State of New South Wales Off The Beaten Path

  • Looking south from one of the headlands
    Looking south from one of the headlands
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  • At Flat Rock
    At Flat Rock
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State of New South Wales Off The Beaten Path

  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Of course you want to go to the Blue Mountains while you're in Sydney - that's why I created a whole lot of Blue Mountains pages. So why are you looking here? Check out my numerous and informative pages under that title. Okay, I'll give you a sampler. This is one of my favourite walks up in the hills (remember, they're only about 1,000 metres...

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  • Beaches

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by...

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  • Suburbs

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Having some fun in the Shire... It all began with a train voyage that transported us into the place that is "The Shire". No it's not a place inhabited by Hobits and thought up by Tolkien but a real place in the Suburbs of Sydney. The Shire became to us a place with good food, good friends and incredible memories. We met some incredible people...

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  • Scenic Walks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Liz and I decided we wanted to do the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee. We both love the ocean and heard the views along this walk were unsurpassed. We began our walk in Bondi on the Promenade. We climbed up the hills and looked down upon the beach and the crashing surf; absolutely beautiful. We then continued along the path to Mackenzies Point....

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  • National Parks / Parks / Gardens

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The Hunter Valley Gardens are a project of the Roche Family who spent over 20 million dollars on their pet project. Although it is a commercial venture, it's also a dream. What a wonderful dream for all the world to share! At Christmas time it comes alive at night. BE WARNED, buy your ticket on the internet before you get there as the place gets...

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  • Historic Buildings

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The State Library is more than just one; indeed, it has been added to to accommodate various collections. They are as follows: The Mitchell Library Opened in 1910, the Mitchell Library houses unsurpassed collections of Australiana bequeathed to the people of New South Wales by David Scott Mitchell. These eastern Aboriginal ‘doors’, sculptured by...

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  • Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    This is a lovely thing to do on a sunny day when you'd just like to chill out. We had heard about the restaurant at Abbotsford and that was the reason we initially went but, en route there were several other places we considered we might like to visit in the future. Harbourside parks, places of interest or just because we hadn't been there before....

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  • Central Coast

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Chances are your tourist agent never mentioned this little gem in the Hawkesbury. This small island in the middle of the river system is home to just over 200 people and there is no motorised traffic here except for a small electric cart that helps residents get their shopping from the wharf to their homes, all of which are either set in the bush...

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  • Wineries

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    If wild horses can't drag you away from Sydney, then perhaps these will. This fine toparic example is but a tiny piece of what you will experience at the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin. Hopefully you haven't just had a substantial amount of the local beverage before you see them otherwise who knows what you might make of it all.

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  • Really way out of Sydney

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Finally in 2010; I made it to Botany Bay. I had wanted to see in the previous two trips to Sydney but just never had the time. Thankfully in November 2010; our friend JAckie took us to Botany Bay for a day of exploration and a tasty late lunch. I am a huge history buff and have a bit of an obsession with Captain Cook and explorers in general. Ahh...

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  • Zoo / Animal Parks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    I'm not much for zoos really,but you want to see all the indiginous animals of Australia without going into the bush, this is the place to go. Dingos, Tasmanian devils, emus, koalas, wallabys, kangaroos, spiders, etc. are all here. The kids I saw there were loving it since there is a petting area where the kangaroos and wallabys are out in the...

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  • Southern Highlands / Coast

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Jervis Bay is famous for the whitest sand in the world, and its crystal clear waters. Discover the tranquil bush settings within the National Parks. The centre of the Jervis Bay tourist haven is Huskisson, and one must stop and have a beer at this icon, basic accommodation is also available. Jervis bay from Sydney takes approx 2 hours driving...

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  • Entertainment

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The title should explain the rest of the tip!! I saw 'Jeremy' play at the Outback centre, located in Darling Harbour and boy was he great!! He showed us exactly how to do it, what he was doing and played different style for about 30 minutes. He also told us his aboriginal roots and the origins of the didgereedoo. I was not bored at all, neither...

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  • Museums

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The tramway museum always seems to be located out of town. Well this one is no different. You have to go out to the Loftus station. This trip allows you to get out of the city a bit and see some more of the surrounding area. If traveling with a Transit Pass you'll need the pink one at minimum or a purple one to get out here.

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  • Darling Harbour

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The Chinese Garden is a beautifully landscaped garden and a nice sanctuary in the middle of a busy city. It is very well -designed in that it makes excellent use of space, and every corner has something special that will catch your eye. It's garden design at its best. Entry is $6 for adults.

