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SYD

A November 2004 trip to Sydney by panda2

Australian Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Sydney is the largest city in Australia, very busy and crowded.

SYD

Overview

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There was the Anzac Memorial, Australian Museum, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Capitol Theatre, Quay West, Custom’s House, Arcade, Peel Street Mall, Sydney (Centrepoint) Tower, Sydney Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building, One Martin Place, Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Oxford Street in Darlinghurst for the evening gay/lesbian scene.Quick Tips: Some resources include City of Sydney, CitySearch Sydney, and Google Search=gay sydney, ...Read More

Travelodge Hotel Sydney

Hotel | "Travelodge Sydney"

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Travelodge Sydney is clean, with very basic rooms containing a mini fridge, microwave, hair dryer, electric kettle, small round table and chairs in the corner, and shower. The closest ice machine was on another floor, and no ice bucket was provided -- just a couple of glasses to discourage waste of the ice. We got a walk-in rate of AUD 130 after we booked the wrong arrival date at another hotel up the street, which was helpful and friendly in helping us find this accommodation.Check-out time is 10am; we asked for a late noon check-out but were informed the night before that late check-out wouldn't be accommodated. The lobby was very crow...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Travelodge Hotel Sydney
27 33 WENTWORTH AVENUE
Sydney, Australia 2000
61-2-8267-1700

Mr. Espresso

Restaurant

Mr. Espresso Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Mr Espresso serves coffee, beverages, sandwiches and pies. They play loud, unappealing music. We each ordered meat pies -- one lamb, the other chicken and leek. Both came with a small salad, served on nice, trendy square plates.

Email info@mrespresso.com.au.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Mr. Espresso
4 Wentworth Avenue
Sydney, Australia
+61 0405 617 425

Goreme

Restaurant

Goreme Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Goreme serves Turkish pizza and kebabs, with Ibrahim Teke as the Proprietor. It's open late -- it was after 11pm when we went by -- and we ordered the chicken kebab for $8.50 and the beef kebob for $7, for take-away. It was fairly tasty but quite messy to eat, as it was dripping liquid all over my hands.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Goreme
38 Oxford Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 (02) 380 5160

Alice Thai Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Alice Thai Restaurant, at the Macquarie Hotel, offers a little bit of everything: Thai, Continental, curries, noodles, desserts, coffee and a bar. No MSG is used, and there are quick lunch specials Monday-Friday for AUD 7.50. I ordered one of the lunch specials and inquired if it is spicy and asked for minimal or no spice. The pork dish had an ample portion of rice, and I found that I needed it to take away the spicy taste of the dish. They accepted a credit card payment but wanted to leave the bill open till we finished ordering our drinks. They processed the bill, but it had to be done throu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Alice Thai Restaurant
42 Wentworth Avenue
Sydney, Australia
+61 02 9264 0064

Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant (formerly Kam Fook)"

Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant (formerly Kam Fook) was a great choice, despite it being expensive. The food is generally very good to excellent. Items we had: bean curd – excellent; shrimp dumplings with thin, translucent dough, steamed and browned at the bottom – excellent; baked, barbequed pork buns - very good; roast duck - very good but too much quantity for two; shark fin soup - very good; custard tarts - excellent and with flaky crust; mango pudding - excellent flavor, not too sweet. This is the first time that I've encountered shark fin soup offered in dim sum – usually, advanced notice is required, and it’s quite expensive. We were seated near a work station, where the workers were ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2004

Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant
Hay Street, Haymarket Level 3, Shop 9-13, Market City
Sydney, Australia
61 (02) 9211 8988

Blackbird Cafe

Restaurant

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Blackbird Cafe offers a waterfront view from the balcony level, but it's marred by its plastic shields marked with painted stripes, interrupting the nice view. The music got really tedious very quickly, as the music was repetitive of the same theme over several selections of the CD choices. We were there at about 10pm and were told the kitchen was closed. Only pizza and Greek salad were available, so a tandoori chicken pizza and a Greek salad were ordered. A bottle of unchilled water with a resealable top was presented upon my request for water.The tando chicken pizza ($15.90) was pretty good, with six or seven slices, enough for on...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 2, 2004

Blackbird Cafe
201 Sussex Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 02 92837385

The Toolshed

Attraction | "Tool Shed"

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The Tool Shed is a small chain store with three locations in Sydney. This upstairs location has a huge offering of adult magazines, toys, videos, erotica, and exotica.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

The Toolshed
81 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney 2010
+61 (02) 9332 2792

Midnight Shift

Attraction | "Midnight Shift Hotel"

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The Midnight Shift Hotel is a hotel with a gay bar.

