Australia’s bush is rich with biodiversity that’s unlike any other place on earth. Indigenous Australians have lived on the land for millennium and have developed a strong body of traditional knowledge about the ecology of the Australian bush, as well as a commitment to look after it. The term ” bush” is iconic in Australia. In reference to the landscape, “bush” refers to any sparsely inhabited region regardless of vegetation.
.The bush in this sense was something that was uniquely Australian and very different from the green European landscapes familiar to many new immigrants.”The Bush” also refers to any populated region outside of the major metropolitan areas, including mining and agricultural areas. The bush was revered as a source of national ideals by the likes of poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, and contemporaneous painters in the Heidelberg School, namely Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin. Romanticising the bush in this way was a big step forward for Australians in their steps towards self-identity. The legacy is a folklore rich in the spirit of the bush.
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- A handful of friendly people
- 3 Tbs of smiles
- A few people telling you quirky stories to make you laugh
- A sprinkling of salt on your fried eggs
- A dusting of chocolate on you piccolo latte
- Fresh veggies from the local grocery shop
- 50 grams of attention every time you swing by
- A generous amount of home made cakes
- Freshly baked bagels to help you wake up in the morning
- A hint of good memories that will tickle your nose
Café Ella in Darlington is currently using this recipe.
It has a great sense of community and if you go for the first time, be sure people will remember you next time you come back. You’ll find the friendliest people to talk to, the warmth of a well selected staff. A fantastic & local experience of Sydney…so not miss out!
Classic car rides reveal Sydney’s beauty spots
From inner-city cafés to hidden harbourside beauty spots, visitors and tourists can become locals for a day thanks to a classic tour guide of the city’s secret gems.
My Sydney Detour offers visitors the chance to glean a local’s-eye view of the harbour city – from the back seat of an iconic Australian car.
The business promises tourists can “become a Sydney local in a day”, by cruising the city streets in a fully restored 1964 EH Holden Premier sedan.
Owner Richard Graham has been welcoming visitors to his home town since 2009, and My Sydney Detours has now been voted a finalist in the Tourism category of the 2012 City of Sydney Business Awards.
“Sydney has three elements that make it unique: the city, the beach and the bush,” Richard said.
“I love the history and ethnicity of Sydney, and it’s great to be able to share that with people.
“I love showing tourists our city’s secret spots; places like White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale, Café Ella in Redfern, and Hermitage Foreshore in Vaucluse.
“We can’t rely just on our icons – visitors want something more. These days they’re looking for a more authentic experience and we need to be providing access to all of those other places in Sydney.
“Those places need a voice and we need to do a better job of connecting international visitors to that local experience.”
Richard was inspired to launch the business by his own South American adventure. It was while travelling through Peru in an old Cadillac that he realised one of the keys to gaining an authentic experience was in being seen as a local rather than a tourist.
Since then, he has welcomed visitors from as far as South America, China, India, and Europe. Customers can follow set routes through the city, beach or bush, or have a themed experience. For example, My Caffeine Detour, tracks down the best coffees in town, while My Gadigal Detour offers insight into Aboriginal heritage. Tours can be tailored to suit the individual, and all journeys include food and drink.
“I think Paul Hogan had it right; he said to experience Australia you needed to experience the people and that’s what we’re trying to offer,” Richard said.
The City of Sydney Business Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and leadership across 22 small business categories, including small bars, retail fashion, restaurants and cafés, cultural and creative services, tourism and community and social services.
The Awards are supported by Major Sponsors ANZ and Google Apps for Business, and Sponsors EnergyAustralia, Hayes Knight Accountancy, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, QuickClips and Central Magazine.
The Business Award finalists will be celebrated at a reception at Sydney Town Hall on 28 August. Winners will be announced at the City of Sydney Business Awards Gala Dinner, hosted by popular Sunrise personality David Koch, at The Westin Sydney, on 10 October 2012.
For information go to sydneybusinessawards.com.au
For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Emma Shaw, phone 02 9265 9582 or email [email protected]
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