The Alexandra Hotel Leura

The Alexandra Hotel Leura  Sometimes you just want a juicy burger after a long bushwalk. That’s more on the scale of North Nomad’s wants/needs, not mine. But I agree on the need for a hearty meal after a lot of physical activity in cold weather. Built in 1903 and named after King Edward VII’s wife, […]

Victory Theatre Cafe & Antique Centre in Blackheath

At the Victory Theatre Café & Antique Centre in Blackheath, I’ve had a waiter: ask me about my sex life, get so enamoured by my friend’s hat that he ran off to show us his, rather than take our food order, and ask me to drive them two hours to their house, because they wanted […]

Lake Lyell and Lyell Dam – Lithgow, Australia

Summers in Australia can be brutal. In 2013 and 2014, temperatures soared close to 50 degrees Celcius/120 degrees Farenheit. Meanwhile in Canada and America, we were clutched by the icy fingers  of the polar vortex. The Nomads used to live on the beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with North Nomad living right on Australia’s most […]

Lilianfels Resort & Spa – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Picking a hotel for your wedding night can be a little stressful.  We wanted somewhere that was luxurious and comfortable. Somewhere with sprawling views of the bush and sky, yet easy to get to  our wedding venue on the cliff face above the Leura Cascades. I also wanted a place where I’d never woken up with […]

The Apple Bar – Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia

Do you have a secret dining spot or bar that you’re hesitant to share with the world? Or even your good friends? For me, that was the Apple Bar in Bilpin. Everyone in the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains knew about it, but the rest of Sydney was oblivious to the fact that one of […]

Ruined Castle – Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Like Ahab chasing Moby Dick, I obsessed over Ruined Castle. Each time I planned a hike to this sandstone rock formation cluster in NSW’s Blue Mountains, the gods of bushwalking looked unkindly on me and it had to be postponed. I didn’t just want to know what you could see five hours hike deep into […]