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Ahhhh it’s holidays! Just the perfect time to explore your city and do all those things you “haven’t had time to do” or have been too busy to think about. So no excuses – it’s staycation time, so let’s go exploring!!



Sydney Festival  

Did you say Festival?? With some Free events?? Ok I’m listening!  

From the 9th of Jan until the 27th of Jan, Sydney is putting on a show.. Or a few shows to be exact. Seems like the perfect excuse to start the new year exploring all the things the city has to offer.  

Our top picks:  

Free- Sydney Symphony under the stars 

Paid- Pigalle ( a 70s disco burlesque circus- yes please) 


 Shark Island 

Get out of the city whilst being right in the middle of it- don’t worry, we promise no sharks (on land).  Positioned in Sydney Harbour, 1km from the mouth of Rose Bay, Shark Island is a picnic spot with a view! Explore the island’s foreshore, go swimming or relax in front of the amazing Sydney Harbour and it’s all just a short ferry ride away. 

A few quick tips: 

  • Shark island is open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.  
  • Catch the local ferry – Captain Cook Cruises 
  • Take a picnic for a day on the Harbour. ( Bonus tip- Come into Alibi for a packed lunch if you don’t want to cook.. You are on holidays after all)  
  • Enjoy views of the Harbour bridge and check out the passing activity from your relaxed island viewpoint. 




Woodford Folk Festival 

Yes it’s festivals season and what a great way to end a year! Kicking off on the 27th of Dec till the 1st of Jan- Woodford Folk Festival is the perfect place to get lost in the music with the likes of The Cat Empire, Electric Fields and The Waifs. 

The festival includes talks on how to make the world a better place, relaxation & recreational activities and adventures for the whole family.. Sign us up…😉


Kangaroo point rock climbing 

Have a water on the rocks and take the kids (or your friends) and try your hand at Rockclimbing in one of Brisbane’s most iconic locations!  

Challenge yourself to an approx 2 hour climb to the top of the 20 meter cliffs. The amazing views from the top are enjoyed by all ages!  


Kangaroo Point Rock Climbing 

 River level of Lower River Terrace Kangaroo Point 

  • Lower River Terrace 
  • Kangaroo Point 4169 




Eureka Skydeck  

See your city from a different angle! Step into the Eureka glass cube, which is on the 88th floor.. YUP 88… now that’s pretty high! And enjoy Melbourne from 300 meters above ground. Probably not for those scared of heights.. Although it could be a great way to tackle your fears, #NewYear #NewMe, am I right?   

The Skydeck is open 10am to 10pm.. So it’s a great reason to go twice in a day or if you can time it for sunset- it’s a double win.


Mornington Peninsula 

Have time for a day trip? If not, make some- this place is worth it!

With so many things to do- one day may not be enough! There’s Art, there’s food AND Wine, Marine Activities, golf and shopping, spas and attraction adventures…

But hey, did we hear you say- “you had me at wine!” Well then, we recommend taking a long lunch at Point Leo Estate winery.




Sunset Cinema 

Ahh yes an excuse to get cosy under the stars – we’re in! Sunset cinema is now on at the Australian National Botanical Gardens so get ready for food, fun and flicks under the stars. The sunset cinema experience includes a selection of Canberra’s favourite food trucks and a licensed bar for a relaxed wine under the moonlight. 

More info – 


Horsing around 

Australia’s most iconic + loved horse Phar Lap is an absolute legend of Australian sporting history. Phar Laps famous heart which weighs an incredible 6.35kg is located at the National Museum of Australia. The surprising part? His heart is in Canberra, his skeleton is in Wellington (New Zealand) and his taxidermy body can be viewed at the Melbourne Museum, Victoria. Phar Laps heart, as well as the black dress worn by baby Azaria Chamberlain, are the two most requested items to be seen at the National Museum. Surprising indeed.. 

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Hong Kong 

Tai Kwun- Centre for Heritage & arts  

Need some inspiration? We’ve got just the place! Tai Kwun offers some of the best heritage and arts experiences in Hong Kong. What was originally a Police station, Magistracy and a Victoria Prison, is now a beautiful contrast to their original functions.  

So what does that mean? Places that were originally thought of “scary” are now architectural features of outstanding design.

They host regular performing arts programs and seasonal signatures- which meant that there is always something on for everyone! With both light snacks and fine dining avaiable- there is no excuse to not go and check them out!  

 And while you are there…. 

You should check out behind the bars! 

Enjoy outstanding cocktails and coffee in an outstanding location—jail cells turned bar booths.  




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