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Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:18 am

Well I am off to Sydney soon and was wondering what the top ten things(or more) to do are from our Aussie A.nutters, or anyone else who has been there.

Thanks

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:42 am

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Thread starter):
top ten things(or more) to do

1) Get Ditched by a fellow A.Net Member
2) Take a photo of a fellow A.Net members Arse then head down to the gay clubs
3) Get Laid
4) Get Drunk
5) Smoke Weed
6) Sing "Waltzing Matilda" as loud as you can at the stroke of midnight
7) Try to dress like an Aborigine
8) Rent a car then try to drive across Australia
9) Swim with sharks
10) Have a "Barbie" on the beach
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:51 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 1):
1) Get Ditched by a fellow A.Net Member
2) Take a photo of a fellow A.Net members Arse then head down to the gay clubs
3) Get Laid
4) Get Drunk
5) Smoke Weed
6) Sing "Waltzing Matilda" as loud as you can at the stroke of midnight
7) Try to dress like an Aborigine
8) Rent a car then try to drive across Australia
9) Swim with sharks
10) Have a "Barbie" on the beach

Not really what I had in mind

[Edited 2006-02-13 22:52:34]
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:00 am

Spend at least one day, if nice and sunny, on the ferries on an all-day ticket (very cheap) and just hop on and off. It includes all the smaller feries as well as the big ones to Manley, which have a coffee bar on board.

The "lazy" sightseeing tip is to ascend to the Blue Horizon bar on the 36th floor of the Shangrila HoteL close to Circular Quay. Grab a table by the windows and you will have THE most stunning views. It is one of the secrets of Sydney if you know about it.
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:33 am

Or you could stay in the Quay West apartments next to the Shangri La and get the panoramic view when you get up in the morning. I could have sat there all day and watched it. Amazing!

Going to Manley is nice, its a pleasant place; but n our opinions Bondi was way overrated. We failed to see anything hugely special about it.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:20 am

Go on a Captain Cook Cruise in at Circular Quay, one of the best ways to see the harbour. You might want to go to the top of Centrepoint tower. They've now got something that goes out about 10m so you can look at the city some 200 m below. The best things to do when in Sydney aren't in Sydney. You can go to the Janola Caves or go up to the Blue Mountains and see some rocks. Make sure you spend alot of the time at the beach. I usually go to Freshwater when in Sydney which is the beach to the North of Manly beach.

Whatever you do have fun and enjoy this beautiful city.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:39 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 1):

I think you're missing "pick up a married woman at a gay bar" from your list there  Wink

In all seriousness though, defintiely take the ferry across to Manly - it is a nice little trip, and Manly is a nice beach. Watson's Bay, right at the entry to the Harbour, is also very nice, and again accessible by ferry.

There is also the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb which is meant to be quite spectacular. If you don't want to pay for the bridge climb, you can just walk across the bridge on the footpath - not quite as spectacular, but you get a good view of the harbour nonetheless.

King Street Wharf has some nice bars and restaurants, and is worth a look at. Cargo Bar is very popular...

Sydney Tower is always popular - great views over the city. I believe you can now walk outside it as well - haven't tried that myself yet.

If you're in to shopping, then there is a ton of that to be done in Sydney - check out the Queen Victoria Building, or many of the other shops in the City on George, Pitt and Castlereigh Streets...

If you fancy a bit of plane spotting, you can always try to get together with some of the very active enthusiast community in Sydney. Take a look at the Sydney Airport Message Board for more information.

Those are just a few of the things you can do - Sydney is a great city, and you won't find yourself short on things to do. Hope you have a good time there!

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:47 am

Don't forget Airside Tarmac Tours. We went last year and had a blast.

http://www.airsidetarmactours.com/

We did the REX scenic flight with the tour - that was really cool.

We loved loved LOVED Sydney when we were there. I could spend a whole day just looking at the Opera House. I regret that we didn't do a tour of it.

We also toodled around on the Sydney Explorer bus to get our bearings, and that was neat.
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:40 pm

Make sure you find time to out to the Blue Mountains. Train is only $10 or something like that. And maybe a winery or 2 in the Hunter Valley. Its only about 2 hours or so away. Or if you can't try and see if there are any wine tastings in the city. There usually is.

In the city, there is much to see and do. Agree with ferry to Manly, and the Coogee to Bondi walk is great, but do be prepared to turn the corner at the end and be disapointed. Bondi is not what we all imagined it was going to be. But when you get there, you have to have fish and chips at Fishmongers on Hall Street. (Same as the one in Byron). They are the best.

Depending when you are here, there may be racing on at Randwick. www.ajc.org.au .

The Explorer bus is a way to get bearings, but it is the most expensive way. For the price of that day trip, you could get a weeks worth of unlimited bus, ferry and train travel.


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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:17 pm

Thanks guys for your replies, I definatly want to see manly everyone says its lovely.

Do you know how much a bus/ferry pass would be for a week?
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:23 pm

LGWspeedbird - http://www.131500.info/ - there you go, everything you need on public transport in Sydney.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:31 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 10):

Thanks for the link thats excellent  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:51 pm

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 2):
Not really what I had in mind

Nor what most Sydneysiders have in mind.

Sydney is cultivated and very VERY keen to show off. The rest of the country gets very turned off by Sydney's tendency toward glamour and style - but we just whack them over the head with a champagne bottle, throw them a pair of designer sunglasses and tell them to join a party.

Sydney is great if you're rich. If you have a lot of money then you'll have a lot of friends. If you like to go boating and have a very large yacht then you will get laid. It's that simple.