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  • The Rocks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    One of the first churches in Sydney was located at the top of the Rocks in a place called Miller's Point. This church is the Garrison Church that is still occupying the space today. The church was built in 1840, and was originally to be known as the Church of the Holy Trinity, but popularly became known as the Garrison Church based on its...

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  • Memorials

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    "LET SILENT CONTEMPLATION BE YOUR OFFERING" The phrase says it all. This memorial which opened in 1934 commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in WW1, as well as Australians who have fought in war. They have an exhibit downstairs but to fully experience this memorial look down to Hall of Silence were wou will...

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  • Olympic Park

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    So, I decided to train here just because it is the Olympic Park. I did not know there was such an extensive walking, jogging, biking trail system out there. The train puts you right in the heart of the buildings. I quickly began my walk to the ferry (and got lost more than once)--a long walk but oh so cool because the entire way was on trails. I...

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  • Food and Drink

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    During our trip to Sydney, there was one pilgrimage that we must make and that's to the famous Krispy Kreme!!! They are originally from USA but they manage to travel across a few oceans to get to Down Under :D Personally I am not a big fan of donuts but after trying the chocolate donut and various glazed donuts from KK, I still dream of its...

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  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The Sydney Bridge climb is an event that you will never forget and one you will not regret. There is a company, Bridge Climb (I think...) that allows you to climb (very carefully) the top arch of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You put on an all gray jump suit, rope up, and climb with a group of 20 people or so to the top of the bridge. You are all...

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  • Markets

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The Sydney Markets are situated close to the Olympic Park. The fruit and vegetable market is probably the most exciting part. It's only open on Fridays and Saturdays, and the gates close at 3 pm. You will mostly see people of Asian or Arabic background here, who are shopping for their restaurants. And you can realls do a bargain here. However you...

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  • Far North Coast

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Newcastle is only approx 2 hours from Sydney. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Region and bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches. This city is NSW second largest city and it has certainly come along way, and is now a vibrant and interesting city to visit with some absolutely gorgeous beaches. www.noahsonthebeach.com.au...

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  • Relaxation & Rejuvenation

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Kims Resort. We have stayed in this retreat numerous times and found it to be truly romantic and a great weekend getaway. Its approx 1.5hrs drive north from Sydney, and is situated on the gorgeous Toowoon Bay. The hotel is entrenched with family history and is in absolute prime waterfront position. The resort consists of private bungalows, some...

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  • New Year's Eve

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    If you want an Australian New Years experience that is different from anything you've done before, I would highly recommend The Peats Ridge Festival. It has the most amazing atmosphere and was so packed with live music, dancing, beautiful art and drumming workshops I barely had enough time to fit it all in. There were art displays in the trees and...

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  • Galleries

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open every Wednesday night until 9pm. Special programmes occur each week, including performances, talks, films and music, as well as all exhibitions and the permanent collection.

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  • MIRROOL - HOME OF THE SILO KICK

    Mirrool is a tiny village on the Newell Highway, 51 km south of West Wyalong on the road to Narrandera. An interesting event known as the "Silo Kick' is held here annually. This fun day started informally in the 1970s when Mark Newton kicked a football over the silos from the railway platform. We stopped by the silos and read the sign then viewed...

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  • Uralla - Where bushrangers get a...

    In Uralla - a small village in NSW bushrangers get a monument, a museum & more ! In the times of the big gold-rush in New South Wales there had been many robbers and bushrangers, who tried to make their living by robbery and Thunderbolt was one of them. His full name was Frederick Wordsworth Ward. He was born 1835 as the son of a former convict,...

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  • Murrumburrah

    Murrumburra is one of the many small villages that I passed through while heading to other places and I am glad I made a stop of some time to explore places like this !In my 1st pic: The Mechanic institute of 1879 is one of my favorite buildings in Harden / Murrumburrah. Unfortunately I have no idea what that kind of institute was used for, but...

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  • Binalong : a great car-collection

    The carmuseum in Binalong is really worth a little detour in my opinion, even when it is just a small private collection of cars and it has a few very rare examples like for instance a racingcar, built in Binalong and the one and only Bugatti that I saw in any museum in NSW so far.This museum is not always open for the public, so maybe you better...

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  • Wallabadah & the monument for the first...

    Wallabadah is a small village - along the mainroad from Tamworth to Willow Tree and finally to Newcastle - where you will find Australia's only monument for all of the members of the first fleet of settlers coming to Australia in 1788. Most of them were convicts and you will find all their names and also the kind of crime they were found guilty for...

