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  1. Just watched the last stragglers staggering onto Bronte beach this morning. The water was pretty rough too. Have any Poms here done this? I used to swim reasonably well in a public pool back home, 5km at school, etc, but never ocean swimming. I've done a couple of road marathons, but I imagine someone who hasn't had a (warm) ocean on their doorstep since childhood would find it quite a challenge to train for this.
  2. I used to think shark attacks in the past would never put me off swimming in Oz...but be honest folks....would you swim 100 meters off shore in Australia now? I know people say you have more chance of being killed in a car accident but at least you are somewhat in control of a car you are not in control of a great white...would you swim 100 meters off shore?
  3. I've very wimpily been postponing my departure so I can talk on line to my friend Brigitte in Germany. Even gone so far as to tell her I'd PREFER to talk to her than go to the beach. The acid test will be if I want to go to the pub next time she is on line!
  4. I won't take the quickest route, there or back, as I like to meander through Surry Hills, along Oxford Street, Darlo, maybe via The X, seeing what is happening on the 'mean 'streets', maybe via Woolahra, find my way to New South Head Road which switchbacks up and down through Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse where it meets up with Old South Head Road (built originally two hundred years ago by one of the British regiments.) then down to Watsons Bay. There are somle spectacular views over the Heads there. It would be a right scenic route, if you did not need to keep all your wits about you in four and sometimes six lanes of traffic. Neilsen Park is a wonderful place too - go there ASAP if you haven't done it yet - the 325? bus goes from the city and/or Bondi Jn? Safe swimming inside the net at the (hopefully not) aptly named Shark Bay, bush setting (largest remnant of bush left in the City on the south side I think?) and historic homes. Definitely my favourite beach I think though I do like Redleaf, Watsons Bay and Clovelly too.
  5. I'm timid in the surf so I prefer the harbour beaches, Clovelly, or the ocean pools that many of the surf beaches have. They took the shark nets up at Neilsen Park & Parsley Bay back in May & they've put them back for the spring/summer now. It does not matter what you want from a beach, Sydney has them all - big, brash, crowded - Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Cronulla, just as big or bigger but not so brash & crowded - Maroubra, Narrabeen, Long Reef, smaller but still with good surf - Bronte, Tamarama, Freshwater. Family friendly - Clovelly or any of the harbour beaches, Neilsen Park, Watsons Bay, Redleaf, Camp Cove, Lady Jane, Balmoral, Clontarf. Plus all the other ones - Palm, Bilgola, Whale, Avalon, Mona Vale, Newport, Warriewood, Collaroy at the southern end of Narrabeen, North Narrabeen at the northern end, Curl Curl, Queensliff. I've still not been to Fairy Bower or Shelley @ Manly. Little Bay, La Perouse, Bundeena. Cronulla also inludes Eloura & Wanda? I suppose strictly speaking Manly is South & North Steyne and isn't there a shark proof beach by the ferry? Bottom line is, if you can't find what you want in Sydney you never will anywhere else!
  6. Mucking about on PIO keeps me out of the sun during the day, one eye on the computer screen, the other on the TV - Sri Lanka v OZ on one channel, Davis Cup on the other, plus Roy & HG on 2MMM. Just laughing at the advert for 'Wild Turkey' where a guy 'embarrasses' his mates by raising a bottle to Jimmy Barnes. ('Barnsie' has been part of my Australian life ever since I arrived - he's a Scottish immigrant too. They always seem to refer to the 'tough working class suburb' of Elizabeth in SA. I think I made a special trip there for a look in 1978 just to check it out - this was before I'd heard of Cold Chisel mind.) I went there 30 years later and it did not seem much different to any Western Sub in Sydney. Got to avoid New South Head Road today because of Aus v Swiss in the Davis Cup and all the extra traffic so that's why I'll got to B or C depending upon my whim.
  7. I'm still terrified of that bloody traffic cam at Clevo & Sth Dowling Sts, got caught again, lights turned to red as I started to accelerate, another car came round behind me too. So, no Cleveland St for me, Crown or Riley, Albion (Perfidious), Flinders, Anzac Pde, Alison Rd, turn left opp. the racecourse - but what is that road called? Goes all the way past Centennial then Queens Park. Failed 'the Knowledge' again. I can't understand why the water at Bronte is always so rough? It's lucky there is a pool for wimps like me.
  8. Hi, Just wondering if anyone could help me as to how I go about getting sponsorship for the 457 visa as a swim teacher? Many thanks Josie
  9. :smile: Hi. Hubby and I are looking to meet other expats as we are making the permanent move later in the year. Coming over in Feb 09 for 2 weeks initial visa stamps and spending 8th Feb at the Busselton Jetty Swim. Anyone interested in meeting up let me know. It would be nice to meet other people who are already over there. We are hoping to move to Rockinghamam area. :wub: Lisa
  10. :no: HUMAN remains have been found in the stomach of a crocodile suspected of taking holidaymaker Arthur Booker in far north Queensland. Police tonight said a forensic examination of material taken from the stomach of the 4.5-metre crocodile were from a man. The remains are almost certainly those of Mr Booker, from Logan, south of Brisbane, who has not been seen since he went to check a crab pot on the Endeavour River near Cooktown on September 30. However, police are awaiting the results of DNA tests. Police earlier played down reports that an X-ray scan had identified a wedding ring inside the crocodile's stomach. "A circular shaped object x-rayed inside one of the crocodiles captured from the Endeavour River cannot be verified as being a wedding band, as reported by some media outlets," a spokesman said.