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Sydney Things to Do

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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 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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  • Darling Harbour

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The European history of New South Wales, and indeed Australia, will always be traced back to the site of the first British settlement at Sydney Cove (now Circular Quay). That said, it wasn’t long until the industrial and maritime hub of the Colony, and the new city of Sydney, moved around the corner, as it were, to the adjacent Darling Harbour, or...

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Sydney Hotels

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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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  • Chinatown Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    In australia what we call yum cha literally means drink tea - in other countries this meal is called dim sum. Either way it is a delicious and fun way to catch up with friends. Located at the top of market city above Paddys Markets Eight is a typical yum cah resturuant where trolleyies of dumplings and other delicacies are whelled around and...

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Sydney Nightlife

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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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  • 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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  • Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay / King St...

    We were in Darling Harbour for Santa Fest and the Fireworks display on a Saturday. We decided to stop in here for some drinks solely due to their outdoor seating and the view of the Harbour. We found a nice table outside after playing some musical tables and planted ourselves here to have the optimal view of the festivities. The bar was pretty...

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Sydney Transportation

  • 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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  • Trains

    This is the simplest form of Sydney public transport to tell you about as there is only one line, though as a write (June 2015) construction of an extremely controversial line connecting Central Station and Circular Quay via a track down George Street is about to get underway and, according to its detractors and other more supportive observers like...

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  • Airways / Airports

    From the airport we took the ready to go shuttle bus. You find their desk at arrival hall at airport. They take you to your hotel for 20 AUD, we booked also the way back to the airport as it was an early morning pick up. Service was good.

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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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  • Queen Victoria Building

    The Queen Victoria Building is maybe the biggest of the elegant, old-fashioned shopping-arcades in the centre of Sydney. It was built in 1898 in the place of a local market and it was restored again in 1984 and it is nowadays not only the most beautiful shoppingcentre in Sydney, but also a place to eat inside some great cafes and restaurants and a...

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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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Sydney Local Customs

  • 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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  • General Sydney/Aussie Customs

    Here in Australia they drive on the left side of the road. This can make an American a bit batty trying to get accustomed. Remember when crossing the street to look right. Before the Sydney Olympics they decided to paint signs on the street corners to advise pedestrians to "LOOK RIGHT" to avoid any traffic mishaps. Our friends have told us these...

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  • 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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Sydney Warnings and Dangers

  • Water and general safety

    I had never heard of these until I saw them on the beach. They aren't bottles, and they aren't glass. But they are blue and they are similar to a jellyfish! YIKES! These are also called a Portugese Man of War and they generally can be found in the summer months in parts of Australia. I've seen them on several of Sydney's northern beaches after...

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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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  • AMP Tower / Centerpoint.

    O K so you have figured out the food is disgusting, not even prepared on site, the view wonderful if the clouds part and if it's race up the Sydney tower day or worse still only 1 lift is operating (which is common) you have to queue for a while but the tower does have a use after all and it is free. Whenever you are walking around Sydney and start...

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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

  • Beaches

    After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by...

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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Olympic Park / Olympics

    Australians are a sports loving people. There are a number of world class venues where you can watch a wide array of sports. You can visit Olympic Park which was the site of the 2000 Olympics. Here you can watch some Rugby League, or Aussie Rules or even some tennis. Check out the various team websites for schedules.

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Sydney Favorites

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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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  • Beaches

    Want to do a short walk to see one of Sydney's finest panoramas? You could do a whole lot worse than go to North Mona Vale and take in the view from the headland - Mona Vale one side, Bilgola the other. I was taking a friend's dog up there for a walk and didn't have a lot of time but was suitably impressed by the vista that confronted me....

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  • Parks / Gardens

    So I turned and walked through a tunnel beneath the railway and started to climb the stairs up beside a park landscaped into the slope. Halfway up I traversed this park over to the next ascending walkway and then, soon after, moved on to another delightful little park that had a sculpture beside the path (pic 2). It was not long after when I...

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