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SYDNEY

HIGHLIGHTS Sydney offers decadent delights during the cooler months. From fabulous food and festivals to theatre, music and sport, there’s a cultural feast you are sure to enjoy.

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Trot into Randwick for the glamour and thrills of horse racing at its finest. When: from 5 August Where: Royal Randwick Racecourse Cost: $15–$55 australianturfclub.com.au

National Science Week

National Science Week Ghostly Garden Hear spooky and kooky stories of the Garden’s past as owls stare from the treetops on this unforgettable tour of the ‘ghostly garden’. When: various dates Aug–Oct Where: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Cost: $39 rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Follow your pursuit of knowledge with a fascinating line up of science events across the Garden. When: 11–20 August Where: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Cost: free and ticketed events rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/nationalscienceweek

Smooth Festival of Chocolate Discover a sweet celebration of indulgent desserts from boutique chocolatiers, renowned pastry chefs and ice cream connoisseurs.

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When: 12–13 August Where: The Rocks Cost: free therocks.com

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Sculpture by the Sea Along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk (see p82). Photo courtesy: Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated

Sculpture By The Sea The Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk comes alive with art and sculptures. When: from 19 October Where: Bondi to Tamarama Beach coastal walk Cost: free sculpturebythesea.com

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Bledisloe Cup Age old footy rivalry! Watch the Auckland match at a local pub for great atmosphere. When: 19 & 26 August Where: 19 August in Sydney, 26 August in New Zealand or the local ‘pub!’ Cost: tickets from $45 rugby.com.au/wallabies/home

Art and About Sydney Sydney streets, laneways and buildings are adorned with art in this festival. When: from 16 September Where: various locations Cost: free artandabout.com.au

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Watch Australia’s toughest rugby players do battle on the field for ultimate glory. When: 1 October Where: ANZ Stadium Cost: TBA or watch at your local pub nrl.com

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month Treat your taste buds and relish sumptuous feasts from celebrity chefs. When: 1–31 October Where: various locations Cost: free and ticketed events goodfoodmonth.com

Sydney Night Noodle Markets Sydney’s largest night market serves up delicious and authentic Asian cuisine. When: 8–25 October Where: Hyde Park Cost: free entry goodfoodmonth.com

Manly Jazz

Sydney Beer Week

Find your groove with a beachside weekend of great jazz and fabulous food.

Soak up the atmosphere at Sydney’s biggest craft beer festival, including artisan foods and delectable delicacies.

When: 30 September–2 October Where: Manly Beach Cost: free northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

When: 20–29 October Where: Central Park and across Sydney Cost: free and ticketed events sydneybeerweek.com.au What’s On

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STAGE Cloud Nine - play

Relationships, personal identity and politics come clashing together in Caryl Churchill’s witty production. When: until 12 August Where: Sydney Theatre Company Cost: $60–$99 sydneytheatre.com.au

Script Club 2017 - interactive play readings Script lovers unite! Participate in script reads of classic Australian plays and a round-table discussion led by John McCallum. When: until 28 October Where: SBW Stable Theatre Foyer Cost: $20 griffintheatre.com.au

Melba A New Musical - musical The extraordinary story of opera sensation Dame Nellie Melba, from Australia to the world stages of Europe. When: 11 August–2 September Where: Hayes Theatre Co Cost: $55–$65 hayestheatre.com.au

My Fair Lady - play Julie Andrews directs this stage sensation. A classic tale not to be missed! When: 24 August–24 September Where: Capitol Theatre Cost: from $69.90 capitoltheatre.com.au

HIR - play Anthea Williams directs this quirky, absurdly funny play exploring family and all the drama that entails. When: 12 August–10 September Where: Belvoir Street Theatre Cost: $37–$72 belvoir.com.au

Assassins – Hayes Theatre Co

Assassins - musical David Campbell stars in this chilling musical exploring the lengths people will go to for recognition. When: 15 September–14 October Where: Hayes Theatre Co Cost: from $58 hayestheatre.com.au

In Real Life - play Luke Rogers directs this spine tingling thriller written by playwright Julian Larnach.

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Badu Gili (light show experience) Explore Australia’s ancient stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail. When: daily at sunset and 7pm

2 Weddings, 1 Bride (operetta) My Fair Lady A faithful recreation of the 1956 Broadway production under the direction of the lady who made the role of Eliza Doolittle so famous in the original show!

Ghosts - play The haunting impression of memories, loved ones and the intensity of relationships are explored in this exquisite play. When: 16 September–22 October Where: Belvoir Street Theatre Cost: $37–$72 belvoir.com.au

Beautiful: the Carole King Musical - musical The extraordinary life story of the chart-topping voice that influenced a generation of music. When: from 17 September Where: Sydney Lyric Cost: from $79.90 star.com.au

Ferruccio Ferlanetto - opera Ferruccio Ferlanetto delivers his sonorous base notes accompanied by pianist Igor Tchetuev. When: 27 & 29 September Where: City Recital Hall Cost: from $30 opera.org.au

Delve into French Morocco with exquisite melodies, magnificent costumes and a touch of comedy. When: until 22 October

