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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney
"Explore the best of this incredible city on this private tour of Sydney. Choose between a one-on-one experience with you and your local guide or a small-group experience for you and 3 friends.After meeting your guide head off on your 4.5 hour private walking tour of Sydney. Being a private tour you have the flexibility to choose from a range of different options allowing you to tailor the tour to your preferences.Discover Sydney’s best kept secrets exploring Sydney’s hidden lane ways and backstreets while your professional guide teaches perfect for those looking to discover a little bit of Sydney’s past.Next visit one of Australia’s oldest pubs before heading towards the Observatory Hill. Along the way you’ll see the old Garrison Church before arriving at the perfect vantage point for views of Darling Harbour and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.You enjoy the incredible views from the platform on the upper level and hear about the history behind it's famous architectural design.Next wander through the stunning Botanical Gardens where you’ll see a number of Australia’s unusual native and imported plants. Here
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Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
"Start your day with hotel pickup and set off for an unforgettable Sydney morning or afternoon sightseeing tour. Your first stop of the day will be a visit to the historical Rocks precinct. Step back in time as your guide takes you down the cobble take in the magnificent views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge before heading towards the heart of Sydney's shopping as you see the QVB and Centre Point Tower.Making your way towards Paddington travel along one of Sydney's trendy new districts along Oxford Street. Spot the elegant terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival see the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte before traveling on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost) and spot the bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to the city center. Passengers can join the optional harbor lunch cruise seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels upon return (own expense). The designated harbor lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium)."
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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney
"Explore the best of this incredible city on this private tour of Sydney. Choose between a one-on-one experience with you and your local guide or a small-group experience for you and 3 friends.After meeting your guide head off on your 4.5 hour private walking tour of Sydney. Being a private tour you have the flexibility to choose from a range of different options allowing you to tailor the tour to your preferences.Discover Sydney’s best kept secrets exploring Sydney’s hidden lane ways and backstreets while your professional guide teaches perfect for those looking to discover a little bit of Sydney’s past.Next visit one of Australia’s oldest pubs before heading towards the Observatory Hill. Along the way you’ll see the old Garrison Church before arriving at the perfect vantage point for views of Darling Harbour and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.You enjoy the incredible views from the platform on the upper level and hear about the history behind it's famous architectural design.Next wander through the stunning Botanical Gardens where you’ll see a number of Australia’s unusual native and imported plants. Here
From AUD220.00

Queen Victoria Building Tips (55)

A Must Visit

The building was completed in 1898 and named the Queen Victoria Building as a monument to the long-reigning monarch.

It was in 1959 threatened with demolition, but was saved and restored thank god.

Evferyone should come and visit this treasure

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stevemt
Jul 31, 2007

QVB

Sydney had several shopping arcades, but the QVB was the most well known and for good reason. The inside of the building is several levels and absolutely beautiful. As true with most of Sydney, stores closed in the late afternoon, but the interior was open later to walk through. We also found a cafe/restaurant inside that stayed open after all the shops closed..

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lisha74
Oct 21, 2006

The QVB

Completed in 1898, the QVB is a monumental exercise in celebrating the reign of Queen Victoria. Foreward thinking, the government of the day built this concert hall (the original use) during a time of recession and in such a grand manner to purposefully employ many out-of-work skilled and semi-skilled workers (as well as labourers etc). In time, changes have been made and for a time it was the city library and the headquarters of the City of Sydney Council. Amazingly, it was slated for demolition as recent as 1959.

Nowadays, it's one of the places to shop, occupying one huge central city block and attracting all the international retailers of repute (and expense...:)). It's more a place to browse than buy (plenty of places cheaper) but certainly worth your time - and check out the toilets on the first (American 2nd) floor.

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leffe3
Aug 26, 2006

The Queen Victoria Building - Part II

The whole building is full of interesting details, some of them not so small: there are several of the world's most spectacular clocks. The Royal Clock, made in 1986, shows episodes from English history and at the other end of the building, the bigger Royal Australian Clock, made in 2000, shows episodes in Australian history.

It would be trite to say that they just don'tmake buildings like this anymore - they do. This building was largely 'remade' by the current owners and it is a god example of how commercial and retail buildings can become civc monuments and part of the very real heritage of a city.

