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  1. 1 James Ruse Ag Co-ed (selective) 2 North Sydney Girls Girls (selective) 3 North Sydney Boys Boys (selective) 4 Sydney Girls High Girls (selective) 5 Hornsby Girls Girls (selective) 6 Baulkham Hills High Co-ed (selective) 7 Sydney Boys High Boys (selective) 8 Fort Street Co-ed (selective) 9 Sydney Grammar Boys (private) 10 Normanhurst Boys Boys (selective) 10 St George Girls Girls (selective) 12 Giraween High Co-ed (selective) 13 Northern Beaches (M) Co-ed (selective) 14 Hurlstone Ag Co-ed (selective) 15 Merewether High Co-ed (selective) 16 Carringbah High Co-ed (selective) 17 Sydney Tech Boys (selective) 18 Penrith High Co-ed (selective) 19 Smiths Hill High Co-ed (selective) 20 Gosford High Co-ed (selective) 21 Conservatorium Co-ed (selective) 22 St. Aloysius' Boys (private) 23 Abbotsleigh Girls (private) 24 Ascham Girls (private) 25 SCEGGS Girls (private) 26 Queenwood Girls (private) 27 Meriden Girls (private) 28 Pymble Ladies Girls (private) 29 Wenona Girls (private) 30 Ravenswood Girls (private) 31 PLC Girls (private) 32 Kincoppal/Rose Bay Girls (private) 33 Kambala Girls (private) 34 Tangara Girls (private) 35 Tara Anglican Girls (private) 36 Loreto Kirribilli Girls (private) 37 MLC Girls (private) 38 Barker College Co-ed (private) 39 Cranbrook Boys (private) 40 Shore Boys (private) Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/the-top-40-nsw-schools-20120325-1vs36.html#ixzz2UNbLbEG4
  2. Increased activity by investors in the Sydney market is an important factor driving higher-than-usual winter sales – and can be expected to continue. The Sydney winter auction season began in earnest last weekend with results unsurprisingly reflecting the strong level of buyer activity that has characterised the housing market all year. Last weekend's exceptional clearance rate of 76.9 per cent was again more than 20 percentage points higher than last year's rate over the same weekend. Listing numbers were also again well up on a year ago with 458 properties going under the hammer compared with last year's 402. Advertisement And 11 Sydney properties were reported sold for over $2 million last weekend, the best result so far this year for the subdued prestige market. This weekend's auction listings are again encouraging, with 432 properties scheduled to go under the hammer, solidly higher than last year's total of 371 auctions over the same weekend. The inner west is again the most popular region for auction listings on Saturday with 67 properties listed, followed by the upper north shore with 57, the city and east with 53 auctions and Sydney's south with 47. Ashfield has the most auctions this weekend with seven properties scheduled, followed by Eastwood, Ryde, Bankstown and Bronte with six auctions each. The Sydney weekend auction market is set to record one of its best winter selling seasons. The market is currently tracking at its highest level for more than a decade. As expected, cyclical factors such as low unemployment, rising confidence and low interest rates are boosting the normally subdued market during winter.
  3. As a new financial year dawns, independent experts now agree that Sydney's home values are growing. RP Data released its June figures on Monday showing a 2.7 per cent rise in dwelling values over the month. In May, despite Australian Property Monitors saying strong auction clearance rates indicated price growth, RP Data said values had dropped 1 per cent. RP Data national research director Tim Lawless said his company's index movements closely mirrored the Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment which had showed a similar trend over the past three months: down in April and May followed by a rise in June. Mr Lawless said improved equity market conditions in 2013 had led to an increase in dwelling values in Sydney’s prestige suburbs. Advertisement ‘‘Sydney’s most expensive suburbs have seen dwelling values rise by 4.8 per cent over the past six months compared with a 3.2 per cent rise in values at the most affordable end of the market and a 4.6 per cent gain across the broad middle-priced segment of the Sydney market.” Meanwhile, BIS Shrapnel said on Monday that Sydney's median house price of $670,000 in June reflected a 4 per cent increase over the past financial year. "The Sydney residential market now appears to be gaining some momentum after being weak for the best part of the last decade," Bis senior manager Angie Zigomanis said. "We are forecasting total price growth in Sydney over the three years to June 2016 to be 19 per cent, or a moderate 5.9 per cent per annum." Mr Zigomanis said the strength of the Sydney market was due to a sustained period of underbuilding, which