Restaurants and other outings
Sydney - points of interest
Sydney Opera House, Australia's Iconic performing-arts venue
Sydney Harbour Bridge, massive steel arched bridge with lookout
The Rocks, history / shopping / art / museums / architecture
Bondi Beach, accommodation / restaurant / cafes / bars
Sydney Habour, Port Jackson, attractions and Events
- Walk from the Opera House through Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquarie's Chair or to the Art Gallery of NSW
- Bushwalking in the blue gum forest. (awesome walk in the Blue Mountains)
- Coogee to Bondi. Great views, nice cafes on the way and if it's hot you can go snorkelling (Clovelly/Gordon's Bay) or swimming (anywhere) on the way too. You will pass the historic Waverly Cemetery. In November 'sculpture by the sea' is on - near Bondi. Bondi markets are also on Sundays (northern end of beach).
- Chinese garden on Darling Harbour is nice relaxing stop if you've been sight-seeing in the centre.
- Walking along the Harbour Bridge is free. You can walk from the Rocks to Milsons' Point/Kirribilli, have a coffee at either end. Or, climb up the Harbour bridge: While climbing up the Harbour Bridge as part of a guided tour is very expensive (about 120-250A$), you get up about two thirds as high as the bridge climb all for under $10. This is to view a museum about the construction of the bridge located at the top of one of the pylon.
- Going down the slides in Coney Island at Luna Park is great fun
- Walk around Manly headland - great views all the way down the harbour and possibility of spotting a whale!
- Lane Cove National Park is a short bus ride from the Uni - hire a bike or rowing boat!
- Palm Beach - sea on one side, Pittwater on the other - great fish and chips - and regular buses.
- I can recommend the Spit Bridge Walk from Manly to the Spit Bridge, passing gorgeous beaches and walking through bushland.
- Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown is good because you get to pat koalas and feed kangaroos.
- Classic: Angel recital hall, opera house.
- Electronica Dance music and parties.
- Punk: Landsdowne (Chippendale: Parramatta Rd/City Rd) Sandringham Hotel (Newtown, 387 King St)
Theatre, Art and Live Shows
- Belvoir St Theatre (Surry Hills)
- The Vanguard (Newtown)
- Sydney Theatre Company
- Wednesday nights at the NSW Art Gallery
- Bondi Markets (Sat & Sun)
- Glebe Markets (Saturdays, Glebe Point Rd)
- Manly Markets (Sat & Sun)
- Paddington Markets (Sat, Oxford St, Paddington)
A good ferry trip and walk
- Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, walk across the Corso (shopping mall/street) and when you get to the beach (ocean side), take right and walk along the path to Shelley Beach. Lots of restaurants and cafes (Fairy Bower, Le Kiosk etc.) along here. On Sundays there is Manly markets in the side street off the Corso.
- In summer Manly runs surfing classes - they will provide the surfboard
Theatre and supper
- The Wharf theatre in Walsh bay (west side of the Bridge) has a good restaurant with a view of the harbour (The Wharf restaurant); there are also nice bars and other restaurants nearby (Firefly is a nice small wine bar and does tapas-style food. The Wharf is the home of the Sydney Theatre Company which is now run by Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton.
- Just opposite the Wharf is Sydney Theatre and nearby Arras restaurant is supposed to be good
Opera House and supper/drinks
If going to the Opera House, try the Bennelong restaurant for a supper afterwards (dinner is very pricey, but supper is do-able). If you are young and don't mind the noise, the Opera Bar in the concourse is very popular
Go see some footy (especially at a suburban ground such as Leichardt (NRL) or Drummoyne (AFL) ovals):
Movies on cushions
All you can eat vegetarian dinner and a movie on cushions at Govindas.
The Opera Bar is always great for a drink and to see the sun set near the bridge. Catch a ferry from here (Circular Quay) to Watson's Bay for fish and chips ay Doyles.
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