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WHY SIDNEY IS THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD
« on: October 27, 2008, 10:18:58 AM »
Sydney is the best city in the world in summer.
Why?


Because everything can be done in the open air. There's open air cinema, open air concerts and open air dining.


Let's look at each in detail.


1) Open air cinemas


There are three stunning outdoor cinemas in Sydney in summer. The OpenAir Cinema at Sydney Harbour (to be seen to be believed), the Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park and the Starlight Cinema at Manly Beach. Ever since the death of the drive-in, there's no better way to go to the movies than under the stars in a beautiful natural setting.


2) Open air concerts


There are thirty plus outdoor concerts in Sydney each summer. There's the Big Day Out at the Sydney Showground, featuring international bands and DJs. There's Homebake, featuring Australian bands. There are outdoor concerts by big name performers, such as Bob Dylan, U2 and Jack Johnson. There are free jazz, opera and classical concerts in a city park on Saturday nights in summer.


3) Open air dining

If you like to dine and drink in the open air, you'll love these options. There's the incredible atmosphere of the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park. There's the sublime views of Sydney Harbour at the alfresco Opera Bar. You could create a wonderful picnic to eat at Rushcutter's Bay, stopping at the gourmet delis of Paddington or Woollahra on the way.Or there's the glistening views of Bondi Beach on the balconies of Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach.


Whatever your preference, if you love the great outdoors, Sydney is the best city in the world in summer.






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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 10:29:44 AM »

6 Free activities for families in Sydney

Can you take your family out for a day in Sydney and not spend a cent? Pack your lunch and your comfortable shoes and make your way to Circular Quay. From there, the world is your oyster. You won?t believe how much fun you can have without spending money.

Circular Quay

Since first European settlement, the Quay has been at the centre of Sydney?s maritime life and its heart of transportation. Circular Quay is situated around Sydney Cove and is the hub of Sydney Harbour. It is a stepping-off point and booking area for most attractions based around the harbour. Every few minutes, ferries leave for destinations on the harbour including Taronga Park Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay and Mosman.

Along the ferry terminals are a number of small outdoor cafes. It is a busy pedestrian precinct and a magnet for buskers of every description. Follow the walkways to the Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens to the east or the historic Rocks area and Sydney Harbour Bridge to the west. On the east side of Circular Quay are its many restaurants and stylish boutiques, along with the large Dendy Cinema. On the western side of Circular Quay is the historic Rocks area with a number of quaint shopping arcades and pretty restaurants.

Circular Quay is at the foot of the central business district and the older, historic end of the city. Buses depart here for Bondi and the eastern suburbs.

A 10 minute walk from Circular Quay is Government House . . .


Government House

Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000 t. 02 9931 5222 f. 02 9931 5208

Free guided tours of Government House are conducted every ? hour from 10:30am-3pm from Friday to Sunday. The grounds are open daily from 10am-4pm. If you are traveling in a group, bookings are advised.

Government House, located in the Domain and overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House, was constructed between 1837 and 1845 and is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. Don?t miss the outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decorations in the dining room, drawing room and ballroom. The upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal family and visiting heads of State.

Government House is within the Botanic Gardens . . .

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000 t 02 6231 8111

The Royal Botanic gardens is open every day of the year (not including any areas assigned for private or ticketed events). Admission is free.

November-February: 7 am?8 pm March & October: 7 am?6.30 pm April & September: 7 am?6 pm May & August: 7 am?5.30 pm June & July: 7 am?5 pm

The Royal Botanic Gardens in the domain represent a 30 hectare oasis of ?greenspace? in the centre of the city. Just a short walk around the harbour?s edge from the Sydney Opera House, the gardens occupy one of Sydney?s most spectacular positions. It is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere. Enjoy a picnic lunch sitting on the grass, looking over the harbour, smell the roses, listen to the birds, get back to nature and view the outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.

Enjoy a themed self-guided walk at your own pace or take advantage of the free guided walks. There is a free lunchtime tour departing at 1pm from the Palm Grove Centre every Monday-Friday (March to November). There are also free daily guided walks around the Botanic Gardens departing from the Visitor Information area at 10:30am. Enjoy the knowledge offered by the volunteer guides and gain an insight into the history and plants of these magnificent gardens.

While you are in the Domain, don?t miss the Art Gallery of NSW . . .


The Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Road The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000 t 02 9225 1700 f 02 9221 6226 What?s On? Line 02 9225 1790 Australia-wide toll-free number 1800-NSW-ART (1800 679 278)

The Art Gallery of NSW is open every day from 10am-5pm with late closing every Wednesday ? 9pm. Admission is free. (Charges apply to some exhibitions)

The Art Gallery is well over 100 years old and is the leading museum of art in New South Wales. It holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art, and presents nearly forty exhibitions annually.

Walk back to Circular Quay and follow your nose until you reach the Rocks . . .


The Rocks

Nestled between the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, The Rocks is Sydney?s most historic precinct. It is traditionally the home of the Aboriginal Cadigal people and is the site of the first British settlement in Australia. It was first settled as a penal colony in 1788. Convicts were put to work under the harshest conditions to erect public buildings and homes for government officials and free settlers. Cadmans Cottage is the oldest remaining building in Sydney and is a relic of this era. The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air gaol into a vibrant port community.

Call in to the Sydney Visitor Centre on the corner of Argyle and Playfair Streets and pick up the book ?The Rocks Self-Guided Walking Tour? for just $1. The booklet lists 31 historic buildings and points of interest throughout The Rocks and guides you along a fascinating heritage walk. It provides one of the best morning (or afternoon) diversions you will get anywhere. Encounter a maze of narrow streets, laneways and interconnected sandstone cottages and terraces filled with shops, stalls, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Soak up the atmosphere and the tales of the days and characters of bygone eras ? tales of shanghai?ed sailors, tough gangs and colourful lives.

There are approximately 33 galleries, museums and art institutions in the Rocks, many with free entry, including the Museum of Contemporary Art.

On weekends there is plenty of free entertainment with outdoor concerts and street theatre and great live bands in many of the pubs. The Rocks Markets are held every Saturday and Sunday at the northern end of George Street and as with any good markets, the enjoyment is as much in the atmosphere as the shopping.

There is a walkway from Cumberland in the Rocks leading to the Sydney Harbour Bridge . . .


The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well known and photographed landmarks. The general design for the Sydney Harbour Bridge were prepared by Dr JJC Bradfield after the end of World War 1 and the tender for an arch bridge was accepted. Construction started in 1924 from both sides of the harbour with cable support for the arches. The two arches met in 1930. It took 1400 men eight years to build the bridge at a cost of 4.2 million pounds. When it was opened in 1932, it was the longest single span steel arch bridge in the world. The main span is 503 metres, consisting of 52 800 tonnes of silicon based steel trusses. It is held together by approximately 6 million steel rivets.

Today it carries eight traffic lanes and two railroad lines. There is a pedestrian pathway on the eastern side of the bridge and a cycleway on the western side of the bridge.

Pylon Lookout, on the south side of the bridge, is well worth the small admission fee. Climb 200 steps to the very top of the Pylon, where you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the city of Sydney. Find out how they constructed the world's greatest arch bridge, relive the magic of the opening celebration and all the history or the bridge through three levels of exhibits. The Pylon Lookout is accessible via the Bridge road deck pedestrian pathway.





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Re: WHY SIDNEY IS THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008, 10:33:02 AM »

Budget Hotels in Australia    

As a result of hosting the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney has become known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and friendly cities in the world with it?s Sydney Opera House on the harbor, it?s beautiful coastline, and the many great places to stay. Perhaps you?ve finally set aside time for your dream vacation in the oldest city in Australia, or maybe you have a marketing business trip scheduled for your newly formed company, and your first stop is the famous capital of New South Wales. Whatever the reason for your visit, if you?re staying in Sydney on a shoestring budget, you might consider some of the following high quality, less expensive hotel and motel options available through http://www.hotelssydney.com

If that shoestring budget of yours is getting frayed, take a look at the Y on the Park, the YWCA?s inner city hotel. With choices ranging from dorm style to deluxe, studio, and corporate rooms, and just about the best prices to be found, Y on the Park offers comfort, convenience, and affordability.


Located right in the heart of the of Sydney?s Central Business District, Y on the Park is within walking distance of some of Sydney?s best restaurants, cafe's, shopping, nightlife and attractions, including Hyde Park which houses the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, the Barracks building was the main housing for male convicts in New South Wales until it closed in 1848.


