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Circular Quay to Manly, best ferry ride ever

Sydney ferries offer unrivalled flexibility and convenience for Sydney-siders and visitors alike. Definitely a must do while in this beautiful Harbour city is catch a ferry or two. There are nine ferry services from Circular Quay, the main ferry terminal in Sydney. It’s also the hub for buses, trains, the new light rail and taxi/ride share options, all ready to take you to the metropolis and beyond. Around the Quay, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, iconic pubs and the famous landmarks of Sydney, The Rocks, Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge to name a few. The exciting new Barrangaroo foreshore and precinct is also close by and well worth visiting.

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Things to Do at Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is one my favourite beaches in the Eastern part of Sydney. It’s less crowded compared to Bondi Beach, easy to reach by public transport with plenty of parking. There are lots of things to do, a perfect destination for everyone! Dotted with top notch restaurants, cafe, pubs, shops and parks making it an ideal day out.

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Bondi Beach is a must-visit attraction for every traveller in Sydney

Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia located in eastern Sydney. If you’ve visited Sydney before and missed out on a trip to Bondi Beach, then your visit was incomplete. It’s world-renown must do! A go-to beach for a stroll, picnic, swimming, surfing, dining and shopping. Getting there is easy, accessible by public transport from the city, direct bus or a combination of train to Bondi Junction and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Things to do and see in Kurnell NSW, Australia

Want a great spot to enjoy a walk, swim, picnic and even a cuppa with views that’s not too far from Sydney? Then make a trip out to idyllic Kurnell, a suburb located in the Southern part of Sydney, less than an hours drive from the City. Driving is the best way to get there although it can be reached by public transport from Central Station. Catch a train to Cronulla, a day out all by it’s self, then a bus to Kurnell. We love this place, being away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Majestic Monaco

During our visit to Nice, we took a day trip to Monaco by train. Journey time is around 30 minutes, terminates at Monaco-Monte Carlo. Monaco is the second-smallest country in Europe roughly the same size as New York’s Central Park. Divided into four neighbourhoods: Monaco-Ville (the old city), La Condamine (along the port), Monte-Carlo (tourist area) and Fontvieille, (a reclaimed area from the sea).

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Thrilling Wollongong

Wollongong is a popular tourist destination very close to Sydney. It’s the gateway to the South Coast of New South Wales comprising of four geographic regions namely the Illawarra Coast, Shoalhaven Coast, Eurobodalla Coast and the Sapphire Coast. Easily reached by self drive or by catching a train from Sydney Central Station, which will take you through some of the most spectacular

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A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

I pre-booked online my day tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine on Viator before arriving in Poland. It cost AUD $121.11 and that included lunch, hotel pick up and drop off. Krakow Shuttle Tours was the company that handled the tour. All communication was done via e-mail. On the day of the tour, the driver/guide was extremely prompt for my hotel pick up, on the dot at 07:30. Vehicle was a Mercedes Benz mini bus, comfortable with a total of 8 passengers including myself.

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Krakow, Poland a great value destination

I took an early Ryanair flight at 06:35 from Brussels-Charleroi Airport and landed in Kraków John Paul II International Airport around 08:30 a less than two hour flight. Charleroi airport is small, nothing much to do for an early departure except clear security checks and wait for the boarding announcement. Plane departed on time and cruised into the sunrise over Central Europe. Views as the plane approached Krakow were an endless spread of colourful fields. I felt the morning sun slightly slanting on my window seat, it looks like a glorious day ahead!

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Sampler cruises, a fun weekend gateway

We have sailed with Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas a number of years ago for a 7 day cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong visiting Vietnam (Nah Trang) and Thailand (Pattaya and Chabang) and we loved it. As first time cruisers our expectations were all met hands down! We were impressed with our room and service, dining, entertainment and activities and shows onboard, never a dull moment.

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