The Bets on Randwick

January 27, 2012

The Randwick suburb of Sydney is best known as Australia’s home of horse racing and the one of the countries greatest universities, University of New South Wales. UNSW offers almost 300 undergraduate programs along with several postgraduate programs in a broad number of disciplines. If you’re considering attending this school, make sure to schedule a tour of campus while you’re in town.

Churchill Downs
Creative Commons License photo credit: Jeff Kubina

Off to the Races

Whether you love the thrill of betting on the horses or just enjoy watching the sport, going to the races will get your heart pumping and provide a full day’s worth of fun. The Royal Randwick Racecourse is known world-wide and is one of the premier attractions that Sydney has to offer. Locals and tourists alike flood the Betting Auditorium most Wednesdays and Saturdays.

While you’re there, you can also get in on other sports betting activities and enjoy dressing up in your finest races-worthy attire. If the hussle bussle of race day becomes too much for you, you can always hang out in the bar or grab a bite in Argy’s Café.

Shopping and Sightseeing at Randwick

Shopping fanatics will want to plan a trip into Randwick’s central business district for the Royal Randwick Shopping Centre. Here’s you’ll find tons of bargain-friendly boutiques and stores, including the Best & Less, Ella Bache and Millennium Babe.

While you’re there, you can grab a quick bite at one of the many restaurants inside the centre. Outside, in the surrounding area, you can choose cuisine from nearly any nation or culture. The Pinto Thong Thai restaurant has a great selection, and you can’t beat the menu at Little Istanbul Turkish.

For seafood with a whimsical bent, try Chish N Fips on Arden Street. The atmosphere here is laid back and fun, and the staff will have you laughing before you’ve finished ordering.

Randwick Indoor or Outdoor

No matter how you like to have fun and relax you’ll be able to keep busy in Randwick. If you’re a fan of the outdoors you can grab an early bus for a day at Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach. Sampling the fresh, local seafood is a must out here; try Fishmongers on Hall Street or the Skinny Dip just down the road. For a great coffee and snack menu Gertrude and Alice has you sorted.

Those who prefer to stay inside can catch a flick at the local cinema or enjoy a few games of ten-pin bowling. If you feel like splurging on a romantic meal, try the Montparnasse Café on St. Paul’s Street. To keep to your budget BYO wine can make a great meal out more affordable, and sometimes more special too. Keep in mind that ordering from the lunch menu will cost much less, so why not head out for an afternoon meal.

Furnished Apartments at Randwick

If you’re planning on staying in the Randwick area of Sydney, make sure to check out Furnished Property before you finalize your plans. You will be able to grab a great two-bedroom apartment for your trip, complete with a full bath. The properties for rent here are fully furnished with modern facilities in the kitchen and lounge. They are also located near public transportation, making it easy for you to get around the city.


A Weekend in Bondi

October 21, 2011

This weekend is set to bright and sunny, so what a better way to spend it than at Bondi Beach? Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney and is rightly known as one of the best beaches in the world. Spend a day playing in the surf, relaxing on the sand, then start the night with drinks at one of Bondi’s many pubs.

Bondi Beach is the destination of choice for many Sydney-siders whenever the sun is shining. Getting to Bondi Beach is easy on public transport. Catch one of the Sydney Buses routes 380 or 333 from Sydney city to be dropped off right next to the beach. Or catch the train to Bondi Junction then get on a bus for a quick ride to the beach.

Bondi Icebergs

View of Bondi Beach from Bondi Icebergs

Sun, Surf and Sand on Bondi Beach

Once you’ve got your feet in the sand on Bondi Beach, roll out your beach towel and enjoy the sun – just make sure you’ve put on SPF 30+ sunscreen because you don’t want to ruin your day by getting sunburnt! If you plan on swimming remember to swim between the yellow and red flags, these areas have gentler surf and are constantly patrolled by lifesavers.

Bondi’s famous surfers are found at the southern end of the beach, so grab your surfboard and ride some waves with the locals. If you want to learn to surf, head to the Bondi Pavilion where you’ll be able to get more information on lessons.

Bondi Markets and Shopping

Bondi Markets are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm located at Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Parade, just across the road from Bondi Beach. The Bondi Markets are a great place to buy locally crafted fashion and jewellery as well as vintage and antique homewares and more.

