State of New South Wales Things to Do

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State of New South Wales Things to Do

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Things to Do

    I went into ecstatic raptures when I saw the Opera House for the first time. It was the same reaction I had when I saw the Great Wall of China. It can't be age I'm after; I must have a thing for iconic sites. I'll need to test this out by going to the Taj Mahal and the pyramids. They are on my very long to do list. One of the great things about...

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  • Flagstaff Hill

    Wollongong Things to Do

    Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches. Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.

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  • Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculptures

    Broken Hill Things to Do

    This part of the park is where we arrived first. There was quite a good size car park, picnic amenities and free Toilets. 1st, I will tell you about the Flora. In April, there wasn't a lot in bloom, so it is best to come in Spring. I still did find some plants of interest, and I really like seeing them growing in the brightly coloured soil. Most...

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  • Barrington Tops National Park

    Gloucester Things to Do

    The scenic drive across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone forms a direct link between the Upper Hunter and the coast. It's a popular road for tourists but is also used by logging trucks transporting hardwood logs so watch out for them. It is unsealed a lot of the way as it is in national park. The mountain scenery, Beech Forests,...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about a little over an hour out of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are nestled among plateaus and some pristine rain forest. It's home to places of interest like Flat Rock, which affords excellent views of the surrounding areas of the valleys. There's also the Scenic Tram that takes you across...

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  • Darling Harbour

    Sydney Things to Do

    Darling Harbour is what was a run-down dockland area, rebuilt back in the eighties at a cost of around a billion dollars, as a major attraction. It has shops, restaurants, the Maritime Museum, an Australian wildlife park, an aquarium, the Chinese Garden, Powerhouse Museum plus the city's main exhibition centre. There's also the world's largest...

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  • Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney has become world famous for the fireworks displays centred around the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After viewing them on television for several years I finally got to see the 2014 New Years show. Initially from a friend's place adjacent to the Opera House and then from Bradfield Park at North Sydney. It's certainly something every Australian...

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  • Queen Victoria Building

    Sydney Things to Do

    When the adjacent Queen Victoria Building was being restored in the 1980s, Malaysian developers Ipoh Gardens decided that an exterior sculpture of Queen Victoria would be an appropriate addition. The hunt for a second -hand statue commenced and in the end Ireland obliged. Having found the requisite statutory something was required to cover an...

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  • Jenolan Caves

    Sydney Things to Do

    Jenolan Caves is situated in Blue mountain, about 3 hours drive from Sydney and Canberra. You can choose from the easier, less steps caves or more adventurous caves. Please check the season especially during winter, they might close it down due to the snow. Apart from the caves, they have a restaurant nearby, gifts and souvenirs shop, picnic and...

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  • The Rocks

    Sydney Things to Do

    If you like history and/or like arts and crafts, then The Rocks Markets held on Saturdays and Sundays may be the place for you. The Rocks is one of the oldest areas of Sydney (from a British settlement/colonial period point of view), with many buildings dating to the early times of the British settlement. The area has boutique stores,...

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  • Circular Quay

    Sydney Things to Do

    Located in Circular Quay by the transport hub is a map of the Sydney Cove. It's often passed by without even a glance from passersby but I always stop to look. I enjoy maps and this one has a layout of the area from the early years of the area.

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  • AMP Centre Point Tower

    Sydney Things to Do

    I have found that if there is some kind of tower that gives you a view of the city, it is a good thing to do after you are a little familiar with the city (NOT when you first get there) and when the weather is nice and clear. Also that if there is a restaurant, you can go eat in the restaurant and while the food may be more expensive, the meal...

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  • Taronga Zoo

    Sydney Things to Do

    Friday morning after the tour of Sydney, we took a ferry to the zoo. We saw a wombat nest, a Brolga (an Australian crane), and a Jabira (the only native Australian stork My grandmother said she was disappointed that the platypus house was closed that day (Friday) and she wasn't impressed by the koalas, but thought the camels and giraffes were...

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  • Chinatown

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney has an excellent Chinatown area, a short stroll from the city centre. Plenty of authentic shops and restaurants, shopping malls, food courts, bakeries and other shops selling genuine Chinese goodies. Most of the outlets are Chinese owned and operated and most of the people wandering around are Chinese so it's a genuine atmosphere. On the...

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  • Hyde Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    Hyde Park Obelisk is locate din Hyde Park at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Bathurst Street. The Obeslisk has stood in the Park since 1857 and was modeled after Cleopatra's Needle in London. The Obelisk is not mere decoration it also served as a sewer vent...pretty nasty huh.

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  • Kings Cross

    Sydney Things to Do

    The El Alamein Memorial Fountain is in the Kings Cross section of Sydney. The fountain was commissioned as a memorial to soldiers who died in 1942 during the Second World War in two battles at El Alamein, Egypt. Bob Woodward the famous Australian architect designed the fountain. The fountain looks like a large thistle with water spray forming a...

