April 22, 2014


Bondi Beach is not only one of Australia’s most famous beaches, but it’s up there amongst the world’s best. A trip to Bondi is usually top of the list of “must see” sights for visitors to Sydney and it’s often the first experience visitors have of our beach culture.

DSC_4453Bondi’s fame has led to a surge in visitor numbers wanting to spend not just a day surfing at the beach, but staying overnight, a week or even longer while they enjoy all that Bondi has to offer.

To cater for the demand in high quality accommodation, Bondi38 serviced apartments have recently opened their doors, directly opposite the famous beach. Bondi38 offers a combination of one and two bedroom apartments which provide for the ultimate stay at the iconic Bondi Beach. Their stylish design is sure to impress those who look for a touch of glamour.

Set within the 1930’s Classical Revival Style Building ‘Cairo Mansion’ at 38 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, the apartments’ luxurious contemporary interiors reflect the relaxed beach lifestyle that has made Bondi world famous. Located within the trendy Bondi Beach precinct and only metres from the beach, the building incorporates well-known shops and eateries including Bikini Island, Bondi Social and Soy Café as well as being surrounded by many restaurants offering every type of cuisine. Added to the mix are numerous coffee shops and trendy bars. The famous Bondi Icebergs pool, club and restaurant are only minutes away.

DSC_4505All two bedroom apartments have views of Bondi Beach and can comfortably accommodate up to six people and as an extra bonus, the two penthouse units also have balconies. With a combination of queen and king beds and an additional sofa bed, these apartments are perfect for couples or families.

The one bedroom apartments are each furnished with queen beds and sofa lounges that comfortably accommodate up to four people.

Each unit incorporates artwork by award-winning artist and past Sculpture-by-the-Sea winner, Ian Swift, who was commissioned to create relief style paintings depicting the Bondi Beach lifestyle.

Complete with key-less entry, free WiFi and Foxtel, all apartments are equipped with the modern conveniences necessary for a comfortable nights stay, having a lounge and dining room, kitchen with quality appliances, bathroom and personal laundry facilities.

The area is well-serviced by taxis and public transport, with a bus stop at the door. Buses from Bondi Beach link with the Sydney train network at near-by Bondi Junction. Offsite parking is currently available on surrounding streets and in Bondi Pavilion.

Bondi38 apartments are a home away from home, perfect for a romantic getaway, holiday or business trip.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


April 22, 2014


The Dough Collective, a new bakery and coffee shop, selling handcrafted breads that are baked on the premises throughout the day, has recently opened at 614 George Street, Sydney. The modern distinctive décor featuring rolling pins is sure to attract attention, along with the glass display cabinets full of tempting treats.

IMG_5019Chefs bake the bread to a timetable, with new bread varieties baked every hour. This means fresh bread is available immediately for sale. Check the timetable to see when your favourite bread is due to come out of the oven. Customers serve themselves, placing their selections on a tray, which they take to the cashier for payment.

They have perfected a unique yeasting process which allows the sweetness of the bread to occur naturally, so that the sugar content is low. Ingredients are sourced from all over the world and are used to create unique flavour combinations.

IMG_5023When I visited The Dough Collective I tried their delicious cheese and shallot scones along with a coffee. I was tempted by the Belgium chocolate and red wine toast but decided on the pumpkin and cream cheese bread to take home.

Charley Zhao, Managing Director of The Dough Collective, commented “We are delighted to be launching an innovative and ‘new wave’ bakery experience to Sydney and can’t wait to showcase our unique breads to every bread lover in the City.”

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond