Travel with Joanne was born as a way for me to get to know Sydney better and to improve my photography. I challenged myself to write about a different Sydney suburb each fortnight which I have done for over four years.

Through the blog I hope to inspire readers to explore Sydney beyond their own backyard. Feedback from readers indicates that I have achieved this aim.

Suburban Sydney

There are over 85 suburbs to discover. They are listed alphabetically at the foot of the homepage. Downloadable maps and notes provided at the end of most posts enable others to follow my route.

Interested in culture? Check out Auburn, Cabramatta and Strathfield for starters. Perhaps you are a foodie? Then take a look at this compilation of posts of suburbs with a great variety of food from different cultures.  

Want to take a coastal walk? Then you might enjoy Cronulla, Bronte or Watson’s Bay.

Prefer the inner city? Then Surry Hills, Darlinghurst or Newtown might be more your style and then there’s Palm Beach, Windsor and Liverpool which are further afield.

These days I am exploring Sydney in a slightly different way. By going on tours of different places in Sydney, I am learning more about this great city and sharing what I discover with you.

Usually I pay my own way. However, if I write about a tour where I’ve been a guest of the operator, I will always let you know and will write accurately about my experience.

Other Travels

Being retired gives me the luxury of time to travel. How lucky am I? I’ve written about some of these travel adventures both within Australia and overseas.

Within Australia, I’ve taken road trips to Broken Hill and the Big Red Bash outside Birdsville.

Stories from Iran, Russia and the Trans-Mongolian Railway may interest you. And for those who are interested in walking the Camino de Santiago , I’ve walked both the French route and the Portuguese route.

My Books

My two self-published children’s picture books tell a story 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.

Dangar Island: Birds Barrows a Ferry and Me


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

Freelance Writing: Work with Me

If you like my style and would like to work with me, do get in touch. My stories have been published in Senior Traveller, The Sydney Morning Herald and accepted by The New Zealand Herald.

All my photographs are available in large format. Use the contact form to get in touch.

Feedback from Happy Clients

“That is the best piece I have read on Kadoo Tours. The SMH, the Southern Courier and other bloggers have never done it such justice. So very detailed and accurate. We love it.” Grant Hyde, Kadoo Tours

“Hi Joanne, it was like walking the tour all over again. In fact, deja vu all over again – you captured the whole experience perfectly!…I love it …..Love your photography” Peter Hook, Hook Communications

“Thank you for a great story. Excellent review. Greatly appreciated your time, observations and indeed questions.” John Pastor, Go Local Tours


  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

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      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

  5. I relocated to Sydney last year and have been looking for a blog introducing the various suburbs of Sydney through the eyes of a local. What a joy to chance upon your blog! Thoroughly enjoyed your posts and look forward to more of them.

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      Thank you Judy. I am glad you enjoy them. I certainly enjoy getting out and about and making new discoveries. I feel I know Sydney so much better now that I have explored so much of it on foot.

  6. Love the niche! We all are so focused on discovering exotic new places that we forget to look at our own backyard. It inspires me to do a similar session on my blog about Melbourne.

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      Thanks Kal for dropping by. I agree – there is so much in our own backyard that we just pass by.

  7. Dear Joanne,

    My wife and I have recently moved to Haberfield and found your blog to be informative and delightful.

    We are looking forward to exploring other parts of Sydney thanks to your amazing writings and trails.

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      Hello Derek, how lucky are you to live in Haberfield. I’m pleased the blog is informative and hope you enjoy discovering this great city we live in.

  8. Dear Joanne, thank you for featuring Blacktown Arts and Ethiopian restaurants in Blacktown. We have an event coming up called Teret Teret, as part of our Magnify Festival – involving storytelling by a local Ethiopian Elder, in one of our Ethiopian Restaurants, scheduled for Friday 16 August, Saturday 17 August at 6.30pm. We would like to invite you to this event and are wondering if you would be able to write about it, if that is what you also do.

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      It was only a pleasure to write about what I discovered in Blacktown. I had a lovely day there. Teret Teret sounds fascinating and right up my street. I’ll give you a call.

  9. Dear Joanne, adventurous explorers living in Sydney right now, will do well to see the amazing opportunities which you offer.
    I am new to Sydney. The lockdown finds me locked down in a tiny flat.

    Yesterday I took my car to the NRMA for a check up. Social distancing means that I couldn’t sit and wait somewhere while my car was being checked. So I took the opportunity to walk around Marrickville for 4 hours. Joanne described the street art and pavement mosaics and the historical aspects of the area. I felt that I was having an amazing adventure. Thank you so much. I will follow and share your work. For the foreseeable future adventurous travellers and people with wanderlust will find great inspiration from you. Please keep it up. You are providing a ray of sunshine for people who feel stuck in isolation

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      Thanks for your lovely comments. I’m sorry about your car, Helen, but so pleased that you got to explore Marrickville. The inner west is full of interesting places to explore.

  10. so glad i found your beautiful blog- gives me incentive to keep walking and exploring the best city in the world

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      I’m so pleased you like it, Elizabeth. Happy walking and discovering.

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