Parsifal (opera) Jonas Kaufmann brings his exquisite tenor vocals to the stage in Wagner’s final, dramatic opera. When: 9–14 August

Verdi Requiem (opera) Be transported into this exquisitely moving journey of life and loss. When: 10–11 August

Life on Mars: NASA’s 2020 Rover Mission (talk) Could humans live on Mars? NASA scientists and astrophysicists discuss the potential. When: 17 August

Dinner (play) This cheeky black comedy proves that revenge truly is best as a dish served cold. When: 11 September–28 October

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (contemporary music) Today’s biggest hits are given an old lease on life with a last century musical twist. When: 28 September

Status Quo (contemporary music) Returning for one unmissable night on their ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ tour with all their favourite hits. When: 15 October

The Merchant of Venice (play) Enjoy Shakespeare’s’ popular tale of money, greed and power. When: from 24 October

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www.sydneyoperahouse.com Ferruccio Ferlanetto – Opera Australia

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Escape From Pompeii – The Untold Roman Rescue An extraordinary story of rescue attempts from one of the worlds’ biggest natural disasters. When: until 3 September Where: National Maritime Museum Cost: included in entry fee anmm.gov.au

Closer – Portraits of Survival The work of award-winning photojournalist, Katherine Griffiths, portrays the artefacts, letters and images that anchor Holocaust survivors to their past.
 When: until 30 August Where: Sydney Jewish Museum Cost: included in entry sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

Jenny Watson—The Fabric of Fantasy Intimate imagery and subtle text spanning over four decades is displayed in this Australian artist’s work. When: until 2 October Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Cost: included in entry mca.com.au

In 79AD so began one of the first recorded rescues by sea of civilians by a military force.

Pacific Spirit Uncover extraordinary cultural treasures and artefacts from the Pacific nations. When: ongoing Where: Australian Museum Cost: included in entry fee australianmuseum.net.au

ArteFact or Fiction?

Titanic The Exhibition Journey back to the fateful day in 1912 and discover incredible stories, memorabilia and breathtaking recreations (see p77). When: until 8 October Where: Moore Park Cost: from $18 titanictheexhibition.com.au

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

View rare and remarkable objects from the Library’s collection.

Sherlock fans can put their scientific sleuthing to the test in this interactive exhibition, for young and old alike!

When: ongoing Where: State Library of NSW Cost: free sl.nsw.gov.au

When: until 8 October Where: Powerhouse Museum Cost: $16–$27 maas.museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year One hundred inspiring images capture the majesty and mystery of the natural world.

Hunting possums and goannas, c 1885, Tommy McRae

When: until 9 October Where: National Maritime Museum Cost: included in entry anmm.gov.au

The Righteous Among Nations Artefacts, photography and accounts of ordinary people who saved Jews during the holocaust. When: until mid-August Where: Sydney Jewish Museum Cost: included in entry sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au 10

Arctic Showtime ©Audun Rikardsen (Norway)

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The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney This exhibition explores the European migrant influence on the modernist design of Sydney architecture. When: from 22 July Where: Museum of Sydney Cost: included in entry sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

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Artplay Budding artists and curious kids can use their senses to explore this creative space. When: ongoing Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Cost: $5 mca.com.au Marion Best – ‘A room for Mary Quant.’

Marion Hall Best: Interiors This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers. When: from 5 August Where: Museum of Sydney Cost: included in entry sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Experimentations Curious kids will have their questions answered at this interactive exhibition. When: ongoing Where: Powerhouse Museum Cost: included in entry maas.museum/powerhouse-museum

Sydney Observatory Family Night Tours Budding astronomers can unearth the thrills and mysteries of the night sky! When: ongoing Where: Sydney Observatory Cost: $4–$50 maas.museum/sydney-observatory

This is a Voice Why do we speak? Journey through the multi-faceted abilities and uses of the human voice. When: from 11 August Where: Powerhouse Museum Cost: included in entry fee maas.museum/powerhouse-museum

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Featuring over 100 photographers, this extraordinary exhibition celebrates the natural wonder of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. 
 When: from 11 August Where: Australian Museum Cost: Adult $20, Child $3, Conc $8 australianmuseum.net.au

Sydney Observatory Family Night Tours

Roar and Snore Discover your favourite nocturnal animals and your snugly daytime friends whilst camping overnight in deluxe harbour view accommodation. When: ongoing Where: Taronga Zoo Cost: from $193.50 taronga.org.au

ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium Dive into a prehistoric ocean world and come face-to-face with extraordinary dinosaurs! When: 23 September–8 October Where: Sydney Opera House Cost: $29 sydneyoperahouse.com ©Charles Davis Photography.

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BEARINGS Sydney is a large city that spreads north, south and west to the Blue Mountains. If you are here for a while, make the time to take a trip out west to Katoomba and Leura by train, or hire a car and head north along the coast to see Sydney’s northern beaches, some of the most beautiful in the world.

