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    Sydney Tower Another Famous Sydney Landmark

    by Drever Written Apr 17, 2014

    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.

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    VC Rest stops on Hume Highway

    by wise23girl Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    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 but

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    Market City

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    Market City is a big shopping mall in the Haymarket area above the Paddy's Market. There are tons of stores to chose from as well as a sprawling food court. There are several nice shops here but if you are looking for cheap souvenir items you will do better downstairs at the Paddy's Market.

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    Kirribilli House

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 13, 2013

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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.

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    Angled Wheels of Fortune

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 1, 2013

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    While wandering Fitzroy Gardens we came upon the sculpture titled, Angled Wheels of Fortune. The sculpture was created by Dennis Wolanski and unveiled in 1988 according to the plaque. There is no decriptor explaining the meaning behind the sculpture so it was open for interpretation.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by shavy Written Jun 14, 2013

    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

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    Macquarie's Obelisk

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 26, 2013

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    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

    Principal Roads
    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

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    Open air cinema

    by golfeiros Written Feb 7, 2013

    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!

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    Islay Statue

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    Right outside of the QVB is the Islay statue. Islay was the favorite pet of Queen Victoria and is positioned as if he was begging, facing towards the Queen's statue. The statue is perched atop a wishing well. The real life Islay only lived to be five after dying from a fight with a Cat. It's a nice statue and usually draws attention from children in particular.

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    NSW Wine Festival: Sydney Cellar Door

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    During our last visit to Sydney; the NSW Wine Festival was on in Hyde Park(February 26th & Feb 27th 2012.) The Wine Festival was incredible with over ninety wineries serving samples from various regions. The festival was set up with vendors by region. Each vendor had their selection of wines listed at the booth along with information about the vineyard. The deal was purchase a tasting package. Each package included plastic wine glasses and drink coupons. Each vendor had wines listed at their booth with a coupon value for a half glass or a full glass.

    There were plenty of tables and spots to sit and enjoy some of these delcious wine. We primarily stood about talking about our wine selctions and listening to the free bands playing in the background. I was amazed at the selections of wine and how good they were. I had an incredible red sparkling wine that I loved. My wife found a pink sparkling that she loved so much she went back for seconds. We enjoyed both days of the festival with our friends Jackie, Gavin, Dazza and Laura getting our wine on.

    Along with the vast amount of wine vendore there were also food vendors selling some really tasty food such as salt & pepper calamari, asian noodles, pizza, ice cream and pasta. Afterall got to eat something with all that alcohol.

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  • Sydney Ferries

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    Consider the ferries on a Sunday. There is a fabulous perk for families where you are allowed to travel on all state rail, buses and ferries on a Sunday for $2.50 per family member. We often catch the ferries from Manly to Circular Quay or out to Watson's Bay for Fish and Chips on a Sunday. Catching the ferries within the harbour are a great way to see Sydney. We will often just catch the ferries from Circular Quay ~ Milson's Point (Luna Park) ~ King Street Wharf for the Aquarium. It is just stunning on a Sunny day, but also just fun whatever the weather.

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    Climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge!!!

    by lindyz Written Jul 19, 2012

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    This was something Id always told myself I could NOT do, due to my immense fear of heights. However, in challenging times, I thought it was time to challenge myself AND I DID AND I WON!!!! Bridgeclimb tickets were bought for myself, my daughter Georgia and her boyfriend Charlie and off we went, in late December. I decided to book it asap ande before Georgia turned 16, to cash in on only paying for her as a child, as the price increased to adult pricing once she turned 16 haha!!!

    It would be fair to say this was an amazing day and something I would urge everyone to do, not only visitors but also people living in and close to Sydney. It was not a cheap activity but it is worth every single cent.

    Details coming soon on pricing etc and websites, as its packed away somewhere in a box (im in the middle of moving!)

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    Sydney Observatory

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    The city lights of Sydney have long spoiled the night view upward. Sitting on a hill overlooking both harbour bridge and Darling Harbor, the main view is downward and around. There is also a history and astronomy museum inside the same building.

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    HMB (Bark) Endeavour

    by sirgaw Written Apr 25, 2012

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    Although this tip has been placed on my Sydney page, my visit to the ship was in Melbourne. The HMB Endeavour is based in Sydney and is part of the excellent Australian National Maritime Museum. The ship is regularly ‘on a voyage’ as it was in April 2012 and Melbourne was just one of the many stops in the modern day 13 month circumnavigation of Australia from April 2011 to May 2012. Strongly suggest you consult official web site prior to visiting as ship may not be in port – however the Australian National Maritime Museum and the other ships in ‘port’ are well-worth visiting
    HM Bark Endeavour is a replica of the ship as sailed on James Cook’s first major voyage 1769 – 1771 and was built in Freemantle, Western Australia, and launched in 1993 and since she was launched has probably covered more distance than the original Endeavour. The replica has sailed around the world twice as well as numerous other voyages.

    The tour of the replica starts on the main deck and then down into the mess deck area including ‘kitchen.’ Sailors’ hammocks are on display. Tour then goes into crawl/crouch mode (chiropractors visit should be included in tour) to arrive at the more salubrious accommodation area for the midshipmen and officers cabins and mess area. Tour proceeded into the marines, servants and young boys’ area before proceeding up a short staircase to the Officers Mess and Gentlemen’s quarters (Joseph Banks paid £10,000 for his passage on board the original Endeavour – estimated to be worth $A20 Million in today’s currency) and then into ‘The Great Cabin’ where replicas of charts made by Lt James Cook are on display on the magnificent oak table. There is a representative display of plants awaiting Mr Banks inspection.

    The tour concluded on The Quarter Deck where the ships wheel and other sailing ship requirements are visible. We learnt that there are 29 kilometres of rope used onboard Endeavour and the ship is a fine example of modern crafts used to construct a ship from the 18th century. It is well worth visiting in Sydney or any port where the ship berths.

    Below is a few of the many web links for further reading/research.

    Wikipedia Article - European exploration of Australia
    Wikipedia Article - HM Bark Endeavour Replica

    Additional photo on tip Australian National Maritime Museum

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    Sydney Cricket Ground

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    During our visit to Sydney in Feb/March 2012; we we fortunate to watch a cricket game here(my first live crisket match). It was Australia vs. India; Australia kicked butt and won. The thing that amazed me the most was how distracting the view of the city skyline is from the stands. From where we were seated; we had a perfect view of the Sydney skyline...amazing.

    The Sydney Cricket Ground is a sports complex that is used for Australian football, Test cricket, One Day International cricket, some rugby league football and rugby union matches and is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League.

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