What’s on in Sydney | June

While the rest of the world is jumping into the summer hype, everyone in Australia is burrito-ing themselves into blankets and amping up the heater to its highest temperature because winter is definitely going to be a big one. But the cold shouldn’t stop you from getting out of your house! Grab your coats and sweaters and let us help you with this list by adding some fun and warmth in this sweater weather!

Markets!

Markets all around the year and markets some more! Sydney is bringing you some of the best markets with products ranging from vintage collectibles to mouth-watering food trucks that will keep you going back for more because one day will just not be enough! Go to the Glebe markets that have over 200 stalls, combined with live music to add some jazz and really yummy eats for your tummy! Head to one of Sydney’s finest shopping precincts and get lost in the Mosman Artisans markets that are held every first Saturday of the month throughout the year except January. With over 140 arts and crafts stalls, gourmet food and musical entertainment, you’ll surely have a lively winter’s day fun in the sun! Located in Sydney’s only remaining drive-in theatre- The Skyline Drivein will have the Blacktown Markets that will be complimenting a variety of food-trucks and pop-up food places with live music and a big bouncy castle for the kids!

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Cruises

Want to take it up a notch and add some luxury into your winter days? Sydney is bringing you lunch and dinner cruises for you and your friends, partner, family and everyone else to feel oh so fancy! One of Sydney’s most majestic cruises, The Catarman that is a hit amongst the locals as well as tourists. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour while you have lunch in an air-conditioned dining saloon. For some city lights in the evenings have an unforgettable cruising experience aboard the Spectacular Sydney Showboat II. A three-hour dinner cruise on an authentic, air-conditioned paddlewheeler with a deluxe three-course seated and served menu. Take advantage of the fabulous photo opportunities with the magnificent Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the background.

And while you’re at it, catch the fireworks at Darling Harbour every Saturday from 8:30 PM.

Taste of the Opera House

Calling all the foodies in! Wine and dine your way around the Sydney Opera House’s restaurants and bars. An entirely different way to experience Australia’s most inspiring building while taking in the culinary delights of some of Sydney’s best chefs.

Escorted by your own personal Sydney Opera House guide from Stage Door, begin with a cocktail making a class at Opera Bar learning to create one of their signature cocktails while enjoying fresh seafood and charcuterie from Matt Moran influenced RAW bar and Meat and Cheese Room. You will make your way down the concourse to get hands-on at Opera Kitchen in a poke bowl making masterclass with one of their expert chefs. The best part of the masterclass is you get to eat it after. A spectacular lunch will then be served at Portside Sydney, where you enjoy a scrumptious main course paired with matched Australian wines.

Finish your day at Bennelong restaurant, enjoying a delicious Peter Gilmore signature dessert and theatrical cocktail to accompany.

Aboriginal Heritage Tour

Whether you’re a tourist or a local looking to enrich your cultural and historical knowledge, go on an Aboriginal Tour with an Aboriginal guide in the heart of the city. Located in a spectacular harbourside setting, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is one of Sydney’s most treasured and iconic destinations.

On the traditional land of the Cadigal people, the land now occupied by the Garden is the site where the modern transformation of the Australian continent began and can be regarded as the ‘first frontier’ between Aboriginal and European societies.

Join an experienced Aboriginal guide on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the Garden which highlights the significance of the site to Aboriginal people, as well as the rich heritage and culture of Aboriginal people of the Sydney region.

The tour runs every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 10 AM, starting from the 29th of May.

Sydney’s largest yoga and meditation group

If you want to do something different and find your inner peace and balance within you, Mita Meditation which is a volunteer-run Meditation and Wellness center is bringing you various meditation programs every Sunday starting from 2nd June.

It is a movement that promotes self-empowerment of individuals thus creating no/less dependency on external factors for them to achieve success in any area of life.

Mita Meditation also has a mission to empower every being by spreading a basic understanding of one’s true self which is referred to as Eternal Power. They also teach various Mind training techniques including meditation. Mita Meditation sessions are free of cost solely run on voluntary contributions.

Vivid

An event that is all the craze now! If there’s one place in the world where inspiration shines bright, it’s Vivid Sydney. Returning for its eleventh year from 24th May to 15th June 2019. Vivid Sydney is Australia’s most awarded festival that brings together light artists, music makers, and brilliant minds to share their creativity with you.