had led to low vacancy rates and strong rental growth since 2007. Large numbers of investors were flooding the market. Low interest rates were also helping. However, BIS noted that first home buyer numbers had dropped in 2013 because government incentives last year had pulled demand forward. It expects normal levels of first-home buying by next year. BIS Shrapnel is also enthusiastic about Sydney's neighbours with 18 per cent growth expected over the three years in Newcastle and 17 per cent for Wollongong. It's less optimistic about Melbourne because of an oversupply of apartments and weakness in the local economy. "Median house price growth in Melbourne is forecast to be minimal, totalling 5 per cent over the 2013 to 2016 forecast period," Mr Zigomanis said. "And accounting for inflation, prices are actually forecast to fall by 4 per cent in real terms." But BIS said things were looking up in Brisbane. "By the end of 2015-16, rising interest rates will begin to impact on prices, but only after a forecast total rise of 17 per cent in the median house price over the three years to 2016, representing an average rise of 5.2 per cent per annum," Mr Zigomanis said. About 15 per cent growth is forecast for the three years in Perth and 10 per cent in Darwin. Canberra can expect a total rise of 3 per cent (a decline of 5 per cent in real terms); Hobart a rise of 4 per cent (a drop of 5 per cent in real terms) and Adelaide 6 per cent growth (or a 3 per cent decline in real terms).
  4. There are some stunning places to camp in and around Sydney here are a few for you Seal Rocks At this beautiful coastal spot three hours from Sydney, you can take your pick from four beaches to swim, surf or fish in. If you're feeling energetic you can walk to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse and watch the whales meander past, or go for a bushwalk in the surrounding Myall National Park. The campsite has a modern toilet, BBQs, fresh water and sinks for washing up. Where to stay: Seal Rocks Holiday ParkHow much: Powered sites $45 p/night, Unpowered $34 p/night Getting there: Driving from Sydney to Seal Rocks takes about three hours (Google Directions)
  5. Just wondered if anyone has been? With their adrenaline pumping, participants move through a series of suspension bridges, flying foxes and trapezes throughout the canopy of the tree tops. This sensational experience at TreeTop Adventure Park can be enjoyed at each participants own pace and rhythm, and each course designed with graded levels of difficulty. The children's courses are for adventurous three to nine year olds with required adult supervision from the ground. Participants from 10 - 17 years old and 1.4 metres tall have access to the adult and junior courses. Juniors (10 - 15 years old) must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years old) on the course. Western Sydney Parklands offers plenty of barbecues, covered picnic areas, children's playgrounds and toilet facilities. All free to use before or after your climb. This a unique and unforgettable way to experience the great outdoors! Opening times 9am - 6pm Daily. From 26 April 2012 to 18 September 2012: Monday - Friday: 10am to 4pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9am to 4:30pm. Open public holidays except Christmas Day. For more information: www.treetopadventurepark.com.au
  6. Dance Pop Diva and Multi-platinum Singer-Songwriter TAYLOR DAYNE AUSTRALIAN TOUR Sydney 2nd June Mount Pritchard Dance Pop Diva, Multi-platinum recording artist and world-class performer, TAYLOR DAYNE, will be touring Australia in June 2013 performing all her top ten hits: "Tell It to My Heart," "With Every Beat of My Heart," "Prove Your Love," "I'll Always Love You," "I'll Be Your Shelter," "Don't Rush Me", "Heart of Stone", "Love Will Lead You Back" and many more. New York-born Taylor’s three albums, "Tell It To My Heart", "Can’t Fight Fate", and "Soul Dancing", produced twelve Top 20 singles, among them the chart-topping “Love Will Lead You Back.” “Tell It To My Heart” sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnering three Grammy nominations along the way. On her new album entitled "Satisfied", TAYLOR DAYNE co-wrote four of the songs, including the first single, “Beautiful,” with Norwegian tunesmith Hitesh, as well as “Love Chain,” “The Fall” and “Hymn.” The album featured top-name producer/writers - they included Mike Mangini (Baha Men, Digbable Planets, O-Town, Bruce Hornsby, David Byrne), Peter Wade (Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield), and the New Radicals’ Gregg Alexander (“You Get What You Give”) & Rick Nowels (Stevie Nicks, Madonna, k.d. lang, Nelly Furtado, Santana), among others. There are also marvelously soulful covers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” the Rolling Stones’ “Fool to Cry” and Des’ree’s “Kissing You,” from the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, reminiscent of her hit version of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.”
