shores of North Queensland, snorkel during your shore adventures and relax amongst the very best in comfort and entertainment while on board. Kids of all ages will love the activities and entertainment provided by the ship, giving parents a little bit of time to relax and soak in the sights. Cruising is a fantastic way to see the very best that coastal Australia has to offer.

The Drive of a Lifetime

Australia was made for road trips, and provides some of the most stunning scenery in the world to explore by car. From the magnificent coastal adventure of the Great Ocean Road to the lush tropical paradise of Cairns, the journey itself will become one of the most exciting parts of your holiday.

Simply hire a car of campervan, pick your ideal destination and enjoy the fun and diverse experience of exploring Australia on a road trip like no other. Great for families of all ages, road tripping is a popular way to see Australia’s best attractions at your own pace.

Take the stress out of your next family trip with one of these great holiday ideas. Discover the unique and diverse range of Australian wildlife, and explore the breathtaking landscape as you and your family travel around this incredibly special continent. A truly unforgettable experience, your Australian holiday will be a family trip that everyone will always treasure.

After a long year of traveling overseas Emma Jane is currently travelling down the coast of Queensland with her family. She plans on traveling more of Australia with her family.