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Where to Eat: A Guide to Sydney’s Best Italian Restaurants

Australia, Travel Blog - Ross French - July 27, 2017

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Sydney is one of the most-travelled destinations in the world. There are numerous things to do and see while visiting this beautiful city in Australia with your loved ones. Certainly, you are going to have a memorable and fun trip here.

To experience flavorful and mouth-watering dishes is on top of everybody’s travel to-do list. Whenever you travel, it is a must to know where is best to eat to satisfy your wandering soul. If you visit Sydney, you should try different cuisines, especially the Italian one. In fact, there are a lot of Best Italian restaurants in the area which you can try out. Italian cuisine has greatly influenced a lot of restaurants in the city. Research for the ideal restaurants beforehand to easily find the place when you already get there or you can opt for a car hire in Sydney that can advice you the recommended Italian food spots in the city.

So, are you ready for a food trip? Listed below are some of the must-visit restaurants while you are in Sydney:

Pilu at Freshwater

Celebrate any occasions in Pilu at Freshwater with your most favorite people. This restaurant has a stunning scenery with classic beachside setting. You will definitely have an awesome dining experience with your family or friends here. Expect first-rate Italian cooking by Chef Giovanni Pilu as well as great-tasting wine that you will all enjoy.

Balla Restaurant

If you are craving for legit Italian food, then visit one of The Star’s best eateries, Balla Restaurant. It was named after the poet and writer, Giacomo Balla, and put up by Australia’s leading supporter of Italian cuisine, Chef Stefano. This restaurant brings a cutting-edge twist on conventional Italian dishes that you will love once you’ve had a taste of it.

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One of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney is Otto Ristorante. Situated at The Finger Wharf, it offers everyone the finest Italian cuisine you will ever taste in your life. Its head chef, Richard Ptacnik, uses organic produce in preparing every dish. Also, the fabulous view while dining here makes it more interesting to visit the restaurant and spend a wonderful dinner time.

Ormeggio at The Spit

Ormeggio is an Italian word that means berth and mooring. The Ormeggio at The Spit is a modern restaurant that has an amazing waterfront setting. It offers delectable meals that are prepared using fresh produce. Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni and his team make sure to serve each visitor tasty meals that satisfy the soul.

Sydney is also a food lover’s paradise. There are various things you can do while in this city aside from checking out the best tourist spots or trying out its outdoor activities. Never miss the chance to taste Italian cuisine in the restaurants mentioned above. Who says you need to go to Italy to eat authentic Italian food? So, if you are planning to visit Sydney, don’t forget to add these best italian restaurants in your itinerary!

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7 Extreme Experiences in East Coast Australia That You Should Try

Australia, Travel Blog - Ross French - February 16, 2017

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You may or may not be the adventurous type, but as the saying goes: “you only live once”. For some, they want to feel that adrenaline rush over and over again, but for others, trying it at least once in their lives is enough.

The East coast of Australia hosts a number of extreme parks, rides, and experiences, which can easily be accessed. Some of these experiences are located in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, and Gold Coast, and the best way to get to these locations is by getting a car hire in Gold Coast or other metros – especially if convenience is number one in your list. Check out our compilation of the best extreme experiences in the eastern seaboard that you must try at least once in your life.

1. Clipsal500 Hot Lap in Adelaide

Experience the thrill of having your head pinned to the head rest and almost fly through air by riding a race car in Adelaide. Clipsal500 Hot Lap gives racing fans a chance to experience the thrill for two whole minutes, alongside Australia’s best race car drivers! Get your tickets here today, as the event will be happening on March 2-5, 2017.

Gold Coast2. Wollongong Tandem Skydiving in Sydney

Skydive over North Wollongong Beach and see dolphins and migrating whales several feet from the air! A professional skydiving instructor will be joining you all throughout the ride, so you need not worry about not being able to maneuver the parachute. Safely jump 14,000 feet from the air, with the speed reaching 120 mph or 193 kph. The round trip transportation from the Sydney CBD to the drop zone will also be included in the fee.

3. Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Have you ever thought about what it’s like to swim with sharks in Australia? Well, now’s your chance to do such. Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney provides a different scuba diving experience, where divers can get a chance to get up close and personal with large grey nurse sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and colourful fish. Sharks are the most misunderstood sea creatures, and this experience will teach you why you should not hurt them or be terrified of their presence. You will, of course, dive with an expert through your 30-minute experience with the sharks.

Ramp Jumping4. Rap Jumping in Melbourne

Experience running face-down from a 7-storey building in Melbourne! Rap jumping or forward abseil running gets your adrenaline rushing by letting you rapel face first down the side of a building. Enjoy awesome views of Melbourne while feeling the adrenaline rush through your body. Instructions and safety equipment will be provided, so no need to worry about anything! You do not need experience to try it as well, as experts will be there to guide you all throughout.

5. iFly Gold Coast: Indoor Skydiving in Gold Coast

If you’re not ready to try the real thing yet, then go ahead and try iFly’s indoor skydiving first. This is suitable for kids, so you can spend the day without having to leave the kids behind! You do not actually have to jump off a plane – all you have to do is lean forward inside a multistory wind tunnel, and you will automatically float in the air! Guests can choose how many flights they want to have, and if they want to share their flights. An expert will also be guiding you all throughout the experience.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs6. Rock Climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane

Although Brisbane is known for its CBD, a lot of hidden gems are waiting to be discovered in this city. Kangaroo Point is the perfect place to do rock climbing, as the peak presents a wide and amazing view of the whole city. Brave the rocks and climb 65 feet above the ground, with experienced instructors guiding you to the peak.

