My favourite island in Sydney Harbour

Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

 

Smack bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour lies Cockatoo Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a convict penal establishment, and then one of Australia’s biggest shipping yards. Retaining some of the original remnants and prison buildings of a distant past, Cockatoo Island is now a harbour attraction and home to cultural events such as the Biennale. With such a rich history and spectacular harbour views to boot, come for a day visit, or even better – glamp it up or do like we did and get a bunch of friends and stay in one of the beautiful heritage houses. You will wake up to a sunrise you will not forget.

 

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My favourite vineyard in country NSW

Logan Wines, Mudgee, NSW

I know, there are plenty of amazing vineyards and cellar doors in NSW, but a few kilometres before Mudgee, you’d be a fool to miss this one. Voted one of the best cellar doors in Australia, Logan Wines is a gem. The laid-back feel of this modern setting of polished concrete and expansive glass and timber is a match made in heaven. With open fires and friendly and knowledgeable staff, this is an essential place for any local or traveller to stop by if interested in tasting some of the best wine of the region.