If you want to peruse some shops before or after going to the beach, the majority of stores are along Campbell Parade and Bondi Road. As you’re in Bondi, you’ll find many surf stores as well as shops selling the latest fashion, gifts, music, books and local art.

Bondi Beach Pubs and Hotels

After a day soaking up the sun on Bondi Beach, head to some of these great pubs and hotels to unwind over a drink with friends.

  • BB’s Bar Bondi – 78 Campbell Pde – BB’s offers a relaxed atmosphere with live music, good food and a popular place for drinks amongst locals.
  • Beach Road Hotel – 71 Beach Rd – Beach Road Hotel offers the best live music in Bondi with live music from established and up and coming Australian bands playing almost every night of the week.
  • Bondi Icebergs – 1 Notts Ave – Icebergs is famous for the Bondi Baths, a 50 metre saltwater pool, set against the Bondi waves, but it is also a great place to go for a drink at the Unsinkable Bar  which offers a breathtaking view of Bondi Beach.
  • Hotel Bondi – 178 Campbell Pde – Close to the beach and offers many bars and good pub food.
  • Ravesi’s – 118 Campbell Pde – Ravesi’s is known as the place to be seen in Bondi, so head to Ravesi’s if you’re after a stylish drink amongst the beautiful people.

Stay at a Furnished Property furnished apartment in Bondi Beach this summer to enjoy the sand, surf and fun right at your doorstep.

Bondi Beach Lifeguard

Bondi Beach Lifeguard Tower

Café Review – San Churro

June 4, 2010

If your furnished apartment is in Glebe or Bondi, and you and your flatmates are chocolate lovers, then we have the place for you! San Churro is the perfect café to chill with your housemates and get some great Spanish chocolate treats.


CAFÉ REVIEW – San Churro

Shop 5/84 Campbell Parade,
Bondi Beach


47 Glebe Point Road,


Take a Peek at this Furnished Bondi Apartment

February 3, 2010

We know it is frustrating to apartment hunt, and especially when you don’t get good photos on the Internet beforehand. Furnished Property is in the process of creating walk-through videos for all of our properties around Sydney so that you get the best idea you can about a place before getting to our office. Have a quick peek at this furnished Bondi apartment, and let us know what you think!

What does your Sydney surburb mean?

October 28, 2009

sydney signsFor foreigners coming to Sydney, many of the suburbs can have long, funny-sounding and hard-to-pronounce names. I mean who ever thought that Woolloomoolo should be pronounced like “Woolah-mahloo” instead of how it’s spelt?! Anyway, the reason these suburbs actually have such exciting sounding names is because they come from Aboriginal words.

Ah, yes, you probably knew this already, but did you happen to know that Woolloomooloo means “place of plenty” according to some sources?

Well how about these other Sydney suburbs?

  • Bondi - Bondi is said to mean “the sound of breaking waves”, which seems suiting enough since Bondi is a coastal area and all.
  • Coogee - I am so sorry to inform our tenants in furnished flatshares Coogee that the etymological meaning of your suburb is actually “smelly place” or “stinking seaweed”. Now, however, Coogee does not smell bad whatsoever since the beach is kept quite clean, but long ago, this word referred to the smell of kelp that washed onto the shores and was left to sit there. So, it is OK to look for furnished flatshares in Coogee today… more like great, and Furnished Property Group can help!
  • Parramatta – Parramatta comes from an aboriginal word that means “head of waters”.
  • Woy Woy – Woy Woy is not really so close to Sydney, but if you ever get on a train, you might have heard this city name over the loudspeaker. Woy Woy is said to come from the Aboriginal for “much water” or “big lagoon”. It is interesting to point out that repeating a word will mean “many” or “much” as in the case of Woy Woy.

roo on aussie beachBesides city names, Aboriginal words also contribute to naming wildlife. Kangaroo, for example, is said to come from the Aboriginal word “gangurru”, as recorded by James Cook. There was controversy for a while when Philip King could not confirm this record and thought that gangurru actually meant “I don’t know”.

Imagine the Scenario

James Cook: “What is it?”
Native: “Gangurru (I don’t know).”

This theory has since been denounced.

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