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  • Sydney Opera House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney opera house is probably the most popular Australian building in the world. It has been inaugurated October 20th of 1973 by the Queen Elisabeth II. The project was made by the architect Jorn Utzon. The building has inside more than one thousand rooms, some for concerts some for other activities. The main room the concert hall has 2679...

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  • Blue Mountains - Daytrip

    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

    There are two options in terms of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge – either a climb up the south-east Pylon, the one closest to Circular Quay, or the main bridge climb by which you can get to the top of the arch. I have not done the main bridge climb, nor do I intend to, for reasons outlined on my Sydney Harbour Bridge review. You will also find...

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Sydney Restaurants

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  • Rocks and Circular Quay Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    Wow! This place was incredible; one of my favorites in Sydney. Liz found this place on line before we came to Sydney. She read that the owners of our favorite patisserie La Renaissance had opened a restaurant. The restaurant is located in the Rocks on George Street. There is an outdoor patio to enjoy drinks and food as well as a large dining room...

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  • Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    A basic, standard Italian restaurant with good quality food, fast friendly service and a reasonable wine list. It's indoor/outdoor, with plenty of room and overlooking the water and across to the Harbourside building. If you're in Darling Harbour at mealtime it's a good, not-too-expensive option. We're fans of basic risotto and pasta, and ELP...

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  • Doyle's Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I can recommend Doyles on the Wharf for a scenic lunch after taking a scenic bus ride from the CBD to Watsons Bay or a Ferry Boat Ride. To vary the scenery take the alternative mode of transport on the return trip. The Doyles take away has a wonder full range of sea food which can be consumed in the nearby park land or on the beaches. Better...

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Sydney Nightlife

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  • Sydney City Bars / Clubs

    When I am in Sydney for work, or when I can otherwise afford it, I like to stay at the Grace Hotel, conveniently located in the centre of the city. On the ground floor of the Grace, through a totally separate business with separate street access as well, is P.J O’Brien’s Irish Pub. P.J’s, as it is affectionately known, is a top place for a pint...

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  • The Rocks / Circular Quay

    The Mercantile Hotel is one of the many bars situated in the Rocks and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The bar areas is rather large with bar seating as well as indoor and outdoor tables. My wife and I love exploring the Rocks and found this pub to be an excellent place to grab a drink. We first came here in 2010 and now we find...

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  • Kings Cross / Potts Point / Woollomoloo

    Kings cross is the redlight area of Sydney.The "Cross" is a small strip of bars/strip joints/adult bookshops and budget accommodation.The surrounding area is Potts Points.The Cross is quite seedy and sleezy and attracts a certain type of crowd.There is a serious drug problem in this area which attracts prostitutes/street people/criminal types at...

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Sydney Transportation

  • Travel Passes

    This is the best way to go around Sydney with public transports. It is valid on ferry, buses and trains. You cannot spend more than 15 AUD dollars per day as, after you reached that amount, the rest of the transports are free for the rest of the day. You find it and can recharge it in shops with opal logo on the window.

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  • Buses

    As soon as you arrive into Sydney you will want to leave and visit Canberra. Ok, I am being a little harsh here and perhaps I should say, once you have spent some time in Sydney you will want to leave and visit Canberra, which I will fess up to as being my current home town, in addition to it being Australia’s beautiful and relaxed (some might...

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  • Ferry / Jet Cat / River Cat

    Another good way to get around Sydney is to get a combined Rail/Bus/Ferry pass so you can try out a variety of transportations. In 2015, Sydney's reusable plastic transport card, Opal, began (I guess they will now start phasing out the paper tickets the way they have done in Melbourne) I really recommend the Ferry. It's very nice out on the...

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Sydney Shopping

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  • Markets

    The rusty old bicycle, cable-tied to a lamp post, at the lower end of George Street on the approach the markets from Circular Quay belies the fact that The Rocks Markets is Australia’s preeminent tourist market and a Sydney Institution. Thousands of people, mainly tourists, visit the outdoor markets every weekend and, while the market footprint...

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  • Clothing

    Wombat at the Rocks is one of the many cute little shops in the Rocks area. The shop sells quality Australian items; hats, shoes, bags and accesories. They have a large selction of Ugg items as well as Jacaru hats. I've been shopping here since my fist visit to Sydney in 2007. They have a great selction of items and the sales people are very...

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  • Malls.

    The taxi dropped us off early, so we wandered around the shopping mall while we waited for the restaurant to open. We saw all kinds of miniskirts which my granddaughter and I agreed Barb (her mother/my daughter) would never wear. These were very fancy and high priced stores - no tacky souvenir kiosks here. Westfield Sydney Shopping Hours Monday -...

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Sydney Local Customs

  • Tipping and Prices

    Tipping is not expected in most places in Sydney, especially after a meal. But if you feel the service was good and you would like to leave a tip 10% is the guideline you should use. This tipping practice also applies to taxis and the easiest way to tip them is by rounding off the amount, i.e. a fare of $23.50 I would round to $25.

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  • Australian People

    As in most cities; you will find street performers. In Sydney there were several costumed performers at various tourist sites; Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, etc. Take a picture if you must but remember to throw some cash their way for their trouble.

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  • Drinks and Food

    When we arrived we wanted to buy a few beers to put in the room fridge. So we went at small supermarket but could not find any, we tried a bigger one but nothing, no beer and no alcohol at all. So we realized we were doing something wrong. We asked at hotel front desk and the lady told us that in Australia alcohol can be sold only in determined...