  7. A menu filled with mouth-watering options ranging from pastas to seafood to good old fashioned “Auburn Style” Chargrilled chicken, beef and shish kebab, Halallicious truly is the new hot spot to be in Auburn central. Walking into the newly developed restaurant, automatically you are greeted with a cheerful “Salam Alaikum”. The subtle warm shades and modern decor of the restaurant instantly transports you away from the usual traffic and loud sounds emanating from the streets of Auburn. The perky all-male waiters are quick to attend to your dining needs, maintaining a warm and very agreeable nature. For a newly developed restaurant, it was quite busy, with a lively and upbeat atmosphere. On the menu Halalicious provides an array of all halal meals, including the classic burgers, steaks, pastas, and the occasional surprise dishes which may take you by surprise such as the “camel burger”. The prices were quite surprising; no not expensive but fairly affordable, the highest item on the menu costing only $17. In case your company aren’t big conversationalists, breath taking images of pilgrims performing Hajj is a sure way to keep you preoccupied. This is a refreshing change as opposed to the usual whiny music at regular restaurants, making this a perfect spot for couples, families or just your everyday group of friends. The waiters are polite, well-mannered Muslim brothers, who tend to your every need and who even crack a few jokes here and there, creating a comfortable atmosphere for all. My decision to try the Napoli Pasta for the first time was indeed a very wise one. The presentation of the food was simple, yet elegant as the aroma of the tomato and basil sauce drifted around the room. As the parmesan cheese was slowly melting into the pasta, I took my first bite and I was not disappointed. The fusion of fresh basil and tomato mixed with the warm parmesan and fettuccine equated to a successful meal only costing $15. The serving size was quite large and certainly succeeded in filling my empty stomach. From the tantalising food, to the array of choices on the menu, from the beautiful Islamic décor, to the courteous staff, I can safely say that halalicious truly is an “all halal experience”. Maybe next time I might be brave enough to order the famous “camel burger”, just maybe. Halallicious Cafe & Grill 107 Auburn Road, Auburn, NSW, 2144 Ph: 02 9643 9249
  8. Bentley Bodega Four in Hand Hartsyard Izakaya Fujiyama Momofuku Seiobo - Voted Hottest Restaurant in NSW Neild Avenue - Voted Hottest Design Oscillate Wildly Quay - Voted Hottest Dish Sepia Sixpenny - Voted the Hottest Service Tetsuyas - Also voted Hottest Wine Experience The Apollo The Bridge Room Three Blue Ducks
  9. < 850: Forget it850-950: Not that great.950-1050: Good area1050-1150: Really good area1150+: Top Place to Live (but can your budget allow) Claymore 495.4Airds 565.1Macquarie Fields 870.1Ambarvale - Englorie Park 905.2Minto 912.4Rosemeadow 928.1Campbelltown 930.9Campbelltown City 944.8Leumeah 957.8Bradbury 962.7Ingleburn 967.7Eagle Vale 972.8Blairmount 977.0MACROC 984.0St Helens Park 986.6New South Wales 995.8Eschol Park 996.0St Andrews - Bow Bowing 996.4Woodbine 1,001.7Australia 1,002.0Glenfield - Bardia 1,003.9Ruse 1,009.3Greater Sydney 1,011.3Rural Residential 1,015.6Raby 1,031.7Kearns 1,044.2Blair Athol 1,052.9Glen Alpine 1,089.4Macquarie Links 1,113.9Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
  10. < 850: Forget it850-950: Not that great.950-1050: Good area1050-1150: Really good area1150+: Top Place to Live (but can your budget allow) Bidwill 622.7Willmot 718.2Lethbridge Park 734.0Tregear 742.0Whalan 763.3Emerton 764.6Shalvey 775.5Blackett 775.8Hebersham 847.1Dharruk 882.0Doonside 889.4Mount Druitt Precinct 892.4Mount Druitt 896.3Lalor Park 923.2Marayong 939.5Blacktown 955.6WSROC 955.6Blacktown City 968.5Riverstone - Vineyard 969.0Greater Western Sydney 972.1Rooty Hill - Eastern Creek 973.5Blacktown Precinct 974.1Seven Hills 981.5Dean Park 983.1Hassall Grove 993.7Oakhurst 993.9Toongabbie 993.9New South Wales 995.8Australia 1,002.0Marsden Park - Shanes Park - Colebee - Ropes Crossing 1,003.2Plumpton 1,004.6Glendenning 1,009.6Greater Sydney 1,011.3Schofields - Rouse Hill 1,015.5Minchinbury 1,027.2Prospect - Huntingwood - Arndell Park 1,039.8Quakers Hill 1,041.7Kings Park 1,060.2North West Precinct 1,065.8Woodcroft 1,068.2Acacia Gardens - Parklea 1,086.2Kings Langley 1,086.7Glenwood 1,088.5Stanhope Gardens 1,096.3Kellyville Ridge 1,111.2The Ponds 1,124.9Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
