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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

This man, Cu Thach Banh, was the driver for South Vietnam's last President, Duong Van Minh. I met... enlarge

FEATURES

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Sydney Video

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Camp Cove is one of the most beautiful spots for a dip in Sydney's magnificent harbour. Jump on the Watson's Bay ferry from Circular Quay and take a short walk to this lovely... more

2020 - The COVID year in travel

Sydney Blog

2020 - The COVID year in travel

How do you make sense of a year like 2020? There were lockdowns, travel was wiped out globally, there was political chaos. I had a few... more

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Sydney Blog

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Parramatta was at the centre of the development of the British penal colony in New South Wales from its beginnings in 1788. It was also at... more

Cao Bang

Cao Bang Introduction

Cao Bang

Vietnam's far northern provinces are the most unique and beautiful in the country. Some of these places receive large numbers of... more

An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

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An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone. For most of us (except Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and other tech titans), it's been a year of... more

Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

This is a rolling blog of updates on the coronavirus COVID-19 in Vietnam and how it is impacting travel in the country. As of this update... more

Yen Bai

Yen Bai Introduction

Yen Bai

Many photographers view the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, to be the most spectacular in Vietnam. This vast region,... more

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Watson's Bay - Camp Cove, The Gap, South Head

Sydney see and do

Watson's Bay - Camp Cove, The Gap, South Head

You'll easily fill a leisurely afternoon or longer at Watson's Bay. The gateway to Sydney's South Head has a mellow village feel, dramatic coastal... more

Powerhouse Museum, MAAS, Sydney

Sydney see and do

Powerhouse Museum, MAAS, Sydney

The Powerhouse Museum - or Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - is Sydney's modest answer to London's V and A Museum. It's all about technology,... more

Chau Chak Wing Museum

Sydney see and do

Chau Chak Wing Museum

The Chau Chak Wing Museum opened in late 2020. It's Sydney's newest museum and one of its best. Located on the campus of Sydney University, it... more

Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney see and do

Hyde Park Barracks

The 1819 Hyde Park Barracks is one of the oldest convict sites in Australia. It's a serious piece of history designed by convict architect Francis... more

Museums of Sydney

Sydney see and do

Museums of Sydney

When travellers think Sydney, they're more likely to think beaches, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and outdoor life, than museums and... more

Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

Welcome to our independent guide to the best things to see and do in Sydney. This guide is the product of my COVID year getting to know Sydney all... more