Telephones: Public phones can be found on the street, in hotels, cafes and shops. Local calls cost 50 cents. International and long distance phone calls can be made from any public phone. The TELSTRA PHONEAWAY CARD is a prepaid card which charges calls at competitive international prices which can be used to call more than 30 countries. The TELSTRA PHONEAWAY CARD can be used from most phones and is available from leading travel agencies,airport shops and from Telstra shops. If in an emergency dial 000 for police, ambulance and fire.
Make sure you use the corect coinage as you will not be given any change.
SCUMBAGS! Directory Assistance - 1223
To call overseas using International Direct you simply dial the International Access Code - either 0011 or 0018 - followed by the dialling sequence indicated below for the country you wish to call.
Example: To call Los Angeles 555 1212 dial 0011 or 0018 + 1 + 213 + 555 1212
Telstra International Direct offers a choice of 0011 Minutes** or 0018 Half Hours*.
For shorter chats, why not take advantage of Telstra's 0011 low per minute rates, charged on a per second basis. There is no minimum time charge for Telstra's 0011 per minute calling. You are only charged for the amount of time you use!**
0018 Half Hours
For a long chat, use 0018 Half Hours, and you'll know exactly how much your call will cost up front. 0018 Half Hours allow you to make international calls for hour hour time blocks at a pre-determined price. Warning beeps will tell you when your half hour block is almost up#. If your 0018 call is disconnected and you redial within 20 minutes of disconnection, the two calls will be treated as one. To obtain this benefit, call the enquiries number when you receive your bill.
** A call connection fee applies. Only available for direct dial calls from most fixed phones. Excludes some calls and some Telstra services.
* Same charge exists for each half hour block or part thereof. If the call lasts for one minute or less, a charge of $1.10 applies instead of the half hour charge. 0018 Half Hours call charges are not eligible for any other discounts. Only available for direct dial calls to/from most home fixed phones. Excludes calls to an international mobile numbers (non-roaming), in some destinations.
# Warning tones will sound at 20 and 28 minutes. The warning tones are reset from the beginning of each new call.
International Codes can be found at
The Secret Garden - the agony and the ecstacy
So I turned and walked through a tunnel beneath the railway and started to climb the stairs up beside a park landscaped into the slope.
Halfway up I traversed this park over to the next ascending walkway and then, soon after, moved on to another delightful little park that had a sculpture beside the path (pic 2).
It was not long after when I accosted one of the three gardeners, named Ruben from Uruguay, and he told me how the land was actually railway land but Wendy Whiteley, Brett's widow, had always tended it and had a dream.
For years they had tried to get it off the railway until the local council managed to glean a one year lease. Hopefully, and I feel confident in this, they will have it permanently in the long term. One can imagine the public furore should the railway want it back again as it's land that was never used by them. Ruben told me how he'd been involved for some time in the whole affair and he and his two co-workers were obviously enjoying their work.
Criss-crossed by narrow walkways with benches and tables scattered here and there it is an uplifting experience just to be there.
Wendy Whiteley's "Secret Garden", much loved by all, is nestled between Clark Park on Lavender Street and the Lavender Bay rail shunting yard. Lavender Bay Precinct has committed to provide ongoing tangible support to Wendy Whiteley and her gardens by having four working bees each year.
Wendy created the garden following the death ofher husband Brett, 53, in 1992 to drugs and her daughter, Arkie, 35 to cancer, in 2001. Wendy observed that “you can go two ways with grief, I could have given up and slid into an abyss of depression, or become suicidal…..I just felt an overwhelming desire to do something positive…doing something creative, right here, would be the most freeing thing I could do”.
Despite knowing little about planning a garden, Wendy was undeterred.
It's now known as "Wendy's Secret Garden'' to the locals, ``I don't get daunted by things,'' Wendy said. ``I have an obsessive personality which can be good or bad, depending where you direct you obsession.
"The garden is like I would do a drawing or anything else. It's like I need some big leaves here because these other ones are all scritchy and scratchy you know, and these things will flower so you will get a bit of colour but this won't.
"I used to read the labels (on the plants) and it said this plant needs sun so don't put it under the coral tree because it will die.''
I plan to revisit in a couple of months for a spring update; in the meantime, put this on your list of things to do in Sydney.
Take a walk through the...
Take a walk through the downtown area of Sydney. A great walk is to start at far end of the walkway leading to the opera house and circular quay. It's a park I believe. From there walk to the water and follow the sidewalk along the water for about a mile or so until you get to the opera house. From there, head towards downtown, walking up whatever street you come out on, you'll go past the parliment building and find yourself eventually in Hyde park. Hang out there for a while, then either go left or right. Left takes you to more downtown spots, right should lead you to the harbor once again.
Visit THE AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE...
Visit THE AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE PARK at WONDERLAND SYDNEY. At The Australian Wildlife Park is the Outback Woolshed - a depiction of an authentic Aussie woolshed from the early days, complete with the character and activities of years gone bye. You are taken back to the atmosphere of the outback. The woolshed is, without doubt, the centrepiece of any outback sheep station, and no different here.
I always travel with a day pack and one under-the-plane soft bag only. After this Sydney trip I am reviewing whether I want to get a pack with wheels. I think it would be better. I don't travel with big backpacks because, although I am young at heart and stay in backpackers or campgrounds, I avoid sticky questioning by immigration types by looking more professonal, including my bag. In the city people can dress very fashionably indeed. Sydney is a city of suits and power dresses. However, all kinds of styles can be seen and truly everyone will fit in. Of course, no clothes are needed at the nude beaches I list. It is the norm for girls to sunbathe topless with a thong or g-string bottom at most regular Sydney beaches. No need to bring except maybye sunscreen (suncreme). I found that overpriced compared to the USA. Woolworths supermarket and Coles supermarket have limited generic brand toiletry products that are very cheap. Outside of the Sydney area on the ocean beaches many invest in a cloth windscreen which you set up around you when sunbathing to keep out wind and any blowing sand.