SYDNEY CENTRAL The historical and business heart of Sydney includes The Rocks, Circular Quay, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. This is where you will see some of the real icons of the city, including Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour

SYDNEY EAST Inner-city suburbs like Kings Cross, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Paddington are some of our most historic, and the gateway to beautiful Bondi and the uber-chic suburbs that ring the southern harbour, like Rose Bay and Double Bay. El Alamein Fountain

SYDNEY SOUTH South from Bondi you’ll pass through some of the loveliest beaches in the world, most with rolling surf and a relaxed atmosphere. Check out great surfing beaches like Maroubra before you head further south into Sutherland Shire and beyond. Bondi Beach

SYDNEY WEST The inner-west suburbs of Glebe and Balmain are best known for their bohemian living and arty streak. These lead on to Greater Western Sydney, which houses most of our population, ending just as you reach the foot of the Blue Mountains. Blue Mountains

SYDNEY NORTH Sydney’s northern suburbs and beaches are truly exquisite, from the ever-popular Manly to the sensational Palm Beach. The whole coastline of the northern suburbs is dotted with beaches including our personal favourite, Whale Beach. Manly Beach

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SYDNEY AT A GLANCE

A Vibrant City Experience the diversity and abundance of options Sydney has to offer

THE ROCKS & CIRCULAR QUAY At the end of the eastern arm of Sydney Cove perches the Sydney Opera House, our most treasured and recognisable building. Take the leisurely walk past quality restaurants and cafés, the buzzing ferry and cruise wharves of Circular Quay to The Rocks; not only can you see Australia’s early history in its sandstone buildings, but The Rocks is one of the best places in the world for a pub crawl!

SYDNEY CITY CENTRE Sydney’s city centre is pretty easy to find your way around, with its main streets running in a grid pattern, dominated by Pitt Street and George Street. Here you’ll find some of Sydney’s best shopping and it’s always busy and bustling. Make sure to stop in at Hyde Park, visit the Australian Museum and take the ride up to the Observation Deck and SKYWALK at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye, up to 268 metres high!

MACQUARIE ST & ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY Macquarie Street houses some of Sydney’s oldest buildings from colonial times, including Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, Parliament House of NSW and the magnificent State Library of NSW. The Art Gallery of NSW is nestled in The Domain, a public open space that often hosts free concerts, and leads to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, an oasis of calm in the centre of Sydney.

CENTRAL STATION & HAYMARKET Central Station provides the hub for all rail traffic from both city and country. Next to Central is Haymarket, where you’ll find Chinatown and some great bargains at Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets (see p49). Further towards Darling Harbour you’ll find the Powerhouse Museum and then Sydney Fish Market, the largest working fish market in the Southern Hemisphere.

DARLING HARBOUR Beautiful by day, but simply sensational by night! It has a huge open-air playground for the kids and other major attractions include the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney. Ferries, cruise and jet boats also dock here, and on the far side over Pyrmont Bridge, is the terrific Australian National Maritime Museum. At night, the place stays alive, with locals and tourists thronging the terrific bars and restaurants - try Cockle Bay Wharf and, 10 minutes walk away in Pyrmont, The Star. Sydney at a Glance

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ESSENTIALS There’s loads to do in Sydney but if you want to see the premium sights, here’s our guide to what you simply have to do and see…

WANDER

through The Rocks and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks Discovery Museum and up by the Bridge - the Pylon Lookout (see p45-47).

EXPLORE

Circular Quay and take the Fast Ferry to Manly or a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing cruise around the Harbour (see p30 & 32).

TAKE

a tour of the Sydney Opera House and then wander through the Royal Botanic Garden to Mrs Macquaries Chair and thro’ to the Art Gallery of NSW (see p58-63).

STOP

off at Macquarie Street where you’ll find the State Library, Parliament House of NSW, Sydney Hospital, and Hyde Park Barracks (see p60-61).

WALK

around Pitt and George Streets for a little (or a lot of) shopping; make sure to visit the exquisite Queen Victoria Building (QVB) before continuing to Central Park Mall, Sydney’s newest downtown precinct (see p4 & p50).

CROSS

through Hyde Park and visit the Australian War Memorial, crossing to the Australian Museum, before heading to Stanley Street with its amazing selection of eateries (see p54-55).

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TAKE

a tour of Darling Harbour; there’s lots to see and do here including getting up close to the stars at the fabulous Madame Tussauds before stopping to enjoy the tranqulity of the Chinese Garden of Friendship (see p68-71).

CHECK

out Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets (a must do!) beside which you’ll find Chinatown with its superb restaurants and Friday night markets (see p49, 64-65).

HEAD

to Darlinghurst for the Sydney Jewish Museum, and afterwards Kings Cross for its restaurants, bars and wild exuberance (see p56-57, 91). Essential Sydney

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ESSENTIALS Been here before or already think you’ve seen it all? Well, here’s a quick list of some of the other must-see things to see & do which should also be on your checklist…

DON’T MISS

one of the great natural wonders of the world, the annual migration of whales; experience this close up with one of the whale watching cruises (see p24, 30 & 32).

WALK

over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (only 15 minutes!) and head towards Sydney’s favourite amusement park at Luna Park - entry is free; afterwards go for a dip at the North Sydney Olympic Pool!

LOOK OUT

from the Pylon Lookout for one of the best views of the city with exhibits on the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (see p88).

