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Sydney's new harbour swimming pool - right by The Rocks

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Sydney's new harbour swimming pool - right by The Rocks

There is probably no major city in the world that’s better set up for swimmers than Sydney. We're... enlarge

FEATURES

Travel has changed forever II - the big players

Sydney Blog

Travel has changed forever II - the big players

The small businesses of the international travel industry are its heroes. Across the world, most of the businesses that survive in tourism are small - eateries, cafes,... more

Travel has changed forever I - risk and reward

Sydney Blog

Travel has changed forever I - risk and reward

When borders began to reopen in Australia and South East Asia at the end of February 2022, I found myself very quickly back out on the... more

Hoi An Postcard 2022 - Vietnam is open

Hoi An Blog

Hoi An Postcard 2022 - Vietnam is open

How is Hoi An, Vietnam's most loved World Heritage travel destination, faring after the reopening of borders in March 2022? Check out the... more

Hoi An Postcard 2022

Hoi An Video

Hoi An Postcard 2022

I've recently visited World Heritage listed Hoi in central Vietnam. It was my first visit back to one of Vietnam's most popular travel... more

Postcard from Hanoi - Vietnam is open

Hanoi Blog

Postcard from Hanoi - Vietnam is open

Finally I was walking the streets of Hanoi again. There were times during the two years of border closures when I wondered whether I'd... more

Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

Siem Reap Blog

Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

My first International travels after the pandemic took me to Cambodia and the temples of Angkor. After two years grounded in Australia, I... more

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Sydney Blog

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Two pandemic years have wiped out international travel for much of the world. Those of us who have lived a life of travel for decades have... more

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Museums of Sydney

Sydney see and do

Museums of Sydney

Sydney's museums and galleries are an essential part of a cultural exploration of the city. Sydney's obsession with the harbour, the beaches and... more

Beaches of Sydney

Sydney see and do

Beaches of Sydney

Sydney's beaches are legendary - they're a big feature of the city's summer lifestyle and a magnet for global travellers. Even if you're not a... more

Sydney Modern Art Gallery

Sydney see and do

Sydney Modern Art Gallery

Sydney Modern, Sydney's newest art space, opened to much fanfare in late 2022. More than $300 million was spent on a major expansion of Sydney’s... more

Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

Welcome to the Rusty Compass independent guide to the best things to see and do during a stay in Sydney. Our guide to Sydney is skewed towards... more

Sydney

Sydney Introduction

Sydney

Sydney is one of the world's most recognisable and best-loved cities. Its dazzling harbour setting and natural beauty are matched by a thriving... more

Sydney Orientation Walk - highlights and history

Sydney see and do

Sydney Orientation Walk - highlights and history

This walk is perfect for getting your orientation in Sydney. You'll see city highlights including Hyde Park, historic Macquarie St, the Royal... more