Sydney Condensed : A Guide from Lonely Planet

July 2, 2002

Sydney Condensed

Planning a trip to Sydney and need to know the top places to eat, drink and be merry? Want to know where the most beautiful beaches are or the most fantastic places to shop? Girl, the Sydney Condensed guide from Lonely Planet is the book for you! This gorgeous slim, action-packed guide will fit easily in your bag and help you get the most out of your short break in “Australia’s most vibrant, alluring and cosmopolitan city.”

From the practical (train routes, maps and essential facts for visitors) to fantastic info on local history, environment and the arts, Sydney Condensed will have you eating, drinking, dancing and shopping like a local in no time. One of the best features is Highlights section, which covers everything that makes Sydney, well, Sydney. Manly, Bondi Beach, the opera House, The Rocks, and of Coure the Harbour Bridge. Plus an impressive guide to many food centres from the well-known – Chinatown and City Centre to the up and coming gourmet-havens of Surry Hills, Bronte and Woolloomooloo!

If you’re in town for a dose of pure hedonism and indulgence, you won’t be disappointed. There’s so much to do and experience in Sydney and with Sydney Condensed in your hand, you won’t miss a thing!

“Sydney adores the theatre and the concert hall, but it loves the beach even more. Often accused by other states of hedonism (to the point of anti-intellectualism), Sydneysiders merely shrug and apply some more suntan oil.

Sure, locals have season subscriptions to Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, but with so much sun, it’s difficult to stay indoors for such serious pursuits. Consequently, the city’s major arts companies concentrate on populist rather than more erudite works. It also means Sydney attracts a plethora of touring West End musicals.

The city boasts a multitude of after-dark venues, from stylish clubs to outdoor cinemas and live music pubs. Gay and lesbian culture informs much of Sydney’s entertainment scene, with nightly drag shows, annual queer film festivals and regular dance parties.” Lonely Planet’sSydney Condensedby Nikki Hall and Dani Valent, Second Edition (June 2002), pg 87.

Find out more about Sydney in our NSW focus this month in Destinations.

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