The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Kent and Argyle Sts., The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
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Getting To Know Australia

by derats

"The Rocks"

Under the shadow of the Harbour Bridge and Cahill Expressway lies Sydney's most historic area, The Rocks.

More than 200 years ago, Captain Arthur Phillip decided Sydney Cove was a suitable place to site the new penal colony

Today, parts of the original Rocks area are preserved as reminders of rough'n'ready 19th-century Sydney. Two prime examples are historic Susannah Place, and Cadman's Cottage, one of Sydney's oldest surviving buildings.

But there's more to The Rocks than history. Settle the kids in for a storytelling session at the Puppet Cottage before popping off to catch an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art or S.H Ervin Gallery. Then satisfy the appetite you've worked up at the MCA Cafe. If your budget allows it, dine at the pricey but delectable Sailors Thai, Quay or Rockpool.

Rocks shopping options have diversified in recent years: now, it's not just about tea towels and T-shirts emblazoned with Opera House and koala motifs. Browse the Argyle Centre for non-tacky art, craft and local designerwear; or pick up unique gifts and gourmet fare at the Rocks Market, which takes over George Street's northern end on weekends.

There are dozens of decent watering holes in the area, many of them historic. Start your pub crawl at the Mercantile Hotel, Hero of Waterloo, or Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel - which brews its own beer naturally - or the nearby Palisade (at the latter two, you can also get fed).


You could be forgiven for thinking this well-trotted cliff trail was an Olympic training track, but the athletic bods on it are primarily locals power-walking off hangovers. Don't feel as if you have to compete: stroll, if you like, stopping to laze on a ledge, explore a rockpool or do a few sit-ups on the trackside gym equipment.

The scenic trail from Bondi to Coogee is a pleasantly easy one, with paved pathways, only about 100 steps, railings along the steeper, more vertiginous parts, and few steep slopes or hazards (apart from dogs and joggers, and traffic on the strip linking Tamarama with Bronte). It is long, however: allow about two hours to complete the one-way stretch. Many walkers make a day of it, stopping at intervening beaches for a dip, or taking the tour bus to the Coogee end and walking back to Bondi.

The stretch between Bondi and Tamarama beaches, which begins just beyond the Bondi Icebergs (with the option of skirting around the famed Icebergs ocean pool via a new walkway), is so scenic it begs the word spectacular: scalloped sandstone overhangs, rock ledges and a huge, honeycombed monolith dominate the foreground; Bondi's most coveted cliffside apartments dot the slopes. The flagstone-paved path rims a sheltered inlet, popular with rock fishermen and snorkellers. A short uphill stint brings you to the dramatic clifftop look-out and kite-flying hilltop park.

Amble around the point, past Tama's A-list waterfront homes, and you arrive at small-but-picturesque Mackenzie's Bay. Around the headland, past the Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club (via newly constructed pathways) and you'll see Tamarama nestled in the narrow valley below.

A thin strip of fine white sand popular with the beautiful people, Tamarama boasts a small park with toilet and changing facilities (open dawn-dusk), barbecues and picnic shelters. From October to mid-May, Waverley Council lifeguards and volunteers from the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beach, which is popular with bodyboarders but known for dangerous undertows. The park contains an al fresco cafe known as the Tamarama Kiosk that serves breakfasts - but no eggs, brunches, coffees, juices and the like.

Fifteen minutes' walk along the road brings you to Bronte, a user-friendly, family-oriented beach with a large park, weather-protected picnic areas, a working mini-train, a safe beach with lifeguard patrols October to mid-May, change-rooms and toilets (open daily, dawn-dusk) and a tidal ocean lap pool. For famished walkers, there's also a strip of sun-bathed cafes along Bronte Rd.

The path resumes at the edge of historic Waverley Cemetery, meandering through gravesites and on to Clovelly Beach, a favoured spot of fishing fans and scuba divers; and to Little Clovelly, its cement-edged sibling. A kilometre or two farther, the path peters out at Coogee Beach, popular for its safe ocean swimming, snorkelling and bodyboarding, and for its two ocean pools (including the women's-only pool or the popular Wylie's Baths). If the thought of any more activity is too much, sit and swig something cold at the Coogee Bay Hotel or people-watch from one of the trendy shorefront cafes.



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Forum Posts

Looking for travel buddies

by Exuberant79

Alright.... I am in need to a break... preferably somewhere with a beach, diving, cheap booze, plenty of action and not too far...

A lil bit abt me -

Recently single, 30 yrs old female, easy going, well traveled, intelligent, cheeky and outgoing. I love hanging with my friends at pubs, being silly and striking conversations with random people.

