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Sydney is not known for being one of the shopping meccas of the world, but when travelling one sometimes needs to buy things. The most common shopping centres in Sydney are knowns a "westfields" which usually contain supermarkets, department stores, clothing and many ohter types of shops.
Major "Westfields" are located in Pitt st mall (but it does not have mainstream grocery of department stores - eg Coles or Big W). Bondi Junction and Paramatta plus many other suburbs.Related to:
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Coffee in Victoria st.
Victoria st is another café/eatery destination in the nightlife area.At one end is the St Vincent public and private hospitals and research centres,at the other end is Kings Cross.So walking along you can try places like Best Thai,Una's,Tropicanna and the iconic Coluzzi Bar for coffee.
Trendy cafes and bars in Crown st
A short walk from central Sydney is Crown st which runs between William st in Darlinghurst to Cleveland st in Surry Hills.There are many small trendy bars and cafes along this street and this is a pleasant walk to find a place to have your coffee.There is a small market next to the Clock tower Hotel on saturday mornings.
Known as the Hyde Park barracks.Once used as housing for convicts,an asylum, and also a shelter for women,this museum is an interesting place where you can learn of Sydney's convict settlement past.There is also a small café outside for coffee etc.Related to:
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The Dymocks Building & the Block
The Dymocks Building is another great sight of Victorian Architecture right in the very centre of Sydney. Dymocks is a chain of bookshops that was founded in 1879 and they have nowadays around 65 bookshops all over Australia. I really enjoyed taking a look around for the great details and its unique character in architecture and the exquisite mosaiques on the floor.Related to:
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What have they done to your Monorail, Sydney ????
What a shame the Monorail does not exist anymore !!!
It was built in 1988 and first it was called TNT Harbourlink, lateron: Metro Monorail and as I read now it went out of service in June 30th, 2013 in order to build another convention-centre there !
The Sydney Monorail was mainly a way of transport for tourists, who wanted to enjoy a great view from above over Darling Harbour and some parts of the towncentre as well.
Somewhere I have read that the Monorail was a " public transport ride without a purpose "
I enjoyed my rides anyway and I also think that it fitted perfectly into the scenery of the cityRelated to:
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Sydney Royal Easter Show - Animal Farm
This is a must for for anyone with small children. It opens at 9.30 am, but by 9am there is already a queue 50m long. The baby animal farm allows children to interact with and feed farm animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, horses, cows, donkeys. The smaller animals such as full grown chickens, goats, sheep are allowed to roam in a large open area where the children can pat and feed them. There learn pretty quickly who has the food. Larger animals such as the cows,horses and donkeys are kept in pens to keep both them and the children safe. Baby chickens and ducks are also in small enclosures.
My daughter ablsolutely loved this experience - her favourite was the baby chickens.
Food for the animals is $1Related to:
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Sydney Royal Easter Show
As a child my family would travel down from the country just to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It was the most exciting thing in the world. I remember holding tightly onto my uncles hand as we made our way through the crowds of people, the excitiment of getting a show bag, staying up late to watch the exhibitions in the arena and the night ending in a burst of fire works.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show, is an annual show held in Sydney, Australia over two weeks around Easter. It is run by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and was first held in 1823.The Show is historically an event where "city meets country" and the rural industries of Australia can be shown and celebrated once a year.
The Show comprises an agricultural show, an amusement park and a fair and combines the elements of each, showcasing the judging of livestock and produce. This comprehensive fair has many competitions including arts and crafts, photography and cookery, as well as tests of strength and skill such as wood chopping. The Show also has shopping, restaurants, commercial stands and exhibits, a horticultural display, dog show and cat show, and stage and arena shows. The Show currently attracts one million people per year.
As an adult it is not quite as exciting, but there ares till a lot of interesting things to see and do and a lot of fun to be had. It has moved form its orignal home in Moore park to the bigger, better equiped location at olympic park. This year I had the opportunity to take my daughter for the first time and although she is only young seeing the excitment on her face as she saw new things for the first time was worth it.
I am slanting my reivews and tips towards activites and advice for those with young children.
