About Ali S
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Oct. 2008
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
Bodies of Water
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Piers & Boardwalks
, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bodies of Water
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
An absolute must in Sydney. worth taking time to walk around the outside as well as to visit the inside. If possible to get tickets to an event then do. Often tickets are sold out well in advance though.
One of the best restaurants in Sydney. Hidden away, and provides a different view of the waterways of the Sydney basin, opposite the fish markets and a bit more industrial. Faultless food, service and ambience.
A wonderful place to wander to on a sunny day, and if you bring bathers you can have a dip in the ocean. A very kid-friendly beach as shallow entry to the ocean and a protected cove. Feels like an escape from the City. Does get busy on a Sunday morning particularly, but a more 'locals' view on life in Sydney.
A consistently good restaurant. A favourite with sophisticated locals. Food is a bit out of the ordinary, but totally delicious. Not a shorts and t-shirt venue, more sophisticated casual. Arrive in time to have a drink at the bar and take in ambience prior to eating and don't skimp of courses, better to share one dish from each than not try them - everything is delicious.
If you are lucky enough to be here for Vivid, get out and enjoy it. There are lots of events for free that also give you a good reason to get out and explore the foreshore at night. Check out the website, be prepared for crowds of locals and visitors - it is a truly fabulous event that really makes the most of the unique geography of Sydney harbour.
There are so many good spots around the harbour for walking, picnics, photos or just relaxing. It is worth remembering that Sydney is quite hilly though, so comfortable shoes, water, hats, sunscreen and snacks are all essentials on any walk. Don't restrict yourself to the circular quay area - there are lots of other stunning sections with glimpses back to the bridge that are little treats along the way. It is worth asking a local, concierge or consulting guides to work out a few different sections to explore.
A Sydney icon. Definitely at the expensive end of the market but for a special occasion is a good option - but booking is essential. Located in the old Customs House building in Circular Quay, accessed by a glass lift, even the arrival is an experience.
Awesome food and yet another side to Sydney as not located in one of the iconic waterside locations, but is on the harbour, does have boats moored up and is surrounded by luxury apartments. A very popular venue for locals as well as visitors - always great food and known for its brilliant cocktails.
For simple, reliable, tasty food and a very bustling atmosphere this is a good option. Is always busy, and booking can be a hassle, but is worth it. Located in the business end of the CBD, so good to combine with a visit to circular quay or botanic gardens when a hearty meal and a cheeky red is called for.
A little hidden away, but a great place to while away some time. Great collection of Australian and international art - with galleries changing regularly. The restaurant is suprisingly good and offers meals as well as usual tea treats. Good coffee and definitely worth planning some time here.
The ferry to Manly - on a fine day - is a must on any visit to Sydney. On a rough day it is a no no, and often ferries are cancelled. The trip takes you all the way from circular quay towards the northern head of the harbour, so a great chance to view all the expensive houses and iconic landmarks on both shores of the harbour. Hugos is the perfect place to have a post ferry lunch. Consistently good and sits right on the harbour, so only a short walk once you disembark - and more importantly a short walk back post lunch.
A little out of the way and hard to reach by public transport, but if you want something a little different this is worth a visit. A 10-15 minute (depending on traffic) ride from the CBD. Very very busy on a Sunday but there are a few venues in this collection of retail and restaurants. Something a little different and more of a taste of local life.
As if anyone would come to Sydney and not spend time gazing adoringly at the Bridge. You can walk over it from the Rocks to Milsons Point (or vice versa). The pylons are hard to track down, but locals can help. You can cycle over it. You can catch the train over it (but make sure you are on the top deck) and you can drive (but sensibly you can't see much to avoid getting distracted), or of course - you can do the bridge climb. Any way you enjoy it - it is iconic and worth seeing at dawn, lunch, sunset as it does have a personality all of its own.
This is an area of Sydney that ebbs and flows in its appeal. Sometimes it has a great vibe with boutiques and interesting shops and restaurants and sometimes it is a little tired and flat. However, it is the most historic part of Sydney and there are lots of things worth seeking out that are part of the modern history of Sydney and it does retain that character with first settlement buildings and warehouses, cobbled streets and very long standing hotels, pubs, restaurants. Worth doing the walking tour to get a sense of this part of Sydney. Worth seeking out Phillips Foote for a steak and The Lord Nelson for ale brewed on the premises as well as their historic provenance.
