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A January 2005 trip to Sydney by sjmclaughlin

Radisson Kestrel Manly Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: There's no better way to escape the cold, snowy winter than to head to Sydney for some sun. Yes, it's the other side of the world, and the trip is unbearably long, but once you're there, it's all worth it--warm sunshine, beautiful beaches, friendly people, and fantastic wines.
Radisson Kestrel Manly Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia
Our room at the Radisson was large and contained all the amenities you could ask for--air-conditioning, cable TV, minibar, complimentary tea and coffee. We had a room in the South Tower, set back between two buildings, but we still had a pretty good view of the ocean. The balcony overlooked the small pool below.

For better views from your balcony, ask for an ocean-facing room in the north tower.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Radisson Kestrel Manly Beach
Sydney, Australia 2095

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Harbour Marriott is conveniently located a few blocks from Circular Quay. As a tourist, it was a perfect place to stay--easy to get to the ferries, close to the rocks, the bridge, and the opera house. It's a very comfortable 32-floor hotel with great views of the harbour and Sydney Opera House. The week we were there, the hotel was hosting a large conference for a Japanese company. The hotel was completely full. We had booked a room with two double beds, but they only had a room with a king bed available. After much complaining from me, they gave us a corner room and offered a roll-away bed. The next day, they moved us to an upgraded room on the 27th floor with an Opera House ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
30 Pitt Street
Sydney 2000
+61 (2) 9259-7000

Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo Photo, Sydney, Australia
Taronga Zoo is a lot of fun for kids and adults. We saw all the usual zoo animals--elephants, lions, chimps, reptiles, bears, seals, penguins, etc.--as well as local Australian animals like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingos, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, wombats, emus, etc.

The best part of Taronga is the view. It's set up on a hill with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and the Bridge. It's accessible by ferry from Circular Quay, then a short cable-car ride up to the zoo entrance.

Get there early if you want to get your picture taken with a koala.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

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Climbers waving Photo, Sydney, Australia
There's no cooler way to get great views of the city than from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The climb takes you along the lower walkway of the bridge, under the cars, to four sets of steep ladders, where you climb up between lanes seven and eight of the traffic. That's the hard part. From there, it's easy steps up the top part of the bridge's arch. Being not exactly in the best physical condition of my life, I had expected to be in a lot of pain after the bridge climb. But it wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected. All along the climb, our guide pointed out famous Sydney sights and celebrity homes and told stories from when the bridge was built. She also takes several p...Read More