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Weekend Getaway: Nelson Bay

Isabella Ross For those who don’t have the time for a week or fortnight away, a weekend getaway to Port Stephens is a must-do! An easy 2.5 hour’s drive from Sydney, Port Stephens is located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, north of Newcastle. The area is lush in vegetation, beaches, bays and beautiful scenery, with the biggest town being Nelson Bay. For ideas on what to do, where to go and where to stay, read on! Where to Stay: The Mantra Nelson Bay has got a great name for itself – located a short stroll away...

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New Year Resolutions for 2021

Isabella Ross With the New Year comes a cascading list of unachievable expectations and pressures that we put upon ourselves. Whether it is to do with weight, happiness, money, relationships or success, it is crucial that we prioritise self-love and acceptance overall. There is no denying that 2020 was a year of great complexity and challenges. Yet it was also a year of growth. Taking this newfound growth and adaptability into the New Year is the goal! The key to sticking to your aspirations for 2021 is to be realistic yet hopeful. Make smaller goals that can then help...

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Swimwear Styles this Season

Isabella Ross Summer is the time to expand the swimsuit repertoire – embracing new styles, patterns and cuts. So, take inspiration from this collection of trends curated by Sydney Observer. As we have all come to know, the perfect swimsuit can take your poolside look to another level.  The One Piece: One pieces are a staple in the swimwear wardrobe, flattering on a variety of body types, ages and more. Not only are they of a lovely versatile shape, but they’re also incredibly practical – win/win! The great thing about this style is that they can have some embellishments...

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Fruity Summer Popsicle Recipes

Isabella Ross With summer in full swing, now is the time to celebrate the sweetness of seasonal fruit with these fresh and fabulous popsicle recipes. Banana / Chocolate Popsicles Ingredients: For Chocolate Layers – 2 bananas (riper the better)4 tbsp. cocoa powder1 1/2 cups coconut milk1 tbsp. honey For Banana Layer – 1/2 cup coconut milk2 bananas (riper the better)1 tbsp. honey Method: Add each of ingredients for each of the respective layers into separate bowls. Blend each separately, using a blender on high for 2 minutes or until a paste-like consistency is achieved.  Layering the two different mixtures,...

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The Merry Widow at Sydney Opera House

Photography by Prudence Upton. Incredibly, six out of ten Sydneysiders have never seen an opera at the Sydney Opera House! Despite the Sydney Opera House being an internationally recognised architectural masterpiece and a much-loved national treasure, 57% of Sydneysiders have never even ventured inside to view an opera. With international borders closed, it is important now more than ever for Australians to support their local arts industry. More than nine months since its last performance, Opera Australia is thrilled to be back at the Sydney Opera House, opening on January 5 with Lehár’s uplifting The Merry Widow. A comedy...

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