CATCH

the ferry to Double Bay for some wonderful shopping, then continue to Watsons Bay to swim or walk up to South Head; don’t miss the fabulous seafood and harbour views at Doyles.

EXPERIENCE

the thrill of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium with a SCG guided walking tour in the morning. Then explore nearby Entertainment Quarter (EQ) and – not to be missed – Centennial Parklands (see p24 & p74-79).

DO IT

and get up early for a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ at the Sydney Fish Market – the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere (see p93).

GET ON

the Light Rail to the historic suburb of Glebe and then Jubilee Park for a stroll around picturesque Rozelle Bay.

HOP

on the bus to Bondi to visit this world famous beach; afterwards, take a dip and then do the Bondi to Bronte walk (see p82-83).

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ESSENTIALS If you’ve brought the kids, then Sydney is the right place for you! Here are our top suggestions for enjoying Sydney as a family...

HEAD

to Darling Harbour and visit the National Maritime Museum where the kids can board a submarine, before trying the flying fox at the Darling Harbour Children’s Playground (see p23, 68-71).

EXPLORE

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium for an iconic Aussie experience in the city (see p68-71).

TAKE

the kids to the Australian Museum, which specialises in interactive displays of Australia’s ancient megafauna (see p54-55, 91).

TOUR

the Sydney Opera House with special Junior Tours & Junior Lunches on School Holidays (see p58-61).

SKYWALK

at Sydney Tower Eye and get a dose of fresh air as you walk around the outside - 268m above the city streets.

GET READY

to wiggle at the interactive Wiggles Exhibition, Australia’s own global phenomenon, at the Powerhouse Museum (see p66-67).

VISIT

the Sydney Observatory and its 3D space theatre (see p45-47).

TAKE

a Zoo Combo ticket with a Hop-On Hop-Off cruise to Taronga Zoo – the kids will love the Sky Safari chair lift to the top (see p16, p28-33).

SOAK

up the sun at Manly, catch a wave and then visit the sharks at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary (see p34-35).

TOPTICKET

Discover Sydney in 48 hours with Big Bus Sydney’s Deluxe Family ticket. Ride on the Hop-on Hop off, cruise Sydney harbour with Captain Cook cruises and see amazing views of Sydney from Sydney Tower Eye (see p2, p86-87).

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TOP 10 MUSEUMS

& GALLERIES 1. Australian Museum

Enter a remarkable zoological realm revealing exotic Australian animals, plants and dinosaurs (see p91). www.australianmuseum.net.au

2. Australian National Maritime Museum

Come on board historic ships and experience fascinating exhibitions exploring life on the water (see opposite). | www.anmm.gov.au

Museum of Contemporary Art

3. Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Extraordinary stories and history from the penal colonies are housed within these 19th century buildings. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

4. Justice & Police Museum

National Maritime Museum

Glimpse the dark history of Sydney’s underbelly at this museum of law and justice. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

5. Museum of Contemporary Art

Experience cutting edge art, engaging exhibitions and innovative performances at a spectacular harbourside location (see p89). | www.mca.com.au

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

6. Museum of Sydney

Archaeological remains from colonial Sydney are revealed alongside Sydney’s fascinating indigenous history. | www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

7. Powerhouse Museum

Planes, trains and space shuttles are just some of the 500,000 treasures waiting for you here (see p21). www.maas.museum/powerhouse-museum

Museum of Sydney

8. State Library of NSW

Explore this magnificent Sydney icon and enjoy free exhibitions, public talks, film screenings and superb café (see p90). | www.sl.nsw.gov.au

9. Sydney Jewish Museum

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Explore the history of Jewish life in Australia and the Holocaust on a guided tour (see p91) - don’t miss! www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

10. The Rocks Discovery Museum Incredible stories unfold from pre-1788 to the present, documenting the transformation of this historic precinct. | www.therocks.com

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TOP 5 TOURS Aboriginal Heritage Tour No better place to explore our indigenous past than on this popular walking tour thro’ The Royal Botanic Garden (Wed, Fri & Sat - see p63).

Big Bus Sydney Tour Hop-On Hop-Off at 33 different locations on two tours around the city and world-famous Bondi Beach (see p2).

Sydney Opera House Tours Step inside and discover the stories and history of this iconic landmark (daily between 9am-5pm - see p58).

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tour Get ‘behind –the-scenes’ on this guided walking tour of the historic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium (see opposite and p74-75).

The Rocks Walking Tours Explore Sydney’s oldest precinct at your own pace or on a 1.5 hour guided tour – The Rocks Walking Tours, Clocktower Square (Tel: 9247 6678).

TOP 5 ACTIVITIES Centennial Park Cycles With a superb range of bicycles this is probably one of the best ways to explore this grand Victorian park, opened in 1888 (Tel: 0401 357 419 - see p78-79).

Centennial Park Equestrian Centre One of the few parks in the world to offer inner-city horse riding – great range of rides suitable for all ages and abilities (Tel: 9332 2809 - see p78-79).

Cockatoo Island Fancy a night on the harbour? Take your pick from the Island’s unique range of camping, glamping, heritage houses and apartments (see p26).