  11. North Sydney Olympic Pool Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061 Phone: 9955 2309 Website: www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au Open: Monday–Friday 5.30am–9pm; Saturday–Sunday 7am–7pm. Under fives free. Pools: Indoors—25 metre indoor pool, wading pool, adult sauna and spa. Outdoors: 50 metre pool, toddler pool, baby splash pool. The pool with the best view in Sydney, tucked down beside the Harbour Bridge. If the view of the bridge is enjoyed more by the adults than the kids, fear not, the trains, boats and ferries will keep the littlies amused. The facilities at this pool complex are excellent both inside and out. There is a grassy area upstairs near the 25 metre pool as well as beside the original toddler and baby pools. Cafe: Cafe beside the 50 metre pool and children’s pools Shade: Shadecloth over outdoors children’s pools Strollers: No problems, lift between levels Playground: No Swim school: Yes Creche: Yes Gym: Yes Sports shop: Yes Membership available: Yes Mum’s report: Great additions make this a pool that families can use all year round. A must-swim pool for visitors to Sydney. Extra: Luna Park is right next door. The Harbour Bridge stroller walk commences near here (see page 227). Walk along the boardwalk past Luna Park to the Lavender Bay wharf then go under the railway to get to the good playground in Watt Park. Map reference: Gregory’s 1 K1, Sydway 46 K9, UBD 1 K1 Parking: Meter street parking in Alfred Street South, the cost of the parking ticket can be discounted against entrance fee. Take parking ticket stub to pool reception. Nearest station: Milsons Point is a 10 minute walk away Nearest ferry: Milsons Point Wharf is by the pool Bus stop nearby: Yes
  12. HEAVY rain overnight has kept emergency services busy with several roads closed this morning temporarily due to flash flooding. The Mid North Coast is copping the brunt of the storms with 61mm of rain falling at Taree since 9am yesterday, 45mm at Grafton and 46mm at Lake Macquarie. In Sydney Badgerys Creek (42.6mm), Penrith (35mm) and the city (36mm) have had the most rainfall, while in Wollongong Bellambi (49.4mm) was the most affected. The SES has responded to nearly 140 jobs across the state with half of those (68) in Sydney, while crews have also been called to the Hunter (34) and Mid North Coast (20). There have been no rescues with half of the calls for help related to leaking roofs and downed trees but SES spokesman Sue Prichard said they expected the number of calls for help to increase throughout the day as the storms, expected to last until Wednesday, continued. A car skidded off the road on the Lakes Way at Seven Mile Beach near Forster at 5.30am resulting in the road being closed but it is now open with altering traffic conditions in place. Newcastle motorists in all directions continue to be affected by flooding at the intersection of Turton and Griffiths Rds in Lambton. A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the Newcastle and Gosford areas with flash flooding expected. There was a two-car accident on Richmond Rd, Rooty Hill, after 7am and the Traffic Management Centre has advised motorists to exercise caution and allow additional travel time with heavy rain affecting numerous roads around the Sydney region. A Digger sits in the rain waiting fro Rememberence services to start in Martin Place. Source: News Limited Commuters brave the rain in Martin Place Source: News Limited While all roads remain open traffic has been affected by flooding at Sutherland, Waterloo and Mt Druitt: • There is heavy northbound traffic on the Princes Hwy at Sutherland due to flooding at the intersection of Rawson St. • Eastbound traffic on McEvoy St at Waterloo is affected by flooding at Moorehead St. • Northbound traffic on Flinders Street at Surry Hills is affected by flooding at Albion St. • One of two westbound lanes of the Great Western Hwy are closed at York St in Emu Plains due to flooding. • One of three southbound lanes of Carlisle Ave are closed at Durham St in Mount Druitt due to flooding. As well traffic lights are flashing yellow at: • The intersection of Bridge and Loftus Sts in the Sydney CBD. • The intersection of Coogee Bay Rd and Arden St in Coogee. • The intersection of Barrenjoey Rd and Coles Parade in Newport. Temperatures will top 19 degrees today with rainfall of 15 to 35mm expected across Sydney, heavier along the coast this evening and more thunderstorms are expected overnight. Winds are east to south-easterly are 20 to 25 kmh, increasing to 35 to 45 kmh in the afternoon.
  13. Sounds great, look forward to seeing photos.
  14. Kate