There are multiple large LCD monitors, a large area inside, a couple of pool tables in the far back, a large aquarium in center of the bar. They were showing Queer As Folk, which had the attention of all the patrons. The audio wasn’t very good, though.

Phone: 02/9360-4463

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Midnight Shift
85 Oxford Street
Sydney, Australia 2010
+61 (0)2 9360 4463

Columbian Hotel

Attraction

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The Columbian Hotel is a hotel and a lesbian/gay bar with a nice, pleasant, older security gentleman greeting us as he inspected my backpack for bottles. A corner location with two floors and a nice wood finish upstairs, the cocktail lounge was closed when we were there. The downstairs was large and fairly busy. We sat down at an unoccupied corner table. There's seating on one side that opens up to the street along Oxford. There were multiple large LCD monitors, and the music was loud, some of it danceable, but no one was dancing, just a lot of chatting.

Phone +2 9360 2151

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Columbian Hotel
117 Oxford St.
Sydney, Australia
+2 9360 2151

Kingsteam

Attraction

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Kingsteam, established in 1974, is Sydney's largest and only sauna on Oxford Street for the gay/bisexual male 18+. The discreet entrance is right next to Goreme, a Turkish kebab place.

The entrance is up a stairway, and it offers two dry saunas, two spas, a steam room, private rooms, gymnasium, video lounge, snack bar, coffee lounge, and public access Internet kiosk. Complimentary condoms and lubricant provided.

Rates vary -- it was ten dollars when we went, plus a five dollar deposit for towel and key, refunded when we returned the towel and key at checkout.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Kingsteam
Level 1 38-42 Oxford St.rst
Sydney, Australia 2010
(+612) 9360 3431

Braintree Hemp

Attraction

Braintree Hemp Photo, Sydney, Australia
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braintree hemp is a little shop selling clothing made from hemp. We browsed and selected a shirt, though the salesperson said that the polo shirt would probably be better at drawing out moisture from the body. I preferred the color of the shirt.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Braintree Hemp
Shop 193, Harbourside Shopping Centre
Sydney, Australia 2000
02 9211 6330

Darling Harbour

Attraction

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Darling Harbour is a rather large area of developed open space and shops. The major attractions include: the Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, an IMAX Theatre, the Powerhouse Museum, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf, and the Harbourside Shopping Centre.One could spend all day here or spend a little time on multiple visits instead.The Chinese Garden of Friendship was already closed when we went by late in the afternoon. The IMAX was playing features that were of no interest. We arrived late at Sydney Aquar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Darling Harbour
King Street Wharf
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9240 8500

Grosvenor Club

Attraction | "Grosvenor Club (The Taxi Club)"

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Grosvenor Club (The Taxi Club) is a gay club, lounge/bar, nightclub, and pub restaurant with a trannie clientele in a friendly environment.

Restaurant:

Breakfast Tue-Fri, 8am-2pm
Lunch Mon-Fri, Noon-2pm
Dinner Daily 6-9:30pm

Café:
Mon-Thu and Sun, 6-11pm
Fri-Sat, 6pm-8am

Phone: 9331 4256
Email: tax@iprimus.com.au

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 29, 2004

Grosvenor Club
40-42 Flinders Street
Sydney, Australia 2010
+61 (0)2 9331 4256

Sydney Opera House

Attraction

Sydney Opera House Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Sydney Opera House is a major performing arts center and a major sight. It is beautifully made inside, having been in the making for many years. A hour-long guided tour allowed us a moment to sit inside and admire the work that makes the house was it is today. Tours of one to 18 people are available for $432.