I was able to attend the event for free using my Virtual Tourist blogger pass - many thanks to the Sydney Royal Easter SHow and VT for the opportunity.Related to:
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Sydney Tower Another Famous Sydney Landmark
The tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere Sydney Tower is hard to miss - it resembles a giant steel pole skewering a golden marshmallow. We decided to see what it offered during our brief stay in Sydney. The tower (built 1970-1981) stands 309m high and on clear days the views from the 250-metre observation floor aided by free use of high-powered binoculars allows views over and area extending far beyond Sydney.
The windows stretch from floor to ceiling and slope inwards thus allowing a view straight down. The view is 360 degrees but because of other buildings being in the way the Opera House isn’t visible! Nevertheless the view is breathtaking and you can see for miles.
The harbour,to the north and east can be seen with the buildings lining its quays and the mix of yachts, other sailing craft and powered craft on the water. Manly appears in the further distance. The Harbour Bridge is also just visible past buildings in the view north. Looking South you can see as far as Botany Bay whose failure as a convict settlement led to the establishment of Sydney. The view to the west stretches as far as Paramatta and shows how far the conurbation has sprawled. To the north west the hazy Blue Mountains appear.
Short of taking a scenic flight, a visit to the top of this 1,000-foot golden-turret-topped spike is the best way to see Sydney's spectacular layout. Views from its observation deck encompass the entire Sydney metropolitan area of more than 1,560 square km (600 square miles).
The ticket price includes admission to OzTrek, where seat belts prevent visitors falling-out of their seats as the moving chairs jerk around in front of a 180-degree screen. Personally I didn’t find this a very comfortable experience. On this simulator ride, you white water raft in Queensland, climb Ayers Rock, and have a close meeting with a salt-water crocodile. It's a quick way of getting around - kids love it!
Following this other displays make use of holograms of real people to take visitors to other parts of Australia. By the end of OzTrek the visitor really has trekked over much of Australia while remaining seated.
Don't be too concerned if you feel the building tremble slightly, especially in a stiff breeze - it's natural. The tower is one of the safest constructions in the world and could withstand earthquakes and extreme wind conditions.
Although we didn’t try it I imagine the real adrenaline rush comes from SkyWalk, a guided walk outside and around the golden turret some 880 feet above the city. Harness lines attach walkers to the tower's superstructure and to keep them warm they wear special all-weather suits.
For those who work up an appetite, the building houses two restaurants in the turret. Personally I think holding the contents of my stomach if I tried a Skywalk might be my main concern.
The Sydney Tower is probably as famous a landmark in Sydney as the bridge and the opera house! Sitting on top of the Westfield Centrepoint shopping complex and reaching quite literally for the skies, it is visible right across the city and for miles beyond.Related to:
VC Rest stops on Hume Highway
Follow this link you will read about The Victoria Cross Resting Places . These resting places are on the Hume and Barton Highways between Canberra and Sydney. These are where travellers need to break their journey and relax for a while.
From Wikipedia here is the significance of The Victoria Cross
"The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories. It takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to civilians under military command. The VC is usually presented to the recipient or to their next of kin by the British monarch at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace."
Victoria Cross Rest Areas
John Edmondson VC Rest Area - Roses Lagoon
Arthur Gurney VC Rest Area - Lake George North
Bruce Kingsbury VC Rest Area - Penrose State Forrest
John French VC Rest Area - Yarra Interchange
William Kibby VC Rest Area - Near Yarra Interchange
Percival Gratwick VC Rest Area - Collector
Rawdon Middleton RAAF VC Rest Area - Gundaroo Turnoff
William Newton RAAF VC Rest Area - Gundaroo Turnoff
Albert Chowne VC Rest Area - Marulen
Kevin Wheatley VC Rest Area - Lake George
Peter Badcoe VC Rest Area - Lake George
Charles Anderson VC Rest Area - Geary's Gap
Thomas Derrick VC Rest Area - Towrang Creek
Hughie Edwards VC Memorial Park - Federal Highway ACT
John Mackey VC Rest Area - Illawarra Highway Junction
James Gordon VC Rest Area - Belanglo
Richard Kelliher VC Memorial Park - Campbell ACT
Reginald Rattey VC Memorial Park - Campbell ACT
Frank Partridge VC Rest Area- Menangle
Ray Simpson VC Memorial Park - Campbell ACT
Leslie Starcevich VC Memorial Park - Campbell ACT
Sir Roden Cutler VC Rest Area - Prestons
Edward Kenna VC Rest Area – Pheasants Nest
For the future
Mark Donaldson VC Rest Area
Keith Payne VC Rest Area
Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC Rest Area
Daniel Keighran VC Rest Area
This is not a review on its own but a link as the information does not apply to a particular town butRelated to:
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Let's be up front here, you're not going to get inside Kirribilli House. However, when your ferry leaves Circular Quay, it's almost right there straight across the Harbour.