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TOP 10 MARKETS The Rocks Markets Northern end of George St, The Rocks (Saturday & Sunday)

Balmain Markets St Andrews Congregational Church, 217 Darling St, Balmain (Saturday)

Bondi Beach Market Bondi Beach Primary School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach (Sunday)

Brewery Yard Markets Chippendale Green, 28 Broadway, Chippendale (Every first and third Sunday of the month)

Glebe Markets Glebe Public School, 183 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (Saturday)

Manly Arts and Crafts Market cnr Market Lane & Sydney Road, Manly (Saturday and Sunday)

Kings Cross Sunday Market Fitzroy Gardens (Sunday)

Paddington Markets Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington (Saturday)

Sydney Fish Market cnr Pyrmont Bay Road and Bank Street, Blackwattle Bay (Daily)

Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets cnr Thomas & Hay Streets, Haymarket (Wednesday to Sunday)

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Sydney Helitours Another great way to see Sydney from above – range from 20 minutes scenic flights to half day lunch packages (Tel: 9317 3402).

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TOP WALKS Bondi to Bronte (3.4km)

A spectacular cliff top walk along the Eastern Suburbs coastline; you can also continue to Coogee, another 15 min (see p82).

Harbour Foreshore (6km)

From Circular Quay, go past the Opera House and follow the trail thro’ the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain back to the city (see p61).

Headland Park (6km)

Beautiful urban parkland with historic fortifications, cafés and spectacular views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour (Middle Head Road, Mosman) (see p28-29).

Manly to The Spit (10km)

A longish walk but you’ll be rewarded with some stunning coastal scenery and… great coffee along the way at North Harbour Reserve (see p28-29).

North Head Sanctuary (1-2 hour trails)

This leisurely walk follows a gentle bush track to a most charming beach and cafés at Chowder Bay; you can continue thro’ to Headland Park and take the bus back to the city (see p28-29).

Watsons Bay to South Head (1.3km)

This easy stroll takes you up to South Head guarding the southern entrance to Sydney ferry to Watsons Bay and go on from there.

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COCKATOO ISLAND This UNESCO World-Heritage-Listed site is a former prison and shipyard, now offers historical tours and the only place where you can stay overnight on Sydney Harbour (see p26).

LUNA PARK Catch a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing cruise for a day trip out and back to the smiling face of Luna Park, a Sydney landmark and a fabulous place to take the kids.

GARDEN ISLAND Visit the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre featuring a section of the Japanese Midget submarine. The centre includes a café, picnic grounds and spectacular views.

SHARK ISLAND Shark Island is one of Sydney’s most popular picnic island with 360° harbour view and a small beach for swimming. Ferries depart from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay

TARONGA ZOO The most picturesque zoo in the world with captivating harbour views; regular ferry services and cruises arrive every half hour (see p16).

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DARLING HARBOUR Sydney’s leading entertainment and leisure quarter is also the launching pad for a number of sightseeing cruises, tour boats, jet boats and ferries (see p68-71).

FORT DENISON Just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, this historic fort is a great place for a meal in the middle of the harbour.

MANLY A boat ride to iconic Manly (see pages 34-35) is a must on any visit. The views of Sydney as you return to Circular Quay are simply dazzling!

WATSONS BAY With stunning harbour views, gorgeous beaches and wonderful restaurants, a trip to Watsons Bay at the south head of the harbour is another must-do!

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& MANLY Manly Beach Like Bondi, Manly Beach is both a local and an international favourite

WHAT TO DO IN MANLY A gentle surfing beach, it rarely gets too rough for swimmers and the golden shores are patrolled by the famous Manly Surf Club lifesavers in their iconic caps and ‘Speedos.’ Manly itself is a compact little suburb, with shops lining The Corso, the main street leading from Manly Wharf to Manly Beach, where the esplanade is dotted with great restaurants and cafés. Make sure to start off at the Visitor Information Centre just across from Manly Wharf – they can assist with some of the great ideas below…

SWIM

Manly Beach has plenty of waves for the surfers but is a fantastic swimming beach as well.

SNORKEL

Shelly Beach is a marine conservation area, so take a dive or a snorkel and come face to face with the local marina flora and fauna.

SHARK!

Dive with Grey Nurse Sharks, sea turtles and massive stingrays at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary with Shark Dive Xtreme or you can wander the sanctuary and view an amazing array of aquatic animals.

LOOKOUT

Up Darley Road, head for North Head Sanctuary offering spectacular views over stunning Sydney Harbour, bushland walks and rare flora and fauna.

SHOUT

At the Q Station, Sydney’s former quarantine station that has now been turned into an historical attraction, complete with nightly ghost tours.

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STREETS Circular Quay, The Rocks and Sydney Opera House Enjoy the views from the many bars, restaurants and cafés at the Sydney Opera House and Opera Quays... Follow the foreshore west to the historic warehouse eateries at Campbells Cove or wander down George and Argyle Streets in The Rocks for vibrant cafés, restaurants and the city’s oldest pubs.

