Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Film Festival right in the middle of Bondi Beach!

Windsurfing, waterskiing, sunbathing, beach volleyball, trendy eateries, buzzing markets – that’s not all that’s exciting on Bondi Beach!
Bondi Short Film Festival is a major cultural event that will take place on November 28 on the Bondi Beach.

The Bondi Pavillion, which sits right at the centre of the beach, has an amphitheatre which will show a total of 15 exciting Australian short films selected from a total of 190 entries. Every year the festival attracts movie buffs in large numbers resulting in a quick sellout.

The festival presents films belonging to a wide range of genres, styles and schools of thought.

The event, which allows healthy competition among good films made by both new and established movie makers, has been a stepping stone to many a budding film maker’s success.

The festival is also noteworthy for its impressive panel of judges.
So, all ye film enthusiasts, whether films be your hobby, passion, life or profession, beeline to Bondi for an amazing experience of films in the most outstanding of locations!

For more info regarding the event and availability of tickets:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The irresistible beaches of Sydney

Any time is beach time in Sydney except during extreme winter. Its climate being warm generally, what with the sun shining bright sometimes even in winter, Sydney attracts people to its beaches throughout the year. Sydney has both ocean beaches and harbour beaches. Of its beaches, Bondi, Coogee and Manly are the most popular both internationally and locally.

Sydney is lined with beaches on the east. Indeed, wherever you may be in Sydney, you are never far away from a beach, except if you are in the far west. There lies a string of beaches from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, facing the pacific. On the western side, across Pittwater, lie the Great Mackerel Beach and the Currawong Beach.

The harbour is the greatest attraction in Sydney and along the foreshores of the harbour stretch the Redleaf, Nielsen Park, Parsley Bay and Camp Cove beaches. Though without surf, these beaches are still highly frequented. Lady Jane and Obelisk are nudist beaches on the Sydney harbour. These are but a few of the irresistible beaches of Sydney!

Folks in Sydney just love the sea, the sun and the sand. Come leisure time, they head straight for the beach. Of course, beaches in Sydney offer endless opportunities for interesting activities! The main things to do would be surfing, skiing, sunbathing and playing beach games. Scuba diving, if you are the adventurous kind, or fishing, if you are not so, are some of the other activities. There are trendy restaurants and boutiques and immense opportunities for nightlife on the Sydney beaches. And don’t resist, just give in to the temptation of a barbeque on the beach!

To put in a nutshell, without enjoying the Sydney beaches, the Aussie experience would never be complete!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wine, dine and romance on a Sydney Harbour Cruise

It’s Christmastime and the New Year’s almost here! This is the time you think of your loved ones the most.

What gifts would you buy them? How would you spend some invaluable time with them? What exclusive occasion would you organise for them to be remembered for the rest of the year?
Would you (but then who wouldn’t?) love to steal away from the hustle and bustle of daily routine to a special place with a special person and then treasure those special moments in your hearts for the rest of your lives?

Good time spent in good company over good wine and good food would be the most memorable of all gifts! There are restaurants galore in Sydney that cater to all kinds - in quality of both food and ambience. But none of them can give your occasion that romantic feel as the Cruising Restaurants of Sydney who offer lunch, dinner and special event cruises around the Sydney Harbour!

The wine, the food and the ambience in the setting of the beautiful harbour give your perfect love story just that right touch of fantasy, not to mention the music!

So what would be your choice? A cosy lunch or a romantic dinner on a boat that cruises lazily across the waters of the harbour in careless abandon?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Spring in Sydney

While spring is the best time of the year anywhere in the world, spring is rather special in Sydney. Spring is generally cool, though towards late spring, it grows warmer.

During early spring, the weather is just great in Sydney for a walking expedition. At The Rocks, at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the buildings remind one of a historic past, and the souvenir shops reflect a cultural past as well as a glorious present!

Explore Chinatown on foot! Gorge on a wide yummy variety of Chinese food at restaurants that stay open late into the night! The Chinese temples are worth a re-look even if you have seen them before.

Head for the beaches, for this is the best time for trying your skill at surfing and skiing! Play beach games or just laze around and enjoy the sun – there’s nowhere like the beaches in Sydney and that too during the spring!

Take a ferry ride or enjoy a romantic cruise around the Sydney Harbour!

Take a monorail tour of Darling Harbour before you choose just where to step in – a restaurant, a coffee shop, or a boutique?

Most assuredly, in Sydney, one finds a spring in every step!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

When’s the best time to visit Sydney?

The New Year’s Eve, of course!

The New Year’s Eve celebrations around the Sydney Harbour are the best in the world. Sydney New Year’s Eve is famous for its fireworks and the light decorations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge that display a specific message every year!
There are several other reasons too as to why it is best to visit Sydney during New Year’s Eve.

Sydney’s celebrations of the New Year precede those of most of the other major cities of the world, as Sydney is ahead of them in time.

In Sydney, New Year’s Eve is right in the middle of summer and so the weather is quite pleasant and comfortable enough to let you stay up the whole night and watch the spectacular fireworks as well as dance well into the New Year!

A cruise boat on the Sydney Harbour that is also part of the Harbour of Light Parade gives the best New Year’s Eve experience in the world. The best views of the light decorations of the Harbour Bridge and those of the Opera House and other prominent buildings are from the deck of a cruise boat. The cruise boats sail past these iconic structures allowing views from different angles. The fireworks on the Harbour Bridge are seen closest from a cruise boat that is part of the Parade which is just another reason to be on the cruise boat! Besides, one can dine and dance away into the dawn of the New Year!

There is a small catch here, however! The bookings for New Year’s Eve boat cruises begin early in the year. Sometimes the seats are sold out months in advance!
So make a dash for it, you could be just lucky!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thematic displays of Sydney New Year’s Eve

Sydney is rightfully known as the New Year’s Eve capital of the world, with its spectacular fireworks that surpass all of its kind in the rest of world and the thematic lighting and fireworks that leave the world gasping in wonder!

On the Eve, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the cruises that participate in the Harbour of Light Parade and each and every nook, corner and crevice around the Sydney Harbour is decorated with lights. Every year, the lighting on the bridge has a new thematic display. The cruises that join the parade also are decorated according to a theme chosen months before. The synchronised fireworks set off from barges, buildings and different locations on the bridge with wondrous precision also display a specific message every year. The message or the theme displayed by the lighting and fireworks on the bridge has been colloquially called the ‘bridge effect’ by the Sydneysiders.

The most famous bridge effects in the past years have been the ‘Smiley’ in 1998, ‘Eternity’ in copperplate writing in 1999, the ‘Dove of Peace’ in 2002, the ‘Love Heart’ in 2005, the ‘Coathanger’ and the ‘Diamond’ in 2006, the ‘Sand Timer’ in 2007 and ‘the Sun’ in 2008.

Every year, the framework for the effect is visible months before the event which leaves the public wondering and speculating on what that year’s would be.

As the day nears, the excitement, the anticipation and the suspense builds up as the world awaits the event with bated breath!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks – a display of cutting-edge pyrotechnics

Of course, you would have heard of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney. And of course, you would have seen it – on television at least – every year, for this is one of the most, if not the most, famous and the most televised New Year’s Eve fireworks in the world.

The New Year’s Eve firework display in Sydney is known for its synchronised perfection and its technological precision. It has been an awesome show of advanced pyrotechnics every year. Fireworks are launched from barges and rooftops, and from various locations on the Harbour Bridge. It has been estimated that this year the show will use over 3000 kilograms of explosive devices including shells and shooting comets and other special features and effects!

WOW - to say the least!