My wife and I headed to Sydney to transform ourselves—to become people we are not. To wander the streets, climb the bridges, and be impulsive. We were there to become the urban explorers we’ve always talked about being (but could never quite become) back home in Los Angeles.
It all began with a Virgin Australia flight from LAX to Brisbane. Then came another, significantly shorter flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island. Once there, we boarded a helicopter for a 15-minute ride to our desired destination: One&Only Hayman Island.
My last time in Australia was 10 years ago. I spent 30 hot and sleep-deprived days in a military training area and four glorious days in Sydney. Throughout the years, I always felt the need to return to this vast, magical place. Lucky for me, I was sent on a work assignment to Melbourne. Given I […]
With approximately 2,500 miles from east to west, Australia tantalizes with the allure of city, desert, rainforest, and underwater adventures in one vast and beautiful country. This exciting smorgasbord of possibility can make planning a trip Down Under overwhelming. But Jetset Extra insiders know that it’s possible to experience all that iconic Australia offers with minimal […]
“Now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on,” travel information site Lonely Planet says of Hobart, the cosmopolitan capital city of Tasmania, Australia. It seems the rest of the world is catching on rather quickly, with the city’s recent recognition as a top global […]
In 2005, I spent one day in Port Stephens, and at the time called it almost the best day of my life.
Of all the features that make Sydney Sydney, the harbour is its truest and most iconic. For me, and my many Sydney memories, that harbour isn’t part of Sydney, it is Sydney.
“A traditional Australian menu, with a modern twist.” You hear it so often it’s become cliché, but that’s exactly what Grazing in Gundaroo, NSW offers. The evidence is all around you, from its setting in a centuries-old hotel decorated with modern art to its internationally-inspired takes on Australian classics such as pie and kangaroo.
There are times when my only reason to buy something is to give my money to someplace other than Woolies. For those not ‘in the know,’ Woolies is Australia’s megalithic supermarket – the supermarket than owns or affects all other supermarkets. However, the local food movement is huge in Australia, and many areas have begun […]