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Sydney - Tips from a local

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Tips from someone who has lived here and actually explored this fabulous city, a place that outdoes the hype!!

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

Restaurants

Sydney Opera House

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres

The Lord Nelson

Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks

PJ O'Brian's

Bars & Clubs

The Grace Hotel Sydney

Hotels

The Rocks

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Darling Harbour

Neighbourhoods

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bondi Beach

Beaches

Lowenbrau Keller

Restaurants

BridgeClimb

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Pie Face Pitt Street Sydney

Restaurants

Jamie's Italian

Restaurants

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Orient Grill Restaurant at The Orient Hotel

Restaurants

Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers

Phillips Foote Restaurant

Restaurants

Watson's Bay

Bodies of Water

Cafe Sydney

Restaurants

Sydney Harbour

Bodies of Water

I'm Angus Steakhouse

Restaurants

777scottr's City Tips

  • Sydney is a great place for walking, although the ferries are excellent also
  • Sydney Cove Oyster Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood, Australian)
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    777scottr Says:

    I have included this venue in my guide due to its unique location. Right on the harbour's edge on the Opera House promenade opposite the international cruise ship terminal and the bridge. It doesn't get any better for views and the food is also excellent.

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Try the Sydney rock oysters. Mmmmm........
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location 14/12/2018
    • Lunch on the harbour 11/12/2018
    • Sydney Cove Oyster Bar
    Address:
    Lot 1 Circular Quay East
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9247 2937
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$54
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Wed - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sydney Opera House
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
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    777scottr Says:

    Everything you have ever read or seen about the opera house does not do it justice. Seeing is believing, the most gorgeous building ever!!

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Just get there, night or day, sunny or raining
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Glad we did this 15/12/2018
    • Ballet 15/12/2018
    • Sydney Opera House
    Address:
    Bennelong Point
    Easy walk from Circular Quay Train Station
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9250 7111
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Lord Nelson
    Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    777scottr Says:

    This pub promotes itself as the oldest in Sydney which smacks of the truth, it is a very old pub by Australian standards. Excellent foods and fabulous micro brewed beers

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Try the 3 sheets lager.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 251 Nightlife in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing pub in the Rocks 04/12/2018
    • Exceptional food and service 30/11/2018
    • The Lord Nelson
    Address:
    Kent and Argyle Streets
    The Rocks
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9251 4044
    Other:
  • PJ O'Brian's
    Bars & Clubs
    777scottr Says:

    Because all the world loves an Irish pub and this is a good one, just up the road from the hustle and bustle of Darling Harbour and well worth the 2 minute walk

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Guinness pie - trust me (I don't drink the stuff but it rocks as a cooking ingredient!!)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 251 Nightlife in Sydney
    • Popular and Crowded 08/05/2018
    • Bar service was great, friendly people 11/02/2018
    • PJ O'Brian's
    Address:
    57 King St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9290 1811
    Other:
  • The Grace Hotel Sydney
    Hotels
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    777scottr Says:

    Lovely old hotel fantastically re-furbished pretty much in the centre of the Sydney CBD, easy walk to Circular Quay, The Rocks and very close to Darling Harbour and Kings Street Wharf

    Good for
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 190 Hotels in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Business trip 15/12/2018
    • Great location 15/12/2018
    • The Grace Hotel Sydney
    Address:
    77 York Street
    corner of York & King Streets
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
  • The Rocks
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    777scottr Says:

    Stroll around the oldest part of Sydney which also happens to have the best views of the harbour including the opera house

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The Rocks Markets on the weekend are well worth a look
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool place to see 15/12/2018
    • Love the Rocks 15/12/2018
    • The Rocks
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 8500
    Other:
  • Darling Harbour
    Neighbourhoods
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    777scottr Says:

    Touristy to be sure but what's wrong with that? The harbour front boardwalk from Kings Street Wharf to Darling Harbour is the best of its kind anywhere.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bring the block out as the glare off the water can be quite something on a warm day
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Darling Harbour 15/12/2018
    • Holiday short visit 15/12/2018
    • Darling Harbour
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 8500
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    , Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    777scottr Says:

    Gothic(ish) architecture and brilliant shopping make this place a must see

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • From here you can go underground - retail all the way - to Pitt Street Mall
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping plus! 15/12/2018
    • QVB has everything from key cutting to Coach, with coffee 14/12/2018
    • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    Address:
    Queen Victoria Building 455 George St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9265 6869
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Tue
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Wed - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Bondi Beach
    Beaches
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    777scottr Says:

    Everyone that comes to Sydney wants to go to Bondi and whilst the beach itself is magnificent the retail/commercial strip facing it is pretty tired.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Try to avoid weekends, pretty crowded
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great place to sit and people watch 13/12/2018
    • Very good 13/12/2018
    • Bondi Beach
    Address:
    Queen Elizabeth Drive
    Sydney, New South Wales 2026
    Australia
  • Lowenbrau Keller
    Restaurants (German, European)
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    777scottr Says:

    Good wholesome food served with a smile in a reasonable amount of time and right in the middle of the rocks

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As you would expect, they do an excellent schnitzel. Try the Bavarian potato salad. mmmm mmm!!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Sooo much food 07/08/2018
    • Loud, delicious, fun 07/03/2018
    • Lowenbrau Keller
    Address:
    18 Argyle St
    Corner of Playfair & Argyle Streets
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9247 7785
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$22
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • BridgeClimb
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    777scottr Says:

    Stunning views that cannot be replicated anywhere in Sydney

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Middle of the day for the best light
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 304 Outdoor Activities in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An amazing view from the top 10/12/2018
    • Exhilarating Views, Great Adventure, Safe and Easy 08/12/2018
    • BridgeClimb
    Address:
    3 Cumberland St
    The Rocks
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8274 7777
    Other:
  • Pie Face Pitt Street Sydney
    Restaurants (Fast food, Australian)
    777scottr Says:

    Do yourself a favour - go somewhere else. Tepid pies are no one's idea of fun.

