Sydney Surprises!


Beginnings don’t get more humble than being a penal colony on what was, at the time, the absolute edge of the world.

But sitting in a trendy, waterfront eatery and admiring the beautiful Opera House across the harbor will dispel any notion that Sydney is anything but a vibrant, sophisticated city which has left it’s history in the dust.


Sydney has a multi-faceted appeal, and has something for everyone. Its central business district is an interesting mix of sleek, modern buildings, and Victorian classics.


The bustling harbor is a tourist and commuter hub, with ferries to outlying suburbs, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge – which brave souls can also climb. Yikes!



And of course, the iconic Sydney Opera House. Who knew it was covered in tiles!




The skyline may say “modern”, but these cute schoolgirls, in their charming uniforms, give us a glimpse of Sydney’s historic, British roots.


Australia’s Aboriginal heritage also adds tremendous interest to the mix. This shop offered colorful didgeridoos and boomerang lessons – a skill you might not use every day, but it certainly sounded fun.



Our favorites things about Sydney are the great mix of old and new architecture, inviting walkability, friendly people, ample green space, and easy access to gorgeous beaches.


Most big cities have a few of these aspects, but Sydney has combined them all into a very pleasant package.

Happy Trails,
James and Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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