I am looking for people who enjoy traveling and partying (a lil tired of people giving excuses not having enough money, too busy or fussy abt where they go). I am a recreational scuba diver, an IT professional and a postgraduate student. I am busy but would make time for short fun trips.

Having said that I am not looking to fork out thousands of dollars to go to some fancy schmancy place. I am great at looking for travel bargains and more than happy to meet for drinks first to see if we connect (don't want to end up killing each other on the trip).

PS - I have traveled with strangers before to Koh Samui and Bali and it was a GREAT experience. Looking to do the same here.

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Re: Looking for travel buddies

by littleman

Hi,I will be travelling to S.E.Asia around June ,July,August.Philippines for sure,maybe Thailand and Cambodia then U.K. if i have enough money,but i am not much of a party person( non drinker).I am a responsible,budget traveller....anyway if interested let me know.Cheers.

Travel Tips for Sydney

Family Activities in Sydney.

by Openseas

Children Activities in Sydney

How to amuse the children whilst in Sydney, then select a few of these activities and have a fun family day.

Taronga Park Zoo - Mosman

Luna Park - Milson Point

Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum - Darling Harbour

Sydney Tower - CBD

Ferry rides around Sydney Harbour

Manly Quarantine Station Tour.
Guided tours only allowed – phone for booking 9247 5033
Public Tour: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and sun Time: 1.10pm – 3.40pm (Take the no 135 bus from Manly Wharf)
Adult Ghost Tours: Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Kids Ghost Tours: Friday 6 – 8pm

Manly boat and kayak hire: East side or pier Manly Wharf

Epic surf Adventures – Manly Yacht Club

Tour of School of Artillery North Head – wed/Sat/Sunday 11.30, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Oceanworld Manly – West esplanade Manly Cove

Learn to surf - Manly Beach

Paddies Market - Chinatown

Paddington Markets - Paddington

Blue Mountain- zigzag Train

Imax Theatre - Darling Harbour

Centennial Park - hire bikes/ponies

Dinosaur Heaven- The Australian Museum

Sydney Aquarium- Darling Harbour

Ocean world - Manly

Ride with the riverboat postman - Brooklyn

Waratah Park Sanctuary - Duffy’s Forest. (Kangaroos and koalas),

Hire a houseboat Middle Harbour-fish/swim

Ferry to the Basin- Pittwater National Park.

Fort Denison - Sydney Harbour

Take a train ride to Wollongong.

Lane Cove National Park - Take a nocturnal walk ph 94729300

Bush and Birds at Hay Nature Reserve- St Ives - walk through the blue gum forests - 9472 9300

Eco Adventure Rangers - Learn about our bushlands - 9247 5033

Restaurants for children

Eat at Sydney Fish Markets - Glebe
Eat at Chinatown
Eat at Bill and Toni’s - Darlinghurst
Eat at Doyle’s Watson’s Bay
Eat take away ocean foods -fish and chips on Manly Beach.

Meeting up with some VT friends

by Gypsystravels

VT has so many great active members and it was really nice to meet up with a few of them. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Laura (llaura) on a few occassions during my trip to Sydney. She's a great gal and so much fun to be around. She met us for lunch at Watsons Bay and then again for a few drinks at the Establishment.

Doug (Aussiedoug) is another great Aussie who I had the pleasure of meeting. He meet up with us for lunch on our last day and even drove us to the airport!! (Doug, you own me a visit to the museum, lol)!

Thanks Laura and Doug for making my experience in Sydney a very memorable one!!


by DennyP

Whatever your political persuasion is !!! Sydney has it all..whatever your beleifs are there is a place of religous worship for you here..Having such a huge diversification of cultures that live here their religous needs are met..

Don't forget the binoculars and sun protection!

by swings

Sydney isn't as cold as I thought it would be in late winter/early spring, and it's also much more casual than I expected. Bring layers of clothing to use in cooler weather, and leave the fancy stuff at home, unless you really plan to dress up. The motto is "Slip, Slop, Slap!" Slip into a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, and slap on a hat! All the Australian children wear hats as part of their school uniforms, and they're being trained early for a reason. That ozone hole is up there, meaning that this part of the world has less protection from the SUN'S HARMFUL UV RAYS! And even though I have lived in hot climates for a long time, and my husband is Egyptian..... we BOTH notice that the sun irritates and reddens our skin, even if we're just driving in the car for the day! The sun just feels different here in ways I can't describe. So don't risk cancerous melanoma.... USE THAT SHIRT, SUNSCREEN, AND HAT! All VT'ers need a digital camera! I'm listing binoculars here, because they can not only be used to spot whales and dolphins in the ocean, koalas and birds in the trees, or kangaroos and wombats in the bush, but they can be used at the opera house when you're far from the stage! I wish I had brought my binoculars!


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Address: Kent and Argyle Sts., The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia