Unique Places in Sydney

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    Fire Department of N.S.W.

    by keida84 Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Well, I could not go all the way to Australia and not check out those Aussie fire fighters!!

    They had the engine bay door open when I "happened" by. I snap a quick picture of the rig (engine) and was going on my merry way when one very cute fire guy poked his head out and said, "G'Day". Acccck, I have to talk now and be coherent?

    Well I told him I was from the states and what I used to do with our local fire department. He offered me a tour of the station and then *RRIINNGG" the fire alarm went off and they had to go.

    Rats! I was this close to scoring a N.S.W. firefighter T-shirt!!

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    Looking AT (instead of FROM) MacQuarie's Chair

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    One of the most famous and advertised views of Sydney can be had from "Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair". (See my separate "to do" tip on the subject) Millions of tourists have snapped photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as viewed from the chair.

    But, what about the scene from the other side of the looking glass? The accompanying photo shows the pleasing greenery of Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair/Point, as photographed from the edge of the Sydney Opera House.

    So, going Humphrey Bogart on Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair, "here's looking at you, kid".

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    City to Surf Run

    by Sweetberry1 Written Aug 24, 2003

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    The Annual 'City to Surf Fun Run' was held this past week. A record breaking 65,000 runners ran the race from College Street in the city, to Bondi Beach.
    What a shame I left just a few days before this fantastic event...
    Would have been fun to watch.. lol..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Carrington Street - TTC

    by Rachelynn Written Dec 1, 2004

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    I was suffering from my craving for the Hillwood Strawberry Wine, so i decided to ring them up from Sydney and asked whether i could dig out any wine shops selling it. Bingo! There's a Tasmanian Travel Center at Carrington Street and they sell Tasmania goodies!!

    I bought 3 bottles and finished them within 2 days.

    So if you are at Sydney, you can pop by this friendly tassie shop to take a look! The shop staff are very friendly. =)

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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.

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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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    Rushcuttersbay park

    by mario_spring_83 Written Mar 27, 2005

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    This is a nice park that lays on a beautyful bay behind the neighbourhood of Kings Cross.
    The park, tough not very big, is perfect for jogging or play football or rugby (there are open fields to play).
    Beautyful view aver the hundreds of little boats that are parked in the bay in front of the park!
    In few words enjoyable at all!

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  • Bowling for fun

    by scsteven Written Nov 2, 2004

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    When most people thinkk of Bowls, they probarbly think of a sport played by people over the age of seventy. For a totally new bowling experience try the Paddington Bowling club in Sydney. The crowd is young and flash, the alcohol flows and while the game is important the main emphasis is on having a cracking time. There is a barbecue running for your typical Aussie tucker, which also helps in soaking up the alcohol. Then when the light starts to fade the bowls get packed away and out come the decks and then the party really starts to kick.

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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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    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.

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