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Willow Grove and Parramatta's curious heritage struggle

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Willow Grove and Parramatta's curious heritage struggle

Parramatta is an Australian heritage curiosity. This building, Willow Grove from the 1870s, is a... enlarge

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Unsettled - an unsettling exhibition at Sydney's Australian Museum

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Unsettled - an unsettling exhibition at Sydney's Australian Museum

A new exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney, curated by First Nations people, represents a shift in the long process of balancing the telling of Australia's story since... more

Cemeteries and tombs - a travel guide

Sydney Blog

Cemeteries and tombs - a travel guide

Cemeteries and tombs have been a big part of my travelling life. From my first international travels in the 80s till now, I've made a... more

Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

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Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

A few years ago I was in search of a place to base myself in Australia. I was looking for a lifestyle better suited to my situation, than... more

First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

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First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

Last November, I finally fulfilled my longh-held wish to travel to Tasmania. It was my first travel since the pandemic hit, and my first... more

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

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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... 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

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Cemeteries of Sydney

Sydney see and do

Cemeteries of Sydney

Sydney's cemeteries date back to the earliest years of the British penal settlement in Australia. They're interesting places to explore. From... more

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney see and do

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of two iconic creations in the heart if the city, that have managed to complement one of the world's most beautiful... more

The Australian Museum, Sydney

Sydney see and do

The Australian Museum, Sydney

This is the Sydney museum you must see - make time. It's Australia's oldest museum set in a heritage building with a fascinating collection of... more

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Sydney see and do

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a uniquely Australian gallery and Sydney’s premier art institution.  It's located not far from the middle of... more

State Library of New South Wales

Sydney see and do

State Library of New South Wales

The State Library of New South Wales is the oldest library in Australia and another must-see Sydney stop for those interested in history,... more

Sydney eating

Sydney eating

Sydney eating

Welcome to the Rusty Compass guide to eating in Sydney. Melbourne might have the global reputation. But Sydney’s culinary offerings are pretty... more