Sydney Journals

Australia - The Land Down Under

A December 2004 trip to Sydney by Slaney

Holiday Inn Old Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Australia is a country we have always wanted to visit. It is such a vast country that we couldn't see everything, so we picked the places important for us to see in the short time we had.

Holiday Inn Old Sydney

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Hotel | "Old Sydney Holiday Inn"

Holiday Inn Old Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Situated in the historic Rocks area, it looks to be a renovated older building. The foyer inside is very large, with a high glass roof. The restaurant is on a balcony overlooking this foyer, and passageways to rooms run along two sides, making it look as if it is set around a courtyard which has had a roof put on. We arrived at 7:30am and, of course, our room was not ready. We had to wait until 1pm before it was ready, and by this time, we were drooping, so we went straight to bed. The room consisted of two twin beds, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, and bathroom with wash basin, toilet, and shower over the bath. There was also an iron and board. The swimming pool was on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Holiday Inn Old Sydney
55 GEORGE STREET
Sydney, Australia 2000
61-2-92520524

Bakers Oven

Restaurant

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This place was about five minutes' walk from the Old Sydney Holiday Inn. From the outside, it looked like a bakery, but it had a courtyard out the back with tables. Some of the tables were in the alley and could be cool if there was a breeze in the evening. It was open at about 7:30am for breakfast, right through to between 7 and 8pm, depending on when they had sold out of food. The food was good and plentiful, and the servers were quick and friendly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Bakers Oven
121 George Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9247 9978

Hermitage

Restaurant

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It was 7pm on New Years Eve, and we were very lucky to be let in, as all the tables were reserved for later. We were told we had one hour, but we were never hurried over our meal. The waiter stood and chatted with us as if we had all the time in the world. We had steak and chips with a glass of draught Budweiser, and it was very enjoyable.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Hermitage
Harrington Street
Sydney, Australia

Sydney Monorail and Light Rail

Attraction | "Monorail"

Sydney Monorail and Light Rail Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We paid Aus$4 each for this trip. It was a round trip which only lasted 10 minutes, but we were able to get on or off as we liked. We did the round trip first to see what was on offer. The journey went across Pyrmont Bridge, where we glimpsed Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour, Sydney Convention Centre, China Town, and the Chinese Gardens. We chose to alight at Cockle Bay (where the aquarium is) and spent an enjoyable few hours wandering round.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Sydney Monorail and Light Rail

Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 8584 5288

New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve Photo, Sydney, Australia
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All day, the Rocks area had been closed off to traffic to prepare for the celebrations. Our view from the roof of the Old Sydney Holiday Inn must have been one of the best. There were two sets of firworks, one at 9pm for the children and one at midnight for the New Year. We were given a bottle of champagne in our room and a glass of it each time we went to the rooftop. Everyone was in good spirits and chatting whilst we waited for the start, and we met some interesting people. The thing that puzzled me was that at midnight, there was no wishing everyone "Happy New Year"; we were all too occupied watching the fireworks and photographing them. The ships in Circular Quay were illuminated and all hoo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

New Year's Eve
Sydney Harbour
Sydney, Australia

Captain Cook Cruises Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We opted for the evening cruise to see Sydney from the water. We set off during daylight and were able to watch the sun set under the harbour bridge and the lights of the skyscrapers light the city. It also gave us a good view of people on the bridge climb.

There was a commentary on board which pointed out all the highlights, including the apartment block in Darling Harbour where Russell Crowe is supposed to have an apartment.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

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

Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Attraction

Featherdale Wildlife Park Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Trips were advertised from Aus$61 per person from Sydney. We researched at the Information Centre on George Street and found we could go by train (Aus$6.40 each return) from Circular Quay to Blacktown, then #725 bus (Aus$1.80 each, one-way) to the wildlife park. We found a discount coupon which gave one free adult entry so the whole trip cost us just over Aus$25 for the both of us, and we could stay as long as we wanted. The journey took just over an hour. Featherdale is full of native animals, such as koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, flying foxes, and birds such as kookaburras, emus, etc. For me, the best part was being able to pet the koalas. They are so cute and soft to the touch. They just cli...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

Featherdale Wildlife Park
217 Kildare Road Doonside (near Blacktown)
Sydney, Australia 2767
+61 (0)2 9622 1644

Bondi Explorer

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Attraction | "Bondi Explorer - Blue Bus"

Bondi Explorer Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Your Aus$36 gives you a round-trip journey from Circular Quay visiting beaches, bays, districts, the racecourse and the cricket ground on a hop-on, hop-off basis. The buses run everyday from 8:45am, with the last round trip beginning at 4:15pm and arriving back at Circular Quay at 6:15pm. The complete journey takes two hours. You don't have to return on the last bus, though, as your ticket allows you free travel on the regular Sydney buses up to midnight of the same day. We booked our tickets through the Tourist Information Centre on George Street, but you can just hop on and buy a ticket from the driver. At the start of the journey, the driver starts an audio tape which gives information on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

Bondi Explorer
Level 28, 100 Miller Street
Sydney, Australia 2060
+61 (0)2 9245 5644

Sydney

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Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We chose to visit in Australia's summer(?). We arrived at 6:30am via an overnight flight from Singapore in sandals, summer clothes, and no coats--it was absolutely freezing cold. The sky was dull grey and overcast. We were told it was quite cool for that time of the year! Lucky for us, this was the only day of cold--after this, the days were hot, but the evenings were cool. Sydney is a wonderful city with plenty of varied things to occupy the tourist. Just to sit in Circular Quay, with its entertainers, ferries, restaurants, cafes, etc., and people-watch is entertainment. The view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the climbers, like ants making their way up, across, and down again, and the Oper...Read More

Manly

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Manly Photo, Sydney, Australia
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A ferry ride (Aus$12 return) away from Sydney is the small town of Manly. It is a busy little town, but obviously quieter than Sydney. It has one main street, with lots of shops and two beaches--one each end of the main street. There are also lots of restaurants offering fish and chips--we felt quite at home!! One of the beaches seemed to be used by surf schools and activity groups, as there were children being taught to surf. This beach has a wide promenade with shelters and benches. At one point in the day, there seemed to be a shark alert. Everyone came out of the sea and stood, looking out to the horizon. We watched for a while but could not see anything. The other beach--at the ...Read More