Sydney Journals

Sydney - the Olympic City

A travel journal to Sydney by MG

Quote: The Olympic City , what , where, when, how! As a native Sydneysider who travels around 500,000 miles a year I look at my city the way I would like to be informed about cities I visit. This is what I am attempting to do here.

Sydney - the Olympic City

Overview

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Opera House, Harbour Bridge walk, Harbour tour, Bondi Beach, Olympic tour, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley Wine Tasting, Darling Harbour, Manly Beach, Botanical Gardens, Shopping, Harbour Bridge Climb, Rocks, eating outdoors on a Sunday afternoon by the harbour, an Auzzie Pub.Quick Tips: Sydney is a very casual outdoor style city, people are friendly, summer is very hot, winter tends to be dry and cool, if visiting Australia in general then I would suggest you could see most of what you need in Sydney over a 3 day period if you wished to go elsewhere. Tipping in Australia is optional , if you get good service then a tip would be appreciated but is not required anywhere. In summer use 30+ sunblo...Read More

Ritz-Carlton

Hotel

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Possibly Sydney's best hotel for SERVICE. This hotel has the most amazing staff, the rooms are beautiful, it is about a 5 minute walk to the Opera House, a 10 minute walk to the major city shopping area. Some rooms have a semi-harbour view but this hotel is not one to stay in if the view is your top priority. It is a wonderful experience, but do not confuse this hotel with another that was in Double Bay in Sydney. First Class!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Ritz-Carlton
Macquarie Street
Sydney, Australia

Four Seasons Hotel

Hotel | "Regent Hotel"

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Completely refurbished this year (closed the whole hotel for 5 months), this is a another fine city hotel. It is right next door to Circular Quay, a 10 minute walk to the Opera House and is next door to the historical Rocks area. The views from the higher level rooms are magnificent, the rooms are fine and dining in the hotel is also a good experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street
Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
+61 (2) 9238-0000

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This hotel is less than a year old. A minimalist New York style approach to the rooms, great views. Location is right in the city centre bordering Martin Place. A lovely relaxing bar next to the lobby area, open late, staff young and keen. A good place to stay. Restaurant is average and for dinner I would recommend eating out of the hotel. Having said that it is unlikely this hotel would dis-appoint you.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Westin Sydney
Pitt Street
Sydney, Australia

Forty One Restaurant

Restaurant | "41"

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For a visitor looking for a sensational dining experience, this is not to be missed. Not only is the food superb, the service is first class, and best of all the restaurant is on Level 41 of a building overlooking Sydney Harbour. This is one of Sydney's best dining experiences - but you will pay for it!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2000

Forty One Restaurant
Chifley Tower
Sydney, Australia
+61 2 9221 2500

Doyles on the Beach

Restaurant | "Doyles Seafood"

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For a quintessential Sydney experience go to Doyles at Watson Bay for a good dose of Fish & Chips! Lunch is the best time, Summer/Spring the best seasons. The seafood is delicious, the portions very generous, the atmosphere is loud, happy, relaxed. A couple of tips: you can only book for 12 if going to lunch. After that time you will have to queue. Ask for an outdoor table. They do not take Amex to pay the bill and do not confuse this Doyles with a number of others around the city - this is the one to dine at.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Doyles on the Beach
11 Marine Parade
Sydney, Australia 2030
+61 (0)2 9337 2007

MG Garage Restaurant

Restaurant | "MG Garage"

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Imagine dining in a restaurant surrounded by MG Cars for sale! That is what this restaurant is - it doubles as a showroom for the MG dealership. Do not be put off by the thought as this is one of Sydney's top 5 restaurants. The service is excellent, the food is very good, the atmosphere is different to say the least, and this is one of those places to be seen in. A good night out close to the city centre.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

MG Garage Restaurant
490 Crown Street
Sydney, Australia 2010
+61 (0)2 9383 9384

Cicada

Restaurant

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This restaurant is just ok but there are much better ones around. It tends to be too 'fussy' with its food in trying to be clever. The service is ok but the menu is a difficult one to choose from. It is located in an area that makes parking difficult and a taxi a preference. I have said not recommended simply because a visitor should not waste a dining experience with this one but perhaps a Sydney resident could!!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Cicada
29 Challis Avenue Potts Point
Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour-Port Jackson

Attraction | "Sydney Harbour"

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A tip for those that want to see Sydney Harbour - take a normal commuter ferry trip from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf rather than the more expensive cruises unless you wish to have lunch on the harbour. The trip to Manly goes right down the middle of the harbour and takes around 30 minutes one way. At Manly you can stroll along Manly beach or in the mall. Enjoy!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Sydney Harbour-Port Jackson
East Coast
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9337 5355

Sydney Explorer

Attraction | "Sydney's Red Explorer"

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The BEST way to take in the city sights, and the cheapest, is to hop on a Red City Explorer. These buses follow a route in the city that takes in all the major sites (Opera House, Bridge, Darling Harbour etc) and you can get on and off the bus all day with the one ticket.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Sydney Explorer
Any of its 25 stops
Sydney, Australia

The Star Sydney Casino & Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Star City"

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If you like gambling then this your place. It is the only licensed Casino in the state of NSW. It can make you lose your money in many different ways; it tends to get very busy on Fridays and Saturdays. The casino has a great theatre, the Lyric, which holds a number of popular shows throughout the year. The facility is on the edge of Darling Harbour with plenty of transport to the door or it is about a 20 minute walk from the city centre.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

The Star Sydney Casino & Hotel
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia 2009
+61 (0)2 9777 9000

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Attraction | "Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb"

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You have all seen pictures of our famous harbour bridge - well now you can climb it to the top of the arch on a guided walking tour. You must do this walk as the views are the best in town. You do not need to be fit at all; anyone can do this.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

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

City for the New Millenium

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

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With the Olympic Games being held in Sydney from September 15th 2000, the city has undergone an amazing transformation in the past 5 years. Massive infrastructure upgrades have occurred to major roads, the Sydney International Airport, Sporting facilities including the largest stadium ever built for an Olympic Games (110,000 seats), the parks, the shops; everything has been given an upgrade. The city is now buzzing with excitement and the thrill of thousands of visitiors to help us celebrate the first games of the new Millenium. The city is an outdoor culture. We luxuriate in the fact that our winters are dry and moderate. But summer is when Sydney really shows off. The sun, surf, sand, of our city m...Read More
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If you enjoy visiting vineyards and sampling wine then you might consider a day trip to the Hunter Valley from Sydney. The Hunter is approx. a 2 hour easy drive north of Sydney. If comfortable with driving in Australia, you'll find Hunter Valley is well marked by signs, but a good alternative would be to take one of the many tour buses to the Hunter. It is a beautiful part of NSW and the wine is excellent; there are also many good restaurants to choose from. Many Sydneysiders visit the Hunter Valley at least once a year to taste and stock up on wine.

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