There is actually a lot more to see, including a royal wishing well, statues, the stained glass, a disaply on the Victoria Cross medal, and there are two daily tours of the building, at 11.30 and 2.30. These would be an excellent way to discover more about one of Sydney's most graceful buildings.

mke1963
May 02, 2006
 
 
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The Queen Victoria Building - Part I

Most go there to shop; some go to eat; a few got to the Queen Victoria Building to admire the wonderful architecture, the stained glass and the genteel atmosphere of this extremely graceful building in central Sydney. The rich red sandstone facade stretches along the slope of George Street, with bright red flags fluttering in the breeze.

Inside, the polished mosaic floors and wrought iron detailing on the three floors make it a classy place, like one of those crutsy old imperial hotels. A number of restaurants and cafes make use of the wide walkways, and there is no finer place to have a bite to eat than in the dappled sunlight streaming in through the rooflights.

The Queen Victoria Building was constructed at a time of recession in Australia, so we are lucky that the building exists at all. It seems that the market and municipal officials peresevered to replace the old markets that stood here, and the George McRae gave Sydney people something to be proud of, even if they were hungry. Originally the building housed a concert hall - later a library - and the showrooms of many local tradesmen. However, it was not long before there were calls for it to be demolished and Sydney is even more fortunate that the QVB survived; similar buildings in many cities have not. It may be a bit of an irritant to many Australians that it was a Malaysian company that actually undertook the restoration and renovation.

mke1963
May 02, 2006

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

The Queen Victoria Building was constructed in 1893 as a fresh produce market and was named Queen Victoria Markets then.

This Victorian style building was designed by architect George McRae and is located in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

Both the interior and exterior provides very good photography opportunities.

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imstress
Apr 26, 2006

Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building was completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople were accommodated. Today the building still hosts several shops, boutiques and coffee shops.

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globetrotter06
Apr 19, 2006

Expensive shopping - don't buy... just go look.

This place is (technically) a shopping center but I view it to be more of a work of art. Ornate displays including a model of a jade carriage, a very beautiful clock, and art work that shows the founding of Australia. As far as the shopping aspect goes, there are many stores including souvenir shops as well as clothing, jewelry, and the other stores you would expect to see at any mall anywhere.

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The Great Australian Clock

This clock was put into the QVB about 5 years ago in mid-2000, and is pretty impressive. It's suspended from the Centre Dome of the building, and is the world's larges hanging animated turret clock. It weights 4 tonnes and is 10 metres tall. There are 32 clocks, 12 of which show international times.There are 33 paintings, and 138 hand carved figurines.

It tells the story of Australia from both Aborigianal and European perspectives. One of the key features of the clock is a symbolic Aboriginal figure that circles continuously around an upper level of the clock, representing the passage of time. It is based on a elder from Australia's Treeless Plains. As it pses by the scenes, some of them light up or become animated. To see this figure, it's best to go to the highest level.

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kooka3
Jul 27, 2005

Shopping Mall and Museum rolled into one

The 1890's Byzantine inspired architecture became a concert hall, municipal offices and now a shopping mall. This is really the most exquisite shopping mall I've ever seen with it's stained glass windows, domes and wood panelling.

Take time to look at the hanging clock which features moving tableaux of British kings and queens every hour, on the hour.

It's a mini museum for me since the upper floor showcases permanent exhibition of replicas of British crown jewels and personal effects of Queen Victoria.

Pictures of old QVB lined walls of the staircase.

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yellowbell
Jul 20, 2005

Beaut shopping buildings

And if you are burnt out from days of beaches, try some Sydney shopping. But hay.... watch the budget there is SO MUCH you wanna buy the credit card will take a bashing. But seriously, Sydney shopping is a treasure found. Beaut shopping in beaut buildings, in beaut character surroundings. Sydney...thank you.

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Norm-NZ
Jun 17, 2005

QVB

QVB is a grand shopping arcade with Romanesque architecture. QVB was built in 1898 to replace the old George Street markets and undergone refurbished in 1986. In here, you'll see exquisite stained glass windows, the 19th century staircase, architecturely detailed arches / balustrades / pillars...

QVB has been described by Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". Come visit & you can be the judge!

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wkcsmt
Feb 25, 2005

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