Current and upcoming events in Sydney

  • 12 January- 9 Feb: The Secret River which is a fabulous play at the Wharf Theatre and is part of the 2013 Sydney Festival. I particularly love this play because my best friend’s 13 year old son Callum is in this production.
  • 17 February 2013 – Tropfest which is Australia’s iconic short film festival. There are plenty of unknown artists that have become household names courtesy of Tropfest.
  • 24 May – 10 June: Vivid  light and music festival. STUNNING.

There’s plenty more to do….just visit http://www.whatsonsydney.com/eventListing.aspx/53/festivals-films-expos

What’s the difference between cyclones and tournadoes. Australia was hammered with bad weather on the weekend

OK, if you’re in Sydney over the next couple of days…pack a raincoat. The East Coast of Australia has been hammered with high wind and rain, and for the first time ever, I’ve heard journalists talk about Queensland being victim to tournados!

As far as I’m aware, Australia is prone to cyclones but tournados??? I always thought they were unique to North America. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a tournado and a cyclone.

Oh, and by the way, our weather is getting back to being beautiful for those about to head to Australia.

Australia celebrates! And here’s a fabulous recipe to help you celebrate

Yesterday was Australia Day and is a great reminder to people living here how lucky we are. Although the weather is a bit ordinary at the moment – and I mean rain rain and more rain – we still fired up the barbies and enjoyed! For those not in the know, it’s become a tradition to eat lamb on Australia Day courtesy of a great Australian Ambassador and very funny man, Sam Kekovich. Check out this year’s Australia Day lamb advert. You’ll have sore sides from laughing.

A great and very easy lamb meal is BBQ LAMB WITH ROAST PUMPKIN AND FETA SALAD:

  • butterflied lamb in a marinade of rosemary and garlic (get your butcher to butterfly and marinade the lamb for you…too easy).
  • Cook on a really hot BBQ for 5 minutes each side to sear to meat.
  • Close the BBQ lid and cook the lamb on around 180 degrees celcius. (cook for about 15-20 minutes for every 500grams of meat)

Serve with roast pumpkin and feta salad

  • Cut a pumpkin into small cubes. Throw the cubes into a plastic bag and drizzle a table spoon of maple syrup into the bag. Scrunch the bag around so the cubes get coated in maple syrup.
  • Take out of plastic bag and put cubes on a baking tray. bake in a hot over (200 degrees celcius) for around 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked.
  • Let pumpkin cool. Mix with baby rocket leaves and / or baby spinach leaves, crumbled feta cheese, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Yum!!!

Happy Australia Day from the Sydney Trip Planner team.