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QT Sydney Review


As I step foot through to the eccentric entrance, it feels as though I’m in a different, albeit more glamorous time. This is no doubt thanks to the intriguing decor choices and crackling jazz music played over the speaker. Old dial-up telephones, red velvet curtains, taxidermy butterflies in jars, and staff dressed in silk robes, poised and ready for their close-up set the scene and I’m...

What’s the best way to see Sydney Harbor


I’ve joined Sydney by Kayak for a sunrise paddle on the harbor. It was dark when I arrived at Lavender Bay. Lights from the tall city buildings stood out against the moody sky, their reflections twinkling across the water. After welcoming our small group, guides Alex and Shona handed out life jackets. I stowed my phone and hand towel in the small pocket. The towel “is to dry your fingers as phone...

Best pho in Sydney: Melissa Leong names Bankstown’s An Restaurant No.1


My experience of growing up in Sydney in the 1980s and ’90s with food-obsessed parents probably has something to do with my continued obsession with being introduced to a new venue, cuisine or eating destination. I still get a thrill out of it as a slightly bigger kid. Being born and bred in the Shire was not without its charms, but cultural diversity wasn’t one of them. To that end, we spent...

Sydney residents slam nightlife in 2021 performance report


Sydney was once the jewel in Australia’s vibrant crown, but now the Harbour City has been ranked as one of the worst party destinations in a new global report. The new Benchmarking Sydney’s Performance Report 2021 has revealed how lingering impacts from lockdowns and even the state’s lockout laws still have a significant impact on how residents and visitors view Sydney for experiences, health...

Best seafood at Sydney Fish Market: Melissa Leong’s top tips


Nothing really says “festive season” in Sydney like frequent trips to the Sydney Fish Market. While many leave it till a day or two before Christmas to battle it out for the best jewels of the sea to grace their table, there really is something to be said for a more leisurely visit. The fish market has long been a destination for far more than just flippin’ fresh fish – it’s a veritable food...

Up and Away: The Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sydney


It hardly gets more scenic than soaring over an evolving landscape at sunrise. A hot air balloon ride offers serenity, stunning views and a peaceful experience unlike any other. If hot air ballooning is on your bucket list and you’re living in Sydney or planning a trip to the NSW capital, these are the best luxury balloon companies in Sydney. Balloon Aloft Back in 1980, Balloon Aloft provided...

A Stylish Staycation: The Best Hotels to Visit in Sydney


Even if Sydney is your own backyard, a city staycation is an ideal excuse to catch up on some much-needed pampering and leisure. Boasting some of Australia’s top landmarks, attractions and fine-dining, a Sydney city stay is perfect for both exploring as a tourist in your own city or escaping into an environment of luxury and opulence. If you’re in need of escaping from the real world, these are...

Escaping to Sydney, Australia


Sydney is an adorable metropolis, with an impressive landscape of steep cliffs, white beaches, green national parks and an unspoiled nature. Sydney is also the home of world renowned icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Aborigines were the first who polished and produced stone tools, burned their dead and painted and engraved images of themselves, as well as of...

What Can You Expect in Sydney?


According to an Aboriginal Dreamtime legend, Meehni, Wimplah, and Gennedoo once lived in the Jamison Valley of the Blue Mountains. These three sisters had fallen in love with brothers from another tribe, and tribal laws forbade them to marry. The brothers abducted the sisters, triggering a terrible war. In an attempt to protect the sisters, a witch doctor turned them to stone. Tragically, he was...


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