Another must do on any Sydney visit. Some are underwhelmed, others are blown away. Probably depends where you come from. It is a beach that welcomes everyone, so always a great array of people from all over the world. On a hot summer day it is a melting pot of all that is Sydney. Lots of eating and drinking places of various quality all around the beach area. It is always hit and miss, so worth reading Trip Advisor recent reviews to see what is currently working well. A real treat is the North Bondi RSL (you need photo ID to gain access as a visitor). This is the returned serviceman's league club, which honours the memory of personnel who fought for Australia and at 6pm each evening patrons are asked to stand while the ode is read, in their honour. It is one of the finest places to watch the sun go down on a fine summer day - it does get busy and once at capacity you can't get in and members have priority over visitors - but still worth seeking out.
A good way to get around and see more of Sydney. Be aware that not all ferries run all day/night, so check your plans carefully and plan a return journey to avoid getting stranded.
Worth a wander around, but get out and about and explore the wider Sydney area. Combine this with the Opera House or a visit to The Rocks or MCA, rather than as a specific stop on your itinerary. Not the best eating/drinking - but plenty here if you do want to stop and take in the view.
A nice way to get a sense of what Sydney was like prior to modern settlement. A great place to have a picnic or sit and read, write, paint etc., once you get to the Botanic Gardens.
A nice place to wander - but do make sure you have refreshments, as on a hot day it can get exhausting wandering around before you can get to a cafe.
A must do. Great way to see all that the harbour has to offer including some amazing waterfront homes and iconic landmarks. Does not run in bad weather and check return times to the City to avoid an expensive taxi ride home from Manly.
A stunning building, and a pretty environment to be enticed to spend your hard earned dollars. All the usual high street shops and a few specialty stores as you go further up the levels. Beautiful at Christmas when the tree is in the central atrium - but worth a visit any time as is a very very pretty building.
A bit tucked away, but a short walk from the city centre and with an ever changing collection of art and artefacts, it is worth reviewing what is on and paying a visit. Great cafe and restaurant here, so good on a day when perhaps you have been outside for too long and want an indoors day. Nice and spacious and easy to lose track of time.
My suggestion is to get the bus here one way and the ferry back the other. Both take time, but give a different impression on each journey. The bus meanders through a variety of suburbs from the City, which gradually get more and more expensive and exclusive and the bus gives an insight into the views they enjoy as you get glimpses along the way. The ferry is a nice way to see all that the waterfront properties enjoy and heading back into circular quay towards sunset (check the ferry times as different throughout the year), is a stunning way to end the day. Lunch in Watsons Bay - at he hotel, or fish and chips on the beach - is the perfect pause between these journeys, as well as a walk up the rocks on South Head.
Another fine perspective on the City. A tidy walk to get here, but combined with other points to explore, is on the to do list.
Always worth checking out what is on here. Often quite modern and interesting exhibitions as well as the traditional historical exhibits. Close to Darling Harbour - which most visitors head to, but locals don't understand why! - so if your curiosity gets the better of you, you can do both on the same outing. Another place that is a little bit of a hike to get to, and not on the main transport routes, but if you eat and drink in Darling Harbour then the walk is only about 10 minutes. Or it is a 15 from the CBD depending where you are located, or an easy taxi ride.
A very heavily utilised Park by locals all around the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Cycling, running, horse-riding, childrens games, organised sports and anything else you an imagine. A stunningly beautiful park with lots of different areas to enjoy from open fields to lakes to rose gardens and all manner of wonder plants and trees with plenty of wildlife. You can easily get here by bus from the City and it is close to plenty of cafes and restaurants in Woollahra and Paddington - as well as having a cafe and restaurant located within the park. There are often evens such as food and drink festivals hosted here too, so worth checking out and buying tickets which are usually on a buy before you go basis.
Almost like a self contained little village on the 'other side' of the bridge to the City. You can walk over the bridge to get here, or take the train. Lots of restaurants and cafe's plus a few little boutique shops. Does have markets at different times of the year - so worth checking into. Leafy, quiet, different views of the harbour and the bridge and opera house. Another taste of local life.