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    Explore Watsons Bay

    by LadyRVG Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    Watsons Bay is a just a short ferry ride or bus ride from Circular Quay. Personally, I love taking the ferry but we have taken the bus as well. Our first trip to Watsons Bay was via bus from Bondi with a Jet Cat ride back to the Harbour and our second trip was a ferry ride from Circular Quay.

    Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. On the east is the Tasman Sea and the west is the Harbour. Watsons Bay is where Governor Phillip first landed in Australia. It's Australia's oldest fishing village dating back from 1788.

    Watsons Bay has some incredible view from South Head and the Gap. We've enjoyed some time exploring both and taking in the breathtaking landscape and water views. It's a nice way to spend the day, grab a bite to eat and explore. I'm glad to have had time to enjoy all that Watsons Bay has to offerduring my many visits to Sydney.

    The Beauty of the Gap Simply Breathtaking Beautiful water Sailboats in the distance Crashing waves
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    Botany Bay

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 15, 2013

    When Captain Cook's ship - HMS Endeavour - first reached land on Australia it was at Botany Bay.

    They later planned to build the first penal colony there, but it was too inhospitable, so Joseph Banks, famous botanist on the voyage for research purposes, just gathered some plant specimens, hence the name Botany Bay and they sailed to Sydney Cove and built the penal colony there instead.

    We wanted to visit Botany Bay as it is famous. It covers a big area. We went to La Perouse with
    its old fort located on a little island called Bare Island.

    La Perouse was called after French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741–88), who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay west of Bare Island in January 1788 only days after Captain Arthur Phillip and the first fleet of convicts arrived in Australia . There is a monument to Laperouse here.

    Botany Bay. Botany Bay.
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    Drive to Kiama

    by Maryimelda Written Aug 13, 2012

    If you want to get out of Sydney for a day or even just an afternoon, you could not go wrong by taking a drive to Kiama, located less than two hours south of Sydneyand just 39 kms south of Wollongong.

    This is a truly pretty town which is home to many interesting and historical buildings, but the jewel in the crown o Kiama is the fabulous and very famous Blow Hole which was discovered by George Bass back at the end of the 18th century.

    Some days are better than others to visit. High tide is the best viewing time for this natural phenomena, but we were very fortunate to be ther not only at high tide but on a day that was extremely windy and I mean extremely windy!

    Lots of lovely eateries abound as well and there is a tourist info centre situated at the Blow Hole precinct, where you will be able to find info on many of the wonderful things to do in the south coast area.

    Historic Blow Hole Lighthouse overlooking the Blow Hole Ready..... Steady..... Go!!!
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    Old and new co-exist

    by tuff Written Apr 6, 2012

    This Youth Hostel is built on top of an active archeological site with piers on The Rocks, so the underneath area still can be explore and discover. This hostel is pretty new and decent and has a roof top patio and a nice view of the harbor.

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    Mcelhone Stairs

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    During our stay in Sydney we chose to switch hotels and stay in Potts Point from the Park Sheraton. Potts Point is an interesting section of town. The Mcelhone stairs are old stone stairs that daye back to 1870.

    120 steps in total from top to bottom connects Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. Liz and I walked down these stairs several times during our stay and once up the stairs. Trust me the walk down is much easier than the steep walk up.

    Those steep stairs (2007) Liz walking down the stairs (2010)

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    Take a Ferry to Manly

    by LadyRVG Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    Taking the Ferry to Manly was awesome. The fery ride to Manly was a fun way to see the beauty of the harbor and the ater activities. Manly was a fun place to visit with the beautiful beach, corso full of activity and tons of people watching. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.

    Chris & I enjoying Manly The beach behind me Beach goers enjoying the beauty The bustle of the Corso So much activity
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    Katoomba in a day......

    by Maryimelda Written Jun 17, 2009

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    No one should ever be at a loss as to what to do on that one spare day during their stay in Sydney. Get on the train at Central Station and head for Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Katoomba is a wonderful town to wander with plenty to see inthe way of art, nature and history. Probably the most popular attraction in Katoomba is the Three Sisters, which are best seen from the lookout at Echo Point. Rising more than 3,000 meters above sea level, they are a true wonder to behold. A ride on the scenic railway is a must as well. This will take you way down into the valley where you will see nature at its very best, flora, fauna, waterfalls, you name it.
    Lots of lovely restaurants when you get hungry and some very interesting antique shops to explore as well. This is just a lovely way to spend a day and of course even better if you can stay over and journey on to the Jenolan Caves the next day maybe.

    Three lovely ladies........
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    Frogmouth Owl in a tree - you cant see me!!

    by angiebabe Updated May 23, 2009

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    Not only is Australia a diverse country of landscapes and geography but it has an amazing array of flora and fauna. Beautiful and interesting bird and animal life can be found here.

    And a lovely thing about Sydney is that with so much parkland and vegetation in the city and suburbs you can have the opportunities to see animals and birds - so be on the ready!

    Just as when I went to visit my apartment on a return visit to Sydney from where Im living in the UK I noticed a big bird nest in the tree out from my balcony - one of the reasons why I chose to buy the apartment in the first place because up on the 3rd floor it was up in the treetops of some lovely tall trees - and here was a sleeping Frogmouth owl! Very nice and special to see!