City Centre Amble south on George or Pitt Streets and grab a bite at one of the many cafés, or slip into Ash Street (off Angel Place near Wynyard) for laneway eateries off the beaten track. Fancy a picnic? Brave the bustling food courts of Westfield or David Jones on Market Street, then stroll to Hyde Park. Or else, from here venture east down William Street for scores of cheap eats on Stanley Street.

Darling Harbour & Chinatown Darling Harbour’s foreshore is continually abuzz with waterfront cafés, restaurants and bars that cater to any palate. From here it’s a stone’s throw to Chinatown—just walk up Sussex Street and roam Campbell, Dixon and Hay Streets for authentic Asian cuisine and the best ‘yum cha’ Sydney has to offer.

Kings Cross & Woolloomooloo For a taste of Sydney’s ‘hip’ dining scene, stroll north on Macleay Street from the El Alamein Fountain then left at Challis Avenue. From here, walk left up Victoria Street into the culinary hot spot of Darlinghurst or amble down the well-trodden steps to Woolloomooloo for waterfront bars and restaurants. If you’re hungry for laneway dining, head south from the Fountain then right up Llankelly Place.

TOPTIP

Aussies usually tip 10–15% at eateries with top-notch service but skip the tip when ordering takeaway. Prices should always include Goods & Services Tax (GST – 10% ‘sales tax’).

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Sydney Dining Let your taste buds do the walking in these popular dining districts. From ‘cool’ cafés to ritzy restaurants, you’ll find a smorgasbord of eateries to satisfy your appetite

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Espresso (short black): a 25ml shot of pure coffee — rich, dark and intense.

Long black: a double espresso serving up the ultimate caffeine kick.

Ristretto: the first 15ml of coffee extracted from an espresso—a purist’s drink.

Macchiato:

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CORKAGE BYO stands for ‘bring your own alcohol’. Most BYO cafés and restaurants charge a few dollars corkage per person or per table (even if your wine has a screw cap!).

Paddington Home to some of Sydney’s best watering holes, Paddington is the capital of ‘pub grub’. After exploring the shops and cafés on Oxford Street, walk northeast along William or Elizabeth Streets and explore the blocks in between for good old-fashioned pubs and bistros. Glenmore Road in Five Ways is well worth the 10-minute walk down the hill to a bustling pocket of cafés, restaurants and pubs.

a 90ml shot of espresso finished with a dollop of textured milk.

Cappuccino: 200ml of espresso with steamed milk, foam and chocolate sprinkles.

Caffè latte: Italian for ‘milk coffee’—200ml of espresso, steamed milk and foam.

Flat white: 200ml of espresso and steamed milk—no froth or sprinkles.

Mocha: a hot chocolate with a shot of espresso—the ultimate marriage between sugar & caffeine!

Cold drip coffee: a fancy fad with coffee extracted over 12 hours and served cold.

Bondi Waterfront dining at Sydney’s iconic beach – try the Bondi Pavilion, or the lively beachfront strip along Campbell Parade which hosts everything from takeaway to fine dining. Heading away from the beach, Hall Street, Curlewis Street and Gould Street are brimming with eateries, while just north of Bondi Beach you’ll find the awardwinning North Bondi RSL Club in Ramsgate Avenue. Dining Out

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TOPFIVES ...Hidden Cafés 1. La Renaissance Café Pâtisserie 47 Argyle Street, The Rocks

2. Courtyard Café Da Capo 8 Macquarie Street (courtyard of the Sydney Eye Hospital), Sydney

3. The Bunker 399 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

4. Chapter One 3A/34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

5. Rose Bay Marina Kiosk  94 New South Head Road (beneath 5 The Sailors Club), Rose Bay

...Dining With A View 1. Café Sydney F ine dining with an iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Level 5, Customs House, Circular Quay www.cafesydney.com

2. Captain Cook Cruises The views don’t get any better than this! Circular Quay & Darling Harbour. www.captaincook.com.au (see p32)

3. The Glenmore  casual rooftop bar with a A breathtaking harbour vista. 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks www.theglenmore.com.au

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cocktail at the exquisite Marble Bar inside the Hilton Hotel (488 George Street, near Town Hall). Then make your way to the sophisticated Bambini Wine Room (185 Elizabeth Street, near Hyde Park).

7.30pm: Walk through Hyde Park towards the Australian Museum, then turn onto William Street. Tucked behind the museum is a little suburb called East Sydney, brimming with restaurants. Explore Stanley Street and down a drink at Darlo Village Hotel (234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, corner of Liverpool Street). 10pm: Continue up William Street towards Kings Cross then turn right onto Darlinghurst’s bustling Victoria Road. Enjoy a cheeky vino at Lil’ Darlin or a cocktail upstairs at the colonial-style The Victoria Room (235 Victoria Street).

12am: If you’re after a nightclub head to Kings Cross, but beware Darlinghurst Road, notorious for its strip clubs. Kick up your heels at The World Bar (24 Bayswater Road) or dance the night away at Kit and Kaboodle (37 Darlinghurst Road). 3am: A night out in Sydney is not complete without a pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels. Soak up the booze while viewing the city skyline over the spectacular harbour at Woolloomooloo.

