Author: Lauren Katulka

Sydney Photo Friday: St Lazarus Orthodox Church

Sydney Photo Friday: St Lazarus Orthodox Church
I must admit, I don’t see the inside of many churches these days. It’s all weddings and funerals for me. While I might be a bit of a heathen, I can’t help but appreciate the beauty of these religious buildings. This is the interior of the St Lazarus Orthodox Church in Alexandria. Isn’t it a beauty?...
May 14th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Cuddle Koalas and Kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Cuddle Koalas and Kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Ask international tourists what they hope to do in Australia, and most want to see kangaroos and koalas. But why just see them, when you can actually interact with these cute creatures? Featherdale Wildlife Park has grown to become one of Sydney’s most popular wildlife sanctuaries through its belief...
May 13th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Discover Sydney’s Historic Rocks District

Discover Sydney’s Historic Rocks District
For the history buffs, The Rocks is the site of Australia’s first European settlement. Today though, its cobbled streets and heritage buildings are a great place to explore. Many of The Rocks’ colonial buildings now house art galleries, cafés, pubs, restaurants, and kitsch souvenir stores. One of...
May 12th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Be Your Own Tour Guide with MP3 Sydney Tours

Be Your Own Tour Guide with MP3 Sydney Tours
We all know that guided tours are a great way to make the most of your destination. Expert guides really know their stuff, and they’ll teach you some fascinating facts about the city you’re visiting. But by the same token, tours can be a hassle. Firstly you need to make sure you’re organised enough...
May 11th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

No Waste at Sydney’s Wafu Japanese Restaurant

No Waste at Sydney’s Wafu Japanese Restaurant
As a kid I was always taught to clear my plate. I was assured that starving children in Africa would be glad for my dinner, and if I didn’t eat it the meal was invariably served up the next morning as breakfast. During one particularly stubborn period I had the same dish served up for three consecutive...
May 10th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Photo Friday: Kookaburra Feasting in St Ives

Sydney Photo Friday: Kookaburra Feasting in St Ives
Some of my favourite photos captured around Sydney don’t feature the impressive architecture or the stunning natural landscape. Instead I love shots like this, the ones featuring some of our gorgeous wildlife residents. This one, snapped in the suburb of St Ives, captures a kookaburra enjoying a tasty...
May 7th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Dog Friendly Dining at Sydney’s Cafe Bones

Dog Friendly Dining at Sydney’s Cafe Bones
Dog enthusiasts Mary-Anne Danaher and Lynne Blundell believe dogs deserve the same kind of pampering that their human owners do. So in 2000 they created Café Bones, the world’s first dog-friendly café. Café Bones offers special treats for dogs, and their owners. You’ll enjoy the tasty breakfast...
May 6th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Film Festival Announces 2010 Program

Sydney Film Festival Announces 2010 Program
Sydney Film Festival has unveiled the official program for this year’s event. From June 2 to 14, Sydney will screen 157 films from 47 countries around the world. That includes 92 films never seen before in Oz, and 32 local flicks. Miranda Otto in "South Solitary" Amongst the movies we’ll...
May 5th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

See Autism Differently with Stephen Wiltshire Art Exhibition at Customs House

See Autism Differently with Stephen Wiltshire Art Exhibition at Customs House
Many people see autism as a disability. But looking at the amazing cityscapes created by autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire, you begin to wonder whether that perception is true. Stephen’s autism allows him to draw incredibly detailed recreations of urban landscapes from memory. He’s sketched...
May 4th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Escape Busy Sydney in Chinese Garden of Friendship

Escape Busy Sydney in Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Garden of Friendship are a slice of paradise nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Darling Harbour. They’re a big hit with tourists, but that doesn’t mean locals should steer clear. This tranquil haven is the perfect place to read or book or simply recharge your batteries. The Chinese...
May 3rd, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Photo Friday: Mortuary Station

Sydney Photo Friday: Mortuary Station
Despite spending plenty of time around Central Station, I’m afraid I’ve never noticed Mortuary Station which sits close by. Apparently between 1869 and 1937, trains left this station and traveled to Rockwood Necropolis cemetery. But soon a time came that people preferred to drive the relatively short...
April 30th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Gets New Saturday Farmers Market in Darlinghurst

Sydney Gets New Saturday Farmers Market in Darlinghurst
This Saturday, May 1, marks the first weekly farmers market in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. The vibrant areas of Taylor Square and Forbes Street will be transformed into a bubbling market place this and every Saturday with seasonal fruit and veg, free-range poultry and eggs, rare meats, seafood, handmade...
April 29th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Authentic Hare Krisha Experience at Govindas

Authentic Hare Krisha Experience at Govindas
If you’re in the mood for a relaxing night out that’s a little out of the ordinary, Govindas in Darlinghurst is the ideal destination. It’s a restaurant, movie theatre, and holistic center in one! First stop is the restaurant, which offers a fantastic Hare Krishna style buffet. All options are...
April 27th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sing Around Sydney on Karaoke Bus

Sing Around Sydney on Karaoke Bus
I admit it, I’m a terrible singer but I love to do it. Sadly for my poor husband, my favourite songs to belt out are also the most difficult: Think anything by Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. I tend to save my crooning for the privacy of my lounge room, but I’ve found something that’s convinced...
April 26th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Photo Friday: Looking Out Across Sydney

Sydney Photo Friday: Looking Out Across Sydney
Sometimes in life it’s the ordinary things that come together to create something special. If you live in Sydney, you’ve probably walked past this park bench a thousand times. But stop and look and you see the Harbour Bridge looming in the distance, and the Opera House to the right. I love the composition...
April 23rd, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney’s Best Beaches – The Top 10 Spots for Sun, Surf, and Sand

Sydney’s Best Beaches – The Top 10 Spots for Sun, Surf, and Sand
With Sydney enjoying unseasonably warm weather, we’re getting a little more mileage out of our beach towels and togs. There are so many beautiful beaches in Sydney just waiting for you to enjoy the lingering sunshine. But where should you go? Here are the top 10 places I suggest visiting. Make sure...
April 22nd, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Affordable Coogee Boutique Hotel Is No Dive

Affordable Coogee Boutique Hotel Is No Dive
Dive by name but not by nature, this funky beachside hotel is great for visitors after affordable accommodation outside the city. Dive is located in Coogee, 20 minutes from the center of Sydney. This suburb is a favourite with backpackers for its beautiful beaches, diverse eateries, and laidback philosophy. Dive’s...
April 21st, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Tomsilav Martinovic Opens Darlinghurst Restaurant

Tomsilav Martinovic Opens Darlinghurst Restaurant
Chef Tomislav Martinovic has returned from an eight-year stint in the United Kingdom to open a Darlinghurst restaurant which bears his name. The mix of back-to-basics fare and high-tech methodology is an intriguing one. Tomislav cites the rather common textures of Kraft cream cheese, salt and vinegar...
April 20th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

It’s Hollywood Down Under on Sydney Movie Tours

It’s Hollywood Down Under on Sydney Movie Tours
Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got Sydney? New South Wales’ capital has become the coolest place to shoot a movie, with directors lured by our beautiful weather, stunning scenery and laidback attitude. International blockbusters like The Matrix, Mission: Impossible II, and the most recent Star Wars...
April 19th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn
I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it: the Sydney Opera House is truly magical. Add all the vibrant colours of dawn and you’ve got even beauty. I love this photo. If you’ve never been to Sydney, consider this a note that you need to visit. And if you’re a local, let it remind you what...
April 16th, 2010 | Sydney | Read More