    So keep your eyes open when travelling around Sydney and take the opportunity to see Australia's beautiful plants and animals and birds - even if time is short a visit to the Botanic gardens and Taronga zoo would be well worth while.

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    Wildlife spotting

    by peteyjim Written Jan 4, 2009

    Bit of a vague reply here, but there's a beach down around Jervis Bay where there are heaps of kangaroos that roam freely in the campsite. The campsite is in the national park, so that should give you a hand Googling for it. You have to properly secure your food as I hear they know how to get into esky's.

    Either that or Myall Lakes. A decade ago, A mate and I saw a dingo just trotting down the road. That amazed me. Also saw an eagle of some sort hanging out in a tree.

    Hunter Valley around dusk you'll usually see a herd/flock/gaggle of kangaroos.
    Port Stephens is good for whales, dolphins and koalas

    Another great place to camp is Treachery Campsite, at Seal Rocks.
    Basically you can't really pick it, but animals do pop up everywhere.

    Closer to home, we've got skinks squatting in our garage, kookaburras on our aerial, and I just sprayed a massive redback living in the frame of our aboveground pool. Lovely!

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    stroll around in Hornsby

    by vpas Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    Hornsby is one of the suburbs of Sydney.There is a big shopping area close to the railway station.Also as you get off the railway station and go towards George street,you will find a huge fountain clock made of metal.It is truly fascinating.One could just sit in the circular area around the clock sipping coffee from one of the cafes nearby.This is ideal when you have just a few hours to spare and do not know what else to do.The shops nearby including crafts nook,Northshore art suppliers are all worth a look for some crafty and arty shopping.besides these there are scores of chinese shops that sell all kinds of knick knacks,woollen clothes,other clothes,soveniers etc..Hornsby also has a big Westfield mall.

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    Australia Square

    by iandsmith Written May 31, 2007

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    Australia Square isn't square, it's round. Then again, the square is square. Actually, what happened was that when this (then very tall) round building was completed it was called Australia Square which made it unforgettable because the building was actually round and different to anything else in Sydney.
    Its lift speed was legendary and it became the place to view Sydney from in the latter half of the 20th century.
    These days of course, it's just another tall building in a city full of them but, I, for one, still like it.

    A round peg in a square hole
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    A great vantage point - Observatory Hill

    by backpackerbaby Written Jun 10, 2006

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    With my great obsession for bridges, I went to different locations to see the Harbour Bridge from different angles. On the morning before returning home, we went to Observatory Hill for some final shots. I was glad that we went there as the view was so different. The park itself was very peaceful with nice grassland. From there, you not only can see the Harbour Bridge but also Anzac Bridge. It's an ideal place for picnic too.

    The another face of the Harbour Bridge. Baby enjoying the sunshine and the view. You can see Anzac Bridge too.
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    Hidden Gem for Bookworms

    by Charri Written May 20, 2006

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    The bookshop Gertrude and Alice on Hall Street in Bondi is one of my favourite places in Sydney. Each time I've gone I've found out of print books, drunk great coffee and eaten far too much. Every city needs a bookstore like this. If you want to engage the brain and stomach and rest your jandal blisters this is the place.

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    The wishing well of Queen Victoria Building

    by xuessium Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    This wishing well never fails to at least draw your eyes to it for just a fleeting moment. The Well features a bronze sculpture of Queen Victoria's favourite pet dog "Islay" and all 4 sides, plaques with words of compassion. I was surprised to see some with Chinese words!

    As advised by the Queen Victoria Building website, tens of thousands of dollars have been casted by well wishers into the wishing well and all money goes to the NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

    Location: QVB's Forecourt.

    QVBWishingWell
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    Not just another ol Wharf

    by petdec Written Aug 4, 2005

    The Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, is something else. Historically ,it wasa passenger for cruise ships in the early years of last century.It was where a lot of the troops left for the infamous battles of World War 1 and also where a lot of our migrants after the Second World War had their first landing in Australia.After a lot of demo's and protest it has been restored and is now a heritage item
    A walk through and around it is really worth while.
    The street front has been turne into a luxury hotel calledThe W.
    The public areas are worth touring .They have maintained the atmosphere of an old working wharf and yet made it into a very stylish and elegant hotel.
    Half way along ,you go down onto the wharf itself as the second half ,(the harbour end) is all very luxurious apartments.Think Hollywood Stars etc.
    You can walk along to the end of the wharf passed some fabulous yachts and cruisers and the gardens of the apartments.You can then throw a line off the end of the wharf and catch a fish.I love Sydney's egalitarianism, even millionaires cant forbid public access.
    Coming back along the wharf there are several excellent restaurants where the beautiful people love to be seen.
    Across the road is The Woolloomooloo Bay Pub. They serve wonderful beer battered Fish and Chips for a very reasonble price.
    100 mtres along the road is Harry's Cafe de Wheels,a real Sydney institution.
    After lunch a walk around the restoration of old Woolloomooloo is again well worth it. The central area is all public housing,carefully restored, keeping its Victorian character, after many violent protests from developers in the 1970's
    This is surrounded by very expensive private property.Woolloomooloo is well worth exploring.

    The Finger Wharf
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