TOPTHREE Pre-Theatre Nibbles & Drinks Opera Bar Drink to live jazz before (or after) a show at the Sydney Opera House. Lower concourse, Sydney Opera House www.operabar.com.au

Zeta Bar Perfect for a cocktail near The Theatre Royal or State Theatre. Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street www.zetabar.com.au

Chinatown You can’t go wrong here for the Capitol Theatre, now showing the record breaking ‘My Fair Lady’ (see p8). Dixon & Sussex streets www.sydney.com/Chinatown-Haymarket

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A little Taste of Paris on your plate !

Sweet & Savoury French CrĂŞpes, Raclette, Cheese Fondue, Tartiflette and more... 186-188 Harris Street, Pyrmont www.gourmandisedeparis.com

2nd Meal 50% OFF, please see Voucher p49

See map p67 1 , p71 2


THE MAGICAL

SYDNEY

TOUR

From Circular Quay, you’ll take a trip through the centre of the city, then on a big loop out the Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo before heading back in through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. You’ll get a close-up view of the Sydney Opera House, a stately drive down historic Macquarie Street, through Hyde Park and then you’ll head out to Pyrmont. 42

Passing through Darling Harbour, you’ll then head down Hickson Road - known to Sydneysiders as the Hungry Mile and round the tip of Dawes Point to the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here you’ll experience the most spectacular views - the glistening harbour, the creamy sails of the Opera House and the broad expanse of the Harbour Bridge. No wonder we love it - and you will too!

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SYDNEY TOUR

Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye Take a walk on air 268 metres above stunning Sydney, with the city streets directly beneath your feet.

EXPERIENCE THE

VIBRANCE OF SYDNEY Hop on the big red open-top doubledecker Big Bus Sydney to experience the celebrated scenery, landmarks and attractions of Sydney and Bondi Beach.

Circular Quay & The Rocks Colourful history and the gateway to our beautiful harbour See pages 44-47

Central Business District Sun-drenched parks & sensational shopping in Sydney’s centre See pages 51-53

Museum & William Street Australian natural history mingles with contemporary food See pages 54-55

Kings Cross & Woolloomooloo Sydney’s dark side resides in its oldest suburb See pages 56-57

Sydney Opera House & Royal Botanic Garden Sydney History, culture and our most glorious icon See pages 58-63

Central & Haymarket Bustling quarter is open all hours See pages 64-65

Powerhouse Museum & Sydney Fish Market Science, technology and seafood heaven See pages 66-67

Darling Harbour A busy waterfront hub of entertainment and attractions See pages 68-71 Big Bus Sydney

The Magical Sydney Tour

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THE ROCKS

& CIRCULAR QUAY

GATEWAY

HOP ON

Circular Quay and The Rocks are the beating heart of Sydney, the starting point of our modern nation and for any tour of Sydney.

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HOP OFF

TO THE CITY FINDING

YOUR FEET

Circular Quay is home to Sydney’s most famous icons and is a bustling, working inner harbour. Look down and you’ll see marked out where the original foreshore reached in 1788, look up and you’ll see the most beautiful natural harbour in the world, dominated to the west by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and graced to the east by the Sydney Opera House. Follow Circular Quay west towards the bridge and you will find The Rocks, the site of original European settlement. Along the cobblestoned walks of the historic Rocks you will discover an abundance of things to do. Be sure to explore its laneways, including Nurses Walk and Suez Canal, which got its name before drains were installed.

Stops

WHAT’S NEARBY Take the short walk along the eastern shore of Circular Quay, past many restaurants and bars, to the glorious Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (see p58-63). The lovely western shore walk takes you past The Rocks to Sydney Cove, Campbells Cove and Dawes Point.

Aboriginal Art Galleries - Shop 13 Opera Quays (p90)

The Rocks & Circular Quay

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TEN l0 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO

TOP TOURS The Rocks Walking Tours

1 Pylon Lookout Climb the 200 stairs to the original Sydney lookout

2 BridgeClimb Set your sights high over the water below

3 The Rocks Discovery

Museum Discover The Rocks from the past to the present

4 Sydney Observatory

Get up close and personal with the history of Sydney on these 1.5hr walks. Daily tours depart from 23 Playfair Street, The Rocks.

Cockatoo Island Explore this historical island at your own pace with a FREE Audio Tour (see p26 & Discount Voucher). Regular ferries from Circular Quay: Wharf 5 - weekdays Wharf 4 - weekends

Take a night-time tour of the stars over the harbour

5 Susannah Place Museum See a rare example of an 1844 working-class home

6 Museum of Contemporary

Art Check out the MCA’s brand new wing (seep89).