Built in 1854 by Adolphus Frederick Feez (now there's a name), a wealthy merchant, Kirribilli is a twin gabled Gothic style house. The property went through many private hands after Feez sold it in 1858 and it was purchased by Arthur Wigram Allen in 1919. Allen planned to subdivide the land but, after much public agitation, William Morris Hughes, the Prime Minister of the day, acquired the property for the Commonwealth Government in 1920. Arthur Allen therefore became the last private owner of Kirribilli House and a writing box previously owned by him is on loan by The Australiana Fund to the house.
Due to its proximity to Admiralty House, Kirribilli House was used by staff of the Governor-General until 1930 after which it was leased to various tenants.
In 1956 Kirribilli House was set aside for overseas guests of the Commonwealth and for use by the Prime Minister. Since then successive Prime Ministers have used it as their Sydney residence.
Among the artworks on loan to Kirribilli House by The Australiana Fund, are objects with themes of Australian flora and fauna, exploration and immigration. Works by Australian craftsmen or with Prime ministerial provenance have been acquired by The Australiana Fund for placement within the house.Related to:
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Sydney Opera House
Is a city where leisure form of art exalted. Sydney symbol of course the famous "Sydney Opera House" building. This ultra-modern art and theater, probably the biggest tourist attraction in City.The Opera House was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is open to visitors of performances now a days also for tours. When you book a tour at the Opera House, you get a discount on performances. Also you can use your ticket for less expensive lunch at the cafe inside the Opera House. Besides of the famous Sydney Opera House, there are two other tourist highlights.
Harbor Bridge and the Botanic Garden. The Harbor Bridge is the gateway to the center of Sydney and is the main steel arch bridge in the world will include a stunning city skyline. You can climbing the bridge, where you have a beautiful view over the city and the harbor Bridge Climb takes about 3 hour
The Botanic Gardens are on the other side of the Opera House and create a tropical atmosphere in the city. Highlights of the gardens is the flying foxes hanging around on the head on the trees. In the Gardens you will also sometimes find cockatoos and ibises, beware, they steal food. Tropical trees, plants, flowers and fountains create a very relaxed atmosphere
Macquarie's Obelisk is a sandstone obelisk that stands in Macquarie Place. This stone obeslisk Obelisk, marks the oldest milestone for measuring roads. The stone has seen better days and I wish they would clean it up a bit, it looks so dingy and sad.
The inscription reads:
This Obelisk was erected in Macquarie Place A.D. 1818
To record that all thePublic Roads
Leading to the interior of the Colony are measured from it.
L. Macquarie Esq Governor
Distance from Sydneyto Bathurst } 157m
From Sydney to Windsor 35 D
to Paramatta 15 1/2
to Liverpool 20
to Macquarie Tower
at the south head } 7
To the North Head
of Botany Bay } 14
Open air cinema
Sydney offers you a lot of attractions. One of these is held during the Sydney Summer Festival - the St. George Open air Cinema. It’s perfectly located at Farm Cove’s waterfront on Sydney Harbour, close to Mrs Macquaries Chair. You only get access by special invitation.
I was the lucky winner of OISE School’s writing competition, because nobody else entered it was like a free lunch.
To get there I crossed Royal Botanic Garden and entered over a red carpet. The scenery was amazing. The Entrance was glamorously situated in a beautiful surrounding and a sense of new cut flowers stroked my nose. The atmosphere compared easily with Cannes. Beautifully dressed up people were strutting around. My eyes wandered round and about. I was wondering how I could claim a free chair like the rest of the crowd. A few gorgeous young ladies from the cinema were ready to assist. They reserved me a chair in the middle of the audience in front of the screen. So I had time to get a lovely ‘Pure Blond’ schooner.
Meanwhile, the sunset turned the Sydney skyline into an unforgettable visual feast. I had seen the movie before in my home country, but I was bewildered about the flying foxes and their astounding noise, which happily didn’t ruin this beautiful evening.
I left when the fat lady sang!Related to:
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