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Sydney is so much more than just a pretty place.

That awesome harbourside was the drop-off point 224 years ago for what was basically a bunch of convicts and their minders. None of them had much idea of what they would find here, or how they would survive. They almost didn’t!

Using this guide you’ll go from the heights of an Eiffel Tower look-alike to the depths of an ancient watercourse flowing under the city. You’ll find out how you can dine in a horse-drawn carriage, rub a pig’s snout for luck, or down a pint in this town’s oldest pub.

Perhaps along the way you’ll see Sydney’s first international airport (and no, it’s not the one you think), catch sight of a memorial to a cat, or maybe stop for a drink in the bar that was once a church for seamen.

Uncover this vibrant city’s fascinating past and see for yourself. In the 200-plus years since white settlement it’s experienced glory and gore, plagues, punishment and pleasures.


There are ghosts too (we’re told!) and there are some fascinating things to learn. Check the Fun Fact highlighted in red at the end of each entry for the ideal piece of trivia to tweet and email, or drop into your next conversation.

Hardly anything is what it seems in Sydney. The Town Hall was once a cemetery, an air raid shelter was built in the basement of a city hotel during World War II, and a grand house helped save the life of Queen Victoria’s son after an assassination attempt.

Convicts, saints, stars and colonists – this city has it all. And more. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’ll be amazed what you can unearth here.

There are over 130 entries crammed with interesting facts about places you might otherwise walk past without noticing. Each is accompanied by  photographs, a map, transport details and much more. Search by location or category – or simply see what is nearby where you are right now!

There’s something to see at every turn. Keep your eyes open and please let us know your discoveries too. This city is for all of us!

This app is living proof that history doesn’t need to be boring.

Sally Hammond, the author, loves Sydney and she wants everyone to know why.

Sally has lived in this city for over thirty years and for much of that time, as a fulltime food and travel writer, she has written about it, driven around its streets and suburbs, and enjoyed the fantastic things it has to offer.

She has written many guide books about different sides of this city – ranging from dining to schools and bargain shopping. In 2011 she and her husband Gordon released the popular Sydney Café Culture application with Sutro, now covering over 330 cafes.

However it was only while preparing this application that she gained a fixation with brass plaques!

“This city is well marked for visitors interested in learning what lies beneath their feet and behind the façade of those stately old buildings,” she says. “I just hope that people using this application have as much fun with it as I did when researching.”

Sydney’s Living History

iPhone and iPad app – available on iTunes App Store see ($4.49)

App for Android phones and tablets: ($4.09)

Qantas Feasibility Study for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Qantas has announced that it will conduct a feasibility study into the potential for an Australian sustainable aviation fuel industry, backed by funding from the Australian Government.
The Hon Martin Ferguson MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, announced the government’s support for the study this morning. He was speaking ahead of Australia’s first flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel, operated by Qantas from Sydney to Adelaide using a fuel type derived from recycled cooking oil.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the project would explore the conditions needed for the production of aviation biofuel from sustainable sources within Australia.

“Today is a historic occasion in Australian aviation,” Mr Joyce said. “We are delighted to be operating Australia’s first sustainable aviation fuel flights and to be launching a study into the feasibility of producing such fuel in this country.”
“Alternatives to conventional jet fuel are vital to the aviation industry meeting ambitious targets for carbon-neutral growth and emissions reduction.
“Australia has the skills, resources and infrastructure to take a lead in this emerging sector, which the CSIRO has estimated could generate up to 12,000 jobs over the next 20 years. But there are also significant challenges – which is why we need to establish a clear plan.
“Until sustainable aviation fuel is produced commercially at a price competitive with conventional jet fuel, we will not be able to realise its true benefits. This study aims to tell us how that can be achieved in Australia.”QF1121 departs Sydney at 10:20am this morning and will arrive in Adelaide at 12:05pm. The return flight, QF1120, will depart Adelaide at 1:35pm, arriving in Sydney at 4:00pm.

On 19 April, Jetstar flights JQ705 and JQ706 from Melbourne to Hobart and back will be powered by the same fuel type used in today’s Qantas flights, underlining the Qantas Group’s commitment to sustainable aviation fuel.
Supplied by SkyNRG, the fuel type is a 50:50 blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel certified for use in commercial aviation. Its ‘life cycle’ carbon footprint is around 60 per cent smaller than that of conventional jet fuel.
Government funding for the study will be allocated under the Emerging Renewables Program, while Shell will provide technical support. The study will commence in May.

by Qantas Corporate Communication

Play Melbourne Interstate Campaign Attracting more Visitors

Victoria’s latest tourism marketing campaign Play Melbourne has been a success interstate, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher has said.

