Sydney Journals

The City on the Sea

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A July 2009 trip to Sydney by koshkha

Manly Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: A collection of reviews of Sydney's beaches or attractions that rely on the sea for their fame

My Top Tip for Sydney Guidebooks

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I travel a lot and so it’s not surprising that my bookshelves are filled with guidebooks from all over the world. The guidebooks I choose have changed as I’ve got older and as technology – via sites like this one - has opened up a whole world of additional information available for free. The guidebooks I needed as a student backpacker were very different from those I need today. Twenty years ago I favoured Rough Guide or Lonely Planet with their back-packer insights and listings for cheap accommodation and cheap eats. Today I mostly want guidebooks that will inspire me rather than tell me everything I could ever want to know about a place. I don’t need detailed prices and opening times – if I am inter...Read More

Manly Beach

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Attraction | "Marvellous Manly - For Swimmers and Families"

Manly Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Our guidebook told us that a trip to Manly was one of the favourite days out of people living in Sydney so we decided to combine a tour of the Opera House with a trip to Manly and bought tickets to include both our train and boat needs in preparation. Unfortunately nothing ran quite to plan and as a result of a problem on the train lines, we had to walk all the way from Town Hall station to the Opera House and missed our pre-booked tour slot at noon. With our tour rebooked for 1.30, it was almost 3.00 before we were able to get the Manly ferry. Knowing that sunset is around 5.30 in August, it was clear that our trip to Manly was going to be a very quick one but we'd already paid for the ferry and didn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2009

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

Bondi Beach

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Attraction | "Beautiful Bondi - Surfers' Mecca"

Bondi Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia
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When I was seven years old my not long widowed mother decided to take me and my sister to Australia for the summer to visit her brothers who'd both emigrated to Sydney about 10 years earlier. She still has photos of my sister and me in our swimsuits running around a totally empty Bondi Beach, with no more than a solitary baffled looking dog-walker wrapped in coat and scarf watching us in the distance. We were, as she tells it, the only three people on Bondi's massive beach that day because no Australian would want to be on Bondi in the middle of the winter.This year we went back – my mother and step-father inviting me and my husband, my sister and her partner to go with them. My uncle had ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2009

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia
+61 (0)2 9130 5311 (

How to See Historic Sydney

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Hyde Park Barracks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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I found out about the Historic Houses Trust through the Sydney guidebook which I bought for our trip in July 2009. I hadn't done a lot of preparation before we went but I had liked what I'd read about the Elizabeth Bay House and had gone online to look for more information. Since the EBH is one of the Trust's most visited properties, I soon realised that the best way to see a whole bunch of great historic buildings was to buy a so-called 'Ticket Through Time'. As a tourist who's only in the city for a week or two it makes no sense to buy an annual subscription so the Trust offers this special ticket which has a 3 month validity and includes all the houses in their care.The exchange rate wa...Read More

Mint (The)

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Attraction | "The Visit that Won't Cost a Mint"

Mint (The) Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Mint is the headquarters of Sydney’s Heritage Houses Trust and sits on Macquarrie Street close to the Hyde Park Barracks and the parliament building. It was originally part of the so-called ‘Rum Hospital’ which was built in the early 1800s as the first permanent hospital in Sydney. In the 1850s it became the Mint and was used to bring some sense of control to the burgeoning gold mining trade. Of course the British government didn’t trust the locals not to mess things up and sent some experts from the Royal Mint over to supervise the setting up of the local organisation. These days the Mint work is handled elsewhere and the building is treated as a heritage building and houses a number of offices....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 4, 2010

Mint (The)
10 Macquarrie Street
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 8239 2288