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Suburbs of Sydney V: Cafe society and classic cars in Balmain

View from Balmain Pier, Sydney,New South Wales

  Just 6 km across Sydney Harbour from the CBD (Central Business District) lies the genteel suburb of Balmain. The area has come a long way since its pre-colonial use as a kangaroo hunting ground, a nineteenth century working class industrial hub, and the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party. Workers cottages and terraces are

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Don’t believe the marketing: Victoria Park Market, Auckland

The Destructor chimney, Victoria Park Market, Sky Tower, Auckland

A rainy day in Auckland – who’d have thought it? So instead of a ferry trip to Devonport or Waiheke Island or a tortuous drive through the verdant Waitakere Ranges to Piha or Karekare beach, I have to make do with more urban distractions. First stop… the bus stop. Not for me the long vertiginous

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Swings and roundabouts in Canberra

 Canberra has added the cool to the cultural Canberra- buzzing or boring? Situated inland, far from ocean or beach, in cool climate highlands, the Australian capital is the country’s most unusual city. The seat of a notoriously raucous parliament, spilling prime ministers like Friday night beers, this planned city of government is often shunned by

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