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Sydney for Easter 2004

An April 2004 trip to Sydney by ggcahill

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Armed with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb gift certificate, it was off to do Sydney in style. Bridge Climb, Lion King, and Harbour cruises!

Sydney for Easter 2004

Overview

City Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Bridge Climb, Bridge Pylon (for the view), Harbour cruises, and catching a show. We went to see the Lion King at the Capitol Theatre. Beautiful theatre and a great show. The Market at the Rocks is worth a visit, and take time to see Argyle Stores.Quick Tips: Choose a hotel in mid-city. The rocks, the theatres, the Opera House, and Darling Harbour are all within easy walking distance. If you are flying to Sydney from interstate book tickets with Qantas on line. Quick check-in for e-ticket holders saved a long wait in the queue!Best Way To Get Around: Walking, monorail (to get to Darling Harbour), bus from airport (there is a station, but the bus is cheaper and goes from the air...Read More

The Menzies Sydney

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Hotel | "All Seasons Premier Menzies Hotel"

The Menzies Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The rooms were comfortable. Ours, in the older section of the hotel, had a very comfortable king size bed and was reasonably sized. It had the usual television with cable sports, which we never actually found time to watch. Sadly the gym and pool were similarly underutilized! The breakfast was excellent. Great variety, including some Japanese fare that was hard to identify and remained untouched by my wife and I! The downstairs bar had brewed coffee "on tap" and also provided a nice area to sit and read. After returning from seeing the Lion King, we found that Sydney had all but closed (10pm on Sunday!) but the hotel's piano bar had a very helpful bartender who organised some food. (w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

The Menzies Sydney
14 CARRINGTON ST
Sydney, Australia
61-61-92991000

City Extra Circular Quay

Restaurant | "City Extra"

City Extra Circular Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia
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City Extra has a newspaper theme. The menus are printed in a newspaper format, and considering the cost of news print, the prices were high! The food was excellent, but not cheap. Fish and chips cost a little over $20 and coffee was over $4 a cup. Still, you could sit outside and watch the people watching the buskers! The setting was great, the service was good, and the servings were huge! We struggled to get through all the food, and managed to save some for the next day's lunch! A nice place to eat, and the outside area on a sunny day is very pleasant, with busker music for background entertainment! Although the restaurant was flat out, service was efficient and they didn't seem to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

City Extra Circular Quay
Shop E4, East Podium
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9241 1422

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "Sydney Harbour Bridge - Bridge Climb"

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Awesome, although the ladders are risky. (The harness is not particularly well suited for slowing a downward drop on the ladders. The harness is attached to a cable running alongside the walkways and ladders.) Basically the harness is designed to prevent climbers from going over the edge, not dropping down the ladders! Twilight is the best time to climb. You get the daylight views, see the sunset, and catch the city lights. All from the unique viewpoint of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Arch! The climb itself is not too strenuous and there are plenty of stops for photographs along the way. Unfortunately these stops are for the climb guide to take photos and there were no opportunities for t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon"

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The view from the top of the pylon is spectacular. It is not quite as high as the bridge arch, but you are permitted to take as many pictures as you like! The only downside is that it is only accessible in daylight hours. The view of the city lights from here would be sensational. It was interesting to see the complete lack of safety equipment for bridge workers given the heights that they were working. Photos and models depict workers doing their job with no safety harnesses, hard hats or other protective clothing. Amazingly, only 16 workers died during the bridge building and only two of these were in falls from the bridge. They were real men in those days! This is the bargain in Syd...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

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

Australian National Maritime Museum

Attraction | "National Maritime Museum"

Australian National Maritime Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia
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An unusual mix of exhibits. Free entry to the museum, but some exhibits, such as the submarine, destroyer and tall ship attracted a charge for entry. They also had an exhibition of recovered treasure. Looking over naval vessels is worthwhile if you have not had the chance to do it. . . and sunken treasure? We all dream of wealth don't we! The CD telling the story of the Titanic was interesting, as were some of the relics from the past. I found it interesting that they had Kay Cottee's boat (first woman to sail around the world), but not Vinnie Lauwers (the first disabled paraplegic sailor to do a round the world voyage.) I thought that voyage was a real achievement. Interesting how we tend to i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9298 3777

Argyle Stores

Attraction

Argyle Stores Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Argyle stores was built 40 years after the first settlement and the building oozes character from its solid wooden beams and pillars to the polished wooden floors. Part of the building was constructed in 1825 and added to in 1860 with further addition in 1910. It’s a truly historical and significant building in terms of Australian history.

Items for sale here are generally fashion items sold by a number of individual shops co-located within the building. Retailers are generally sharing the floor space and it was sometimes difficult to see where one retailer changed to the next. The building, though, was magnificent and worth a visit, even if some of the prices were out of our range.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

Argyle Stores
12 Argyle Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9251 4800

Rocks Market

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Attraction | "The Rocks Market"

Rocks Market Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Weekends in the Rocks are busy, with many people attending the outdoor market. In recognition of Sydney's tendency to periodic downpours, most stalls are covered with a removable canvas roofing system. It seems to work well enough at keeping the sun off, but fortunately we didn't test its waterproofing ability. Some of the items for sale here were unique crafts that we have not seen in other markets. (My wife is a market stall addict.) One stall holder was selling very cleverly designed wooden puzzles and had the patience of a saint when a young child tried to force the equivalent in puzzles to the round peg in a square hole. (The saga ended happily. Dad bought the puzzle!) My wife fou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2004

Rocks Market
L6, 66 Harrington Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9240 8717

Captain Cook Cruises

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Attraction

Captain Cook Cruises Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We did the dinner cruise on the first night in Sydney (well, we had to eat and we wanted to see the harbour at night!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were offering a $20 reduction in price for the cruise that night (must have been short on bookings), and I can't resist a bargain. The food was excellent, particularly if you decided to break from the tradition of eating fish on Good Friday. The fish was nice (my wife had that) but the steak was just perfect. Cooked just as I like it and very tender! The cruise lasted two hours and 30 minutes and took us around to Darling Harbour (beautiful at night) and out towards the heads. It turned at Watsons Bay, I guess because night tours only work where t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2004

Captain Cook Cruises
Number 6 Jetty, Circular Quay
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9206 1100;

Sydney trip overview

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Story/Tip

One of the earliest buildings in Sydney. Photo, Sydney, Australia
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I was given a gift certificate for a Harbour Bridge Climb. Seems to be a popular gift. In a climbing group of 12 people 5 were doing the climb with gift certificates. My wife and I decided to combine the climb with a long weekend stay in Sydney, and we were both free over the Easter break. We had been told to do the climb as a twilight climb, as this enabled us to see the view during daylight, watch the sunset, and then see the city lights. Sounded good, and it certainly was. To climb the harbour bridge, visit their online booking service at http://www.bridgeclimb.com.au I would thoroughly recommend the climb to anyone. It is not too strenuous, but by the same token is not for those nervous about h...Read More