    Moving to Sydney in 90 days!

    We broke ours up, I think we had 8 hours in Singapore but we never left the airport we just booked the transit hotel and slept solid
  15. Kate

    Arriving in one week

    I guess you like it then lol.
  16. Kate

    Breaking a lease

    I would say go for it then, but maybe before you sign the contract on another just check what their policy is on a break lease
  17. Kate

    YHA Railway Square Sydney Backpackers

    I'm sure you will easily find friends
  18. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tySdFDsSOo[/media] About Railway Square YHA Spoilt for choice in Sydney? Want somewhere different? Railway Square YHA is an original - Australia's only hostel in a railway station where you can stay on the train that's not going anywhere ... This unique YHA is in the heart of Sydney's backpacker district at Central Station. Sleep in one of the funky red train carriages on Central Station's original Platform Zero. Or go for one of the comfy rooms in the converted historic main building. Railway Square YHA includes a great lounge and cafe, pool and deck area, travel desk, pool table and super fast Internet facilities. Regular hostel activities including our great Aussie BBQ and great value trips to AFL football games. Walk to Sydney's major attractions, or shop till you drop and go bar hopping in the city and nearby trendy Surry Hills. Explore Chinatown for great food and Paddy's Markets. Accommodation Information There are a range of rooms including mult-share railway carriage rooms. Also some twin/double rooms. Location Information Located in the heart of Sydney, Railway Square YHA is right beside Central Station and includes unique railway carriage accommodation. Walk to Chinatown and Darling Harbour.
  19. Go and see Gravity it is good
  20. Kate

    Arriving in one week

    Franki how long have you lived in Australia?
  21. Never heard of mud run is it similar to stampede?
  22. Kate

    How's your day been ?

    Getting ready to head to the hospital. Spent the last few days sorting my boys out who have rented a house together
  23. Kate

    New in town

    I just don't understand why your IP address is Bulgaria and is in the spam directories. It seems like you are pulling our legs. I will take the links out for now until you prove otherwise

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