Sydney Journals

Escape to Sydney during Melbourne Cup

An October 2004 trip to Sydney by Smitha Guru

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Quote: Escaping the racing fever in Melbourne during the Melbourne Cup weekend, we went to Sydney for a long overdue trip. For personal reaons, Sydney was the one city I'd longed to visit since a teenager, and it did not disappoint.

Four Points Sydney

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Hotel | "Four Points at Darling Harbour"

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Overlooking the Darling Harbour, Four Points is in one of the best locations in Sydney. It is close to the nightlife of King’s Street and Cockle Bay Wharf, 10 minutes' walk from the train stations of Wynyard and Town Hall, 5 minutes' walk from the bus station on York Street, and couple of minutes' walk to the ferry at Darling Harbour. Four Points is about 20 minutes from the airport. It costs about $25 by cab to get there; there are also airport shuttles for $9/person that drop you off right at the doorstep of the hotel. We arrived at the hotel at 9am (the hotel's check-in is 3pm). We left the luggage with the concierge and left to get some breakfast. They got a room ready for us in under an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2004

Four Points Sydney
Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9290-4000

Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House has long been a symbol of modern Sydney. Omnipresent on numerous picture postcards, it has to be seen to be believed. We let out a gasp at the sheer scale of the structure. Made of more than a million ceramic tiles, the SOH is huge – take a walk around the structure. The SOH is designed to look like a large sailing ship from a distance and has a total of five halls, with the concert hall and the opera hall being the largest. The original architect was Jorn Utzon from Denmark, who won a design competition in 1957. Utzon, fed up with the meddling of various people, resigned from the project in 1966 and has never personally visited th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

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

Jenolan Caves

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Attraction

Jenolan Caves Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Jenolan Caves are about a 90-minute drive from Katoomba. The road is winding and very narrow in places. We had to drive very carefully and had to honk every corner to warn cars from the opposite direction. The beginning of the Jenolan Caves is very dramatic. The road is cut into the mountain amidst lush green forests. When we got to Jenolan caves at about 1 pm, the parking lot was full, and we had to drive up the mountain to another parking lot. To get down from the parking lot, we had a very, very steep walk down. This track took us to Charlotte's Arch, a beautiful photogenic location that would stop you in your tracks to reach for the camera. And where was mine at that time? In Guru's bag,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

Jenolan Caves
NSW
Sydney, Australia