Vivid Light illuminates Sydney’s skyline with Lights On! from 6 PM each evening. As the Lighting of the Sails unfurls across the architectural wonders of the Sydney Opera House, weave your way along the Light Walk around the harbor front and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and venture into other parts of Sydney to brighten up your winter nights. Additionally, Vivid Ideas brings you 23 days and nights of future-facing talks, hands-on workshops, and industry-shaping forums. Game Changers Spike Lee and Esther Perel challenge assumptions on race and relationships. The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, asks what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. What more could you ask for when you can experience, knowledge, fun and bright lights all in one place?!

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5 Must-Visit Destinations in Queensland

Queensland, without a doubt is Australia’s hottest travel destination. Every traveler that visits the country will not leave without stepping a foot in Queensland, so here are some of the must visit places for you in this state:

Palm Cove

A cute little beach paradise that is tucked away between Cairns and Port Douglas- Palm Cove is the perfect place for catching some chill vibes. There is a huge jetty for fishing for those who just want to kick back and enjoy some lazy afternoons and have good conversations. This beach suburb is also lined with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants and has the ideal atmosphere of relaxation.

Cairns

This place is just something you need to see. Heaps of tours to the Great Barrier Reef and islands are available. The foreshore near the CBD is awesome and generally where you will find every backpacker in North Queensland. The Sky rail and Kuranda scenic will be a major highlight of your trip!

Daintree Forest

The perfect example of an Australian landscape, the beautiful Daintree forest has a diverse species of flora and fauna. Like the Great Barrier Reef, this place is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site.  A perfect place for nature-lovers!

Lamington National Park

Another UNESCO world heritage site, Lamington National Park is filled with unique flora and fauna. The park is particularly known for its bird life, wildflowers, and waterfalls, and it’s easily accessible: you’ll find some of Australia’s best bush-walking trails here, with over 160 km of walking tracks. It’s also a great place to do some adventure sports like abseiling, archery and a flying fox.

Gold Coast’s four theme parks

Warner Brothers’ Movie World, Dream World and Wet’n’Wild – are must-dos for anyone who loves theme parks and roller-coaster’s. Movie World is full of cheesy Warner Brothers’ fun. Take a photo with all your favorite characters, and enjoy top-quality rides such as the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster. Dream World is the biggest theme park on the Gold Coast, with many attractions and rides. Wet’n’Wild is an aquatic theme park with some of Australia’s greatest water-slide fun, including some extreme water-slides such as the Kamikaze which gives you the sensation of zero-gravity as you plunge down!

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6 essential tips for your next road trip

Whether you’re on the road for an hour or a week, make sure you’re prepped! Check out these tips for your next road trip so you can just enjoy the ride.

Take frequent breaks

We’re not saying you have to stop at every servo when you’re on the road but its worthwhile taking a pit stop every hour or two. Whether you want to get out and explore the area a bit or get a quick bite to eat, taking a break is essential for the whole crew! Whether you need to take a quick toilet break or need to pump some petrol, stop at the next rest station or servo.

Dress comfortably

There’s nothing worse than sitting in a car for hours on end wearing tight and uncomfortable clothing! Make sure you wear comfortable and cozy clothing so you can feel relaxed during your ride. We recommend breathable clothes with some slippers or sneakers. If you even want to feel more comfortable, bring a mini pillow and throw!

Have entertainment on hand

Whether you bring along some games or whip together a playlist on Spotify, it’s essential that you have some entertainment for your journey, whether it’s long or short! Before you head off, be sure to download some audio books or trivia games to keep you occupied for your trip. Bring some Uno, crank up the speakers and get ready for a great time.

Pack snacks

Depending on how big your stomachs are and how many people are coming with you, you might need to bring a whole heap of snacks. An essential part to any road trip is having an excessive amount of snacks to share around the car while you chat or play games! Load up at the grocery store before you leave so you don’t have to purchase overpriced chips and meat pies at the servo. If you want a healthier alternatives, bring some homemade chip and dip or sliced fruit in advance!

Bring all of your chargers

This might be one of the most important tips for your road trip! Phones and devices are often used as a GPS, a music player or just for your social media scrolling pleasures. Running out of battery for any of these devices could lead to you getting lost or feeling extremely bored during your trip. Make sure you’re bringing a portable charger or a cord to plug into your car to avoid any messy mishaps!

Stay fresh – pack your toiletries

If there’s a full house in your car, the last thing you want to do is stink it up, especially if you’re driving for a long period of time. If there are no showers at your pit stop on the way, consider getting some wet wipes, dry shampoo or deodorant to keep yourself feeling fresh. Otherwise, just pack some mini toiletries and have them nearby in case you need to pull over at a rest stop and have a quick shower!

Every road trip will lead to a destination! No matter where you go, you can always find the perfect property at Aabode.com!