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

Sydney Style – Shopping and the Sights

The breathtaking Sydney skyline

A perfect weekend in Sydney – a stroll along the harbour, a long, indulgent breakfast in a groovy cafe followed by a spot of shopping. A gourmet coffee to recharge your batteries, the off to the markets, a trawl through second hand stores and browse a book store for hours! Top off you blissful weekend with a dose of culture – get amongst some of coolest art experiences around, all in easy walking distance!Lap up the Harbour in Balmoral

It’s hard to find somewhere more beautiful and serene in Sydney than Balmoral. Sydney Harbour National Park is just begging to

Balmoral views across Sydney Harbour

be explored. Wander along the route from Bradley’s Head, hugging the harbour foreshore and be renergised by the fresh air and breathtaking views. Or if shopping is more your thing, head up to Mosman Village and spend up big with designer labels, five-star delis and heaps of specialty shops. You won’t be disappointed.Find out more about Balmoral

Everything old is new again in Newtown

If you thought King Street Newtown had an amazing array of food to choose from, wait until you see the clothes stores! All the brands you know and love plus, up and coming young designer labels,

Vintage and eclectic style

jeans, street clothes, eveningwear, funky footwear and more! And if second hand is your thing, Newtown is a place where everything old is new again. You can find furniture, clothes, books, denim, and the most shagadelic interior bits and pieces on earth. This is retro heaven, baby!King Street also has it’s fair share of bookstores too, so to satisfy the bibliophile in you, don’t walk past Better Read than Dead, an amazingly cool book store where you can pick up your favourite literature, design books, arty postcards and more. And if you really love books, don’t miss Goulds, a massive,

The Art Gallery of NSW

labyrinth-like book bazaar that you can literally get lost in. Take our word for it…Find our more about Newtown

What’s hot in Woolloomooloo

Basing yourself in Woollomooloo is the perfect place to start your cultural crawl around Sydney. Amble along the harbour then wind up through the divine Royal Botanical Gardens, home to a stunning collection of exotic flora and sumptuous greenery. You can head towards the Art Gallery of NSW where you’ll find world-class exhibitions from indigenous artists to Italian Renaissance painters.

Why not get your dose of culture and a slice of the great outdoors at the same time? How? Follow the Sydney Sculpture Walk starting in the Domain, for a truly unique artistic experience. You can take in the work of some of the world’s best sculptors in the environment that they are meant to be seen – al fresco!

Find out more about Woolloomooloo

Sound good?

Get yourself (and a friend!) to Sydney for a weekend you’ll never forget. Qantas have great 2 nights accommodation packges for 2 starting from $361.28 go to Visit NSW online for more info!

July 16, 2002

Exploring Sydney – Eat, Drink and be very Merry

Sydney Harbour – soak it up

Sydney is synonymous with individual style, a place where absolutely anything goes. But there’s a lot more to Sydney than surfing and sun. This week we’re exploring some of Sydney’s best-kept secrets in search of fine food, great coffee and a great night out. Join us on our whirlwind tour of eating and drinking in the grooviest parts of Sydney.Newtown is a magnet for passionate people from all walks of life. A place where it’s cool to be straight or gay, pierced or ponytailed, Newtown offers a fantastic, friendly mix of cultures and lifestyles.

King Street is the backbone of Newtown

Double espresso or soy latte?

and no visit to Sydney is complete without a leisurely weekend walk down this famous thoroughfare, where you can window shop or just marvel at the carnivalesque vibe of the street.If food’s your thing your tastebuds will be tantalised by the endless choices of cuisines from around the globe in this gourmet Mecca. From African to Turkish – in fact 20 different ethnic foods are represented and over 70 different unique eating experiences to savour! Yum!

If you’re after something more of the liquid variety, you can’t go past The Bank Hotel – a favourite haunt for Newtown locals, offering a

Flirty cocktails…

cool cocktail, delicious Thai restaurant and al fresco drinking at it’s best. Mingle with the decidedly mixed crowd from builders to businessmen to body piercers. You’ll have a ball! Don’t miss The Imperial for a real taste of ‘pink’ Sydney – and a peek at the pub that was the starting point for drag-road-trip Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.Woolloomooloo is the latest Sydney suburb to get a well-earned facelift. Starting out life as a rough and ready shipping hub at the bottom of Kings Cross, Woolloomooloo, with it’s enviable harbourside location is fast

Fine dining, great views

becoming the place to be for Sydney’s cool set. And with a stunning range of eating and drinking venues, it’s no wonder!The refurbished Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo is home to some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars, and is practically a village unto itself! Stroll down the promenade in the afternoon and grab a coffee and a naughty sweet thing from the divinely wicked Laurent Patisserie. Watch the sun set on the harbour and then head into the super-cool W Hotel and their famous cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink before settling in to an exquisite meal and wine –

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels – pies to die for!

Otto, Manta Ray and more, you’ll be in good hands.It’s almost a criminal offence to come to Sydney and not sample the famous pie and mash combos from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. A Sydney institution, you can chomp on the best pie you’ve ever had and rub shoulders with Sydney’s elite – or just as easily the cab drivers that service them!

Heading over the Harbour Bridge and towards the seaside suburb of Balmoral brings with it a whole new world of tastes to indulge in. Continue the seaside theme and order up big

Beautiful Balmoral…

at what is arguably the best fish and chip place in Sydney, the Bottom of the Harbour Fish and Chips?If you’re after the ultimate in seaside dining, the divine Bathers’ Pavillion should not be missed. The smell of the sea will awaken your appetite and the stunning food and atmosphere of this impressive establishment will leave you completely satisfied. If it’s memorable dining experiences you’re after you can’t go past the famous Watermark Restaurant that has been wowing diners from around the world for years. The sublime view of Sydney Harbour is perfectly complemented by the sumptuous Modern Australian

Jump to it! Visit Sydney…

food served up in style. 

July 2, 2002

Sydney Condensed : A Guide from Lonely Planet

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.

Win the ultimate guide to Sydney from Lonely Planet

July 2, 2002