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  • Bondi Beach

    Sydney Things to Do

    Our Australian friends told us about this coastal walk. We started at Bondi. Hubbie had a quick swim, but I did not like the size of those waves. Then we walked along the coastal path to Bronte Beach. A bit calmer. We both had a swim. Then through a clifftop cemetery to Coogee Beach where we saw a shrine saying apparitions of the Virgin Mary had...

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  • Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Things to Do

    It is possible to have the most spectacular view of Sydney Harbour for free, by walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is different to climbing the arch of the bridge (which costs a lot of money and must be done in a group, and you cannot take a camera). Walking across the bridge, using the pedestrian footpath or walk way, at the same level as...

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  • Luna Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    Luna Park is a historic amusement park in Sydney that opened in 1935. he amusement park is known for it's huge smiling face at the entrance of the park. The park has a variety of rides and games for the young and old. We passed Luna Park while riding the ferries and it was visible from points in Sydney Harbour.

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  • Chinese Garden of Friendship

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Chinese Garden of Friendship, or "Chinese Gardens" for short, are located at Darling Harbour. The Gardens offer a real oasis of cool and calm in what can sometimes be a noisy city. Inside the gardens you can hardly hear the noise of the traffic. The gardens have beautiful bridges over ponds and the ponds have large carp fish swimming in them....

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  • Manly Beach

    Sydney Things to Do

    There are many reasons people go to Manly. People go there for surfing, shopping, dinning, picnic, or walk along the coast or Sydney Harbour National Park. I took a 30-minutes ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf . It was a natural beautiful scenery during the ride. This was the way to see Sydney. When I arrived Manly, I walked to the...

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  • Featherdale Wildlife Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    Featherdale is another Wildlife Park located outside of Sydney. The Park is a nice set up with different areas for Kangaroos, Koalas, reptiles, birds, native Australian animals, penguins and domestic farm animals. My Husaband and I came here as part of a tour we had purchased. Thinks went very well as we walked through the park visiting the...

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  • Australian Museum

    Sydney Things to Do

    This museum, the oldest in Australia is a museum of natural history and anthropology. Its collections cover invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mineralogy and palaeontology, and anthropology. It also provided a setting for showing and promoting indigenous arts and culture. My interest covered the latter so after a brief look at the other galleries...

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  • Saint Mary Cathedral

    Sydney Things to Do

    I love the serenity and peace of being in a church. Especailly one in a foreign country. St. Mary's Cathedral is about a 15-minute walk from the King's Cross area and near the Hyde Park Barracks. It's a huge church founded in the late 1800's. There's no photography allowed inside so out of respect I didn't take any pictures of the interior. I went...

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  • Olympic Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney's Olympic Park was one of the stops on our tour heading to the Blue Mountains. I remeber watching the 2000 Olympic Games and was happy to see the site for myself. After the Olympics the Park became a big sporting and recreation center for the people of Sydney with many sporting venues, shows and concerts being held here.

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  • Skyline of Sydney

    Sydney Things to Do

    I think one of the first things you should do when you go to Sydney is take a trip to the top... the Sydney tower. Sarah and I had done quite a bit of walking throughout the city before we ventured up to the top, and I personally would have gained alot of assistance by seeing how the city was laid out had we gone here first. As a person who likes...

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  • Aquarium

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Sydney Sea Life Aquarium at Darling Harbour has many different aquatic animals and offers different themed settings for its aquatic wildlife. For example, there is the fresh water Streams and Billabongs exhibit which, as its name suggests, features animals which live in fresh water. This includes the Platypus, a native to a very small area of...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Sydney Things to Do

    We loved the large green expanse behind the Opera House consisting of coastal walks, a botanical garden filled with exceptionally noisy fruit bats, the wide open space of the domain and Hyde Park with its cathedral, prison and monuments. You can easily spend hours here.

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  • Walking

    Sydney Things to Do

    This has to be one of the most spectacular walks in the world. You can start and finish the walk at either Coogee or Bondi and make stops along the way as you please. The walk is a combination of beaches, parks, local history and glorious scenery. Along the walk you will take in Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee Beaches, the cute little...

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  • Hunter Valley and Newcastle Area

    Sydney Things to Do

    Port Stephens is 220 kilometres from Sydney, essentially a 2.5 hours drive north from Sydney via the F3 Freeway. I came here via day tour, which is always on any day tour itinerary brochure in Sydney. It's a little pricey at almost A$150 per pax (including Hunter Valley). The blue waters of Port Stephen boast black dolphins (and humpback whales...

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  • Martin Place

    Sydney Things to Do

    My cell phone didn't work when I got to Australia. It had no signal. So we went to a phone store and they said my phone was locked. When we went to the place to unlock, it wasn't open yet. So I walked around and took photos of Martin Place until 11:00. I took photos of the Central Post Office and the Cenotaph and the Fountain and a funny round...