Launched in June last year, Play Melbourne has recorded more than one million hits on YouTube, 437,000 website visitors and 19,000 Facebook fans.

“These figures show the Play Melbourne campaign has generated significant interest since its launch nine months ago,” Ms Asher said.

“They also demonstrate the campaign is effectively achieving what it set out to do, which is spark renewed curiosity in Melbourne experiences and destinations.”

According to the latest National Visitor Survey released today, there was a 4.3 per cent growth in domestic overnight expenditure in Victoria to $9 billion in the 12 months to December 2011.

Melbourne attracted 601,000 more interstate overnight visitors than Sydney in the same period, recording a total of 4.3 million interstate overnight visitors.

The National Visitor Survey results also found tourism in regional Victoria continued to grow. Domestic overnight expenditure in regional Victoria increased 6.5 per cent year-on-year to $4.2 billion in the year ending December 2011.

The Play Melbourne campaign was designed to drive increased holiday travel to Melbourne and has included cooperative marketing with Virgin Australia. The campaign is an integrated media campaign that includes television, cinema, print and radio advertising, cooperative travel industry marketing, as well as online, social media and public relations activities.

“The survey results provide us with evidence the Victorian Coalition Government’s investment in tourism campaigns like Play Melbourne has far ranging benefits for Victoria,” Ms Asher said.

Sydney Airport Launches New iPhone app and Official Facebook Page

Passengers are now able to check flight schedules, get real-time arrival and departure updates and information about visiting Sydney Airport with a new iPhone app and Sydney Airport’s official Facebook page.
“We want to make it easier for the 36 million passengers that use the airport every year and this app will mean all the information is at your fingertips,” Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said.
“Sydney Airport’s iPhone app is fed directly by our Flight Information Display System, so checking departure and arrival information will be as if you’re looking at one of the departures and arrivals boards in the terminals.
“If you’re catching a flight from T1 International or T2 Domestic, find out what check-in counter to go to before you go to the airport, or if you’re picking up a loved one from the airport, now you can subscribe to a flight and get an alert pushed to your phone the moment the plane lands.
“Information on getting to and from the airport, public transport, parking – including great value weekender deals – terminal maps and a full directory of the great range of shopping and eating options are also on the app, so you can plan and make the most of your airport visit.
“Whether you’re buying last-minute gifts before boarding your flight, ordering duty free online for pick-up once you’re at the airport or want to know where to go for a drink or something to eat, the app and our website should be your first port of call.
Meanwhile, passengers can keep up to date with what’s happening, current news and offers by visiting Sydney Airport’s official Facebook page.

Sydney Airport completed a $500 million upgrade of the International terminal last year and recently announced that a new four-star hotel would be built opposite the terminal next year.
“We are constantly improving facilities for everyone who uses the airport and our iPhone app and new Facebook page give passengers and meeters and greeters all the information they need,” Ms Mather said.

“We recently revamped the Sydney Airport website and free wifi is available throughout T1 and T2, making Sydney Airport one of Australia’s most connected airports.


Practical Trial of Biosynthetic Fuel at Lufthansa Successful

After a six-month practical trial involving biosynthetic fuel, Lufthansa is pleased to announce the first positive results. In all, 1,187 biofuel flights were operated between Hamburg and Frankfurt. According to initial calculations, CO2 emissions were reduced by 1,471 tonnes. Total consumption of the biokerosene mix amounted to 1,556 tonnes.
“Our burnFAIR project went off smoothly and to our fullest satisfaction. As expected, biofuel proved its worth in daily flight operations,” confirmed Joachim Buse, Vice President Aviation Biofuel at Lufthansa.
The highlight of the biofuel trial at Lufthansa will be the first scheduled transatlantic flight to the United States, was planned for 12 January 2012. A Boeing 747-400, carrying about 40 tonnes of a biosynthetic fuel mix, flew from Frankfurt to Washington. With this flight alone, Lufthansa expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 38 tonnes, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of six scheduled flights between Frankfurt and Berlin.

