Sydney 2015, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Comparing Sydney to Melbourne in transport and urban planning

Each time I travel (which isn't often enough), I note the things that are different, and the things we can learn from. From my most recent short trip to Sydney, here are some notes -- not an exhaustive study, but just some observations. Central Station is a rabbit warren compared to Flinders Street Station, though FSS may veer that way when the new underground platforms are built as part

Geek, Sydney 2015, Toxic Custard newsletter

Short Sydney trip day 3: Geeks galore

Posted 27/11/2015. Back-dated. The third and final day of my obsessively-blogged short trip to Sydney, and it was destined to be pretty geeky. After breakfast and checking out, we caught a train to Penshurst (changing at Wolli Creek, which I assume is a pretty new interchange station), then a walk in the sun to The Gamesmen, a shop we'd run out of time to visit on Saturday. It had a pretty neat

Doctor Who, Sydney 2015, Toxic Custard newsletter

Sydney Sunday: Doctor Who galore

Sunday! And so we get to the main excuse reason for the trip to Sydney on this specific weekend: the Doctor Who Festival. I've been to Comic-Con in Melbourne twice, but this was a different beast: 98% dedicated to Doctor Who, with little bit of Sherlock (which has many of the same producers/writers/crew members/fans!) getting a look-in too. But its official status meant this event got big guns in

Sydney 2015, Toxic Custard newsletter

Short stay in Sydney: day one

(Back-dated. Posted 24/11/2015.) Booking hotels When I book hotels, I treat location as the highest priority. I'm aiming to make it easy to get around the city we're going to without a car. For this trip, I was aiming for easy access to: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney CBD, and the airport. Anything else was a bonus. We're talking about a situation where being 500 metres further from a railway s