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Night out in Sydney

Simply Sydney

Planning a big night out in Sydney? Perhaps you and your beloved want to slink off to the city for a night of fun? Or maybe it’s a shopping, dining and sightseeing extravaganza you crave? We’ve got the low down on what’s new in Sydney from where to stay to where to play…



Seeing Sydney on foot is easy if you locate yourself somewhere central. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have a view of spectacular Sydney Harbour, and it goes without saying that you’ll be needing a luxury room and fabulous service from friendly, obliging staff. Get thee to the Inter.Continental Sydney! This elegant hotel might have been built in 1851 but the old girl has certainly aged graciously. Like many women of a certain age, the

Inter.Continental Sydney has had her fair share of cosmetic changes, but the heart and soul of this wonderfully historic building has been preserved.

The hotel has been lovingly restored, preserving a major Australian landmark, the Treasury Building. The banquet rooms and the lobby, the focal point of the hotel, are actually located in the former Treasury, and if you are looking for somewhere to hold the ultimate fairytale wedding, you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere as romantic or classy.



But as the saying goes, everything old is new again, and in November Inter.Continental Sydney‘s 509 rooms and 29 suites underwent a stunningly modern makeover, providing each and every guest with unrivalled view of the harbour and all it has to offer. Rooms have an indulgent New York vibe to them with dark wood and luxurious soft furnishings. Enormous beds (with the best doonas in town) ensure a blissful night’s sleep for weary travellers. Snuggle up with your loved one on the cushioned window seat, sipping champagne and daydreaming as you press your face up against the window, of the prestige harbourside property that you’ll one day own – if only in your dreams…

Inter.Continental Sydney

117 Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone 02 9253 9000

www.interconti.com

December 2, 2003

Sights to see in Sydney

See the sights in Sydney
For a spot of lunch and a sneaky peek at some of the coolest modern art on the planet, don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Art. Located at Circular Quay west, on the harbour foreshore overlooking Sydney’s busy Circular Quay ferry terminal and on the doorstep of the historic Rocks precinct, the MCA is open 10am to 5pm every day (except Christmas Day). The MCA Stores open from 10am to 5:30pm is home to lots of wonderfully inspired and unique gifts. And if you need a place to sit and recharge, the MCA Caf? is open from 10am daily serving modern Mediterranean food. Licensed. Phone: 02 9241 4253



After somewhere al fresco to kick back in the summer sun? There’s no more glorious a spot that the Opera Bar. This stylish harbour side ‘in’ and ‘outdoor’ bar offers the quintessential Sydney experience, great food and fab cocktails to sip while you sit outside by the sparkling Sydney Harbour. Also a great place to people watch as many theatregoers choose to stop in for a quick bite before the shows at the Opera House. The Opera Bar features modern Sydney food and an all-day menu priced from $8.50 – $22.00, beers on tap and over 30 wines by the glass. The Opera Bar is open seven days a week from 11am to 1am. Phone: 02 9247 1666



If you, or your loved one, want to add some heart stopping fun to your stay in Sydney then head down to the Eastern Pontoon at Circular Quay and look for the red speed boat with teeth! The OzJetboating ‘Thrill Ride’ departs every day, hourly from 11:00am – 5:00pm. For around 30 minutes you’ll jet around the world’s most famous harbour at speeds of up to 45 knots (which is about 80 Km/h to us mere mortals!) not only will you feel the wind in your hair, but the adrenaline pumping through your body! Experience massive sideways slides, unbelievable 360? spins and the infamous “Powerbrake Stop” in which the jet boat comes to a complete stop within two boat lengths! Phew!

And if that’s all too much, just say the word and you too can become the most relaxed woman in Sydney…

 

December 2, 2003