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Five days in Sydney, Australia

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A September 2003 trip to Sydney by Fly_Girl

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Sydney is an incredibly modern city with a multitude of offerings. Built around a picturesque harbour known as Circular Key are two of the world's most photographed architectural achievements: Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. I was fortunate enough to visit both on my trip.

Five days in Sydney, Australia

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Downtown Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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It''s in the BBC''s list of Top 50 Things to Do Before You Die, and I''m glad I got to do it. If you haven''t guessed by now, it''s climbing the Harbour Bridge, and it comes in at number 12 on the list. But there''s more to Sydney than just the "coat hangar", the name Aussie''s affectionately call their bridge because of its distinctive shape. Captain Cook Harbour Cruises, the Taronga Zoo, the Opera House, and historic walking tours were just some of the lasting memories I took home with me from the land down under. Sydney is also known for its man...Read More

Westin Sydney

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Hotel | "Enter the Matrix - Westin Sydney"

Westin Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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One of the lesser known facts about the Westin Sydney is that some of the scenes from the original Matrix movie were filmed there. That alone makes the hotel a destination...but there is so much more to be said for the property. The hotel is actually two properties in one, consisting of the historic G.P.O. (General Post Office) building and the ultra-modern tower. I stayed in the historic section of the building, which used to be a post office, but has now been converted into oversized rooms and suites featuring modern bathrooms (with waterfall showers) and (about 20-foot) high ceilings. I was glad for the high-speed Internet access, too! The service at this property w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2003

Westin Sydney
Pitt Street
Sydney, Australia

Amp Tower

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Restaurant | "Getting the Spins at the Sydney Tower Restaurant"

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The Sydney Tower Restaurant is located at the top of the Centrepoint tower. I had dinner at Level One, which is the name of the A La Carte restaurant. There is also a self-select restaurant (which is what many call a buffet), available on another level, which I did not visit. The menu at Level One is comprehensive, and includes regional specialties such as Australian game and crocodile, along with the more commonly found fare, like steaks and pasta dishes. As you sit down, you can't help but notice the incredible view, which you'll get to ex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2003

Amp Tower
100 Market Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 (2) 8223 3800

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "A Personal Matter -- Harbour Bridge Climb"

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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For many visitors to Sydney, climbing the Harbour Bridge is a personal decision, mitigated by several factors: sense of adventure, comfort level with heights, fitness level, and finances. One's sense of adventure must dictate a desire to climb the bridge. Why do it? The answers vary from the nonplussed "because it's there" to the exuberant "for the amazing views of Sydney!" Personally, I just felt that I couldn't go all the way to the other side of the world and NOT climb it. One of the people in my group was uncomfortable with heights. He felt he would freeze up and need a rescue team to bring him down, and therefor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2003

Sydney Harbour Bridge
5 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 8274 7777

Sydney Opera House

Attraction | "300 Steps to Fame - Sydney Opera House"

Sydney Opera House Photo, Sydney, Australia
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As the title implies, this tour of the famed Sydney Opera House included 300 steps, so before embarking on it, be sure you are reasonably fit! The tour takes you into at least three of the many performance spaces available, limited by the theatres currently in use, of course. It begins with a walk into one of the small theatres, usually occupied by a local theatre company, where you'll sit in the seats and hear about the history of the Opera House and its designer/builders. You'll continue on to the Concert Hall, and finish up in the main theatre, where the most popular plays and operas are performed. Unfortunately, no photos are permitted inside the complex, so if you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2003

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

Taronga Zoo

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Attraction | "The Koala Whisperer -- Taronga Zoo Private Tour"

Taronga Zoo Photo, Sydney, Australia
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My tour guides at the Taronga Zoo now refer to me as "The Koala Whisperer." Koalas aren't like dogs; you can't call them over to you, but I found the secret! Read on... During my private tour of the Zoo, which can be booked with the zoo directly or arranged by your hotel concierge, I got to see (and even touch) many animals and places that are usually off-limits to most zoo visitors. This made a typical day at the zoo much more fun, interesting, and educational. Two tour guides provided our party of six with ample opportunities to get up close and personal with snakes, amphibians, koalas, birds, and kangaroos. While it's apparently against the law to hold koalas at New South Wale...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2003

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