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Pleasant Days In Sydney

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An August 2002 trip to Sydney by Tim G

Dural Village Caravan Park Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: At times the city felt sterile and soulless. But most of the time it was spectacular with it's beautiful harbour and many impressive sights. And I'm sure if you got beneath the surface you'd find some character and charm too.

Pleasant Days In Sydney

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Overview

Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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TAKE A FERRY SOMEWHERE: Sydney's best feature is it's magnificent harbor, and the best way to see it is by taking a ferry. You get brilliant views of the Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, city skyine, everything. The ferry out to Taronga Zoo is as good as any. You catch the ferries at Circular Quay. They're relatively cheap but if you're using public transit anyway look into day passes that include taking the ferry. THE OPERA HOUSE: You have to see it up close. At least walk around it. Despite the hype and notority, you'll still be quite impressed. Seeing a performance inside would also be quite wonderful - unfortunately we didn't have the time. TARONGA ZOO: A very good zoo, not necessa...Read More

Dural Village Caravan Park

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Hotel

Dural Village Caravan Park Photo, Sydney, Australia
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This place is a great value, particularly if there are more than two people in your party. It was low season but we got a unit that slept four for $85 AUS. In high season the cost would've been $110. Located on the outskirts of the city in Dural, the location is great for visiting the Blue Mountains or Hawkesbury River. If you want to go to the city center it's really not bad. There's a train station only a short drive from away where you can park and take Sydney's rail service. It'll take 30 - 45 minutes. Apparently driving downtown is roughly the same amount of time. The staff are very helpful and informative, so don't be afraid to ask about this or anything else. The units are clea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Dural Village Caravan Park
269 New Line Road
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9651 2555

Hyde Park

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Attraction | "Hyde Park and the ANZAC Memorial"

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Hyde Park is a beautiful park to walk through, and also as pleasant a spot as any to spend an hour or two. With its center walkway lined with benches and magnificently tall trees you can do a little of both. There's nice flowerbeds and gardens throughout the park as well. And as you're walking you can look up and see the skyscrapers towering right above you. This park takes on further importance, particularly to Australians, due to the fact that it contains some impressive and important war monuments. At the north end of the park is the Archibald Fountain, built to commemorate the association of France and Australia during World War I. In fact this fountain wouldn't look out of place ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Hyde Park
Elizabeth St and College St
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9286 0111 (

Taronga Zoo

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Attraction

Taronga Zoo Photo, Sydney, Australia
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It's worth going out to the zoo simply to have an excuse to take the ferry. And the ferry ride is excellent. As you set out the Opera House is on your right in all it's splendor. And to your left is the magnificent Harbor Bridge. If you look closely you can even see groups climbing along the top of the bridge. It may help you decide if you want to give it a try later. As you get out a ways the skyline fills the sky and looks even more magnificent. Anywhere you look you'll get great views across the harbor. Now the zoo itself is no slouch. It's located on a hilltop and offers excellent views back across the harbor to the city. The surrounding vegetation adds a lot to the idyllic settin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Taronga Zoo
Bradley's Head Road
Sydney, Australia 2088
+61 (2) 9969 2777

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Attraction | "Hyde Park Barracks"

Hyde Park Barracks Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia
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If you're looking to learn about Sydney's social and architectural history, this is a good place to visit. Built in 1816, without permission from London, to house 600 male convicts. These convicts then were used as labour for several public works projects. It was the philosphy of Governor Macquarie to use convicts to build grand public buildings such as this one and many others in this part of Sydney. This one and many others were designed by convict-architect Francis Greenway. The museum has a lot of information about both of these men as well as the historical context of early Sydney. Quite interesting, even if or maybe especially if you're non-Australian. The building is a grand ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2002

Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Macquarie Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9223 8922

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Occupying the headland between The Domain and the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens make for wonderful relaxing walks and certainly provide some of the city's finest green space. The location couldn't be better, offering stunning views of the harbor. It also makes for a good safe place to sit and relax or perhaps enjoy a picnic. However, the gardens themselves are good but not spectacular with typically well-kept gardens, duck ponds, etc. There is a lot of open lawn, which lends itself to the place feeling like more of a pleasant park as opposed to an impressive garden. In fact, there are signs encouraging visitors to walk on and enjoy the lawns. And as refreshing as that is, you won't be a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2002

Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs. Macquaries Road
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
61 (0)2 9231 8111

Sydney Opera House

Attraction | "Opera House"

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The Sydney Opera House has become such an icon that you may feel it not necessary to see it up close. After all, if you take a ferry across the harbor you'll get great views of it and may feel that's good enough. That's how I felt as my sister and father dragged me along to see it right up close. I was surprised at how impressive it is when you get up close. In the first place, the size--it's so much bigger up close than it seems from afar. And then consider its magnificence. You can see how its shimmering effect is created by thousands of white tiles. It certainly is breathtaking. And needless to say, so are the views from the Opera House out into the harbor. Aside from walking around...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2002

Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9250 7111