Australia

Finding the edgy off-beat side to Sydney

Sydney has its delights with stunning iconic buildings and unspoilt sandy beaches, but how easy is it to find its hidden secrets? Too easy, as Keith Lyons find out. 

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Insider guide to Sydney in winter

Over two million visitors are expected to experience Vivid, so it seems to have done the job in stimulating Sydney’s winter visitor numbers. But what else does Sydney offer out of season in the winter months? The answer is it offers plenty.

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Silky Oaks Lodge

A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Silky Oaks Lodge is an eco lodge and spa that promises ‘tranquility in the rainforest’ – and it delivers.

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat

It’s usually a good omen when your taxi goes down a really, really long drive, and you’re met with a smile and a glass of champagne. So it begins at Spicers Sangoma Retreat

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Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay

t’s night-time when we arrive at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay, grateful to sink into a comfortable bed after a long flight to Sydney from the UK. So it’s only when the sun comes up and I bounce out of bed and throw open the curtains, that I see that a beautiful setting we’re in.

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Lady Elliot Island

Famous for seasonal whale watching, Lady Elliot Island a 3,500 year old coral cay is among the most pristine and untouched sections of the Great Barrier reef. Our small glass bottom boat is bobbing up and down like a cork over the ocean swell when the skipper jumps for joy shouting “we’ve got one, there’s two now… wow! Just look at them go”.

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