Tag Archive for: Travel

The Darwin Ski Club, Darwin

26 Mar
March 26, 2014

There is one absolute must do when visiting Darwin, or any part of the West coast of Australia.  You must watch the sun set over the Timor Sea.

Unless you live on the East coast of Australia, the novelty of this would be probably a little lost on you.  There’s just something magical about watching the sun sink beneath the water, or at least appear to do so.

ski club darwinOne of my favourite discoveries from my trip to the Northern Territory is the Ski Club in Darwin.  So laid back and welcoming.  They are more than happy to have non members from out of town pay them a visit, just be sure to sign in at the bar.

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Madame Butterfly, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

25 Mar
March 25, 2014

Only over the past few years have I discovered a deep enjoyment of opera.  As a child I was introduced to every other form of music and my parents were lovers of the theatre and live performance.   This explains my love for musicals.

My only brushes with opera were the Three Tenors and the movie Pretty Woman.  I have never forgotten the line, ‘Oh, it was so good, I almost peed my pants!’ exclaimed by Julia Roberts’ character Vivian, when asked if she enjoyed watching a performance of La Traviata.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the perfect place to experience the opera for the first time.  In fact last for around 40% of those that attended HOSO’s performance last year of Carmen, it was their first opera experience.   I just wonder how many of them were as moved at Vivian?Handa_Opera_on_Sydney_Harbour_2014-MADAMA_BUTTERFLY_Photo_courtesy_of_Opera_Australia

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Scenic World, Katoomba

12 Mar
March 12, 2014

What happens when you cross an amusement park with Mother Nature?  The answer is simple my friends, Scenic World.

I really do hate showing my age, but…..   When I was a wee lass (30+ years ago), my dad use to take me to the Scenic Railway with visiting overseas work colleagues.  It was a fantastic Saturday showing off the beautiful Blue Mountains.  My favourite part was the railway, back then that was it, no ‘world’, just the railway.

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Darwin Pub Crawl

11 Mar
March 11, 2014

Darwin has more than one pub, actually it seems to have pub breeding program, and there are a lot of them.  All very laid back and casual.  Places to escape the stifling heat of this tropical town,  places to grab a cold one and relax.

We were on holidays, and when in Rome, we decided to try out a few of the different pubs around town.  We barely scratched the surface, but here are a couple of the ones we did try.

Sara xxx

Hotel Darwin

Is a gorgeous old hotel.  It managed to survive both the Japanese bombings of World War II and Cyclone Tracy.  It has a colourful history and is known as the ‘Raffles’ of Darwin.  She is a grand old hotel.

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Haberfield, 2045

26 Feb
February 26, 2014

Many feel that Leichardt is the little Italy of Sydney, but they would be wrong.  Sydney’s true little Italy is Haberfield.

You may have read recently about my hidden bar exploration of Sydney, which was arranged by Destination NSW.  This was but the tip of the iceberg of discovering my hometown with Nicole from Bitten by the Travel Bug.

I was asked what suburb I would like to get to know better.  Instantly Haberfield came to mind.  By the powers that be, and in this case the powers of Destination NSW, Nicole and I found ourselves on a private tour of Haberfield.

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Getting High in the Broke Fordwich Wine Region

30 Jan
January 30, 2014

Late last year I was invited to a media discovery weekend in the Broke Fordwich Wine Region of NSW.  Not heard of Broke Fordwich?  Not surprising, it’s often overshadowed by its faster paced cousin, Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley.

I have visited the Hunter many times, but never travelled the short 10 minutes from the busy epicenter of Pokolbin to pay Broke Fordwich a visit.  Actually most people I spoke to before and after visiting had little knowledge of the area whatsoever.

A sleepy and tranquil area, which makes the tour busses and cars of Pokolbin feel a million miles away.  This is what the Hunter Valley use to be like.  The Hunter Valley I fell in love with in the 80s.

Broke Fordwich Wine RegionBroke Fordwich’s vineyards and farms are nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Brokenback Mountain Range.  Throughout the day, as you travel around some of the regions oldest vineyards, the scenery alters as the sunlight plays on the mountain range.  Sunrise is particularly stunning, sunset with a glass of local wine in hand, even more so. Read more →

Win a $250 Webjet Voucher

24 Jan
January 24, 2014

If you’re like me you are already dreaming of your next vacation.   Even thought the majority of us are just back from Christmas/New Year holidays, the mind wanders to more exciting destinations than the office.

To aid the transition of heading back to work, and your daydreams of travel a little sunnier I have a $250 Webjet voucher to give away.

Webjet is Australia and New Zealand’s leading on-line travel agency.  What I do like about Webjet,  it allows me to compare flights and accommodation to help get the best deal possible.  They offer even more than flights and accommodation, you can compare deals on holiday packages, travel insurance and worldwide car hire. Read more →

Mountain Whispers Luxury Accommodation, Blue Mountains

15 Jan
January 15, 2014

Mountain Whispers consists of four, painstakingly resorted, boutique luxury retreats.  All properties are located in the Blue Mountains, around the Leura and Katoomba areas.

I was invited to experience the properties and find out first hand what owner Lorraine Allanson has created for her guests.  As gorgeous as the properties are, it isn’t just about the accommodation.  Allanson works closely with other businesses in the area to ensure all your needs are catered for.  Be that dinner cooked and served in-house or a pampered afternoon in the Mountain Whispers’ Spa.

After an easy drive from Sydney, I arrive in Leura.  I have been asked to meet up at Varenna.  The property is easy to find and located a five-minute walk from Leura Village.  This makes it perfect for those that want to catch the train up to the Blue Mountains.  Easy walking distance from Leura station, and also within easy walking distance of Leura village for shopping and dining out. Read more →

Sydney Festival 2014

12 Jan
January 12, 2014

Happy New Year, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break. As you may have noticed, Belly Rumbles had a little break, but all back on deck now.  I’m looking forward to sharing a year filled with travel, food and lifestyle to make your belly and mind rumble for all the fun and tasty things in life.

One event that is synonymous with the New Year in Sydney is the Sydney Festival. I am actually a little sneaky and purchase tickets for shows I want to attend. How am I sneaky?  I purchase the tickets in the form of ‘family’ Christmas presents to surprise Mac and Josh with. Often they aren’t as enthusiastic as I, probably due to being subjected to a few strange and unusual performances over the years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year was no different, Sydney Festival tickets were hidden in Christmas stockings as gifts, and the first performance attended was CR Avery & The Sojourners. The performance was held in one of the two performance venues, Circus Ronaldo Tent, located in the Festival Village at Hyde Park. Read more →

Guide to Asakusa, Tokyo

25 Oct
October 25, 2013

When in Rome some people throw a coin in the Trevi fountain in hope that they will return one day.  When in Tokyo I have a slightly superstitious ritual I perform.  A visit to Asakusa.  In the back of my mind I have convinced myself that if I do, then my return to Tokyo is a guarantee.

This ritual was born from my first visit to Japan.  I had eaten my first meal in Tokyo, awesome tempura in Ginza, with my father and a long time Japanese friend of his.  Once our leisurely lunch came to an end it was time to discover the Tokyo Metro and head to Asakusa.

senso ji asakusa

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