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Sydney Warnings and Dangers

  • King Cross

    Me and my friend were recommended/warned about Kings Cross from the people we were staying with while backpacking in Sydney. Apparenty it was the place to hang for party people in the 90s. Since then it's not at all as scary, but unfortunatly probably not as fun as it was back then. Yes, there's probably a couple of sketchy clubs/pubs in the area,...

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  • Bag snatching / Pickpockets etc

    There's nothing especially dangerous about Sydney, and it feels completely safe and relaxed around the centre, especially during the day. There are a few parts that have bad reputations, but they are outside the CBD. The most infamous area is Kings Cross, famed haunt of drug addicts, prostitutes and gangsters. But that area is becoming gentrified...

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  • Spiders / Snakes / Animals

    My wife has had the pleasure of being bit not once but twice by a spider while sleeping. The first time it was a big bite on her nose(which swelled up something fierce) and the second was her eyelid(that totaled swelled shut). Both times we sought some treatment at a local pharmacy and were given pills and creams that helped out the situation....

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Sydney Tourist Traps

  • Souvenirs / Shopping

    Watch out with souvenir shops. Some shops charge 3 times as much as other for exactly the same item. Usually the shops in the main streets and fancy shopping malls are expensive, but you really need to be careful. If you find a shop that is cheap for one item, it may well be expensive for another. Best is to keep a list with prices and after a good...

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  • Bridge Climb

    When I wrote my review on the Sydney Harbour Bridge I immediately realised it was too long and that readers attention would probably be drawn to my coverage of the bridge climb, and my recommendation not to do it. I certainly did want this commentary on the climb to detract from what is one of Sydney’s top sites. Accordingly, I have decided to...

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  • Darling Harbour

    This place was much better then the Sydney Aquarium. I think what made it more better was the fact it actually had Australian fauna to look at. The exhibits mimick their natural surroundings. There's everything from saltwater crocs to wombats to koalas. For the koalas, you're allowed to touch them briefly, but you cannot hold or pick them up, due...

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Sydney What to Pack

  • Clothing

    Ah, what to wear you say? Well fortunately Sydney is warm/hot all year round, with some temps cooler in the spring and fall. Sydney is a very casual city and I would recommend that a few items you can mix and match will work. I usually take along a few pair of jeans, some loose fitting t-shirts, skirt/shorts in the summer, a jacket in case it gets...

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  • Sun / Insect Protection

    Sydney isn't as cold as I thought it would be in late winter/early spring, and it's also much more casual than I expected. Bring layers of clothing to use in cooler weather, and leave the fancy stuff at home, unless you really plan to dress up. The motto is "Slip, Slop, Slap!" Slip into a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, and slap on a hat! All the...

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  • Camera / Electrical Equipment

    Liz and I like to travel with our unlocked cell phone and pick up a Sim card when we arrive. Sim cards are sold at the airport and we pick up one for only $30. We are able to have a local number to call our friends locally and have family keep in contact in case of emergencies.

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Sydney Off The Beaten Path

  • Suburbs

    I came across this eclectic mix of ceramic tile murals as I was wandering around some of the lesser known streets in Darlinghurst. They are affixed to a currently vacant building on the corner of Francis and Yurong streets, formerly a Vincentian Village (nursing home) run by the St Vincent de Paul Society. Having established the ownership of the...

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  • Scenic Walks

    We did a day trip to Watson's Bay to meet up with Laura for lunch at Doyle's at the Beach. After lunch Laura had to rush home so we decided to explore more of Watson's Bay. The Bay has some of the most amazing views. Watson's Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. According to my guide book, it is considered the...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Of course you want to go to the Blue Mountains while you're in Sydney - that's why I created a whole lot of Blue Mountains pages. So why are you looking here? Check out my numerous and informative pages under that title. Okay, I'll give you a sampler. This is one of my favourite walks up in the hills (remember, they're only about 1,000 metres...

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Sydney Sports & Outdoors

  • Sporting Activities

    Directly behind Central station there is this city park with outdoor swimming pool,tennis courts and free basketball courts.The Basketball courts can be crowded at times but if you ask nicely you can join in.

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  • Hiking / Walking

    There's a paved walkway from Bondi to Coogee which follows the coastline and offers great ocean views. The walk starts at the South end of Bondi and takes you through the suburbs of Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly Bay. It takes about 2,5 hrs if you walking slowly. Walking shoes

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  • Water Sports

    Boating/Sailing is another great way to enjoy the magnificient weather that Sydney offers most of the year. Why not rent one while you are in Sydney? There are many great options for renting, check out the link below for more information. We were limited in time and we didn't get a chance to get out there and spend the day sailing, but every...

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Sydney General

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  • Zoo / Wildlife

    The one activity that was a must for me during our visit to Sydney was getting up close and personal with a Koala. On my Birthday trip in 2007; Chris took me to Taronga park for my first Koala encounter. I must admit the bears are very cute and fuzy but they are rather stinky(Phew.....). Our particular Koala seemed attracted to the smell of my hair...

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  • Sydney Harbour

    I loved that I could see so many lighthouses from the ferry to Manly. Some of them I could identify, but some of them I could not. It was just interesting to see so many different types of aids to navigation My husband the sailor would love sailing in the harbour at Sydney. Later we got a good view of some weekend races from the Sydney Tower

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  • Walks

    We started at the Rose Bay end, alighting at the ferry wharf and trudging along the footpath until we reached Tivoli Avenue. Here you should turn left and head down to the waters edge which is where the track actually starts. En route you will get some spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, see some lovely little beaches, brush against native plants...

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