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    Taste the Local Flavor - Fish 'n Chips

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    Had this local specialty when in Bondi Beach. Fish is fresh and deep-fried in batter so it's crunchy outside, soft and creamy inside. Goes with potato slabs.

    You must try it when in Sydney ... really delicious!

    One serving cost $8.80.

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    Taste the Local Flavor - Meat Pie

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    First time for me to taste meat pie during our second day as volunteer. It was served as our lunch. This particular pie is of Mrs Mac brand. It is delicious and filling meal ... just be careful of the hot meat and gravy.

    It is said that meat pies are icons or part of an original Australian symbol.

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    Meeting up with some VT friends

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: 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!!

    Chris and Laura at Doyle's Watsons Bay
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    Very Rare Wollemi Tree

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The "Wollemi Pine" is one of the most protected and endangered of the trees found here in the garden. In 1994 one Wollemi Pine was discovered in the Blue Mountain range after being thought extint. You can find a few of the Wollemi Pines planted in the garden. The first tree was grown from a seedling.

    Wollemi Tree A baby Wollemi Tree

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  • Sydney Weather

    by petashipway Written Jun 4, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hi,

    Sydney weather at the moment has been so wet. A good website which I as a sydney resident use all the time, is http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN10064.shtml
    this gives you all the info you need such as forecasts, temperatures and even maps of current rainfall.

    Hope this helps!

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    8 Day 7 Night stay at 5 star resorts for $298

    by achievewealth2day Written Mar 9, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hey there...

    I am a distributor of Global Resorts Network, where we offer lifetie memberships to the network of 4 and 5 star resorts worldwide.

    Check out my vidoes on YouTube to learn
    more.....http://www.youtube.com/achievewealth2day.

    Plus I'd recommend checking out the registry so that you can search our other destinations that you might be interested in at

    www.globalresortsregistry.com username: resorts password: lookfor

    NO Blackouts and you can travel with in days....not months. AWESOME DEAL!

    http://www.globalresorts.com/achievewealth2day to get on board and start saving today!!

    -Chad Critchfield of AchieveWealth2Day.com
    Traveling to Millions!

    Fondest memory: Being able to have the money available to really enjoy myself due to the HUGE savings that I got from my membership in GRN. I only paid just over $400 for the entire 8 days that I was in Sydney. It was great!!

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    Australian Prawns

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: One of the most common phrases about Australia heard in the US is the term, "Throw another Shrimp on the Barbie"... coined by the Paul Hogan film, "Crocodile Dundee".

    The fact of the matter is, if you are looking for a Barbie - meaning Barbecue Grill in Australia, and you find one, it will in fact never have shrimp on it. They are prawns here in Australia, and prawns are quite sizeably bigger than a shrimp.

    If you show up to an Australian barbecue, and yell out... "Hey Mate, Thrown another PRAWN on the Barbie", you are assured to still get a funny look, but you will not go hungry!

    Australian Prawns
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    Public Toilets

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Another really great thing about Sydney is that they make it easy for you to keep exploring. This luckily includes public bathrooms.

    They are everywhere, especially in the tourist centers. You will often and almost always find a place to easily make a quick pit stop and keep moving.

    Thank you Sydney for making your city so tourist friendly.

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    Indigenous Sydney. (Aboriginal heritage).

    by Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

    Favorite thing: Indigenous Sydney

    The Indigenous people lived in Australia, for at least 40,000 – 45,000 years before James Cook discovered the East Coast of Australia.

    It is thought at least one million Aborigines lived in Australia, and there were approximately 300 languages spoken, not to mention their many dialects. So, really Australia was already a Nation and a fully populated country. Most of the Aborigines lived through various parts of Australia, and clans were important to their everyday existence, they were not always nomadic but used their skills in hunting.

    There are three main language groups, the Dharug, Kuringai and Dhararawal in Sydney. They belonged to many clans including the Gadigal, Wangal, Wallumedegal, Boromedegal, Gamaragal, Borogegal, Birrabirragal and Gayamaygal. In Sydney alone, Sydney Harbour and the surrounding suburbs and through our national parks, we have more indigenous art than any city in the world.

    The word Aboriginal is an English word the Europeans used to describe our earliest inhabitants. The aborigines are proud people, which are shown through their flag and knowledge of their beloved country and homeland. The Aboriginal flag is red, black and yellow which now hang proudly in unison with the Australian National flag.

    On May the 26th 1998 the Government recognized and formally apologized to the Aboriginal people and a National Sorry Day was celebrated with community activities and the signing of "sorry books". A day that our indigenous people accepted and a step was made towards reconciliation and admission of responsibility from the Australian Government , whom removed over 80,000 Aboriginal children from their parents and beloved tribes.

    Fondest memory: Aboriginal Tours available in Sydney

    Time: DAILY 10:45am and 12:45pm
    Depart From: Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay
    Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
    Includes: • Informative and entertaining commentary of Sydney landmarks, their Aboriginal names and history.
    • An Island visit
    • Traditional welcome dance
    • Light refreshments
    Price:
    (Incl. GST) Adults $55 per person
    Children $45 per person
    Children under 5 Free
    Capacity: 45 passengers plus crew

    Tickets: Sydney Visitor Centres
    Free call: 1800 067 676
    Sydney Ferries Booking Office
    Wharf 2, Circular Quay
    Tribal Warrior Association Inc.
    Tel: 02 9699 3491

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    Tourist Information Centres. - Sydney.

    by Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

    Favorite thing: Sydney Visitor Centre: The Rocks cnr of Argyle and Playfair Streets - opened 9am - 6pm - Tel 9255 1788