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  • The balancing rocks of Stonehenge

    South of Glen Innes you will pass through a small village called Stonehenge and its best tourist-attraction are The balancing rocks. You will find signposts along the road and a good parking-space as well next to the road. It is a pity that it was heavily raining that day, otherwise I would have tried to walk closer to these rocks. The distance...

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  • Glen Innes

    Glen Innes is a nice town that I found accidentally and I was surprised by the great architecture of some of its buildings ! Glen Innes is part of the so-called Celtic-Country, north-west of Sydney in an area with lots of villages called after scottish villages like Glencoe and there is even a village called Stonehenge as well.My 1st picture The...

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  • Clarence Town Bridge

    Wooden bridges are a common sight all over the State of New South Wales, because in the days of the early settlers it was forbidden to use steel for bridges and for the oldest wooden bridges you will even find signposts how to get to them ! Clarence Town Bridge (The "Brig" O' Johnston) is the oldest timber truss bridge in New South Wales, and it is...

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  • Murrurundi: the house of Bushranger Ben...

    This tiny hut in the centre of Murrurundi was once the house of Ben Hall - (he was one of the most notorious bushrangers of the times of the gold-rush) ! Nowadays you will find some exhibits behind the windows and the backside of the hut also houses the public toilet - what a carreer ! ;-)Take a look there and learn something about such local...

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  • Elvis Presley in the Parkes car-museum

    Did you really expect to see some of the original souvenirs of King Elvis in Australia ?You will find an excellent collection of guitars, photos, suits and othere things that the "king" Elvis Presley had in his posession - most of them were given to this museum by his former girlfriend Ginger Alden.This Elvis Presley-collection is part of the...

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  • The Nan Tien Temple close to Wollongong

    This is a sight that I did not expect at all in Australia: A Buddhist temple, The Nan Tien Temple close to Wollongong and it is considdered to be the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. In the lower floors of the main temple, that you can see in my main picture you will find some restaurants, a tea-house and the restrooms, but in...

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  • The HARS-collection in Albion Park /...

    The HARS-collection is a great sight in the south of Wollongong for all fans of historic airplanes. HARS means "Historic Aviation Restoration Society" and so it is understandable that most of these airplanes are still able to fly or are under repair or restoration in order to be able to fly again some day soon.Unfortunately you can visit this...

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  • Renewable resources in the Clarence...

    Much work is being done around the Clarence to secure renewable resources to fuel our vehicles into the future.

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  • make time

    for the National Park of New South Wales, explore the Cultural Heritage, the Blue Mountains one of Australias most known National Park just 100 kilometers from Sydneywork in progress

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  • Heavenly sounds

    Tucked down a little alley off Pitt Street, right in the heart of downtown Sydney, the new City Recital Hall, most commonly referred to as Angel Place, is a wonderful new addition to Sydney's cultural life. The first concert venue to be built in the city since the Opera House was completed in 1973, it is a little masterpiece of a concert hall, the...

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  • Sydney: Enjoy some sun in the RBG

    Although this park is definitely not a small or off the beaten path type of place, I would highly recommend scheduling some time into your busy trip through New South Wales to enjoy Sydney's local population in their sun and fun spot.The Royal Botanical Gardens seem like a perfect place for a little nap, some sunbathing, a frisbee or two and...

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  • Kilcare beach and harbour- 2 hours from...

    Yup. A no brainer. Kilcare (sometimes spelled Killcare). On the central coast, near Gosford. I was there just last Sunday and although I now live mainly in Queensland, I visit NSW several times a year and always take time to revisit Kilcare. We also took a walk to Lobster Beach from Wagstaff (2km from...

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  • Kilcare beach and harbour- 2 hours from...

    Yup. A no brainer. Kilcare (sometimes spelled Killcare). On the central coast, near Gosford. I was there just last Sunday and although I now live mainly in Queensland, I visit NSW several times a year and always take time to revisit Kilcare. We also took a walk to Lobster Beach from Wagstaff (2km from...

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  • WALGETT

    A claim to fame Walgett has, it that in an old Australian Television series, silly Betty came from the town of "Walgett" This put Walgett on the map.Walgett is the next town onto Lightning Ridge, and there really isn't much here to see. We only stopped because we needed to buy lunch, there is a long way between Towns. Walgett's population is mainly...

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  • Folk Hero or villain?

    Australians tend to have a soft spot for the local version of the outlaws of the wild west or the highwaymen of Europe. We call them bushrangers, tell tales and sing songs of their notorious deeds (which are often romanticized into rebellious stands against authority) and even, as here in Uralla, put up statues to them in the centre of town!Where...

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