Travel with Joanne

Hello and Welcome to Travel with Joanne

Travel with Joanne came about as the result of a personal challenge to explore Suburban Sydney and share my findings every fortnight. I write and photograph what I see, the people I meet and what I discover. After almost two years I haven’t missed a post even when travelling for six or more weeks.

So many Sydney Suburbs to choose from

There are now over forty suburbs to choose from. Take a look through the list. Some suburbs have a multicultural flavour (Auburn, Cabramatta and Strathfield come to mind). Foodie suburbs (like Petersham, Harris Park and Haberfield) and suburbs with graffiti (Newtown and St Peters) get a mention. I write about suburbs where walking along the coastline is the focus (Cronulla, Bronte and Watson’s Bay). Many are close to the city centre (Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Newtown) but others like Palm Beach, Windsor and Liverpool are further afield.

Do comment and make suggestions

If my writing and photographs inspire you to go further afield and explore Sydney beyond the usual sights, I will have achieved my goal. Your comments encourage and motivate me, so do let me know what you think and if there is a suburb you’d like me to visit, tell me and I’ll try to get to it sooner rather than later.

Other writings

Sometimes I write about my other travels and provide links to write ups on tours. Often I go on the tour as a guest of the operator and the site that publishes the story pays me a small fee by the site that publishes the story. I only mention restaurants or other establishments if I feel they add to my story. They do not pay me.

Let me know what you think.


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My Books

My two self-published children’s picture books are about places very dear to my heart – Dangar Island and the Hawkesbury River. They are suitable for children from about age 3 to early readers.

Danger Island book

Dangar Island: birds, barrows, a ferry and me is a simple story told in rhyme about the enviable life that children who live on Dangar Island lead. Available here


The Riverboat Postman

The Riverboat Postman, also in rhyme, tells the story of the ride that two children take on The Riverboat Postman, delivering mail along the Hawkesbury River. Available here







  1. Great idea and great site Jo. I used to spend some time walking around Sydney city each lunch time trying to find something I had never seen before. It’s amazing what you can find in your own backyard. Finding all the gargoyles in old buildings in town is fun too!

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      Thanks Stu. Apart from looking for interesting graffiti I’ll now start looking for gargoyles.

  2. Hi Joanne
    A great idea. Ivor and I used to do that every Saturday and went to such interesting suburbs. It certainly made us appreciate our own city more.
    I’d love to hear about your walks – we are always interested in new ideas

    1. Author

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I am having fun exploring and then sharing.

  3. Hi Joanne
    Your site is beautiful! There really are amazing places in our city and I love how you represented the places I’ve looked at. Good luck.

  4. hi Joanne Just discovered your blog! It is great and a terrific idea to explore Sydney is this way. Am particularly interested as I live in Randwick and am a member of a women’s group in the Eastern suburbs. Have taken it upon myself to take the girls ( usually about a dozen) on walks around Sydney. I have mainly done ferry trips then a walk and then lunch. All around Sydney harbour. So I might take the girls on some of your walks, and may start with the Bronte walk. You have done a lot of preliminary work! So if I do it I’ll let you know how it went. Think the girls will enjoy it, I certainly will! Look forward to hearing more of your walks Cheers Patricia

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      Hi Patricia. Lovely to hear from you. Do let me know how the walk(s) go. There is so much to do near where you are and getting on a bus to get there is easy – although not as pretty as a ferry ride. Have fun. Joanne

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