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It’s been over 30 years since our last visit to the Fairmont Resort in Leura, Blue Mountains.  Originally designed as a north American style mountain lodge, it first opened in 1988, after a few years of controversy ( when economic development clashed with environmental concerns ). Only two hours drive from Sydney, it was the first 5-star hotel to be built in the area for decades, and quickly became THE place to… Read More

Rise and shine at The Anchorage in Port Stephens! Our package includes breakfast and the Anchorage’s is famous for its bottomless sparkling wine breakfast. Pre-COVID19 it would be served buffet style, with an offering of continental breakfast and a few hot options. These days, while all options are available it is table service only. Mr T is encouraging me to start the day with a wine, but I am not in the… Read More

Needing an escape from Covid19-induced cabin fever? Take a 3h drive to Port Stephens. This is not our first trip to the area, but this time, it is just Mr T and I. With a couple of free nights and an urge to go the road less travelled, we set off north and decide to drive a new route, Putty Road.  Well known by motorbike riders for its windy sections, bends and… Read More

  We arrive at the house, open the door and can see the blue horizon peeking thru the end of the hallway. A few steps down to the living room and just then thru the window, I spot a big splash a mere 50 meters away in the ocean. Forget unpacking the car, inspecting the rest of the house or turning the heater on. There is a whale and her calf playing… Read More

June in Sydney means 2 things. Winter and the VIVID festival. Now in its 11th year, VIVID was started as a Smart Light festival, a Music festival and a Talk-Fest all at once apparently to boost winter visitors numbers to the city. It appears to have worked, as every year, we are battling increasingly big crowds around Circular Quay to interact with light structures of all sorts of shapes and sizes. The… Read More