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.


Sydney’s Arty Paddington

January 20, 2012

The Paddington section of Sydney is well known by the locals as a shopper’s paradise. Just east of Darlinghurst, the suburb is filled with terrace apartments. Tree-lined streets overlooked by wrought iron balconies lend a touch of romance to the district, and the Victorian architecture complements the atmosphere perfectly.

Antiquing in Paddington

You’ll love wading through the many antique shops in Paddington, especially McLeods Antiques on South Dowling Street and the Vintage Times just down the way. Stop into Domain Collectables on Oxford and make sure you ask the staff to show you their favorite pieces in stock.

You’ll also find several art galleries in this district, featuring work by local artists and others from around the globe. The Five Ways section, made up of three streets that cross Glenmore Road, exudes an old-world vibe with its sidewalk cafés and decorative shops.

Paddington Markets

Every weekend, the Paddington Bazaar is in full swing next to the Paddington Village Uniting Church. You’ll see booths and street vendors with wares from designer clothing to souvenirs, and be sure to try some of the delicious local food and drinks for sale here.

Centennial Park

If you’re keen to enjoy the great outdoors Centennial Park doesn’t disappoint with its formal gardens, horse-drawn carriage rides and historical statues. Rent bicycles or skates for a trip along the leafy paths, and be prepared to encounter families and individuals of all ages; this is a very kid-friendly location.

Centennial Park is also a great place to bring your friends and picnic, or just find a quiet spot to enjoy a take-out sandwich and a book. Frisbee and horseback riding are also a great way to enjoy this area.

Cheap Eats and Entertainment

If you’re visiting or staying in the Paddington area you must visit the Wine Library, a Mediterranean wine bar on Oxford Street. And to indulge your sweet tooth make sure you add the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar to your to-do list.

The Ampersand Café and Bookstore is an interesting place to grab brunch with friends, as is the Book Lounge Café. If you’re looking for great seafood, A Fish Called Paddo is your best choice in this area and they’re open for lunch and dinner. Remember to bring your own bottle of wine and watch the crowds pass by.

Paddington is a great starting spot for your pub-crawl to the city, and buses are available to get you back home after your evening out. Check out the Captain Cook Hotel, also great for pub food, and the Fringe Bar on your trip down Oxford Street.

Home Away From Home

Instead of dropping hundreds on a hotel, check out Furnished Property for shared accommodations or a studio apartment of your own. If you’re planning on being in Sydney for a month or longer, this is definitely the best bet for value.

Your lodging will include televisions and DVD players, tastefully modern furnishings and laundry facilities on site for your convenience. Staying in Paddington can give you the full Sydney experience without breaking your budget, as long as you do a little research and planning before you go.


Fall in Love With Surry Hills

January 18, 2012

The Surry Hills region of Sydney, accessible via tram, bus or rail from downtown Sydney and surrounds, offers an interesting view of the city for young, urban visitors. Long known as the centre of wholesale fashion for the area, Surry Hills is a shopping mecca for those looking to score great deals on trendy attire and celeb-spot in stylish boutiques.

Shopping at Surry Hills

Crown Street will be your primary target if you’re going shopping in Surry Hills. This urban street glitters with an intoxicating mix of casual cafés, eclectic homeware stores and modern fashion boutiques. You will also want to check out Cleveland Street for a run through the Surry Hills Shopping Village. Next, skip over to Oxford Street and browse Oxford Square. The Surry Hills Markets hold great appeal for locals, and tourists alike, who know how to spot a shopping opportunity when it strikes.

If you’re near Mary Street, take the time to browse in Kyotap. This is the boutique of designer Fiona Buckingham, featuring clothing made with natural materials and an Eastern flavour. The Candy Store, on Bourke St, is also a must-see destination to marvel at the season’s best couture picks.

The Zoo Emporium on Campbell Street offers retro and recycled picks for the best in amazing budget buys. With a fun, frantic atmosphere and laid back prices, Zoo is a stand-out alternative to paying full price, and you’ll end up with something far more special.

Entertainment and Eateries at Surry Hills

Surrey Hills has quite possibly the highest concentration of restaurants in Sydney, ensuring cultural fare for nearly any type of cuisine desired. Along with the traditional restaurants, you’ll also love visiting the seemingly endless pubs that populate the shopping district. If you’re looking for a great pub to while away a few hours, drop by the White Horse Hotel on Crown Street or the Clarendon Hotel on Devonshire. From Art Deco to Victorian to ultra-modern, there’s a match every outfit and desired decore, all within a few city blocks.

If you prefer casual dining, make time to visit Bird Cow Fish on Crown Street- their espresso bar is well worth the visit. For cocktails or a gourmet meal out, the C-ique Design Bar is an awesome choice; call in advance to see if you can organise a booking to coincide with one of their cult film nights.

For great meals on the cheap, try the Bourke Street Bakery, offering blissful breakfast and brunch, or the Shakespeare Hotel on Devonshire Street. If you prefer a French bent to your morning feasts, the Lumierre Cafe & Patisserie on Bourke Street has a selection of affordable breakfast and brunch offerings.

Tourist Spots at Surry Hills

Sydney and the Surry Hills area in particular, are well known for its great diversity in cultures, and the incredible Churches are no exception. Make sure to visit the historic locations of the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, the St. Michaels Anglican Church and St. Peters Catholic Church.

Take a box lunch to Prince Alfred Park or Harmony Park for a peaceful outing, and be sure to visit the Surry Hills Library to enjoy the plentiful works by Sydney-dwelling authors.

Now that you’re in love with the area, drop by Furnished Property and find a great flat of your own. You may be surprised to see how well you can live on a lower budget, especially with shared or student accommodations.


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

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