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On the Rocks with a Splash

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A January 2002 trip to Sydney by dawn

Chinese Garden of Friendship Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: Sydney is full of surprises! What else would you expect from a place that began as a penal colony and turned into a beautiful city that reflects a rainbow of lights into the harbor below? Aussie's take their multiracial population combining the best and making it mainstream.

On the Rocks with a Splash

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Overview

famous Opera house Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Darling Harbor is a family playground where children climb in special play zones and groups pedal boats on a manmade lagoon. In the distance, water ripples and spills along bricked walkways framing the convention center. This is an area of festivals surrounded by high-end shopping and visitor attractions in a compact location. You are within walking distance of my favorite area--The Rocks-- where the 11 ships from England disgorged 1,200 convicts, soldiers, and their families from 8 months of hell on the high sea in late 1788. Old warehouses are now specialty shops and galleries where free entertainment happens every single day. From the Rocks, it's a few short blocks to the Circular Qu...Read More

Waterfront Restaurant

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Restaurant

Waterfront Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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This old stone and wood warehouse has been turned into several fine restaurants where it would be best to book an outside seat in summer to watch the sunset and the boats wander in the harbor. The nautical theme extends to the several stories tall trio of ship masts that uphold the tent for the outdoor part of the restaurant. You can ask to be seated inside as well if the weather is bad. The Sydney Opera house will be across the water to your right and the famous Sydney Bridge is to your left...no finer location for a great view and to watch people on the promenade. Once the sun sets, lights twinkle on and are reflected off the water below. We started with the lobster bisque soup th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Waterfront Restaurant
Campbell's Warf
Sydney, Australia
+61 (02) 9247-3666

Daintree Cafe

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Restaurant

Daintree Cafe Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We were walking by this place at lunch time and saw the menu offering the Native Tasting Plate (serves 2) that included kangaroo, crocodile, barramundi, gouyons, roasted witjuti grub, steamed yabbie, and warrigal greens. WOW! What else can you do when you are a tourist who has just been sucked into town? How could one possibly resist? Especially when we wandered further into the ritzy harbor and saw that other cafes offered this same deal for 20% more! We kept thinking..."all this unidentifiable but edible foods for $24.90A?? What an adventure!" We trekked on back to get our Australian Native experience..which was probably not really native at all, but that's beside the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Daintree Cafe
Sega World Complex
Sydney, Australia
+61 02 9264-4444

Queen Victoria Building

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Attraction

Queen Victoria Building Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Queen Victoria building was constructed in 1898 in celebration of the golden jubilee as a market place. As with many historical buildings, it fell into ruin and almost ended up being torn down but was saved in the nick of time! After a tremendous reconstruction project it re-opened in 1986 with the red stone exterior radiating strength of character and determination once again! The building has two wings that are four levels each spreading beyond a central domed entry. Look up at the beautiful stained glass dome that is surrounded by carved wood ornamentation. Directly in front of you is a wood staircase that connects the floors resting on the mosaic tiled entry. There are also escalators...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

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

Sydney Aquarium

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Attraction

Sydney Aquarium Photo, Sydney, Australia
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This is a museum that explores life along the mangrove habitats, the Darling River, the open ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef. It was fun in the platypus area where I not only saw one, but read that the first dried platypus specimen sent to Britain in 1798 was believed to be a hoax! They thought that a beak of a duck was stuck onto a small furry mammal! Did you know that the Platypus stores food within it's cheeks like a squirrel? Below is a little quiz I put together for you from things I learned: 1.) What fish can live out of water, has eyes on top of it's head like a frog, and seems to crawl about? a) Spotted Unicorn b) Mudskipper c) Ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Sydney Aquarium
Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 8251-7800

Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Attraction | "Chinese Friendship Garden"

Chinese Garden of Friendship Photo, Sydney, Australia
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In 1988, this garden was given as a gift to the people of Sydney from the people of China. This is a very special gift, indeed! A virtual place of peace and tranquility in the very middle of the city! I am an avid gardener, and was very impressed with the forethought given in the planning, production, and maintenance of this treasure. There are several ponds. Some are formal reflective pools for architectural items such as the tea house and the pagoda's while others tinkle and tumble over the roar of a cascading waterfall. A visit here is a sensual caress for all 5 senses. Bright pink water lilies over 4 ft tall spring before your vision. Birds sing all around while water joins the symphony. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Pier and Day Streets Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia 2000
61 (0)2 9281 6863

The Rocks

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Attraction | "Enjoying " The Rocks""

The Rocks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Rocks is a 6 block square neighborhood, west of the harbor, featuring specialty shops, art galleries, antiques and museums. This is where the first buildings of the penal colony, named after one Lord Sydney, hung onto the rocks at the waters edge. As the Colony grew, so did disease and illness. Look at a map to see "Nurses Walk" once located on hospital grounds. When Bubonic plague hit in early 1900, many of the old buildings were destroyed in an effort to clean up. The oldest building today is the 1816 Cadman's Cottage in-between George St and the Circular Quay West. The information center located at 106 Goerge St. has a nifty walking map (free) that is easy to read. The ladi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

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