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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)

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: 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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