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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #010
February 24, 2010

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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We are approaching the end of the summer, here in the southern hemisphere, a rather hot one in Sydney.

But it has finally rained in New South Wales on extensive areas.

While it is rather dry in the Australian capital city, the Canberra Weather this month was generous, with good showers.

Lake George which is a dry, large lake (you wouldn't even know it is a lake if you didn't read the road sign) had some patches of water in it.

We have never seen water there, so that's good news.

Now, for those of you who don't live Down Under and haven't visited it yet, you may wonder where exactly is the capital of Australia.

That is why we created some pages about it and its attractions.

Let's start with the basic info: where is it and how to get there from Sydney, Melbourne and from the coast.

Here is more about its population and the work they are involved with.

So, if you want to visit, here are some of the things to see in Canberra.

You can go cultural and visit a lot of museums, such as the National Gallery of Australia, or the National Portrait Gallery.

And here is the Canberra map to help locate them all.

There are many international or local exhibitions in the museums of our capital city. We saw the Masterpieces from Paris and were impressed.

The history of Canberra is not that long. A great place to remember it and pay respects to Australians who participated in wars and conflicts around the world is the Australian War Museum at Anzac Parade.

With so many buildings of cultural and political significance, it is time to relax and the Canberra tourism page offers you some ideas.

If you plan to visit during the spring (September or October) you have to see the Floriade show.

Here is more information about the new pages added on our website since the last newsletter.

Below is a summary of travel tips:

  • If you are flying from Asia, this is a very important route and there is a broad range of airline tickets to Australia.
  • If you start in Europe, your air travel to Australia takes 24 hours or more, so it might be good to stop for a short holiday in Asia.
  • If you want to know which airlines have direct flights to Sydney from various other parts of the world, click here to see.

With airlines you have to choose price or options.

  • On the options side, an Australia Emirates Flight offers you the advantage of checking in more luggage, up to 30 kilos, whereas with other airlines you can carry only take 20 kilos.
  • On the price side, with the Air Asia flight ticket you have to pay additional fees for all checked luggage, but the fares appear to be lower.

And as we discuss flights and attractions in the capital city, the new Travel in Australia page gives you a review of Bill Bryson's hilarious book, Down Under, and a list of other travel books that you can buy online at Fishpond.

That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

To get them visit our website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter.

Until then, all the best,


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