The aviation industry has undertaken a great deal in terms of climate protection and has set itself ambitious targets. In line with IATA’s industry-wide goal, airlines must reduce their net CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by the year 2050 compared to 2005. “If we want to protect our climate and thus our future in a sustainable manner, we need innovative ideas and technologies and an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels – particularly in view of the growing demand for mobility worldwide,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Biosynthetic kerosene is just as reliable as conventional jet fuel but the environmental effects are more positive. Thanks to the higher energy density of biofuel, it has been possible to reduce the fuel consumption by more than one per cent. Furthermore, biosynthetic kerosene is free of sulphur and aromatic compounds.
The principle behind biofuel is simple and is based on the carbon cycle. Plants withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. When aircraft engines burn biofuel, this CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. Biofuel emits about 50 per cent less CO2 than conventional fossil fuels.

“As a next step, we will focus on the suitability, availability, sustainability and certification of raw materials. But first we must tap into this market. However, Lufthansa will only continue the practical trial if we are able to secure the volume of sustainable, certified raw materials required in order to maintain routine operations,” project manager Joachim Buse stressed.
From 15 July to 27 December 2011 a Lufthansa Airbus A321 was used to operate scheduled flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route. One of the aircraft’s engines was powered by a 50-50 blend of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene. The aim of this long-term trial was to gain experience in the use of biofuel and collect long-term data. At the same time, the test flight enables the effects of biofuels on the environment and on the maintenance and life time of the engines to be examined.

More information about the project is available at:

Sydney revellers share why there’s nothing like New Year’s Eve in Australia

Revellers across the world will be able to see for themselves why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, thanks to Tourism Australia’s latest digital and social media campaign.

Tourism Australia has created a short film overnight featuring footage downloaded by thousands of Sydney revellers sharing their New Year’s Eve experience via an iPhone app created specially to mark the year end celebrations.

The film titled Project:12 captures the shared experience and emotion of welcoming in the New Year with friends and family against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney’s world renowned fireworks display.

Tourism Australia used its Facebook fan page to source stories of people travelling to Sydney to celebrate with their family and friends, filming Skype interviews, emotional re-connections at the airport and festivities throughout the evening.

These stories were edited together with user-generated video clips, uploaded via the City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app, and the official broadcast footage of the fireworks within just hours of the midnight celebrations.

Project:12 was released on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel and distributed internationally via social media networks before many other parts of the world reached their own 2012 countdown.

The initiative is part of a Tourism Australia and City of Sydney joint venture to show the world why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy believes New Year’s Eve and the world-famous Sydney fireworks display provides the perfect platform to showcase Australia to the world.

“As clocks around the world count down to 2012, we’re looking forward to leading the global celebrations and, through this video, allow revellers across the globe to share in one of world’s most spectacular New Year celebrations and see for themselves why there truly is nothing like Australia for New Year’s Eve, for fun and for a holiday,” Mr McEvoy said.

To watch Project:12 go to

LUXE Niseko Mobile App and LUXE Tokyo

LUXE City Guides celebrates Japan this winter and for a limited time only, it’s offering an exclusive addition to the LUXE Tokyo mobile app with a full guide to Niseko’s best of the best, absolutely free! Get two amazing LUXE City Guides destinations for the price of one! Available at for US$5.99.

With the ski season right around the corner, Asia’s powder hounds, glam crew and stylish families are gearing up to head to their favourite winter wonderland. Niseko combines Japanese efficiency and laid-back Aussie hospitality in a happening village of fantastic dining and ski hangouts, luxurious chalets, hot springs and cubic kilometres of the most perfect, powdery snow imaginable – guaranteed.

LUXE Niseko is the perfect travel companion whether you’re skiing, après-skiing or just plain après-ing. Packed with LUXE’s signature, ultra-curated, smart and snappy take on all the best on offer. From the finest eating options – sashimi to gelati to perfect chewy udon and comfort carb classics, to fab days out and things to do when not powdering down, like day trips to nearby fun spots including Otaru and Sapporo. LUXE Niseko – appsolutely fabulous.

And don’t forget, in the same app you also get LUXE Tokyo with the most fabulous insider knowledge to this fascinating megalopolis, including maps, which will help you navigate the city’s impossible address system. We take you by the hand to uncover the finest epicurean treats and unique dining spots and bars where mixology is an art. And when it comes to shopping, we’ve scoured the city to find you Asia’s best vintage and retro clothing and accessories, quirky décor and hip design that Tokyo is so renowned for.

