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Mark Sissons, a renowned travel journalist and photographer who specializes in adventures to exotic destinations, was invited by Tourism Australia to be on the first flight arriving from Canada since Australia closed its borders to international travellers during the initial wave of Covid-19 touching down in Sydney on Monday 21st February 2022.

With a commission for the Vancouver Sun to focus on ‘the best of Sydney and environs’, Sissons had specifically requested to do one of the guided experiences from Urban Walks.

Although having visited seven continents and dozens of countries on assignment, the globetrotting writer had never been to Sydney. So ‘The Emerald Way’, Sydney’s sublime coastal walk, was the perfect introduction for him.

To say the weather was a little tempestuous during the last week of Sydney’s summer is to understate the wild and wet conditions that La Niña provided. Nevertheless the Urban Walks team was able to safely navigate Sissons from Ivor Rowe pool south of Coogee along the coastline trail to Bondi.

The journalist lists “getting lost in the African bush, finding first tracks when heli skiing and kayaking with penguins” as among his favourite pursuits and can now add “swimming in the Icebergs’ ocean pool” to his list.

Mark Sissons (top right of the pool) joins local swimmers in a storm-tossed Bondi Icebergs Baths.

Dugald Cameron, partner at Urban Walks who accompanied Sissons on The Emerald Way commented, “It was a privilege to have a writer of Mark’s international standing on our walk and his enthusiastic feedback on the experience was very generous.”

The original plan to return to Sissons’ CBD hotel in a private water taxi from Watsons Bay was curtailed as the weather closed in but the alternative limo-transfer with comprehensive commentary still provided a fitting end to a ‘Day On The Way’.

Marks article can be found at


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