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A Semester Down Under

A July 2006 trip to Australia by rkaleal

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: A semester abroad in the Land of Oz.

A Semester Down Under

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Overview

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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When in Sydney, and surrounding areas, it is best to travel using the train system (City Rail). Tickets are quite cheap, and the trains run regularly. To travel longer distances, plan to fly as driving will take quite a long time. Also, remember that in Australia they drive on the left which may cause additional problems for you!Quick Tips: Make sure that you devote plenty of time to Australia. Few people realize that it is as big as the United States, and coming for 7 days will not allow you to see the entire country. Know that flying from Sydney to Perth (Western Australia) is about 2000 miles and Sydney to Cairns (Queensland, up north) is about 1300 miles, so devoting entire days to tra...Read More

Ocean Room

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Restaurant

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The Ocean Room on the Pier at Circular key is defiantly a pearl in Sydney Harbour. We dined there before heading to the Symphony at the Opera House, and because we informed the staff that we needed to be done with dinner at a certain time, they made sure our meals were prepared quickly.While the menu is mainly seafood, those of us who do not enjoy seafood have plenty of options as well. While my friend enjoyed the perch, I absolutely loved my aged Angus beef, which was served with green beans (also tasty!). The steak was cooked perfectly, and it had great flavour. For dessert, we both had the chocolate sampler, which also was excellent. Three different types of chocolates served, with beautifu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Ocean Room
Circular Quay West
Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
+61 (2) 8273 1277

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Attraction | "Bridge Climb"

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You've seen the harbour bridge in pictures, you may have taken the train or driven across it, but now it is time to climb it! Bridge Climb offers tourists a chance to climb over 1400 steps to the "summit" (as they call it) of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Operating daily from dawn until night, they have climbs occurring every 10 minutes. Prices start around AUD$150 for weekday climbs, AUD$180 for weekend climbs, and significantly more for the dawn and dusk climbs each day. Reservations for a climb are not required, but if you are trying to fit it in with other activities in Sydney, I would recommend making them. The experience starts when you are breathalyzed to ensure you are not into...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

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

Sydney Olympic Park

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Attraction | "Olympic Stadium"

Sydney Olympic Park Photo, Sydney, Australia
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If you are into the Olympics, or just want to walk on a piece of history, a day trip to Sydney Olympic Park is for you. Just a short hop (about 15 minutes) from Central Rail Station on a train will bring you directly to the site. Train tickets are about AUD$4 for a return ticket. Once at Olympic Park, you have many options to see the facilities. There is a tour of the Stadium, a walking tour of the grounds, or you can choose to walk it yourself or rent a bike and peddle around the area! I would suggest a walking tour, as that is what I did, and it provides a great opportunity to see the buildings and have someone explain to you what they are. If you plan to explore yourself, I would suggest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Sydney Olympic Park
Showground Road and Herb Elliott Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
02 9714 7888

Sydney Opera House

Attraction | "The Sydney Symphony"

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If you enjoy culture and are in Sydney, a must-do is seeing the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.

To book tickets, simply go to the Sydney Opera House box office. Tickets range from about AUD$40 to AUD$93, but the $93 tickets are worth every penny!

Expect a much smaller performance hall that what it seems it should be—I was very surprised by this. Know also that formal dress is not required; they indicate that 'jeans and a smart shirt' are fine, but I would go for khakis and a smart shirt at a minimum. Also know that you will end up spending money on drinks either before or during the intermission of the performance—so bring extra money.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

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