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The Best Private Tour in Sydney

by Edgardo Gubelin on September 7, 2017
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We’ll show you the best of Sydney, from the highlights of the City to the beauty of the surrounding waterways and National Parks.

What makes us different?  Too many excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

We’ll supply your own personal guide and vehicle for a few hours if that’s all you need. It’s your day… from sunrise to sunset… you’ll have your best day yet!

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Private Tours to Sydney’s Beaches

by Edgardo Gubelin on September 7, 2017
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Grab your camera and experience an exciting memorable beach day with us, as we take you to discover there is so much more to Sydney than the Bridge and Opera House!

See famous beaches like Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, Whale Beach and Manly Beach.

We offer personalised tours with your own private tour guide to enjoy some of Sydney’s most spectacular attractions.

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St Mary’s Cathedral

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 30, 2016
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St Mary’s Cathedral is the spiritual home of Sydney’s Catholic community. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, and stands on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia.

The first stone for St Mary s Cathedral was laid 1821. It was a simple Gothic style cruciform stone structure. In 1865, the church caught fire and was destroyed. In 1868 the foundation stone for the present Cathedral was laid. It became an on going project and was eventually completed in 1961.  The two spires were eventually completed in 2000.

The glory of St Mary’s Cathedral is the remarkable interior. The stained-glass windows in the Cathedral were crafted in England. The brightly coloured floor of the Cathedral crypt is an outstanding example of terrazzo mosaic. The roof is made of red cedar. St Mary’s is a building which has a song to sing and a story to tell – And the song of the Cathedral is the sound of its bells.

You’ll be at a loss for words, it’s well worth a visit.

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Taronga Zoo

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 30, 2016
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Taronga Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals and birds. There’s plenty happening and you’ll always have a new reason to visit the zoo. Events include, more than twenty zookeeper talks, daily shows, guided tours and concerts.

If your time is limited, we highly recommend the Australian wildlife park. Home to some of the most fascinating marsupials in Australia. You’ll experience Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Koala’s, Kangaroos, Bandicoots and a host of other Australian indigenous wildlife. The Platypus is one of our favourites. It’s only one of three egg-laying mammals.

We also recommended the seal and bird shows, the cable car ride and wild ropes challenge. Your children will enjoy every minute. It’s a day filled with excitement and adventure, in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the beauty of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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The Rocks – Sydney’s outdoor Museum

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 29, 2016
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The Rocks was established shortly after the Colony’s formation in 1788.  Most of the buildings at this time were built of local sandstone, from which the area derives its name.

The Rocks was a slum area from earliest times as it was often frequented by prostitutes and sailors. In 1900, the bubonic plague broke out and many of the buildings were demolished. During the 1920’s more were demolished to make way for the bridge.

In 1968 the the government planned to demolish the remaining buildings to make way for high density dwellings. This was overturned in 1975 and the Rocks were transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes, restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls.

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The Queen Victoria Building

by Edgardo Gubelin on May 30, 2016
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The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is Sydney’s most beautiful building. The Romanesque revival building was built on the original municipal markets site. Completed 1898, it was designed as a market place.

The QVB consists of 4 main shopping floors. The elegant interior of the Queen Victoria Building features, beautiful stained glass windows and remarkable shops, two mechanical clocks each featuring dioramas and moving figures from moments in history.

The Royal Clock activates on the hour and displays 6 scenes of English Royalty. The Great Australian Clock includes 33 scenes from Australian history seen from both Aboriginal and European perspectives. An Aboriginal hunter circles the clock continuously representing the never ending passage of time.

The Queen Victoria Building is a must to see!

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The Sydney Vivid Festival 2016.

by Edgardo Gubelin on May 20, 2016
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This year’s Vivid Light, Music and Ideas Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!
From Friday 27th May till Saturday 18th June, get down to Sydney Harbour and the City to experience an illuminated Sydney.
“Vivid Sydney” is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring extraordinary lighting sculptures. It’s one of Sydney’s most spectacular, creative and  dazzling events. From artistic light sculptures to musical collaborations, innovative designs and architecture, Vivid Sydney hosts a unique range of performances.
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What? A Wombat?

by Edgardo Gubelin on May 4, 2016
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On a recent trip to the Jenolan Caves with a German client, I was heartbroken to pass a dead wombat lying on the side of the road that had been been knocked over by a car. And then sadly, another one within a short period of time. One normally never sees wombats during the day, as they are nocturnal and come out to graze after dusk. And seems like they nibble on the grass verges alongside the roads.

So, when I got home that evening, I decided to investigate what the Wombat’s dietary needs were. Australian native grasses and the roots of some shrubs, seems to be their staple diet. Wombats dig underground burrows, to set up home. What fascinated me was that the wombat’s pouch (being marsupial) was back to front which prevents it from filling up with sand, when digging its burrow. I was blown away, when I realized how mother nature had thought of everything!

Reading on, I was more fascinated to find out that the Koala was its closest relative and for a moment, I tried to visualise a wombat climbing a tree. A weird thought then went through my mind. Surely, that despite these two marsupials, being so closely related, there was no doubt in my mind that the Koala, which spends its entire life in the canopies of the eucalyptus trees, would no doubt have its pouch facing upwards to avoid its young joey from falling out…

Mother nature, yes back to her. It seems that when she created the Koala, it must have been at the end of a very busy week, as she sewed the pouch on back to front. I have never seen a baby Koala falling out of a tree, maybe thats because mother nature quickly recovered and slipped a strong “sphincter muscle” at the opening of the pouch to prevent the joey from falling out!

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