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Relax and watch the Harbour
While Georgia was doing her ballet exam in Darlinghurst Frank and I just went for a little drive, in and around the Harbour at Edgecliff/Rushcutters Bay and discovered beautiful views of the water, the suburbs and Sydney, and we then ended up at Kings Cross!
These pics are all taken from Rushcutters Bay forshore, a rather elite water suburb of Sydney.
Fort Denison is right in SYdney Harbor on a tiny little island that is slowly wearing away. It was first used as a place to confine prisioners and inflict punishment. in the 1800's the fort was built to protect Sydney Harbor. The problem with the construction is that the cannons are too big and the windows too small. Fortunately for the people of Sydney they never really need to use this as a military defense. The cannons were fired before but without hitting their target.
Fort Denison is a tourist draw with tours daily by the National Park Service of Sydny Harbour.
Sydney Harbour is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Those who come to see it will understand why. The 240 kilometres of shoreline encompass approximately 54 square kilometres of water, which translates to an enormous area for exploration and discovery.
On a warm sunny day, the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, cruise boats and ferries.
The best way of seeing the harbour is to be on it and that's easy to do. Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Treat yourself to a Hotel on the Harbour
Probably the nicest Hotel we have stayed at in Sydney, and certainly the one with the best views, was the Sydney Harbour Marriott, I think it is in Pitt Street.
Frank and I treated ourself a few years ago to a weekend in Sydney and for a change we chose up-market accommodation. We requested a high floor, however usually that request gets us about level 1 or 2. This time we were right up the top and we were thrilled with the views! We could see every sail on the Opera House, plus the Harbour Bridge and the whole city - it was fantastic. We spent a lot of time just sitting and gazing out of the window. I just love to watch the world go by - whether I am actually on street level or looking out from the 15th floor - I just find it simply fascinating.
So ... as I said, spoil yourself with a bit of Harbour Luxury and chose to stay somewhere close to the Harbour and where the action is! The Marriott is the white building you can see in the second photo, and this pic was taken from the same spot that the photo of me is from in front of the opera house. It is a lovely relaxing walk starting from underneath the bridge, along the foreshore, past Circular Quay, along the Promenade and then finishing up at Mrs. Macquaries Chair. This walk could take you anything from 1-4 hours and is an easy walk as well, with all flat ground.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of Sydney's iconic landmarks. You can drive across it, go across it on a train, walk across it, walk to the top of it, go underneath it on a boat, fly over it in a plane, or even drive underneath it, under the water on the harbour tunnell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oz Jet Boat Ride
On a whim, while wandering around the harbour area New Year's Eve Day, we decided it might be fun to take a jet boat ride about the harbour. It just so happened we came across the Oz Jet Boats as they were about to send out their last ride for the day, as the area was about to be closed off for NYE, and we were the last 2 to get on board.
The ride takes you all over the harbour, clear out to the ocean, whipping around in quick 270 degree turns, stopping suddenly to insure waves wash over all. You do have the option of wearing a raincoat-type covering, but no one in our boat had opted for one, so we surely couldn't!
You zip around for about 30 minutes, and it was great fun -- at a cost of AU$60 per person; however, we had a coupon for 25% off, which is why we did it. A big tip for all arriving by air -- make sure to go thru the flyers at the terminal. We got a "Welcome to Sydney" booklet that had all kinds of useful coupons, this being one of them.
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Go West on a ferry
Well, we all know taking the beautiful ferry trip to Manly is a "must do". Well, for a more interesting ferry trip, Go West! Take the RiverCat from Circular Quay, and go all the way to Meadowbank or Parramatta.
The reason I mentioned it being "more interesting" is because it will take you through the very heart of the metropolitan area. It also would pass more closely to the coast than the ferry to Manly.
The ferry will pass underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it will detour via Darling Harbour (depending on the ferry you board), pass close by Luna Park so you may have a good close up of the smiling face, and pass through many more suburbs like Cockatoo Island, Woolwich, Drummoyne, Chiswick, Abbotsford and Cabarita. The ferry also passes underneath more bridges, such as the Gladesville Bridge.
If you don't want to travel all the way to Meadowbank or Paramatta, or you want to make a "pit-stop" for an hour or two, a stop at Cabarita will be nice to enjoy the park in a non-touristy place. Just take some food/drinks with you before you board the ferry.
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best way to see the beauty of the harbour is to take the ferries. Just buy a couple of tickets and take the ferries to any direction you want and take lots of pictures. taking ferries is much cheaper than the harbour cruises. Lots of nice picturesque sceenes both night and day.
Parks of Sydney
As with most large Australian cities, Sydney is home to a number of lovely parks and green spaces.
THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS & DOMAIN
I must confess that I did not explore the grounds fully and properly as I was on my way to the Art Gallery. But if the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne is an indication, then I think its counterpart in Sydney surely wouldn't disappoint.
Looking up the Lonely Planet, the guidebook describes it as a great picnic spot, is one of the best places to catch views of Sydney Harbour and home to exhibits and glasshouses.
Hyde Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London and is located on the eastern side of the Sydney CBD. Around the rectangular park, you will locate plenty of important buildings.
The centrepiece of Hyde Park is the majestic Archibald Fountain. The fountain was designed by François Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia's contribution to the Great War in France.
At the park's southern end is the ANZAC War Memorial behind the 'Lake of Reflections' or 'Pool of Remembrance'.
The western, or Elizabeth Street side, is home to the 125 foot Obelisk decorated with Egyptian features. It was erected in 1857 and unveiled by the then Mayor, George Thornton, but the monument is actually a sewer vent, and soon the joke around town was to call it 'Thornton's Scent Bottle'.
And for folks looking for the discoverer of Australia, don't leave the park till you have come across the statue of Captain James Cook.
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Party Places and sightseeing all in one
Planning to head to Sydney Harbour for NYE? It is really pricey and needs to be booked well in advance but you can get a good look at the fireworks from the Botanical Gardens (maybe a cover on that also)or from Kings Cross from the stairs above Woolloomooloo wharf (where Russell Crowe lives)
Once again nightlife around Kings Cross is abundant and some clubs have been voted no 1 worldwide - you will see people from bands ie partying along with the rest, no cover early and drinks aren't too pricey. Piano Bar looks out over the Harbour Bridge. Darling Harbour has good clubs also. Cafe Sydney is a must to go to if you want a nice look over Luna Park and the Harbour. Georges,all the restaurants on the Wharf, many restaurants on Victoria St King Cross are also great and not too pricey depends on where you are booked but if you are sight seeing around the city, Rocks areas makes sense to stay on, eat and party in the Cross area.
TAKE A FERRY TRIP TO MANLY
A pleasant way to spend a day is to catch a ferry to Manly from #4 wharf at Circular Quay Ferry Terminal..This is a pleasant trip on the large ferry of some thirty minutes..although the smaller ferries are faster ..I suggest take the large ferry one way and return on the twin hulled (new)ferry..The fares are relatively cheap and very relaxing trip...Photo opportunities are everywhere on the trip all along the harbour,,check out the many headlands..and is a good opportunity also to take city skyline photos..Manly is a pleasant seaside beach suburb with many shops and restaurants..Stroll along the Corso (main walking Street) to the beach...the seafood here is excellent..so is the fish and chips..and take your swimmers and a towel if its a sunny day and have a swim..Manly beaches are patrolled by the S.L.S.C. (Surf Life Saving Clubs)..always bathe between the flags..for you safety..(see my Manly page) and also tips..
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HAve fun in Sydeny
Hi -Sydney is great
I visited last year and if I was you I would climb the Harbour Bridge ,it was fab .It only last a morning but it is a great experience,and I would recommend anybody to go and visit. It is better if you visit the website and pre book as it can get rather busy .To book visit : http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ . I would also deferentially go to the blue mountains they are absolutely stunning.
Romantic Overnight Yacht Stay
Well does he like water, boat, and seafood? i took my girlfriend on a overnight yacht stay on our 90 day anniversary and we both had a romantic night to remember.
The yacht was packed with seafood and we even got a complimentery bottle of champas (she doesn't drink champagne so we bought beers along also but it was certainly unusual.
I booked it on this website http://www.godo.com.au/activity/SEWH104 . I suggest organising to bring in some candles and other such to deck out the boat to make it extra special.
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ELIZABETH BAY's SOPHISTICATION,SCENIC SPOTS,etc
This place is very memorable to me as this is where I first stayed when I first visited Sydney in 1992. This harbourside suburb of Sydney is located at the eastern part of Sydney, just three kilometres from the central business district and is still under the management of Sydney Council. It has lots of scenic spots, specially those near the water- the harbour and the bay are special places as they are never crowded and the air is truly fresh here, part of the city of Sydney yet still somewhat isolated from the chaos and crowds of the big city.
Naturally, this is where the rich and famous live also and prices of homes and units are at a premium here. I was lucky enough to know someone who has a flat here which overlooks Rushcutter's Bay.; it also is yachts are docked. My friend's boat is at Rushcutter's Bay and we can see it from the balcony even!
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This impressive fort was originally used to house convicts to keep them from escaping. Most convicts in the early days could not swim and the risk of being attacked by a shark deterred prisoners from escaping.
You can take one of the two tours done daily and can be booked at the Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre.
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