    Sydney Visitor Centre: Darling Harbour - Next door to Imax Theatre - opened 10am - 6pm
    City Host Information Kiosks:

    1) George Street Town Hall opened 10am - 6pm
    2) Circular Quay - cnr Pitt and Alfred Street 10am - 6pm
    3) Martin Place - Between Elizabeth and Castlereagh Street

    National Parks and Wildlife Centre: Cadman’s Cottage 110 George Street Rocks - 9247 8861

    Sydney Visitor Centre: Sydney International Airport - opened 6am - midnight - 9667 6050

    Sydney Bus Terminal: Central Eddy Avenue - opened 6am - 10.30pm - 9281 9366

    WEBSITES

    www.Darlingharbour.com.au
    www.Sydneyvisitorcentre.com
    www.Sydneyguide.net.au/
    www.Sydney.com.au
    www.visitnsw.com.au/
    www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
    www.sydney-city-directory.com.au
    www.sydney.visitorsbureau.com.au

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    Take a ferry to Manly beach

    by austarman Written Sep 3, 2007

    Favorite thing: If you have Children or you just enjoy a relaxing day out on the water, then a Ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly is a relaxing weekend activity.
    The Ferry's are quite big safe and comfortable now so there is no need to worry whatever the weather might be like.

    Fondest memory: It takes about 30 minutes or so to cross and on the way you get some fantastic harbour views.
    The ferry passes the Sydney Opera house and gives you a great opportunity for some excellent harbour bridge photo's too.
    Once you get to Manly there are plenty of shops to look at as well as many beach-side bars and restaurants.
    There is a great swimming or surfing beach plus a "You Beaut" ocean-side walkway that goes for about 2kms around to Shelley beach.

    Manly Beach The Manly Ferry Surfers Manly beach My son and I Manly beach Sydney city from the Manly Ferry
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    Australia Day

    by Steve-H Written Jun 1, 2007

    Favorite thing: January 26th is Australia Day, the streets are closed and one of my favourite things is the vintage vehicle display. 1000's of cars, trucks and some motorbikes too line the roads and made the perfect way to idle away an afternoon in the sun.

    Fondest memory: I went to the gardens and ate at the food court, strolled around the vintage cars, tried a few bars, met friends and spent the evening watching the celebrations. Fond memories? you bet.

    1938 Triumph 6S, i'd like one of these. Fiat 500s Jag V12, one for the hoons. He's been there and got the badge. Vellocette MAC 350
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  • Its all great!

    by cyclops25503 Written Apr 14, 2007

    Favorite thing: Just get stuck into it. It doesn't matter if you get lost or anything...just explore the city. You'll love it!

    Fondest memory: Sydney itself is simply a thing of beauty. Its a perfect place for a holiday, no matter where you come from.

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    Telephones

    by cybergenic Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Telephones: Public phones can be found on the street, in hotels, cafes and shops. Local calls cost 50 cents. International and long distance phone calls can be made from any public phone. The TELSTRA PHONEAWAY CARD is a prepaid card which charges calls at competitive international prices which can be used to call more than 30 countries. The TELSTRA PHONEAWAY CARD can be used from most phones and is available from leading travel agencies,airport shops and from Telstra shops. If in an emergency dial 000 for police, ambulance and fire.
    Make sure you use the corect coinage as you will not be given any change.
    SCUMBAGS!

    Fondest memory: Directory Assistance - 1223

    Dialling Information
    To call overseas using International Direct you simply dial the International Access Code - either 0011 or 0018 - followed by the dialling sequence indicated below for the country you wish to call.
    Example: To call Los Angeles 555 1212 dial 0011 or 0018 + 1 + 213 + 555 1212

    Charges
    Telstra International Direct offers a choice of 0011 Minutes** or 0018 Half Hours*.

    0011 Minutes
    For shorter chats, why not take advantage of Telstra's 0011 low per minute rates, charged on a per second basis. There is no minimum time charge for Telstra's 0011 per minute calling. You are only charged for the amount of time you use!**

    0018 Half Hours
    For a long chat, use 0018 Half Hours, and you'll know exactly how much your call will cost up front. 0018 Half Hours allow you to make international calls for hour hour time blocks at a pre-determined price. Warning beeps will tell you when your half hour block is almost up#. If your 0018 call is disconnected and you redial within 20 minutes of disconnection, the two calls will be treated as one. To obtain this benefit, call the enquiries number when you receive your bill.

    ** A call connection fee applies. Only available for direct dial calls from most fixed phones. Excludes some calls and some Telstra services.

    * Same charge exists for each half hour block or part thereof. If the call lasts for one minute or less, a charge of $1.10 applies instead of the half hour charge. 0018 Half Hours call charges are not eligible for any other discounts. Only available for direct dial calls to/from most home fixed phones. Excludes calls to an international mobile numbers (non-roaming), in some destinations.
    # Warning tones will sound at 20 and 28 minutes. The warning tones are reset from the beginning of each new call.

    International Codes can be found at
    http://www.whitepages.com.au/wp/general/intDialCodes.html

    A public phone booth
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    Automatic Toilet

    by wkcsmt Updated Jan 29, 2007

    Favorite thing: Just sharing this intelligent invention of the human kind... I'm sure you'll find similar ones somewhere around the world. I'd came across a few in New Zealand.

    This one gives you a generuos 20 minutes before it unlocks itself - emergency percaution. This one is located @ corner Cumberland & York Streets.

    Automated Toilet
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