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  • Botany Bay National Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Banks Momuments honors Sir Joseph Banks. He voyged with Captain Cook and fellow Botanist Daniel Solander on the Endeavour. He and Daniel Solander were responsible for collecting wildlife and animal specimens along the journey. They were the first Europeans to collect and document the unique flora and fauna of Australia. The momunment also has...

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  • National Maritime Museum

    Sydney Things to Do

    Because I am particularly interested in lighthouses, I wanted to visit this museum, but we just didn't get there. This is a shame because apparently it is free on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month (excluding the public & school holidays).. The best I could do was to photograph the Cape Bowling Green lighthouse and Lightship CLS-4 Carpentaria from to...

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  • Central Coast

    Sydney Things to Do

    The NSW Central Coast is an easy day trip from Sydney, but it's far better to spend a few days there. There's plenty of accommodation and very many cafes, restaurants shops and even large shopping malls in Erina, Bateau Bay and Tuggerah. It's an area of beautiful bays & beaches and hinterland with some breathtaking views. Terrigal and The Entrance...

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  • Woolloomooloo Wharf

    Sydney Things to Do

    During our last visit in 2007 this wharf was just becoming the place to go since Russel Crowe had just bought a penthouse here. When we returned in 2010 we saw that this place was totally built up with high end bars, restaurants, pricey apartments and a boutique hotel. Large boats and pleasure vessels are docked along the wharf. There is always a...

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  • Paddy's Market

    Sydney Things to Do

    Paddy's Market is also a must go place. You will find alot of cheap stuffs and also you can get the best deal of the marcodamia nuts and also nuggets at a cheaper prices. It opens on weekend Thur,Fri, Sat, Sun from 9am to 5pm.

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  • MacQuarie Place

    Sydney Things to Do

    In 1870 Sydney acquired eight of these elaborate cast-iron canopied drinking fountains. The were chosen by Mayor Renny from an illustrated catalogue of Walter Macfarlane & Co, a prominent Scottish iron foundry. In fact, fountain Number 8 – “Price, complete, ready for fitting up, with four water supply taps, and four drinking cups, delivered in...

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  • Power House Museum

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Powerhouse Museum has a diverse collection such as science, arts, transport, space, computer technology and steam engines. The entrace fee is AUD10 and the opening time is 10am till 5pm daily. You should go there earlier as there have lots of things to see and you could be easily spending few hours there. Apart from the museum, they also have...

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  • Town Hall

    Sydney Things to Do

    Parramatta Town Hall (0608080602) Parramatta Town Hall in Parramatta, NSW, Australia - a very short 2 minute walk from Parramatta train station. The nearest road is the corner of Macquarie Street and Church Street. A further 2 minute walk west along Macquarie Street is Parramatta RSL (Venue for the Parramatta Chess Club and 2008 Australian...

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  • Fish Market

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney's Fish Market is a working market where fishermen bring their catch to sell, but it's also a great attraction for locals and tourists to visit. It's a working fishing port & wholesale fish market, but also has fresh food retail market, food and beverage outlets and even a seafood cooking school. In addition to the fish sellers there's an...

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  • Watsons Bay

    Sydney Things to Do

    I am pretty sure that in all the 26 years Ive lived here, Ive never been to The Gap, which is at Watsons Bay, South Heads. Just a very short stroll from the Watsons Bay Hotel, so we decided to go have a look after lunch. You will experience the most amazing views from here, not only coastal cliff views, but views west to Sydney skyline and north to...

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  • Palm Beach

    Sydney Things to Do

    Palm Beach is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney where they film the outdoor location for the Australian soapie "home & away" Palm Beach, then becomes "Summer Bay." Palm Beach is located at the north tip of the Sydney Northern Beaches Peninsula, 41 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. . There is a surf club on the south end of the beach and a rock...

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  • Mrs Macquaire Chair

    Sydney Things to Do

    Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a sandstone rock that is in the shape of a bench. It supposedly was carved by convicts from sandstone in 1810 for Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth. The "Chair" is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens at the end of Mrs Macquaries Road. This is a big attraction for visitors who love to get their picture standing or...

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  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Sydney Things to Do

    I've been here a few times now and I have to say there's always a lot of rubbish on show. In fact, if one was required to pay, I'd give it a miss. However, despite this, sometimes there are some real gems on display. In October, 2010 I visited and saw a display of Olegas Truchanas' slides of Lake Pedder before it was dammed (see my Tasmania pages...

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  • Fox Studios

    Sydney Things to Do

    We were lucky to live right next to Fox Studios for a few months. There's always something going on there. For movie premiere's, famous people and just good old fashioned commercialism you can't go wrong here.

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