Also within easy walking distance is Sydney?s famous Oxford Street, home to specialty antique, fashion, book, and gift shops, including the Paddington Market Bazaar on Saturdays, with stalls selling gourmet foods, hand crafted gift and decorative items, trendy clothing, native plants, flowers, and more. The Market also features live entertainment and food stalls with a wide variety of fabulous choices. Note, the area around Taylor Square is the main entertainment region for Sydney?s gay and lesbian crowd. If you?re anti-gay, you might want to stay away. But for trips to outlying areas, keep in mind that the Museum railway station is only 100 meters (about 300 feet) away!


Another reasonable place to stay in the heart of Sydney is the Leisure Inn Barclay Hotel. Located on Bayswater Road, right off Kings Cross, the Barclay is less than ten minutes from both the Central Business District and Paddington. With air-conditioned standard and family rooms, the Leisure Inn Barclay has been noted by visitors as have one of the friendliest staffs around. One customer even called it ?a gem of a find!?


Also within walking distance to Oxford Street?s famous pubs, restaurants, and nightlife, the Leisure Inn Barclay still offers easy access to trains, buses, and taxis ? in fact the bus stop is right outside the front door. Many of the restaurants in the area are ethnic and include Italian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and several Meditteranean cuisines. If you want to find out what the locals enjoy, you can find some of their favorite pubs near the residential area of Paddington, just off Oxford, and East of Paddington town is one of the best places to look for daytime cafes and pub restaurants.


On the other hand, if you?re looking for entertainment after your lunch or supper, check out the Fox Studios or the Australian Centre for Photography. Exciting sporting events and tours can be had at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Aussie Stadium, and Paddington?s two cinemas often offer foreign or independent films.


Another city center hotel that?s just a short walk from the fantastic Paddington and Oxford Street areas is the Crest Hotel, also a ?budget? hotel with fairly high customer ratings. Offering air-conditioned standard rooms, as well as ones with a view of lovely Sydney Harbor, the Crest Hotel provides laundry facilities, a spa, pool, and even massages. One customer classified the hotel as ?value for money,? and it?s convenient location is one of its biggest values ? close to the popular shops and restaurants, but also right next to the Kings Cross train station.


Also only minutes from the Central Business District and most of the landmarks of downtown Sydney is the Acacia Lodge, a budget hotel located in Surrey Hills. Only a 20-minute walk to Oxford Street, the Acacia Lodge offers both Ensuite rooms and those with shared facilities overlooking Moore Park with its Moore Park Golf Course and easy access to the Sydney Showground and Fox Studios, as well as Aussie Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Grounds.


Whether you?re interested in exploring the exciting nightlife of Oxford Street, the fun shops in Paddington, or you need quick access to the Central Business District, Sydney offers a wide range of budget hotels to fit any price range!






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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008, 10:35:06 AM »

Travel Through Sydney, Australia

In 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip sailed his ship into Sydney Cove and one of the great cities of the world was born. Today, Sydney is home to over four million Aussies who love to bathe in the glorious sunshine and surf on the open waters that break upon its wonderful beaches.

Sydney Harbour is irresistible. Its famous bridge dominates the view, a magnificent feat of engineering.But for sheer elegance, the Sydney Opera House takes centre stage with its unique appearance and over 2,500 shows annually to keep the opera buffs satisfied.
Also, try to catch the Sydney Film Festival when all manner of Hollywood stars honour the city with their presence.

If you've joined in with the Aussie spirit and sank one or two pints of lager, try burning off the calories with a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge.The ascent commences at regular intervals and the view from the top is inspirational, though you will need a strong nerve and a good head for heights.

Today Sydney is a multicultural city. Prior to WWII, most of the inhabitants were of British or Irish descent. But later years have led to an influx of immigrants from all over Europe and Asia . The diverse ethnic groups have led to a vast range of bars and restaurants throughout the city, catering for most people's tastes. One must-try restaurant is the Longrain. Serving an excellent choice of Thai dishes, diners will not be disappointed by the fine cuisine on offer.

Once dinner is over, try drinking schooners at the Hollywood Hotel. Don't forget your best slacks and designer shades if you're out to impress. Alternatively, take in a movie at the OpenAir cinema in the Domain. Watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters with the moon and stars for company. Revelling in the limelight, Sydney is all about glitz and glamour, always ready to offer you a memorable experience.






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