Sydney Journals

Far Side of the World, Part I

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A May 2006 trip to Sydney by c_rau

A Day in the Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: My brush with greatness: 3 days in Sydney.

Far Side of the World, Part I

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Overview

A Day in the Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney is a world class city; the Miami of the Pacific, for a comparison. This is a good looking city full of good looking people. Walking down the street, I would see young urban professionals in the latest fashions, then a retired couple in Polo shirts walking hand in hand, mothers pushing babies in strollers, students with messy hair slinging back packs, and all different nationalities within these groups. The streets were clean, but not sterile; buildings were modern, yet classic; stores were busy, restaurants were packed. When you walked down the street you had to walk around them because they were always so engaged in conversion with their companions they tended to walk at a slower pace. Life wa...Read More

Four Points Sydney

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Hotel | "Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour"

Four Points Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The only reason I booked the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, was because it was the cheapest hotel in Sydney in the Starwood network. A firm believer in "you get what you pay for," I had my doubts as to whether this hotel would be near what I wanted to be near or how nice it would be. The hotel put those fears to rest. First thing they did to impress me was to allow check in at 7am. I had emailed the concierge with this request earlier, she could not guarantee it. After a sleepless 15-hour flight, I was relieved to be able to have a bed and a shower. And what a bed; it was a sweet sleeper bed just like at the regular Sheratons. It made the adjustment to another continent easier. Th...Read More

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

Doyle's Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Doyle's Cafe"

Doyle's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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By far one of my best memories of Sydney was sitting on the outdoor patio at Doyle's eating a fantastic lunch in the fall sun and looking across Circular Quay at the Opera House. It didn't get any better! When I walked by the place coming from the The Rocks Market, I knew I had to eat there. However, I was unaware that the place did not take American Express until after I was seated. I had left my VISA card back at the hotel and only had A$30 cash on me. This was a problem because Doyle's was expensive. You were paying for the view, which was totally worth it. However, I found the perfect lunch on the menu, Pasta and Prawns. Lightly grilled prawns over pasta with herbs. It was exactly what ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2006

Doyle's Seafood Restaurant
Harbour Bridge End-Int'l Shipping Terminal
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9252-3400

Rocks Market

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Attraction | "The Rocks Market"

Rocks Market Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Looking for authentic Australian arts and crafts? The Rocks Market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm. It takes places on two streets, George and Playfair rain or shine. A series of triangular tents (very much like the opera house sails) shield patrons and crafters from the elements. There are also several food vendors to feed your appetite and one or two musicians performing to keep you entertained. I found out about the Market from the Rocks website (www.therocks.com). A list of vendors along with information about them is given on the website so I was able to get some idea what I could buy before I even left for my trip. Every medium is represented from sketches, painting and pho...Read More

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

Manly Beach

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Attraction

Manly Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia
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After my 15-hour sleepless flight across the Pacific Ocean, I wisely made Manly Beach my first stop in Sydney. It was so easy to get to. I just walked to Circular Quay, purchased a ticket for the 11:30 ferry and hopped on. The ride was only 30 minutes. There was a Jet Cat ferry that makes the trip in 15 minutes, but it didn't make another run until 4pm That was OK because the leisurely pace of the regular ferry was good for my jet lag hangover. At the ferry terminal in Manly, it was a walk across the street to the Curso, the boardwalk of shops and fish & chip places that separate the beach from the town. The fish & chips smelled good and the shops looked inviting with lots of knick knacks t...Read More

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Manly Beach
The Corso
Sydney, Australia 2095
+61 (0)2 9977 1088

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb"

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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You must be age 10 or over and you must be in good physical condition. The climb took over 3 hours; a good chunk of my day. Also wear running shoes for comfort and traction. First me and my group, around 10 to 12 people, were herded into a small room where we had to sign our lives away and given a breathalyzer test. We were instructed to empty all pockets and to remove jewelry. We were escorted into the changing room where we put the jumpsuit on over our regular clothes. The jumpsuits zip all the way up to your neck and there’s elastic on the sleeves and legs. Finally you pass through a metal detector before you are turned over to your climb guide. Ours was Sasha, who showed us how to put our tet...Read More

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

Captain Cook Cruises

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Story/Tip

Captain Cook Cruises Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Part dining experience, part nightlife and part boat tour, this was an interesting experience. One of the things I wanted to do in Sydney was take a harbor cruise at night so I could see the city all lit up. After some online research, I chose Captain Cook Cruises. They’ve been in business for 35 years and had several ships with many types of cruises. Their ticket office was also at Circular Quay, which I could find easily. Captain Cook Cruises offered everything from afternoon buffet and evening dinner cruises to week-long cruises up the eastern coast and even to Fiji. I chose the Sunday Twilight cruise, which started at 7pm and finished at 9pm. There weren’t too many of us when the boa...Read More