Sydney Journals

The Heart of the Harbour: Sydney Cove & Darling Harbour

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An August 2010 trip to Sydney by MagdaDH_AlexH

Sydney Opera House Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
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Darling Harbour

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Attraction | "Tourist trap with some saving graces"

Darling Harbour Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Darling Harbour is a newly (in relative terms) regenerated area located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, on the opposite side of the Miller's Point from Sydney Cove, between Sydney's CBD and the still working-class area of Pyrmont. Although not quite in the Sydney Cove itself, it forms a part of the harbourside Sydney that is all within a walking distance from the Circular Quay. For many years a semi-derelict industrial site, Darling Harbour was eventually developed as a bit glitzy, a bit tacky entertainment and tourist area and an attempted focus of commercial activities for Sydney's visitors and, to perhaps lesser extent, locals.This aim is at the root of Darling Harbour's suc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

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

Australian National Maritime Museum

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Attraction | "Aussie fleet"

Australian National Maritime Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Australian National Maritime Museum is one of the prime attractions of Sydney's Darling Harbour, taking up extensive area on the northern (Pyrmont) side of the development. The Museum incorporates the main building, which houses numerous galleries of varied interest, holding both permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a number of vessels (and not just vessels, because the Cape Bowling Green lighthouse is also there, transported wholesale after a new tower was built) moored to the quay nearby. The permanent exhibitions in the main building (rather attractive structure itself, a wavey-roofed giant boatshed) are moderately diverting and quite educational, with varied disp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9298 3777

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Attraction | "Cutting the blobby edge "

Museum of Contemporary Art Photo, Sydney, Australia
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MCA, or Museum of Contemporary Art is Sydney's art gallery dedicated to modern art, and specifically, the contemporary art of the moment. The MCA is situated in the very centre of Sydney's life, in the Harbour area, at West Circular Quay.Located in what used to be Maritime Services Board building from the 1930's, MCA now offers large exhibition spaces devoted to the newest and most current in visual arts.MCA is easy to get to by public transport (including bus, train and ferry) and as it's free to enter, can be easily explored in one longer trip or in several shorter visits. The Museum also offers free guided tours (daily at 11am and 1pm, weekends also at 3pm) by th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9245 2400

The Rocks

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Attraction | "The Rocks and the Walsh Bay"

The Rocks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Rocks are the oldest part of Sydney (this is "old" in Australian terms, of course), at some point a maze of rather dodgy alleyways dotted with pubs, a quarter where the wharfies and other port workers lived, a slum where bubonic plague broke out in 1900 and conditions were so bad that authorities contemplated complete obliteration of the area. Drinking establishments, brothels and crowded dwellings were frequented by sailors from the nearby port, prostitutes and other unsavoury characters. The area has undergone something of a revival since early 1970's and became largely gentrified, as many historic port and industrial areas in large European cities have, although it still apparently ...Read More

The Rocks
Southern Shore of Sydney Harbour
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
+61 (0)2 9240 8500

Circular Quay

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Attraction | "Circular Quay: the Heart of the Harbour"

Circular Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Circular Quay is the name given to part of the Sydney Cove that forms the main transport interchange for this part of Sydney's CBD as well as a location of several tourist attractions and possibly a place with the highest concentration of Sydney icons in the city. The heart of the Quay is at the top of it, where the yellow-and-green Sydney ferries dart back and forth connecting many parts of the city built on and around the great many inlets of the Sydney Harbour. The same terminal has a city train stop and many of Sydney buses have stops behind the train and ferry terminal. On the eastern side the Quay extends towards the Bennelong Point with the stunningly beautiful Sydn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2010

Circular Quay
Sydney Cove
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
61 2 9251 4164

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Attraction | "Walking the Coathanger"

Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in a city that has more than its fair share of instantly recognisable buildings and places. Built in 1932, it is still world's widest long-span bridge, the tallest steel arch bridge and among the longest spanning-arch bridges. The arch has a span of 503 meters and is 134 metres from top to water level and it carries eight lanes of road traffic, two railway tracks, a bicycle path and a foot-way. The bridge was constructed to replace a ferry that at the time of the construction was used to transport 40,000 a day between Sydney's CBD and North Sydney and its construction was first proposed in early 20th century. John Bradfield was res...Read More

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

Sydney Opera House

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Attraction | "The Aussie icon of icons"

Sydney Opera House Photo, Sydney, Australia
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... after the Harbour Bridge, although that's arguable, and possibly shouldn't even be argued as it's the whole ensemble of the Opera, Bridge and the harbour itself that pretty much makes Sydney what it is, at least in terms of views and general picturesqueness. The Opera House is actually less of an opera house and more of a general performing arts venue, with a concert hall being the biggest stage, and as such is undoubtedly a worthy location in the biggest and busiest (although perhaps not the most cultured) Australian city. The prices are high (as expected) and for the vast majority of visitors to Sydney it's the Opera House as an iconic structure that matters, and not what is performe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2010

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