The LUXE Tokyo and LUXE Niseko apps are available for iPhone, Nokia and HTC handsets. Visit to start shopping.

Famous for their ultra short, sharp and snappy reviews and highly personal and selective entries, LUXE City Guides have sold well over one million print copies – no padding, just super-curated, highly opinionated quickfire speed reads from resident editors and contributors who REALLY know their city, so you can spend time enjoying the city, not head down scrolling. Packed with snazz, snark and snap, if it’s in LUXE, it’s IN. Enough said.

More than 20 LUXE apps are now available for iPhone, HTC and Nokia handsets with the following features:

Get FREE UPDATES for a year at the click of a button
Download maps before you travel and access them offline to save time and cost on roaming; or browse live to zoom & scroll
Clickable websites and touch-call phone numbers
Fully text-searchable with hyperlinked cross references
Save FAVOURITES for easy reference and retrieval
LUXE apps allow you to BUILD and PLAN your own itineraries

LUXE. Smart stuff for busy travellers.

Tech Report : Sony Tablet S is coming to Australia

Sony Australia has announced the launch of the new Sony Tablet ‘S’ the ultimate cure for entertainment hungry Australians. The WiFi-enabled Sony Tablet ‘S’ will feature access to a wide range of entertainment and applications, including movies, music and games from Sony’s group of network services straight out of the box.

Featuring a large, high-quality display (9.4 inches) for viewing rich media content, the Sony Tablet will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. It also boasts a stand-out, asymmetrical design that has been crafted for stability and long-term usage. Sony Tablet “S” is equipped with Android™ 3.1 as well as the NVIDIA®Tegra™ 2, dual-core mobile processor, and it weighs approximately 598g.

Carl Rose, Managing Director, Sony Australia & New Zealand, said, “The Sony Tablet represents everything that is great about Sony – our commitment to design excellence, our understanding of the user experience, our passion for entertainment and content, and our strengths in both home and mobile products. With content and innovations from the entire Sony group, this is a product that brings together our vast heritage to deliver a rich entertainment experience anytime, anywhere.”

A Sony Tablet experience

Sony Tablet has been designed to deliver new user experiences. What could a typical day with the Sony Tablet look like? Listening to music while reading a digital magazine. Discovering a popular online video which you can instantly share with friends and family through social network services, while sitting in your lounge room. Using the Sony Tablet in the kitchen to cook recipes received from friends. Sharing photos and videos wirelessly from the Sony Tablet to your TV, or ‘throwing’ your favourite music tracks to the nearest Network Speaker. Enjoying all kinds of browsing and communication experiences from this single device in any situation, from the comfort of home or when
you’re out and about.

Controlling other devices with Sony Tablet: users can easily set up their Sony Tablet S, which is equipped with infrared technology, to act as a remote control for multiple devices such as televisions and other devices at once; Sony Tablet is also compatible with “Media Remote”2 which allows control of Sony devices including BRAVIA TVs via WiFi

Sony Tablet ‘S’ 16GB – $579
Sony Tablet ‘S’ 32GB – $689
Pre-orders will started at the end of the September and product will be available in-store late October.

Tech Report: Apple to Launch iCloud on 13 October

Apple® announced that iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices, will be available on 13 October. iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and more, keeping them up to date across all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.
“iCloud is the easiest way to manage your content, because iCloud does it all for you and goes far beyond anything available today,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “You don’t have to think about syncing your devices, because it happens automatically, and it is free.”

iTunes in the Cloud lets you automatically download new app and book purchases to all your devices, so you can buy an app on your iPad and find it waiting for you on your iPhone―no syncing required. iTunes in the Cloud also lets you download your previously purchased iTunes content to your devices at no additional cost.* Since iCloud stores your previously purchased iTunes history, you can see what you’ve bought no matter which device you bought it on.
In addition, iTunes Match™ scans the songs in your music library, including music not purchased on iTunes, and matches them to the more than 20 million songs available on the iTunes Store®, offering them in high-quality, DRM-free 256 kbps AAC encoding. Any unmatched songs are uploaded to iCloud so you can play songs, albums or playlists from your music library on your devices.

