Airports Hamilton Island, QLDThe local airport on Hamilton island services 45 commercial flights a week and is the lifeline of hamilton island and nearby resorts. Qantas and Virgin fly daily to the island, you collect your bags in 'sessions' as they allow you to access the trolleys with the bags which you then pull off. The buses are waiting but considering they can only take 16 people at a time it gets busy and people get pushy. Buses come about every 5 mins though so it isn't really too long a wait.
Make sure you head to your hotel's airport reception area to tag your bags as once they are on the bus it is then sent straight to your room.
Takeaways North Sydney, NSWOne of the best places for a relaxing outdoorsy feel lunch and drinks with friends or for a business catch up. A fun modern ambience, you will need to book to get the best seats outside. It gets quite busy, especially on fridays. All the food here is great, but it is seriously hard to go past the steak sandwich... Once you try it, you probably won't ever order anything else. The chips are lightly battered and crispy, the aioli on the sandwich is creamy and as the right amount of fired onions and tomato relish.
Clothing Retailers North Ryde, NSWUniqlo has lots of basics but in high quality fabrics, silks, cashmere and a large range of sizes and styles. Their puffy jackets are super warm and light and come in a variety of colours. I am super tempted to buy one but they are an investment piece costing $189. Love their silk tops for work!
Clothing Retailers North Ryde, NSWA large store with fun demon basics and tees. This iconic American brand has really great quality casual wear and when the sales are on its pretty affordable. Jeans are under $100 and when on sale can be as low as $39. Loving the boy cut ripped jeans, really soft and get softer with every wash!
Beaches Mosman, NSWSuch a beautiful spot to sit and relax, or have a picnic across the bridge on the grassy plateau. There are lots of shady places to sit and the beach is a lot longer than initially meets the eye. Some nice cafes along the strip where you can grab some food or just bring your own. Lots of families and a nice friendly local crowd.
Post Offices Mosman, NSWConveniently located in the heart of Mosman village on military road it is pretty convenient to pick up parcels before the place is open. Just walk down the driveway on the left and there is a window on the right where the postal staff are able to assist.
Pathologist Mosman, NSWJust walk in and take a number and the staff will take care of you. Open from 8am there are around 5 people waiting at any given point in time which equates to about a 30 min wait if there are two staff working. Friendly and convenient as there is lots of street parking.
Cafes Mosman, NSWA nice cafe with lots of seating and friendly staff. Quite busy in the mornings as locals grab their morning coffee. The coffee is reasonable and the staff are friendly. Only had takeaway but will be coming back to see what their breakfast service is like.
Restaurants North Sydney, NSWBest ramen in sydney. Apparently they are opening a new store in bondi. Spicy chicken ramen is my favourite, add a side of corn and it is a tummy warming meal you will be comings back for.
Plumbing Greystanes, NSWWe had a blocked toilet and we were worried it would be a complicated process. Buzz Plumbing made it a simple process and were really clear and transparent with the costs, breaking dow each item so we could make an informed decision. He took the time to inspect our home's pipes and sourced a map to confirm the layout. When we agreed on the work to be done they organised and booked the work to be done and they arrived within the time frame specified (in fact they could even make it earlier which worked well for us!). The problem was fixed and after a few months, we haven't had a problem since. They do quality work and I would highly recommend them.
Gourmet Mosman, NSWCame in here to grab some groceries for a light dinner and I then realised they sell some of my favourite produce. Pepi saya butter, truffles, and huge sourdough loaves. The husband had a take away coffee and was quite happy. Looking forward to trying their selection of fresh pasta and also the bbq sauces with great brands such as Stubbs!
Bowling North Sydney, NSWHad a really lovely lunch out in the beautiful sunshine. There are plenty of seats but try and book if you plan of having a group function. The food is extremely fresh and delicious. The fish and chips was cooked perfectly, soft, moist flakey fish lightly dressed with herbs and beer battered chips. The tartare sauce is tangy and creamy and for $22 it really is a great quality meal. A very kid friendly and pram friendly venue, and a welcome venue for north sydney which needed a sunny outdoor catch up spot. The Harbour views aren't bad either!
Takeaways Mosman, NSWAuthentic Italian food serving pizzas and freshly cooked pastas. The pasta with clam was so delicious with a light garlic sauce and al debate pasta. The only downside was the shells had broken and as I bit into a spoonful of pasta I cracked my tooth on a broken off piece of shell. I was very very careful after that... So enjoy the food but be careful!
Petrol & Service Stations Mosman, NSWLots of groceries here, needed some eggs and was able to buy some really easily here. They also have other basics such as cream, cereals and bread. Open late and there is lots of parking, a good alternative to trying to fight it out at the local mall when you need one or two items.
Cafes Mosman, NSWLove this local cafe which is located right on the ferry wharf. If you ever just miss the ferry it is actually amazing because you can sit down and enjoy some of their delicious food. I personally love the breakfast brioche. Smokey bacon, tomato relish, aioli, rocket and an egg, between a light and fluffy brioche bun. Their coffee is on point and the staff are nice.
Restaurants Sydney, NSWConveniently located on the top floor of Westfield on Pitt street, this is a large Chinese restaurant that has plenty of seating. The private rooms are currently under renovation but they still offer banquet menus from $40 pp for a minimum of 6 people. We ordered pepper beef, emperors chicken, pork with Peking sauce and a hotpot. The beef was tender and super peppery accompanied by lightly pan fried onions. The Pork with Peking sauce was delicious but very boney, not much meat which was disappointing. The hotpot was a large serving and was filled with perfectly cooked seafood such as scallops, prawns and squid. Will come here again but I wish they increased their portion sizes.
Cafes Clontarf, NSWA really cute cafe right on the water overlooking the park and the beach. The Staffa re friendly and there are the old family favourites like burgers and chips, and even boutique ice blocks (pure pops) which as made of fresh juice. I had the watermelon, raspberry and mint and it was refreshing and delicious.
Takeaways Artarmon, NSWRight now there is a fun deal $10 for 24 nuggets. It is pretty delicious if you want a cheeky dinner. Add chips and potato and gravy for $5 and it is a complete, yummy and fun meal. Lots of seating and the staff are young and friendly.