The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


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Driving south from Gosford to Sydney.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour were all waiting for me after my leasurely drive down the east coast from Surfers Paradise in QLD. 

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

The historic Roseville Cinema

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

 On the road between Hornsby & Sydney is The historic Roseville Cinema on the Pacific Highway, noted for its art deco facade. It became Traynor’s Picture Palace in 1919, but did not become a full-scale cinema until 1936. Roseville Cinema was renovated & updated to two screens in 1995.

Approaching the Harbour Bridge

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Not too much traffic on a Sunday morning.

World famous Sydney Opera House.

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A fabulous iconic Sydney landmark.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Huge ships dock at Circular Quay because they are too tall to go under the Harbour Bridge.

Naturally Bill had to climb it. ?

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 Being an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps my friend Bill Austin naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Sydney Harbour Ferry

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Circular Quay ferry terminal.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Opened in 1933 it is certainly Australia’s best known landmark.

 Holiday Inn Old Sydney

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For a very good room rate at the Holiday Inn walking distance to Circular Quay just book through THIS LINK.

From the Manly ferry

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After leaving Circular Quay we pass the Opera House on the way to Manly.

Rose Bay 

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These boats are moored at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW.

The Sydney Harbour foreshore.

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Sydney harbour is quite amazing, certainly the best in the world.

Arriving at Manly

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About a 45 minute journey across the wonderful harbour.

My lovely friend Sue from Shanghai

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A beautiful summers day at Manly.

A little further north.

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Dee Why beach is about 7 kms north of Manly.

For a good place to stay 1/2 way between Manly & Dee Why just book through THIS LINK.

Lets jump to the South side of the harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Here is the city skyline from Watsons Bay.

Doyles on the Beach

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 On this the original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885.

Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay

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 Family-owned waterfront restaurant known for its upmarket seafood dishes and open veranda bar.

Next stop Bondi Junction

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The junction is very quite indeed of a Sunday. 

 Maroubra Beach

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This trip I skipped Bondi Beach & went further south straight to Maroubra. For lots more photos just follow THIS LINK.

Back a little north to Coogee

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More photos HERE.

 Ronin Hood Hotel Waveley

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Wonderful antique pub signs

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When I was growing up I remember these great signs were on most Australian pubs. 

Typical old Australian home in Waverley.

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I would hate to think what it’s worth today, Sydney prices are outragious. 

House prices in Waverley

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As you can see you need plenty of money to live in Sydney. 🙂 

My road trip from QLD has ended

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My Honda rental car never missed a beat, time to head to the airport.

Apex Car rental

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It’s worth checking their promotional prices, ofter you can get a terrific rate to relocate one of their vehicles. In my case I rented for 6 days at $19 aud per day. Picked it up at Surfers Paradise & dropped it off at Sydney airport.

A great trip down the coast.

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Certainly one of the world’s great coastlines.

A Qantas kerosene canary

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However I’m flying Singapore Air which leaves Qantas for dead.

Novatel Brighton Beach

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As we taxi out you can see the Novatel at Brighton, so if you want to stay near the airport just bokk through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Siam Sunset


An hour away from Bangkok we have a beautiful sunset. Thanks for visiting my Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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