Seriously though - there is so much to do in Sydney. There are beautiful museums, art galleries, areas of natural beauty, famous buildings, etc etc.

One thing that will probably strike you about Sydney is its size. It is big.....really really big. Sydney is one of the largest cities in its land size. It reaches across 1580 square kilometres. This is the same as London and more than double the size of New York.

That said - if you want a true Sydney beach experience then go north to Manly and beyond, which is an area known as the Northern beaches. If you're a fan of Home and Away (god help us) then you're in "Summer Bay" territory.

While on the Manly ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf you'll pass Kirribilli point (where I live). On the actual point itself are the Sydney residences of the Prime Minister and Governer General. Feel free to throw eggs.

I really recommend you do a tour of Sydney tower. It involves an audio visual ride thing which tells you the history of Sydney, then you can tour the sky lounge above all the skyscrapers (and sometimes the clouds). You can now even take the "Skywalker tour". This involves standing on a large metal platform on the tower roof, which then moves out over the edge of the building into mid-air. Very cool.

If you're not sure about stuff I'll be very happy to advise you further.


Quoting Door5Right (Reply 3):
The "lazy" sightseeing tip is to ascend to the Blue Horizon bar on the 36th floor of the Shangrila HoteL close to Circular Quay. Grab a table by the windows and you will have THE most stunning views. It is one of the secrets of Sydney if you know about it.

Absolutely - that is a real local secret. It's expensive ($30 cocktails I think), but the view is totally worth it.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:12 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 12):
the view is totally worth it.

Another place which gives a great view in my opinion is Summit Restaurant, a revolving restaurant and lounge bar on the 47th floor of Australia Square.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:31 pm

feck it, I miss sydney now  Sad
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:29 am

Oh QANTASforever i envey you in where you stay , last time in was in SYD stayed at the Glenferrie Lodge in Kirribilli , basic, but what a way to start your day with a ferry across to Circular Quay turn round the point and theres the bridge in all its glory.
LGWspeedbird take the ferry to Manley Wharf not the catamaran,came back on night from Manley and stood outside, pitchblack under a starry sky and then the lights of the CBD , and the bridge. SYD is the bridge and the bridge is SYD.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:43 am

Quoting BlackandWhite (Reply 15):
Oh QANTASforever i envey you in where you stay ,

Ditto - you must have an amazing view of the bridge and the opera house, as well as the skyline! Plus the harbour, which I could sit and watch all day as it is a real hive of activity.
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:58 am

I live in the same place I grew up in, and I still appreciate where I live every single day.

I walk out my back door and there is a grass lawn then the habour. I look up at the harbour bridge and across to the CBD and the Opera House. It's amazing.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:12 am

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Thread starter):
Well I am off to Sydney soon and was wondering what the top ten things(or more)

Well No.1 would have to be get a connection to somewhere else - preferably in Queensland - and see some of the real Australia.
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:16 am

Quoting TSV (Reply 18):
Well No.1 would have to be get a connection to somewhere else - preferably in Queensland - and see some of the real Australia.

Pft - my god you lot have a complex.

Sydney is a part of this country whether you want to admit it or not. It's insulting to suggest otherwise.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:24 am

Hook, Line, and Sinker ...
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:39 am

Quoting TSV (Reply 20):
Hook, Line, and Sinker ...

I'd congratulate you on a good cover if I thought it was genuine.

Why don't you go and bend a banana or something.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:49 am

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 21):

I'd congratulate you on a good cover if I thought it was genuine.

Oh it is old boy believe me - just ask Banco!
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:24 pm

Quoting TSV (Reply 22):
Oh it is old boy believe me - just ask Banco!

Don't drag me into it! I pick my own time and place to wind QFF up.  Wink

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 12):
Quoting Door5Right (Reply 3):
The "lazy" sightseeing tip is to ascend to the Blue Horizon bar on the 36th floor of the Shangrila HoteL close to Circular Quay. Grab a table by the windows and you will have THE most stunning views. It is one of the secrets of Sydney if you know about it.

Absolutely - that is a real local secret. It's expensive ($30 cocktails I think), but the view is totally worth it.

I stayed at the Shangri-La, and the Blue Horizon was very definitely an excellent choice to take in the views of the city. Although having said that, from the perspective of going for a good place to have a a few drinks and a good night out, I wouldn't say that was an especially good choice - it lacks the atmosphere of a really good bar in comparison to the better pubs of the Rocks area, like The Australian pub for example (where you can also get a good pizza!).
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:53 am

TSV - I don't know you well enough to consider you in the same category as Banco, who despite constant taunts and vicious comments directed at our country - has earned my respect and at times friendship.

Quoting Banco (Reply 23):
it lacks the atmosphere of a really good bar in comparison to the better pubs of the Rocks area, like The Australian pub for example

You see - they call it the "Australian" pub - but every time I go past there it's like I've walked into county cork or Piccadilly circus.

The rocks is like a theme park - a total tourist trap.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 24):
The rocks is like a theme park - a total tourist trap.

Yes, but if you ARE a tourist, then there's nothing wrong with that. Besides, preserving the past always gets in my good good books...  Wink
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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:46 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 25):
Yes, but if you ARE a tourist, then there's nothing wrong with that. Besides, preserving the past always gets in my good good books...

If one is a tourist then I agree - it's great. But the rocks today is certainly not an example of preserving the past. If it was, the area would still be rife with prostitutes, petty crime, poverty, poor public sanitation, and police brutality.

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RE: Things To Do In Sydney

Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:24 am

Everytime we went out for dinner, we always went to the first class restaurant in Rose Bay and King Street Wharf.
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