There's another Backstage Tour that starts 7am, taking 2 hours, at a cost of $140.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

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

Australian Museum

Attraction

Australian Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Australian Museum offered a guided tour that covered the museum and its offerings, including a collection of 68,000 rocks and minerals, the indigenous Australians exhibition, an array of birds and insects and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Allow yourself at least 15 minutes to browse through the museum gift shop to buy something. My partner saw some aboriginal artwork for $20 that he liked, but thought he could get it cheaper elsewhere. It ended up costing us more in terms of time spent looking for it for the rest of the trip. He managed to get something for his wall in Adelaide, our last stop, for the same price. He should have just bought it and b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Australian Museum
6 College Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9320 6000

Sydney Tower

Attraction | "Sydney Tower (aka Centrepoint Tower)"

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Sydney Tower, aka Centrepoint Tower, and the Sky Tour last about an hour, pointing out the different places. Better to see around the city first, prior to visiting this place, and come for the tour as it approaches twilight, as the sky darkens and the city lights are on.

Sun-Fri: 9am-10:30pm, Sat: 9am-11:30pm

Admission Adult $22, child (3-15) $13.20, under 3 free, senior/concession $15.85. Check website for current rates. Credit cards accepted.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Sydney Tower
100 Market Street
Sydney, Australia

Sydney Aquarium

Attraction

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Sydney Aquarium offers displays of mainly water-based life forms that we might not otherwise run into, on a series of different ways of viewing. Allow at least a couple hours, minimum, and more if you're going to be reading all the signs and boards to look through it, else you'll shortchange yourself. There are large tanks sealed from the public, tanks open to the public, and walkways through tubes in the water tanks that display larger collections.

There are different prices, depending on what you want to see. The bottom line price for just this attraction is $22.50 for each adult.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 2, 2004

Sydney Aquarium
Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 8251-7800

Bondi Beach

Attraction

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Bondi Beach is a suburb of Sydney that is reachable from the city via the Sydney bus, nos. 380, 382, or L82 with the destination North Bondi, Dover Heights, Watson’s Bay, or Bondi Beach-about a 45 minute ride. The train at Bondi Junction railway station is 2km away. Once there, ride one of the above buses, a 15-minute ride, to the beach.

It seems like more locals visit here than tourists. We did the cliff walk to Tamarama and saw some beautiful views.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2004

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia
+61 (0)2 9130 5311 (

Bronte Beach

Attraction

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We did the cliff walk along the edge from Bondi Beach to reach here and saw some nice views. This has some extras here that Bondi Beach lacked, like an adjacent park area with a barbeque.

From the city, take Sydney bus no. 378.

Information Centre: +61 02 9130 5311

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2004

Bronte Beach
Bronte Road
Sydney, Australia
Bondi Visitors Infor

Dundee Arms Pub

Attraction

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Dundee Arms Pub, originally from the 1850s, with indoor and outdoor seating for barbeque or just a drink, is now part of the Four Points Darling Harbour Hotel Sydney chain.

The bartender informed us that there was a Japanese department store next door, but that it had closed at the beginning of 2004.

If you order food, you're given a number on the table. The order comes out to match your number perhaps 15 to 20 minutes after your order is submitted, depending on how busy the kitchen is.

Monday to Friday noon to midnight; Saturday 5pm to midnight.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2004

Dundee Arms Pub
161 Sussex St.
Sydney, Australia

Anzac War Memorial

Attraction | "Anzac Memorial"

Anzac War Memorial Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Anzac Memorial, located at Hyde Park South, part of the Austrialian War Memorial, commemorates the women and men in the war efforts. There are statues, military memorabilia and films documenting the self-sacrifice. No photography permitted without permission.

Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm

Phone: 9267 7668

Anzac War Memorial
Hyde Park
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9267 7668

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UrbanRail.net provides a useful map of Sydney's rail system. Metro Transport Sydney owns and operates both the Monorail and the Light Rail.The Monorail, useful for the tourist attractions, has a higher number of employees required to run its operation. The Light Rail is the real heart and soul of the transport for the masses.Monorail operates Monday to Thursday 7am to 10pm;Friday to Saturday 7am to midnight; and Sunday 8am to10pm every 3 to 5 minutes; fares may be purchased at stations. Ages 5 and older for one loop is $4, and the unlimited one-day pass is $8.The Light Rail operates daily between Central ...Read More