State of New South Wales Things to Do

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State of New South Wales Things to Do

  • Darling Harbour

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    We had just finished exploring China Town and decided to walk with no agenda since we enjoy doing in many cities we visit. Located in Darling Harbour was the Outback Center promoting Outback Australia and Aboriginal Culture. The center has a wide range of outback and aborigal art for sale. The part I enjoyed most was their "Sounds of the...

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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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  • Courthouse

    Goulburn Things to Do

    Looking at this magnificent Victorian Italianate Goulburn Courthouse brought back to my mind some of the grand colonial buildings of India. I certainly hadn’t anticipated seeing such a structure here in what I might unfairly call sleepy old Goulburn. Since Goulburn was the largest town in the district, this court house (the towns fourth and opened...

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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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  • Bundeena

    Royal National Park Things to Do

    It was Old Man Banksia who led me through the Old Ways. The Dharawal People have long since been hunted from their homeland; I think their tribe may even be extinct now. But if you follow the Old Man Banksia through the forest path that leads from the pretty harbour of Bundeena and skirt the tacky attempts at tourism, you will sense being part of...

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  • Sydney Opera House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    What can I say about Sydney Opera House that has not yet been said? Not much. This beautiful white structre will just blow your mind away. The Opera House's roof is comprised of 10 sails and is home to the Sydney Symphony. If you want to explore the interior, you can join a tour. We decided to explore the exterior of the Opera House and pass up...

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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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  • Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Things to Do

    One of the most recognizable sites in all of Sydney, nothing can actually prepare you for the size and beauty of the bridge. There are pedastrian and cycle paths and for those on the adventurous side, take a shot at the BridgeClimb.

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  • Taronga Zoo

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in Sydney. The best way to get there is by ferry from Circular Quay. Once you arrive at the ferry landing on Mosma, take the tram up to the Zoo. You get a bird's eye view of the park and of Sydney Harbor. I must say I was a bit disappointed with the Zoo. It was undergoing major...

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  • Rocks

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum". The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has...

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  • Queen Victoria Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    When the owners of one of Sydney’s most beautiful buildings, the Queen Victoria Building, decided to renovate it in the mid 1980s they sought a suitable statue to place at the main entrance. What could fit the bill better than a statue of Queen Victoria herself? Well nothing, so the owners scoured numerous ex British colonies and overseas...

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  • Circular Quay

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Circular Quay is like a transporation hub of sorts. Here is where you can board a ferry to many of the tourist attractions located throughout the city. Circular Quay was also the location for the exhibit of the UNICEF Buddy Bears. Thre is always something going on at Circular Quay.

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  • Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Through a combination of cloud murals/etchings and thirty hanging silver spirit figures artist Jason Wing, of Aboriginal and Chinese descent, made a stunning transformation of the 200 metres long Kimber Lane in Chinatown, in 2013. Lying, as it does, at the rear of and between two blocks of mainly restaurants I had (before the transformation) become...

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  • AMP Centre Point Tower

    Sydney Things to Do

    Take a ride to the top of Sydney Tower and photograph the many panoramic views from up here. On a clear day you can see as far as Botany Bay to the North Shore and the Blue Mountains. With revolving restaurants and a coffe shoppe you are sure to get some fantastic views of the City of Sydney. There is a 162,000-litre tank above the observation deck...

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  • Skyline of Sydney

    Sydney Things to Do

    One of the most spectacular things about Syndey is its Skyline. While on a ferry to any of the outer islands, you'll be graced with these spectacular views. I snapped this pic on our way to Manly one bright beautiful day. That is what makes Sydney so special, the weather is almost always fantastic and the sky is so blue and the clouds so white.

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  • Bondi Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    The beaches of Sydney are world class. Why not make a day of hanging out at one of the many beaches located here in Sydney? I loved Manly Beach. We spent a nice leisurely day here. The water was a bit rough and it was chilly out but that stop many of the beachgoers from enjoying a beautiful day at the beach.

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  • Hyde Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Not much is told about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who fought side by side with other Australians during the wars. But this new military Memorial is built to recognize their contribution and to those who died. The terrible and sad truth is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were not counted as citizens and did not have a right...

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  • Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Sydney Aquarium is another highlight when you start exploring all of the great sights in and around Darling Harbour. As one of the first animals that you will see there is the Platypus / Schnabeltier (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), a mammal that is laying eggs and it is endemic to Tasmania and eastern Australia. And this is what you can read about...

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  • Luna Park

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney's Luna Park may not have quite the same history as Melbourne's in St Kilda, but it does have one hell of a location. Situated at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge across the water from the Sydney Opera House and the Central Business District, it has some of the best views in the city. It's also just as well loved as Melbourne's old lady,...

