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Things you must do in Sydney

This is a great town and there is so much to do that I can't possibly do it any justice in a simple list but as a very basic agenda, I think you should:

  1. Do the Sydney Explorer bus tour - its a red bus that goes round all the most famous spots in town.
  2. Visit the Harbour sides to see the opera house and the "coat hanger" - You'll know when you get there!
  3. Visit the Rocks
  4. Go up the AMP tower for staggering views and try the 'ride'.
  5. Walk up the bridge if you feel very brave (I didn't)
  6. Go to Woolloomooloo wharf and eat a pie at Harry's meals on wheels - its almost mandatory
  7. Eat everywhere you go - food is exceptionally tasty in Sydney -  my guide below should help!
  8. Buy a pair of RM Williams boots - you won't regret it. Gowins is a good place if there is a sale on - don't be tempted to wait till you get to the airport as the shop there is quite small.
  9. Visit the QVB and go to the top floor where you'll see an enclosed statue of Queen Elizabeth and an ancient Chinese marriage jade chariot.
  10. Take a harbour cruise


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  • B.B.Q. King, 18-20 Goulburn St., Sydney 2000 (T: 02 9267 2433/2586, F: 02 9267 2001). Chinese restaurantIf you like duck the Peking way (i.e. they cut the skin off and give that to you with Pancake then mix the rest of the duck meat with rice or noodles as a main course) then this is the place for you. This place is said to be where the chefs in Sydney go late at night if they want a duck! The setting is very basic and not fancy or ornate but the food speaks for itself and it is in a word: Outstanding. #1 (Jan 2002)
  • Imperial Harbourside Chinese Restaurant, 15 Circular Quay West, Campell's Storehouse, The Rocks 2000 (T: 02 9247 7073 / 02 9223 1128, F: 02 9247 9850). This is a great restaurant and has seafood galore. One of our hosts, Mark, recommended the Salted Prawns and he was so very right. They were exquisite but then again so was every single dish we tried. Add to the great food the wonderful ambience of the quay and you have one wonderful dining experience. Prices for the quality and atmosphere are very reasonable. #2 (Jan 2002)
  • Harry's Meals on Wheels, Woolloomooloo. No contact details here but hardly required, everyone who's anyone knows about Harry's and I have to say that the pies are Amazing! Just pick up your meal and eat it looking over the water. The pies are at a great price and for your money, its hard to beat!#3 (Jan 2002)
  • Bambini Trust Cafe, St James Trust Building, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000 (T: 02 9283 7083, F: 02 9267 1888). This cafe serves out great snacks throughout the day with a range of options from great burgers to salads. Its very small so you may walk by but do look for it as it is well worth stopping by here. (Jan 2002)
  • Doyles at the Fishmarket, Waterfront Arcade, Sydney Fishmarkets, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 (T: 02 9552 4339, F: 02 9552 3803). If you want fish, then this is the place to go but for the best enjoyment you must go well before 4:00pm when the market closes. You should also keep in mind that the market stinks - it really is a working fish market and I hear that there are restaurants you can take your purchases to be cooked. (Jan 2002)
  • Giovanni's, Cnr Harrington & Essex Streets, Sydney, NSW (T: 02 9251 8808, F: 02 9251 8810). Very nice lunchtime pizza/Italian restaurant in the heart of the central business district (CBD). Great views if you get a window seat on the bustling life below. Carlos Lopez is the director. (Jan 2002)
  • Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse, The Wharf, Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 (T: 02 9331 7788, F: 02 9358 2955). This is one heck of a steak house and has lobster and crab to fill any appetite. (Jan 2002)
  • Laurent,The Wharf Woolloomooloo, 3/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 (T: 02 9380 4718; F: 02 9380 4719). Outstanding boulangerie and the place to while away a Sunday morning brunch. Very tasty and great coffees and a wonderful outdoor seating looking over the wharf. Its a bit pricey but it is well worth it.(Jan 2002)
  • Mona's Cafe, On the corner of Pitt St and Park St. This is a great stop for a hearty breakfast for anyone planning a big walk in town. Excellent prices and good food. (Jan 2002)
  • Summit Restaurant, 264 George Street, Level 47, Australia Square, Sydney (T: +61 2 9247 9777, F: +61 2 9251 2539). This is a rotating restaurant high over the skyline of Sydney and is the place to impress. Food is a modern Australian style. Make sure you allow plenty of time here as you need at least one hour for each rotation. The design of the restaurant is supposedly inspired by the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A space odyssey. Price wise, its not easy on the wallet but if you want to really treat someone, you won't do better. (Jan 2002)
  • Vivo, 388 George Street, Sydney 2000 (T: 02 9221 1169, F: 02 9223 6775). This is a brassiere right on the main thoroughfare that is George Stree. Very modern styling and food good. Good place for a quick meal in the CBD. (Jan 2002)


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  • Sydney Hilton, Pitt St. Syndey 2001 (T: 02 9266 2000, F: 02 9265 6065). The hotel is quite nice with nice sized rooms (not too large or small). Everything in the hotel works with you and the only issue I had was the lack of in-room high speed internet connections which was sorely lacking. The concierge service is outstanding and was well informed.

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