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12 Days in Oz - Sydney

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A June 2001 trip to Sydney by Montse

Amp Tower Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: This is journal 1 of 3 for this trip. 12 days --4 in Syndney, 4 in Cairns, and 4 in Melbourne. An amazing trip, everything from hot air ballooning to snorkeling to walks in the rainforest.

12 Days in Oz - Sydney

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Overview

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In Sydney, highlights: Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting the Opera House, the Explorer Bus, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Blue Mountain Tour, and Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary.Quick Tips: We visited Sydney in the Australian winter, which was my summer. The weather in Sydney during the winter was beautiful, about 60 - 70F degress during the day and no cooler than 50F at night. You might need a light jacket in their winter, but you'll save a lot of money over the summer prices and there's less tourists. For tourist information, one of the best places to go is The Rocks Visitors Center located at at 106 George Street. (Just a short walk from Sydney Harbour A...Read More

Amp Tower

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Restaurant | "Sydney AMP Tower Revolving Restaurant"

Amp Tower Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The AMP tower is 304 meters tall and has a huge mall at the bottom. At the top, is a revolving retaurant where you can get a 3 course meal or a buffet dinner. Once you enter the tower, you'll go to a booth where they check your reservation and then you'll be ushered to one of the elevators (or lifts)where you take your 40 second ride to the top of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. At the top, you enter the dimly lit revolving restaurant. The view of the city is breath-taking at night. The center contains a full course buffet with appetizers, dinner, and dessert. The food is decent, but not great. You are paying for the location and view. The night we were...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

Amp Tower
100 Market Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 (2) 8223 3800

Caminetto Italian Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Caminetto is situated in The Rocks area, a short walk from Circular Quay. This is traditional home made Italian food. We dined at the cafe outside the restaurant. The menu includes salads, pizza and pasta with steak, chicken, veal and seafood. Though we didn't eat them, the rock oysters which are served either hot or cold are a famous dish here. We saw a number or people eating prawn (shrimp) pizza. Vegeterians can get veggie lasagna or stuffed ravioli. Thursday through Sunday there are musicians that wander around to serenade the diners with Italian music. The restaurant was rather busy while we were there; however, the waiter was very attentive. We shared garlic bre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2002

Caminetto Italian Restaurant
13-17 Playfair Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 02 9247 5787

Blue Mountains National Park

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Attraction | "Blue Mountain 4 wheel Drive"

Blue Mountains National Park Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The tour we took started with a stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary where you could view native Austrlian animals. This zoo is clean and well organized and the staff is very friendly. You can pat or have your picture taken with koalas, kookaburras and kangaroos. After visiting the sanctuary, you head to the Blue Mountains for a a 4 wheel drive. This a true 4 wheel trip on an unkept road. You'll bounce around in the truck like you never thought possible. (This trip is not for someone who gets motion sickness.) You'll stop to look out at some of the sheer cliffs. Next, you'll drive up another mountain to a small restaurant which used to be the old post office. Lunch is includ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2001

Blue Mountains National Park
Katoomba.
Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "Bridge Climb"

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This is not a walk across the bridge, its a climb over the top. Guides will tell you that a climbers have ranged in age from a 12 years old child to a 90 year old man. You'll need to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Once you check in, you'll watch a short video on the climb. After, in the next room you'll sign some paper work and take a beathalizer test. Then, onto the changing room where you empty your pockets, and put on your bridge climb suit. Next you meet your bridge climb guide and begin some practive runs on the bridge pieces that they've created inside the building. After you've completed your practice runs with your group, you move on to get the rest of your gea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2001

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

Sydney Harbour-Port Jackson

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Attraction | "Sydney Harbour"

Sydney Harbour-Port Jackson Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Though I mentioned it in my Intro, for tourist information, one of the best places to go is The Rocks Visitors Center located at at 106 George Street. (Just a short walk from Sydney Harbour.) At the center you will find very helpful guides who are multi-lingual. Additionally, there are complimentary booking services that allow you to reserve tickets, restaurants, and activities such as the bridge climb. Sydney Harbor is amazingly clean and safe. It's a transportation hub where there are water taxis, buses, trains, boats, and taxis. You are minutes from the Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, the AMP Tower, and many other attractions. It's very pretty during the day, peop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

Sydney Harbour-Port Jackson
East Coast
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9337 5355

Sydney Explorer

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Attraction

Sydney Explorer Photo, Sydney, Australia
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On our Blue Mountain 4 wheel drive, we met a another American tourist and we all decided to go meet and take the Explorer bus the next day. We saved a few bucks by going as a "family", $35US for the three of us. As I've mentioned in my other articles, Sydney is a very clean city. The buses are no different. In fact they were amazingly clean and nice, a welcome change in comparison to Boston Public Transportation. Additionally, the bus is climate controlled for your comfort. This bus makes 26 stops around the city. You can get on and off at your leisure all day. It picks up approximately every 10 minutes. There's a taped narration with history. Some of the drivers will actually a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2001

Sydney Explorer
Any of its 25 stops
Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour

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Attraction

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Darling Harbour is for people of all ages. You'll find the Harborside Mall, Sydney Aquarium, Imax Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, Fish Market, Maritime Museum, and even the Star City Casino all near by. Not to mention many other museums, gardens, and places to shop. The harbor itself is pretty to look at, both day and night. The mall contains restuarants, cafes, and all the regular stores. I got a Lowe camera bag on clearance there for about $12US which was an amazing deal. In the mall you'll also find a 1 hour photo developing shop. I was able to get my APS film developed there. The monorail has a stop at Darling harbor and loops around the city. For few dollars you can ride the ful...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2002

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