New South Wales


The magic of Australia, for those of us who love the ocean, is that it is blessed with a seemingly endless wealth of uncrowded beaches, dive sites and surf breaks. Somewhere in New South Wales, Steve Bramucci has found a forgotten coast...and, statistics dictate that there are plenty similar gems waiting to be savored down under.

Somewhere, New South Wales, Australia


Julian Rocks is the small rock formation found off the Australian coast in Byron Bay. The tiny islet is considered a bird sanctuary, so climbing on the rocks is strictly prohibited. You can, however, take one of the several guided snorkeling trips to Julian Rocks from the various providers around town. Julian Rocks is no Great Barrier Reef, but if […]

Snorkeling at Julian Rocks in Byron Bay





So I’ve lived in Sydney for over two years and haven’t managed to get my lazy backside out to the Hunter Valley which is only around 2 hours outside of Sydney. Man have I been missing out! It took the APEC weekend for me to need an escape and book a tour to go to the Hunter. We booked a […]

The Hunter Valley, More Than Just Wine


Get sneezed on by a giraffe, get licked by a rhino and get stalked by a cheetah. If you come to visit NSW and have a bit of time to see the place, definitely take the 5 hour trek out to Dubbo. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, Dubbo is a thriving and vibrant in-land city. One of the oldest […]

Dubbo Zoo, How to Hear Cheetahs Purr



The Hunter Valley is a well known wine, coal mining, and race horse breeding area about 2 .5 hours north of Sydney. I am on a work trip and am happliy tucking into a bottle of wine at the affordable yet luxurious Branxton Hotel in the Hunter Valley. Australian Traveller‘s Top 100 things to do in Australia lists “Stay in […]

The Hunter Valley, Branxton Hotel



Well folks it is finally here- marked by a cold rainy day in Sydney, the opening weekend of the Australian snow fields has arrived! And appropriate it is, that they are called snow fields instead of the snow mountains. ahem…. For all my good natured scoffing, there is plenty of fun to be had at the snow here. If you […]

Australian Snow fields- Opening Weekend!



Are you in Sydney and need to get out of the paved jungle? If you head just a little south- you’ll feel like you are on another planet entirely. Instead of pavement…you’ll be surrounded by nature! The Royal National Park established in 1879, it is now about 16,000 hectares of National Parkland– and just stones throw from Sydney! Can you […]

Royal National Park, Ferry Service