    Good for
    • Solo
    Tips
    • Avoid, go to Maccas
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,714 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    • quick cheap bite to eat 20/10/2018
    • I Like Pie 21/06/2018
    • Pie Face Pitt Street Sydney
    Address:
    Select House 109 Pitt St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9232 6924
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Jamie's Italian
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    777scottr Says:

    Excellent Italian cuisine at the Quay end of Pitt Street. Funky atmosphere with a lot of hard surfaces so a tad noisy - otherwise a great place

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Probably better for lunch then dinner as the location is a bit deserted at night (safe enough, just nothing around to continue your night)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #732 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    • Aussie 2018 13/12/2018
    • Yum 11/12/2018
    • Jamie's Italian
    Address:
    107 Pitt St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8240 9001
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri
    11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    777scottr Says:

    Well, what can you say about "the coat hanger" ? it and the Opera House are without doubt the most iconic symbols of Australia internationally and with good cause. The same bridge over some boring river somewhere would be nowhere near as remarkable, but crossing that harbour and its gob smacking back drop brings to mind one word - WOW!!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get here and check it out
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do the Bridge Climb 15/12/2018
    • Now with lift access 14/12/2018
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 1100
    Other:
  • Orient Grill Restaurant at The Orient Hotel
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, Australian)
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    777scottr Says:

    Another fabulous Sydney pub and right in the middle of The Rocks. Good pub/bistro type food downstairs and fine dining upstairs. Excellent place.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If upstairs - try eye fillet. mmmmmmmmeyefiletarggggghhhdribble
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,147 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    • Quick Bite with Friends 21/11/2018
    • Great location expensive below average food 31/10/2018
    • Orient Grill Restaurant at The Orient Hotel
    Address:
    89 George St
    The Rocks
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9251 1255
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$27
    Other:
  • Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers
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    777scottr Says:

    Its free and other than the Bridge Climb offers the best views of Sydney and unlike the bridge climb they let you take your camera.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take an empty memory card for your camera as you WILL take many snaps
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • combination with bridge climb 12/12/2018
    • Fantastic, under-rated attraction 11/12/2018
    • Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Address:
    Cumberland Street, The Rocks
    South East Pylon, Sydney Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales 2795
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 1100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Phillips Foote Restaurant
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Australian)
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    777scottr Says:

    Another excellent pub in the rocks. Cook it yourself steak or just a few drinks in the beer garden out back

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden jewel in the Rocks 04/12/2018
    • Dry 23/11/2018
    • Phillips Foote Restaurant
    Address:
    101 George St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9241 1485
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Watson's Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    777scottr Says:

    Drive a few minutes from Sydney CBD and you will find it hard to believe you are not miles down the coast except for the views back to city!!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take the ferry - very nice and they run all day. Have Lunch Al Fresco at the iconic Doles, the quintessential Sydney dining experience.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • end of the bus ride 12/12/2018
    • Beautiful, tropical part of Sydney! 10/12/2018
    • Watson's Bay
    Address:
    Watson's Bay, Sydney
    New South Wales, Australia
    Sydney, New South Wales 2030
    Australia
    Other:
  • Cafe Sydney
    Restaurants (European, Australian)
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    777scottr Says:

    Excellent cuisine, fabulous views, fantastic cocktails and brilliant wine list.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Have only ever had dinner there but I reckon (a long) lunch would be a special!!
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous evening! 15/12/2018
    • Beautiful views of Sydney Harbor with very good food 14/12/2018
    • Cafe Sydney
    Address:
    Sydney Customs House 31 Alfred St
    5th Floor, Customs House
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9251 8683
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat
    5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sydney Harbour
    Bodies of Water
    See more photos
    777scottr Says:

    I have lived here all my life. I have been on, around, in and over Sydney Harbour countless times and in all weather condition and with my hand on my heart I can tell you I never get sick of that view

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Just come, see if I am lying.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rained but well worth it 15/12/2018
    • The best in the world 15/12/2018
    • Sydney Harbour
    Other:
  • I'm Angus Steakhouse
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Australian)
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    777scottr Says:

    Excellent steaks (and seafood) on the foreshores of Darling Harbour.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Better views in the daylight BUT a very good fireworks display Friday and Saturday nights at 9.00 in the Darling Harbour precinct
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #520 of 5,102 restaurants in Sydney
    • Great steak and service 14/12/2018
    • Absolutely superb steaks and service 13/12/2018
    • I'm Angus Steakhouse
    Address:
    The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf
    Darling Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 989 989
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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