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  • Jenolan Caves

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Kings Cross

    3 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Sydney Harbour

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    I love sunset. IMHO, there isn't anything quite as beautiful as a sunset. And while in Sydney you'll be amazed at how romantic and exhilirating a sunset can be. While out on a day trip make sure to coincide your timing to capture nature at its most beautiful.

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Sydney Things to Do

    Located behind the Opera house the Botanic Gardens & Domain was a fantastic treat! With great views of the Opera House and a jogging path this park is a wonderful location to just explore and get lost in. The gardens are jammed packed with rare and exotic plants and flowers. Some of the more rarer plants can be found behind metal fences to keep...

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  • Saint Mary Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Located across from Hyde Park is St. Mary's Cathedral, an imposing gothic structure which was built after the one that first stood here was destroyed by a fire. It's a beautiful building made of the yellow-block sandstone which the city of Sydney is built of. The cathedral is an excellent example of an English-style gothic church and is the center...

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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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  • Manly Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Of all the beaches I visited in Sydney, Manly had the biggest waves by far - and the most surfers. It faces east and opens up directly onto the Pacific Ocean, with little to protect it from the waves that crash in from South America. You might almost describe the surfers who brave these waves as manly, and without pun or irony as the beach is named...

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  • Chinese Garden of Friendship

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Chinese Garden offer a rare opportunity here in Australia to experience a century old tradition of Chinese landscaping, garden design and architecture. The Gardens feature waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests which make this type of gardening unique. There is a tea house where you can have the opportunity to dress up with ancient Chinese...

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  • Palm Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Many tourists come to sydney and are told to see Bondi beach. This is a trick, Australians keep our own favourite places a secret. I guess the secrets out now lol. Palm beach AKA summer bay (home & away) is a beautiful secluded beach where a small house might cost over 10 million dollars each. Also the Australian drama ''Home and away'' is filmed....

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  • Paddy's Market

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Paddy's is a large very popular market alongside Chinatown, the oldest market in Australia dating back to the early days of white settlement. Stalls sell inexpensive clothing, giftware, souvenirs, sunglasses, confectionary and more, and there's a very good fruit, vegetable and seafood section. Even if you don't buy anything it's an interesting...

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  • Martin Place

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Besides statues of Australian (aka British) Royals (plus their pets - a dog called Islay) and late 19th century English males, who played key roles in the establishment of the colony of New south Wales and modern day Australia, there is not much in the way of statutory adorning the streets of Sydney. One exception to this is this statue of Athena...

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  • Australian Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    We got off at the Australian Museum stop about 3:30. I had not really intended to visit this museum but we had ridden the Hop On Hop Off bus most of the afternoon and I thought we could stop here and then get back on the bus and get back to the hotel and finish up the next day. I also thought my granddaughter would be interested in the aboriginal...

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  • Olympic Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • National Maritime Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    James Craig James Craig is a traditional three-mast sailingship that was built in England in 1874. The hull is made of iron and it was on service for transportations from England to overseas places around the world like Australia, New Zealand & the Americas. The James Craig was sailing around Cape Horn 23 times, before it was damaged in 1932....

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  • Sydney Royal Botanic Garden

    Sydney Things to Do

    It's hard to imagine a more picturesque location for a park or gardens anywhere in the world. Stretching out east from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera house, the gardens are a swathe of green over the berms and coves of a once barren patch of scrub. It's a vast space, almost as big as the Central Business District itself, and easy to get lost...

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  • MacQuarie Place

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Mrs Macquaire Chair

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens were my first highlight, when I took my very first walk across the centre of town, as it was quite easy to reach from my hotel (Challis Lodge) in a short walk through some sidestreets. The Royal Botanic Gardens are a great place to relax and to learn about exotic plants and animals and for the first...

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  • Hunter Valley and Newcastle Area

    Sydney Things to Do

    To visit Australia and not see any of the wineries would be a shame! Especially so if you happen to enjoy good wine. We were lucky to be taken to Hunter Valley by a lovely local couple, so we could see exactly what WE wished to see. Once off the highway there were multiple local roads with signposts directing to so many vineyards. Peaceful...

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  • Coogee Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Sydney has many excellent and famous beaches, and after a while one amazing beach can look much like another, but for me Coogee Beach stands out by being a bit of a Goldilocks. It's not too big, nor too small, not too busy, nor too quiet, not too wide, nor too narrow, the waves are big, but not so big as to knock you off your feet. Everyone heads...

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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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Woolloomooloo Wharf

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Art Gallery of New South Wales The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a great museum next to the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney and you will find all kinds of works of art there, but mainly it is a collection of australian artists from the early times of settlements till the 21th century. The museum was opened in 1885, it was built in classical...

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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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