Sydney Journals

The rest of Sydney CBD

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An August 2010 trip to Sydney by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Attraction | "Fabulous Aussie Art"

Art Gallery of New South Wales Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is one of the largest art galleries in Australia, established in 1897, and is a public gallery with free entry to main exhibitions, devoted to European, Australian and Asian art. The gallery is located in a grand Neo-Classical building at the edge of the Sydney's Domain parkland, although new modern wings have been added (but are not visible from the main entrance) since the foundation. The gallery has a fabulous collection of paintings, including major European Old Masters and some of the best works by the best Australian painters. These are exhibited in permanent displays as is a diverse collection of Asian, Pacific and Aboriginal art....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9225 1744

Queen Victoria Building

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Attraction | "Victorian shopping arcade"

Queen Victoria Building Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Queen Victoria Building is an ornate upmarket shopping arcade in Sydney, described by the French designer Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world". The building itself is a major attraction, designed as a show-stopping replacement for the market that previously took place at the site and completed in 1898. Queen Victoria Building or QVB was created in neo-Romanesque style by the Scottish-born and trained architect George McRae and originally housed a concert hall, tradesmen' offices, shops, cafes and showrooms. After a period of decline in the role of council offices, it was restored in the 1980's and is now an upmarket shopping gallery, housing higher-end high-s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Queen Victoria Building
455 George Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9265 6869

Royal Botanic Gardens

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Attraction | "Past and present in the green domain"

Royal Botanic Gardens Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney's Botanic Gardens form an over sixty acres oasis of peace and greenery in the heart of the urban bustle of Sydney. Right next to the city's Central Business District, near the Circular Quay and a stone's throw from the state Art Gallery and Library of New South Wales. The Gardens were officially founded in 1816, as an extension of the Governor's Domain which was originally a farm (in fact, the first farm in Australia) and then an area of parkland created in the late 1780's in order to separate the Governor and his mansion from the convicts in the penal colony. The purpose of the Gardens as a scientific research institution dedicated to collecting and study of plants dates to the a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs. Macquaries Road
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
61 (0)2 9231 8111

Sydney Tower

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Attraction | "Taking natural advantage"

Sydney Tower Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney Tower is a purpose-built lookout tower located in the middle of the Sydney's Central Business DistrictAs far as towers go, the Sydney one is neither spectacularly attractive or particularly high by world standards (although it is among Australia's tallest three free-standing structures at 305. meters above the street level), but it undoubtedly can boast one of the best views of all the lookout towers in the world, providing a panorama the city and the harbour around which Sydney spreads out. Paradoxically, Sydney is so full of great views that the vantage point offered by the Tower is perhaps a little bit of a disappointment, not that the views are bad, because they are not, but bec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Sydney Tower
100 Market Street
Sydney, Australia

Luna Park Sydney

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Attraction | "Nostalgic amusements"

Luna Park Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney's Lunapark stands proudly on the North Shore of Sydney's Jackson Harbour, entered through a huge laughing face of a clown flanked by two fairytale castle towers, colourful in the daytime and glitteringly lit at night. An amusement park was opened at the location in 1935, soon after the Harbour Bridge was constructed and one has been operating here for most of the time since, although the management, the rides and the opening times varied, and the whole park was rebuilt several times, notably for three years in the early 1980's due to safety concerns (a disastrous fire resulted in a death of seven people in 1979). The current park has been open since 2004, but the charac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Luna Park Sydney
1 Olympic Drive - Milsons Point
Sydney, Australia
+61 (2) 9033 7676