Sydney Journals

Sydney environs: out of the CBD

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An August 2010 trip to Sydney by MagdaDH_AlexH

Manly Ferry Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Attractions and tales from when we got a bit further afield in Sydney

Botany Bay

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Attraction | "Follow the first landings"

Botany Bay Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Botany Bay is around ten miles from the centre of Sydney: the famous and oh-so-picturesque Sydney Harbour is actually Port Jackson as Botany Bay was found to be too inhospitable for settlement initially. Now the city has stretched to the Bay and way beyond that, and the area around Botany Bay is heavily industrialised, with many large-scale installations including Sydney's main international airport. Despite that, the area retains its historical importance and also some relatively unspoilt countryside and the headlands on both sides of the Botany Bay have been formed into Botany Bay National Park and offer some decent walking along rocky coasts, wooded areas and some good views. **...Read More

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Botany Bay
South of the Sydney Central Business District
Sydney, New South Wales

South Cronulla Beach

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Attraction | "Beach culture"

South Cronulla Beach Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We spent most of our time in Sydney in the centre of the city, staying in the Annandale suburb of Inner West and sightseeing in and around the so called CBD or Central Business District, with a few trips to other attractions. It's possible that we were one of the very rare visitors who, despite being in the city for over two weeks never made it to the Bondi Beach!But we did, in addition to the obligatory Manly Ferry, get out of the inner Sydney and braved the true suburbs one weekend, spending couple of days in and around Cronulla, a beach suburb par excellence located twenty miles south of the Sydney's main core, past the industrial and historic area of Botany Bay and bordered by the next...Read More

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South Cronulla Beach
Gerrale Street
Sydney, Australia 2230
+61 (0)2 9527 0828 (

troll in Balmain, Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Glebe is an inner-city area of Sydney, located a couple of miles south-west of the Sydney CBD and a part of Inner-West region of the city. Glebe is situated on the Sydney Harbour (Blackwattle Bay) and borders the water to the north, while to the south it's bordered by the busy Paramatta Road and (nearer to the city) the Broadway. To the west of Glebe is Annandale suburb, The main thoroughfare in Glebe is Glebe Point Road an attractive urban street full of cafes, restaurants and shops including one of the best independent bookshops in Australia (Glebebooks) and one of the best cake shops in Sydney (Glebe Pudding Shop: their chocolate cake, or should I say creamy gateau, is the best I ever ...Read More

Bar Italia

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Restaurant | "OK Italian"

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Bar Italia is a Sydney institution, located in the Little Italy district of Leichhardt and now run by (or at least that's who's visible in the kitchen and behind the counter) East Asians, it offers a firmly Italian menu of pasta, meat and chicken dishes, coffee and ice-cream. We came here with our Sydney host one late Monday evening after NOT eating in a place of our choice as it was closed, and we had a plate of pasta each, ice-cream and coffee. The décor is not exactly up to date and the whole place, and especially the outside area to the back, seems a bit dingy. But it's not the décor that matters in cheap and cheerful local restaurants. You order food at the bar...Read More

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Bar Italia
169 Norton Street
Leichhardt, NSW 2040
(02) 9560 9981

Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Luscious Lakemba Lebanese"

Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney is one of the most multi-cultural cities in Australia and among many of the nationalities that Sydneysiders originate among, Lebanese make quite a contribution. On the gastronomic front this can be plainly seen at one of the Sydney's many Lebanese eateries. Lakemba is a centre of Lebanese Australian life, with about 15% of the population claiming Lebanese ethnicity, but with the whole district having predominantly Muslim character (despite the fact that only a third of Lakemba inhabitants are Muslims), with shops, take-aways and restaurants catering to the Middle-eastern clientele. We were taken to Lakemba by our Sydney host not to research ethnic districts of Sydney tho...Read More

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Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant
30B Haldon St, Lakemba
Sydney, New South Wales 2195
+61 (0)2 9740 35

Manly Ferry

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Attraction | "Ferry across to Manly"

Manly Ferry Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The iconic green and yellow ferries ply the Sydney Harbour, being a part of city's public transport system but also an excellent and inexpensive way of seeing the city from the water, and exploring the Sydney Harbour. Ferry to Manly is one of the most popular trips in Sydney (and one of the longest) as it takes the visitor from the ferry terminal at Circular Quay across most of the Jackson Harbour to the north-eastern suburb of Manly with its open ocean-facing beach. Manly is a popular tourist destination, a beach resort par excellence with plenty of accommodation, but Sydneysiders come here of a day or an afternoon trip for a stroll, a swim, an ice-cream or fish and chips. On ...Read More

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Manly Ferry
Circular Quay
Sydney, Australia