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Sydney is a bucket list destination for many international travelers. Aussies who live there do not fully appreciate it’s beauty until they have been away from it for an extended time. The beaches, the shopping, the restaurants, the beautiful Harbour & architecture truly are amazing
There is so much to do and see in Sydney, it’s hard to know where to begin. Many of the travel agencies miss a big chunk of it and send travelers to the usual spots
Take your camera!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Not only is it an amazing landmark, and probably the best view of Sydney from the top, but you can also walk/climb/tredge your way up to the top of it as well as drive right through it
Trivia: Did you know Paul Hogan (Actor of Crocodile Dundee fame) was a painter by trade, before his comedy & acting debut and helped to paint the Harbour Bridge back in 1973... true story!
The Sydney Opera House –
Another historic landmark is host to not only Opera, but is a multi-venue performing arts center hosting Music, Theatre, Ballet, Comedy, Talks and Tours an is usually the first stop for Royal Dignitaries and International Visitors
There are restaurants and bars inside with some amazing views of the Harbour
Often there are musicians and street performers outside as well
The Sydney Aquarium
Chinese Garden of Friendship – Definitely somewhere you should see, it’s beautiful, peaceful, tranquil
Paddy’s markets – Oldest markets in the heart of Sydney
China Town – Best Chinese food, try YUM CHA if you haven’t before
Darling Harbour- Restaurants & Shopping
Sydney Harbour Cruise – Tickets available at Circular Quay – The best way to see Sydney! i think they are run by Captain Cook Cruises, you will see their terminal at Circular Quay, can’t miss it, you want the See Sydney Cruise that is narrated showing you all around the harbour places of interest
Sydney Tower – 360 Degree Views of Sydney, you have to do this, it’s amazing!!!
Trivia: It used to be called The Summit then Telecom Tower
Taronga Zoo – You can get there by car or Ferry, Ferries leave Circular Quay daily
Travel Tip: Don't go in summer! WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES !....lots of walking
Luna Park – Best Amusement Rides, Roller Coasters
Take a trip to Manly on the Ferry, tickets at Circular Quay, whether you stop for a while to dine at the Restaurants or get Fish & Chips to eat on the beach, it’s worth the trip there and back
The Rocks – Beautiful Cobblestone streets & alleys full of Art galleries, boutique shops, pastries, restaurants, cafes, pubs not to mention amazing Sandstone Architecture & outdoor open street markets on the weekends featuring artisian arts & crafts, fashion, food, music, Australian art, photography and authentic Indigenous artefacts, jewellry and so much more
140 George Street,
The Rocks, NSW, 2000
- The Rocks Markets
10am – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays
Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place
The Rocks Friday Foodie Market
9am – 3pm, Fridays
Jack Mundey Place
While you are down that end of town, visit
140 George Street,
The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Who wouldn’t want sweeping views of the Harbour, Opera House, Harbour Bridge ?
I could think of worse things to look at while I’m dining…lol, pretty hard to take…
I’m Angus Steakhouse Sit by the water, truly amazing food, worth every cent!
Cockle Bay Wharf
Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
Waterfront Restaurant 17-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, NSW 2000.
Wolfies – 27 Circular Quay W The Rocks NSW 2000
Altitude Restaurant – Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Imperial Peking Harbourside – Campbell’s Storehouse, 15 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Pubs & Clubs:
Jackson on George – Great for Lunch or Drinks & Cocktails – 176 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
(thank God the walls can’t speak, hehe, we used to go there for ‘lunch’ some 20+ years ago…though it may have been a tad more liquid than lunch back then)
I am told it’s since been re-furbished and has a great whisky bar
Phillip’s Foote – 101 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Another one that’s been there 40 years + – It had a great open courtyard and the most amazing bbq baby octopus when I was there, but the menu has most likely changed since then
Bondi – Catch the train
Cronulla – Illawarra train, well worth the trip, my favorite place to be
Hunter Valley Wineries – Some of Best Wines in the World , seriously
Kiama Blowhole & Lighthouse, Wollongong Beaches – Love it here!
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