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Sydney, NSW, Australia
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I've always wanted to take a trip to the Southern Hemisphere but flight time is so long from the US, this trip compressed Australia and New Zealand into 2 weeks. Many said it couldn't be done...but it was done! Of all cities, iconic Sydney needed to be on the list of places to tour. Upon arrival it is like any other city, very much similar to the US. Perhaps no big culture shock since everyone speaks English as well. Took a stroll near The Rocks and Circular Quay and I was taken aback. Wow! Views of Sydney Harbour are unlike any other. I must have walked and taken the ferry to have a 360 degree view of the Harbour, and it never got old. I wouldn't mind living there to be able to take a jog each morning taking in the view of the water and the architecture. There wasn't too much to do but Sydney Harbour really took my breath away. You must see it in person....on TV it's great but in person it just can't be beat!
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Culture and experiences

Circular Quay, Commissioners Steps
came here and took a ferry with captain cook's cruises. not a bad deal with toronga zoo where you can hop on and hop off thru the day
Sydney Opera House
the Sydney Opera House is great to look at from the outside, but we wanted to learn about its history so took a tour as well. the inside is quite beautiful too


Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard
The hotel was not as glamourous looking as featured in photos on the website, but it was a very convenient location and offered cleaniness and nice staff.

Points of interest

Darling Harbour
reminded me a bit of santa monica pier -- lots of shops and restaurants.
Chinatown Centre
came here for chinese food and was a bit disappointed. it wasn't terrible but decent. Chinatown's not very big and didn't have too many shops. it's mostly restaurants
Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd
this zoo is unique in that it offers great views of Sydney Harbour, especially where the giraffes are
Hyde Park
so many names remind me of London. this is a very small park tho. it does have a nice fountain
Scenic World, Violet St
4 ways to see this area. my favorite was the railway where they speed down to Indiana Jones music like it's a roller coaster ride. Super fun with great views!
Echo Point
you get a view of the 3 sisters from here. beautiful valley view
Featherdale Wildlife Park Kildare Rd
I think besides the Sydney Harbour this was the other highlight of the trip. Most places won't let you hug a koala, but this place will at least let you touch a koala, unlike other zoos. You also get to feed kangaroos and wallabies. They are just adorable!
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Beautiful structure. Due to the steep price, we chose not to do the Bridge climb but if you go to Pylong Lookout you get a similar view..a fantastic view and afterwards can walk across the bridge
Sydney Tower Eye
I got a view from afar and went inside (didn't realized it was the Westfield mall). We got there and had thought about doing the outside walk but was a bit pricey so didn't end up doing it. Looks like it would be fun with great views tho


Pie Face
i got this rec from watching a youtube video. it's a hole in the wall place but the meat pies are delicious! you must try one!
Gloria Jean's Coffees
i tried the sausage roll and flat white (Australian items). Flat white was good but the sausage had a smell I wasn't quite fond of.
Manly Wharf
sandy beach. not too crowded altho i did go during their winter. it seems like a regular beach town
The Meat & Wine Co Circular Quay
when in australia must eat touristy foods. we came here to try kangaroo meat. they prepared it here as a skewer. it was actually not bad...until i started imagining the cuties hopping around.....


Queen Victoria Building
love the architecture here. lots of little boutique stores for shopping. cute area.

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