recommended Cradle MountainCradle Mountain is a must and stay at Cradle Chalet a short drive to cradle mountain the food is amazing at cradle chalet www.cradlechalet.com.au Also when in Tasmania try the day tour with map of ... read moreTassie tours great food and wine www.mapoftassietours.com.aumap of tassie tours
cradle mountain a must and stay at cradle chalet for the food
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- Sydney Opera HouseOff 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australiarecommended Sydney Opera HouseThe first thing I went to see the first morning after arriving in Oz. I was so jet lagged that I woke up at 4AM and headed down to the harbor to watch the sun rise over Sydney Opera House. One of the ... read moreworld's greatest icons, truly something to see!recommended Sydney Opera HouseWe first saw the famous Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the Royal Botanical Gardens and then walked along the harbor towards it. It was just as magnificent as in the pictures. We ... read moretook a tour of the Opera House and learned a lot about its history, design and construction. We really wanted to attend a performance there, and we were lucky to get tickets to a concert by the Sydney Chamber Orchestra that night. This was our first full day in Australia (coming from USA) – jetlag and such… The only tickets that were available were behind the orchestra, so we were facing most of the audience. Needless to say, we started feeling very sleepy at some point, even though the performance was great. We fought hard to keep our heads up, and we probably missed some moments, but we really enjoyed being there. During an intermission, you can go outside on a terrace and get great views of the Circular Quay at night while sipping champagne.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge5 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australiarecommended Sydney Harbour BridgeIt was great as one of my first things to see in Australia as the sun rose over the harbor. I did not do any of the site seeing activities on the bridge but it is quite beautiful just to see from the ... read moreharbor.
- Sydney Tower Eye100 Market Street, Sydney, United Statesrecommended Sydney Tower EyeRight in the center of the city I passed by it several times. Modern cities seem to like to have a tower in the center. I imagine it's a great way to see the city but I've never really wanted to pay ... read morefor just for the view.
- Kings Cross Hotel248 William Street, Kings Cross, Sydney 2011, Australiarecommended Kings Cross HotelFour floors of respectable drinking and nightlife in the heart of Sydney's seedy Kings Cross neighbourhood (actually, avoid the first floor -- it's mostly bogans and barflies). There's a rotating menu ... read moreof good food and drink specials (including a $5 beer of the month that's almost always a great choice), and the 2nd-floor terrace is one of the best spots to people-watch the crowds on the street below. Upstairs there are often DJs and live bands on weekend nights. Awesome local radio station FBI (94.5) hosts cool local live music every week for FBI Social.Matthew Crompton
A great place for a beer in the Cross. Check out my passport for more ideas. Good luck! =)
- One Six EightMillers Point NSW 2000, Australiarecommended One Six EightNear the King Street Wharf area, Sydney's new(isn) One Six Eight is a pricey but good-value addition to the city's gourmet dining scene. The eight-course tasting menu with matching wines is highly ... read morerecommended, featuring inventive creations like kingfish ceviche with horseradish ice cream -- divine.Matthew Crompton
A good choice for a splurge.
- Gelato Messina Darlinghurst241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW, Australiarecommended Gelato Messina DarlinghurstLocated both in Darlinghurst and now in Surry Hills, the lines running out the door at peak times may be a bit ridiculous, but you can't argue with the gelato. Creamy, rich, perfectly balanced and oh ... read moreso sweet -- try the salted caramel with white chocolate. It will blow your mind.Matthew Crompton
There are now a few outlets of this superb local gelato franchise.
- Royal Botanic GardensMrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australiarecommended Royal Botanic GardensAn outstanding bit of real estate bordering Sydney's inner harbour, and adjacent to Circular Quay, the opera house, and the tall buildings of the financial district, the botanical gardens form a ... read moreperfect frame for the city's greatest natural resource. With endless acres of gorgeous landscaping and historic buildings, it's a place that should occupy at least a morning when combined with a wander through the aforementioned sights, and has special surprises like giant fruit bats and cockatoos to be seen amongst all the blossoms and foliage.Matthew Crompton
Awesome for a morning or afternoon of wandering -- bring bottle of wine and have a picnic on the grass.
