Sydney Journals

Climbing Above Sydney

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A March 2002 trip to Sydney by Matt Keedy

Quote: Everyone has seen Sydney from the sea, but have you climbed above the skyline for an alternate view? The Sydney Bridge Climb allows you to do just that!

Climbing Above Sydney

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Overview

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Cruising from Sydney to Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef was a vacation of a lifetime. From climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a bird's-eye view of the Opera House to snorkeling along the reef, this vacation was full of luxury and adventure.Quick Tips: I wish I had included the pre-tour to New Zealand on my itinerary--all of the passengers who went loved it. Come ready to do as much or as little as you like. Make sure you are on deck as soon as the ship sails, as there is nothing more spectacular than cruising out of Sydney Harbour on a beautiful ship. The whole harbor gets excited, and soon you'll find ferries ringing their horns and sailboats, cutting your wake. Even if you ha...Read More

Four Seasons Hotel

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Hotel | "Regent Hotel"

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The Regent Hotel in Sydney is now a Four Season property and enjoys an excellent location on George Street with views of the harbour. Following a 17-hour flight, we arrived at the hotel and were thankful we could book massages for that same afternoon. There is a full service spa at the Regent and they have a special jet-lag package that I highly recommend. After hours of travel, we both felt truly reinvigorated, awake and relaxed! The spa has a steam room and sauna, and there is a full service gym and rooftop pool area. The concierge was helpful in arranging dinner reservations at Quay and Rockpools, as well as obtaining tickets for the Sydney Bridge Climb -- all of which I highly recommend (see...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street
Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
+61 (2) 9238-0000

Quay Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Quay"

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This could be the worst meal of your life and you would still tell friends how great it was because of the view. Fortunately, the food and the view both compete for your attention, making this one of the best dining experiences ever. Quay was rated the Best Restaurant of 2003 by the Sydney Morning Herald. Let's start with the view. It is on the top floor of the Overseas Passenger Cruise Terminal, located directly across the water from the Sydney Opera House. Lined with floor to ceiling windows, the harbor is your, uh, your oyster. During the day, nothing can beat watching the ferries pull in and out of Circular Quay, the sailboats in the harbor, and the ever-changing play of light and water on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Quay Restaurant
Circular Quay West, The Rocks
Sydney, Australia 2000
(61 2) 9251 5600

Rockpool

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Restaurant

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I have eaten at Rockpool twice -- once in 1998 and again this past February. Since its opening in 1989 it has become regarded as one of the most innovative restaurants not only in Sydney, but the world. Award upon award has been lauded on Rockpool, however, I must say I was more impressed with my first visit than my second. Located in the heart of the Rocks district -- across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art -- Rockpool has an excellent location for visitors to Sydney. The restaurant design has won just about as many awards as the chefs -- it's a modern interior fit within the shell of an 1860's building. When I first visited Sydney, Quay Restaurant had not yet opened (se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Rockpool
107 George Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9252 1888

Clipper Odyseey

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Attraction

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Pure Bliss. A small luxury cruise ship which holds only 128 passengers...but we only had 70 on our cruise, which made a nice convivial group. The staterooms are spacious -- ours had two twin beds, a sofa and coffee table by the picture window, TV that played evening movies, and bathroom with a tub/shower combo. The closet space was also quite generous. Since all staterooms are very similiar, the difference in price is more a reflection of which deck you are on - not necessarily the square footage or amenities in the cabin. The exception is suites with balconies. Two of my TOP 10 Travel Experiences are from this trip (and I am pulling from travels on 6 continents and 60+ countries). Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Clipper Odyseey
11969 Westline Industrial Drive
Sydney, Australia 63146-3220
(314) 655-6700

Climbing Above Sydney

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Story/Tip

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Highlights (i.e. best things to do, memorable moments, etc.): This was my third visit to Sydney, but my first opportunity to climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Today the Bridge Climb seems to be the hottest attraction in town, and I can see why! I was in town with my 62-year-old father, who is afraid of heights; after a little coaxing he agreed to go. Opera House tours are passé -- these days, everyone is climbing the bridge. Starting the climb is like going through a maze of steel, but the last hour was spectacular as we climbed to the peak and posed for pictures with the Opera House below. It was exhilerating! My dad boasts to his clients of his accomplishment. I too find myse...Read More