7. The Mega Adventure Park in Adelaide

Purchase a ticket from this park and enjoy a two-hour access to all areas. More than fifty obstacles are present in the park, with extras such as the ParaJump and the SkyWalk. Visit the park today and enjoy aerial thrills that this park has to offer!

Have a great adventure and enjoy the awesomeness of Oz!

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Various Ways You Can Get Around in Sydney

Australia - Ross French - September 3, 2016

Sydney

Included in everyone’s list of must-visit destinations is Sydney, Australia. There are many good reasons why this is one of the most picturesque settings in the world. Defined by the Pacific coastline, Sydney gives its visitors a taste of paradise with its breathtaking view of the harbour and a wide array of activities, shops, and beaches everyone can go to. Even finding the perfect hotel accommodation in Sydney would be a breeze because there are so many options for all kinds of travellers.

But one of the biggest problems travellers usually face when they are abroad is not where to go and which places to visit; it is simply how to navigate in a foreign country. Here we will talk about the different modes of transportation you can depend on if you want to see more of what Sydney has to offer.

Buses

The great thing about buses is they go around everywhere. In what whatever country you go to, buses are one of the most reliable modes of transportation. If you do not want to limit yourself to places like the Circular Quay area, the public buses can help you get around the wide area of metropolitan Sydney.  Bus fares differ, and it is cheaper the farther you go. You can look up bus passes that offer a couple of rides for a discounted price.

There are also sightseeing buses that pass through different places of interest. Just by riding this, you can visit the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Kings Cross, and so much more.

Ferry

Sydney, being defined by the rugged Pacific coastline, is also best viewed from the  clear blue waters that surround it. The main ferry terminal can be found at Circular Quay, and you can easily look up ferry schedules and routes on the Manly Fast Ferry website. This will give you a perfect panoramic view of Sydney and all the people that are going about their business.

Metro Light Rail

Transit is also the best ways for you not to get lost. The Metro Light Rail offers a day pass which you can use to go around Sydney through their trams. You will easily reach places like Chinatown, the Star Casino, Darling Harbour, Paddy’s Markets, and Sydney’s Fish Markets. And if you have been buying a lot of stuff in most shops you can find there, a tram can be one of your best options so that you are not lugging your items around.

Taxi

Another sure way not to get lost in Sydney is through taxi. They have a system that is the same as other cab companies in the world. Your travels with them are metered, and expect that they can be a bit expensive. But if there are no other options left, cabs are the best choice for you.

Car

Renting a car in a foreign country can be a bit of a doozy especially if you only have the help of a GPS or a map to navigate through the city. But it is also one of the best ways to get to know the city more and see much of what it can offer. It is like living like a local, albeit a bit confusing at first and complicated at best.

Walking

Once you get an opportunity to walk to a certain place, do it. It is one of the ways in which you can immerse yourself in a foreign country and get a glimpse on how they traverse the streets of Sydney daily.

These are the ways in which you can see much of Sydney and all that it wants to show you. Pretty sure if you are planning on spending a huge amount of time relaxing at the coast, you will be riding a few of these a couple of times.

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6 Motor Races to Watch in 2016

Australia - Ross French - June 28, 2016

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When it comes speed, motor racing fans know there isn’t an all the more energizing game on the planet! There’s simply something entrancing about watching an motor vehicle fly around a track at high speeds, apparently defying reality. While there are some incredible motor races held consistently, here are five that you ought to watch in 2016.

Indy 500 

The Indy 500 has been an absolute must-see occasion for hustling fans since its inception, and the current year’s race on May 29 ought to be significantly more special because it is being held for the 100th time. The Indy 500 is always filled with exciting action as the drivers attempt to win one of the most iconic races of all-time, and this year should be no different.

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Monaco Grand Prix 

Formula One is likely the most prominent hustling arrangement on the planet, and their fast activity does not show signs of improvement than the Monaco Grand Prix. The race is so notorious on the grounds that it permits a portion of the speediest motor vehicles to drive in the city of Monaco. The narrow paths and tight corners make the Monaco Grand Prix one of the toughest and most dangerous motor races in the world. This year’s Monaco Grand Prix will take place between May 26 and 29.

NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 400 

The stock cars utilized as a part of NASCAR may not go as quick as other famous racing vehicles, yet practically every races highlights a nearby and exciting finish. Since NASCAR developed a playoff system, the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be determined at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Miami-Homestead Speedway on November 20.

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Australian Grand Prix 

This Grand Prix is the most established rivalry held in Australia. Right now, the race is being held for the 80th times following 1928. The current year’s race on March 17 to 20 will be held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. This will excite since it’s the first round race of the Championship. The current most successful constructor is McLaren with a total of 12 victories.

Isle of Man TT  

With regards to motorcycle racing, nothing can best the Isle of Man TT race. The time-trial race is held for two weeks on open streets on the Isle of Man. The main week comprises of practice, and the coordinated occasion begins amid the second week. The 2016 Isle of Man TT will take place between May 28 and June 10.

Neste Rally Finland 

Rally racing takes a unique driving skill that is not displayed in any other form of motor racing. The Neste Rally Finland race has become the pinnacle of rally racing because of the gravel racing surface, blind crests and huge jumps. Every motor racing fan needs to make sure they are free between July 29 and July 31 to experience the greatness of the Neste Rally Finland race.

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5 Tips for a Driving Trip Around Australia

Australia - Ross French - March 31, 2016

Kangaroo warning sign on a road in the Australian outback. Western New South Wales.

Kangaroo warning sign on a road in the Australian outback. Western New South Wales.

If you are having a holiday in Australia, the best way to enjoy the country is to perhaps go on a road trip. Driving around is fairly easy especially because of their modern roads. This is a good way to have a slow-paced vacation and to enjoy its many destinations. To make the most out of it, however, make sure to follow the tips that will be mentioned below. Continue Reading

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