- Gumshara209/25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australiarecommended GumsharaRich, salty, fatty tonkatsu ramen is the business of this perpetually busy hole-in-the-wall eatery hidden away in Chinatown's "Eating World" food court. They're estimated to go thru literal tons of ... read morepork bones eat week making their specialty broth, and the results speak for themselves. The garlic tonkatsu ramen is a highlight, but virtually any ramen dish off their tiny menu is guaranteed to be delicious, with tender, melt-in-your-mouth barbequed pork slices and perfectly done wheat noodles. As an added bonus, it also won't hurt your wallet.Matthew Crompton
Like ramen? The tonkatsu ramen here is cheap and amazing.
- White Rabbit Gallery30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australiarecommended White Rabbit GallerySydney may be a gorgeous city, but few visitors note it as a destination with dazzling high culture. As such, it may come as no surprise that Sydney's finest art museum isn't a museum at all, but this ... read moregallery of contemporary Chinese art in the Chippendale neighborhood near Central Station. Offering everything from painting to photography to sculpture and video installations, the exhibitions here are always thought-provoking, edgy and top-notch. The cafe and gift-shop in the lobby are also a thoroughly nifty place to have a cup of tea or pick up an interesting gift. Entry is free.Matthew Crompton
This however is also amazing - Sydney's best and edgiest art gallery.
- Bondi to Coogee WalkBondi Beach to Coogee Beachrecommended Bondi to Coogee WalkToo many visitors confine their coastal visits in Sydney to Bondi alone. More's the pity, because the roughly 6km walk south from the city's blockbuster surfing beach to the suburban coast at Coogee ... read moregives an overview of what's best in sun-and-sand, with glimpses of what the locals love apart from all the tourist glitz. The roughly two-hour walk (though you could easily make it a whole day if you want to stop and swim or explore along the way) takes in a gorgeous varied coastline, from Bondi's broad crescent to Bronte's twin bays to the rocky headlands and snorkelling hotspots at Clovelly. This hike highlights the natural best of the city, and should be considered a must for anyone wanting to understand why this is one of the globe's most beautiful urban areas.Matthew Crompton
Personally, Sydney (my home) is all about excellent walks and the natural beauty of the coastline and the harbour.
- Sean's Panaroma270 Campbell Parade, Sydney, NSW 2026 Australiarecommended Sean's PanaromaRecommended to me by an editor of Gourmet Traveler Magazine for a place in Sydney for seafood. This place impresses, and is small, and always full so plan ahead. It is right on Bondi beach too, so a ... read morevery classic location.
- Blu Bar On 3636/176 Cumberland Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australiarecommended Blu Bar On 36If you go the check out the Sydney Tower, and sniff out that its a completely trashy tourist trap at over 25 dollars for a viewing, yet still want an amazing view of the city, come here. It is on the ... read more36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, not flip flops or tank tops, but otherwise everyone is invited. There is an incredible view of the harbor, the bridge, and the surrounding downtown, and the drinks are delicious. Try the IPA from Western Australia, or have an Italian Job (Passion fruit with grapefruit) or their chile fire drink. Liquor is top shelf the the mixes are top notch. A bit of money though, as drinks are 15-20 dollars.
- Shady Pines Saloon4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW, Australiarecommended Shady Pines SaloonThis is a sweet little spot to know about. It is located in a little unassuming ally in Darlinghurst, and has no signs outside or distinguishing characteristics. You will no you have gotten there when ... read moreyou see a school of smokers outside, and a gruff man evaluating you out of the corner of his eye. He turns out to be super friendly, and lets you into a classic brick basement whiskey bar, that would be highly rated even if it were in a whiskey drinking country like America. Great atmosphere, with great American animal busts on the wall, and bartenders all dressed as if they were hipsters from the states. The whiskey selection is also top notch, offering bourbons, scotches and other whiskeys from around the world. The funny part about the place though, is it is still more of a trendy spot, than one to find whiskey aficionados. Most of the clientele are tastefully dressed women drinking wine, and hip guys sipping beer. Oh well.
- Taronga ZooBradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW, Australiarecommended Taronga ZooWe took a ferry to the Zoo – with great views of the bay. Ferries are very much in use as public transportation. After that, we took a cable car to the top. We got to see a lot of unusual animals: ... read morewombat sleeping on his back (not a pretty sight), echidna, kangaroos, nocturnal animals, platypus, flying fox, gorillas eating their lunch, elephants with city backgrounds behind them, red panda, parrots sitting on the trees… You can take a picture holding koala, or watch a bird show… There is a lot to do and see there.