Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Mar 2008
35-49 year old female
Have lived in Ireland, France, Israel, Denmark and now Australia.
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Piers & Boardwalks
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues
Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Morning of walking: Do a walking tour of the Rocks - loads of sign posted convict history to check out e.g. Nurses walk and its Sydney’s first European settlement so has its own interesting story, not to mention the original Cadigal’s people history in the Rocks Discovery Museum . If you’re really interested in the convict topic go up to Macquarie St area (between Opera House and Hyde Park) e.g. Hyde Park Barracks.
Can be a self guided walk. Wear walking shoes for The Rocks.
Wander around, eat ice cream, drink coffee. Enjoy.
Walk around circular quay check out the Opera house and/or bar, grab some food and/or have a picnic and a rest in the botanic gardens and note the gorgeous Australian native flowers.
Afternoon of culture: Check out the (free admission) Art Gallery of NSW, on Art Gallery Road, The Domain (walk-able from Opera House), see Aboriginal, Australian, Asian and European art and they usually have a travelling exhibition e.g. Monet, Picasso. For something more modern check out Museum of contemporary art on 140 George Street.
Can have some interesting visiting exhibitions, check website.
Evening of climbing/eating/drinking: Pre book a bridge climb for sunset (or sunrise). Prices vary depending on time of year but are not cheap see www.bridgeclimb.com Go for dinner on George st and drinks in one of the many great bars around here, an thinking one of Sydney's oldest pubs Fortune of War 137 George St.
ECONOMICAL ALTERNATIVE TO A DAY TIME BRIDGE CLIMB; (North Shore foray) Walk up to the bridge via Cumberland St. up steps and walk across the pedestrian part of the bridge (railed off from the traffic) continue up to south east pylon for a modest fee and then go on across bridge to Kirribilli (aka Milsons Point) for a great view back to the harbour. Wander around the neighbourhood see Governor General’s and Prime Minister’s Sydney residences should that be of interest to you. Walk up to Lavender Bay and come around by Luna Park, have a look or go on the hurdy-gurdies if its open, or even go for a dip in N. Sydney Olympic pool. If you’d like to see the Australia’s only catholic saint’s memorial church head up Mount St. N. Sydney. Bedside Lavender Bay is McMahon’s point which has some nice restaurants and cafes on Blues Point Road. If you go that far you could get a ferry back to circular quay.
Amusement Park - looks amazing lot up from Cirular Quay
If want to swim shark free! This pool could be a blessed relief in a hot summers day.
Church and cafe really nice. St. Mary MacKillops story is interesting, Hidden gem for lunch.
Stayed here and in few others in Sydney - this was a really nice hotel & spa.This one and Four Seasons stands out in my memory.
Morning ferry on the harbour: Get a ferry to Manly or Balmoral beach or go exploring Cockatoo Island if beach is not your thing. Cockatoo is an ex shipping yard but is a very cool island where boutique music festivals and the like are held, you can camp/glamp there and get food/drinks there too. Also Watsons bay is another good ferry option for lunch and beer.
Ferry over to Manly beach if you need a beach hit, many good cafes etc for lunch too on the Corso.
Afternoon at the zoo: If you won’t be back or elsewhere in Australia you need get a ferry to go see the Australian animals at Taronga zoo.
Been here twice & just love it - even as a vegetarian!
Evening at the Opera House: See a performance, go for pre theatre meal (in Aria perhaps). ***And/or do the rocks pub crawl, suggestions…*** - Opera bar - Fortune of war - Mercantile - The Argyle - Glenmore - The Australian
Good old fashioned pub with good food, good selection of beers
Morning in the city: Get yourself up town walk to Martin place, • Martin Place is the closest Sydney has to a civic centre, with a cenotaph commemorating Australia’s war dead and amphitheatre for lunchtime entertainment and people watching. Then check out Sydney tower aka Centrepoint tower for amazing views. Walk over to Town hall & check out QVB building itself and its’ shops, amble up to Hyde park and St. James's church b1819 oldest church in Australia & convict designed - features in TV alternative travel shows - have a spot of lunch in World Square perhaps.
War memorials are huge in Australia and if you are here on Anzac day the dawn service would be worth going to.
Great views of Sydney. Easy to get to from centre of city.
• Town hall station will give you access to the beautiful high-Victorian “QVB” sumptuous shopping mall. There are shops everywhere but Sydney’s main shopping street is Pitt Street: The Strand and QVB are malls with all the chain shops and two big department stores (Myers & David Jones) that take up whole blocks so you can enter from a few streets. The big named designers are on nearby Castlereagh Street; else the little funky boutiques are in the other neighbourhoods I mention in my intro. Sydney is great for morning markets on weekends in many areas such as Glebe, Kirribilli, North Sydney and many more. Note the morning part!
Has its own train stop if you are tired of walking! One of 2 gems built by convict architect Greenway (Hyde Park Barracks being the other one)
Afternoon in Darling Harbour & surrounds Head down to the Aquarium at Darling Harbour. Check out the Chinese garden of friendship. Walk over Pyrmont bridge (the world’s first electric swing bridge) go for a coffee or libation.
Gorgeous garden in darling harbour/middle of a city.
Evening in Darling Harbour Have dinner in DH and check out some of the bars there – Bungalow 8 or Cargo and the like.
A good bar & eaterie. Cockle bay wharf & King St wharf are the two main areas you'll see referred to for Darling Harbour. This one is on King St Wharf.