iCloud’s innovative Photo Stream service lets you take a photo on one device and have it automatically appear on your other devices. A photo you take on your iPhone is sent to iCloud and automatically pushed to your iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. You can even view your Photo Stream album on your Apple TV®. iCloud also automatically pushes a copy of the photos you’ve imported from your digital camera over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, so you can view them on your other devices. iCloud manages your Photo Stream efficiently, showing your last 1000 photos so you don’t run out of storage space.
iCloud’s Documents in the Cloud keeps your documents up to date across all your devices, automatically, so you don’t have to. For example, if you create a document using Pages® on your iPad, that document is automatically sent to iCloud. When you use Pages on another iOS device, you can open the same document with your latest changes and pick up editing or reading right where you left off. Apple’s iWork® apps for iOS, Pages, Numbers® and Keynote® will take advantage of iCloud storage, and Apple is also offering developers the APIs they need to enable their apps to work seamlessly with Documents in the Cloud.
iCloud lets you see your App Store™ and iBookstore℠ purchase history and download those apps and books to any of your devices at any time. Purchased apps and books can be automatically downloaded to your devices, not just the device they were purchased on. Simply tap the iCloud icon and download your purchased apps and books to any of your iOS devices at no additional cost.

iCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up your most important information to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi whenever your iOS device is connected to a power source. Once you plug it in, everything is backed up quickly and efficiently. iCloud already stores your purchased music, TV shows, apps, books and Photo Stream; iCloud Backup takes care of everything else, backing up your photos and video in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, home screen and app organisation, messages and ringtones. iCloud Backup can even help you set up a new iOS device or restore the information on one you already own.**

iCloud works seamlessly with your Contacts, Calendar and Mail, so you can share calendars with friends and family, and your ad-free Mail account is hosted at Your inboxes and folders are kept up to date across your iOS devices and computers, and with you have easy web access to your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone and iWork documents.

The Find My iPhone app can help you if one of your devices is missing. Just use the free Find My iPhone app on another device, or sign in at from a computer to see your missing iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on a map, display a message, and remotely lock or wipe your missing device. Find My iPhone now lets you locate a missing Mac running OS X Lion.

Find My Friends is a new app available as a free download from the App Store that lets you easily share your location with people who are important to you. Friends and family appear on a map so you can quickly see where they are. Find My Friends also lets you temporarily share your location with a group of friends, whether it’s for a couple of hours for a dinner or a couple of days on a camping trip; when the time is up, the sharing ends. With Find My Friends, you get a notification every time you get a new friend request and if you give them permission, they can see your location. With a simple tap you can hide your location. Parental controls help you manage how your child uses Find My Friends.

iCloud will be available concurrently with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage™, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organise your newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

Pricing & Availability
iCloud will be available on 13 October as a free download to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users running iOS 5 or a Mac running OS X Lion with a valid Apple ID. iCloud includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage and Backup. Purchased music, TV shows, apps, books and Photo Stream do not count against the storage limit. Using iCloud with a PC requires Windows Vista or Windows 7; Outlook 2010 or 2007 is recommended for accessing contacts and calendars. Additional iCloud storage upgrades are available to purchase starting at AUD$21 inc. GST a year for 10GB, AUD$42 inc. GST a year for 20GB and AUD$105 inc. GST a year for 50GB.

iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and iPod touch (third and fourth generation) customers, allowing them to experience the amazing new features.

Sony Introduces the Ultimate Party Speaker

The Sony range of award winning home audio products expanded with the launch of the new SA-N300 wireless network speaker. The N300 liberates the home audio experience from being tied down to a single device.
The N300 offers the ability to wireless connect audio to select Blu-ray home theater systems, Bluray players, Micro HiFi systems and/or PCs through an existing WiFi home network. A key feature of the N300 is that it can be used for ‘Party Streaming’, a new innovation which allows users to sync the same audio stream to play simultaneously in different locations throughout the house.
“Gone are the days of complicated, messy and expensive home audio solutions,” said Ken Hatanaka, Senior Product Manager for HAV at Sony Australia. “Thanks to Sony’s new N300 wireless speaker you can now access audio from your PC, home theater or Internet music service in any room using a number of Sony home entertainment devices already on the
market. With a compatibility base of multiple existing devices – including the new Sony Tablet – and more coming soon, the NS300 is one of the most
flexible wireless music systems available.”

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