7 Harbour Ferries & Cruises

Captain Cook Cruises

Jump on a ferry or a cruise for a quintessential Sydney experience

8 Gateway Sydney’s latest dining precinct with a wide range of cafes and restaurants (see OBC)

9 The Justice & Police Museum Delve into the forensic photography archives

10 Museum of Sydney

BridgeClimb

Built on the site of our first government house

DON’T

MISS... The Rocks Markets Peruse artisan stalls selling homewares, art, jewellery, leather goods, clothes and one-off pieces every Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 5pm. Visit therocks.com for more information. The Rocks Markets

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$

1

Ribs & Burgers (pg 38 & voucher)

2 The Rocks Discovery Museum

3

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Aboriginal Art Galleries (pg 90)

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Fortune of War (pg 48)

Big Bus Sydney Information & Bookings

3

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Gateway (see OBC) The Australian Wine Centre (pg 44)

9

$ 10

$

Fortune of War

50% Off 2nd Meal DISCOUNT VOUCHER

$

Ribs & Burgers

OUR TOP

DINING TIPS 1 Ribs & Burgers

$

$15 Meal Deal DISCOUNT VOUCHER

$

Butcher’s Original Burger + small chips + drink for ONLY $15 (see p38). 88 George Street, The Rocks Tel: 9251 4488

2 Fortune of War Hotel $ Lunch or dinner in Sydney’s oldest pub established since 1828 (see p48). 137 George Street, The Rocks Tel: 9247 2714

 LOCAL FAVOURITE

City Extra (pg 41)

Aboriginal Art Galleries 25% Off

DISCOUNT VOUCHER

$

City Extra Restaurant 50% Off 2nd Meal DISCOUNT VOUCHER

3 City Extra Restaurant $ Fabulous dining at this iconic harbourside restaurant (see p41). Between wharf 3 & 4, Circular Quay Tel: 9241 1422

4 Captain Cook Cruises Dinner, high tea, lunch & breakfast (see p30). Wharf 6, Circular Quay Tel: 9206 1111

 GREAT CUPPA

The Rocks Friday Foodie Market

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe

Savour a little world of flavour in this open-air fresh food market. Jack Mundey Place & Playfair Street

Belgian Chocolate, Italian coffee, Australian cool. 91 George Street, The Rocks

The Rocks & Circular Quay

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DISCOUNT VOUCHERS $ GREAT OFFERS to help you to see more... for less!

20% OFF

OPERA AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

E L P SAM

Book at opera.org.au and save 20% ticket on 2 Weddings, One Bride*. Enter promo code XXXXX at the bottom right hand of the screen.

*Terms & Conditions apply. Online or at Sydney Opera House Box Office.

25% OFF

ABORIGINAL ART GALLERIES

LE P M SA

15% OFF purchases above $300 20% OFF purchases above $1500 25% OFF purchases above $5000 * Conditions apply.

Excludes items on sale and artworks by deceased and collectable artists. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2nd Meal

50% OFF

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E L P SAM

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Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday... lunch & dinner from 12pm - 9pm.

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FREE AUDIO TOUR SAVE $5

E L P SAM

COCKATOO ISLAND

Present this coupon at the Visitor Centre for a FREE AUDIO TOUR ($5 value).

Not valid with any other offer. One voucher per person. Valid until 31/07/2017.

20% OFF

LE P M SA

SYDNEY ESCAPE HUNT Live interactive escape room fun - perfect wet weather activity for all ages. Present this coupon and receive 20% OFF the price of this exciting new attraction!

Book online and use code SYDEXP20 to receive EXTRA 10% OFF the price. Valid until 31/07/2017.

20% OFF

E L P SAM

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Not valid with any other offer, extra charges apply to special temporary exhibitions. Valid until 31/07/2017.


DISCOUNT VOUCHERS

CONDITIONS

OF USE

All offers are redeemable on presentation of the particular voucher and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid for one entry or service only, subject to availability.

20% OFF

OFF

Explorer Bus Stop

OPERA AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

E L P SAM

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Experience an opera performance that’s unlike anywhere Map p61 1 else in the world! Have a glass of champagne looking over the harbour and enjoy an exciting performance. Sydney Opera House

*Terms & Conditions apply. Online only.

25%

$

Tel: 9318 8200

www.opera.org.au

ABORIGINAL ART GALLERIES

LE P M SA

Explorer Bus Stop

Make sure to take home a beautiful piece of Australia.

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Opera Quays - Shop 13, 2 East Circular Quay QVB - Shop 47-51, Level 2 Tel: 1300 385 862 www.aboriginalartgalleries.com.au

Excludes items on sale and artworks by deceased and collectable artists. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2nd Meal

50% OFF

Explorer Bus Stop

E L P SAM

FORTUNE OF WAR HOTEL

Make sure to visit Sydney’s Oldest Pub (since 1828), with a heritage bar featuring 15 beers on tap, and a family friendly bistro offering delicious Australian pub food.

1

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137 George Street, The Rocks Tel: 9247 2714 www.fortuneofwar.com.au

Available for Mon, Tues & Wed (excludes public holidays & main event days). Valid until 31/07/2017.

FREE

COCKATOO ISLAND

SAVE $5

www.cockatooisland.gov.au

AUDIO TOUR

E L P SAM

Explorer Bus Stop

Discover Cockatoo Island’s convict and maritime history on this 90-minute audio walking tour of fascinating highlights.

1

Map p47 7

Not valid with any other offer. One voucher per person. Valid until 31/07/2017.

20%

OFF

LE P M SA

SYDNEY ESCAPE HUNT

Explorer Bus Stop

2

Map p53 4 As a team of famous detectives in historical Sydney, find clues, crack codes and puzzles to solve the crime and escape in 60 mins! Central city location, perfect wet weather activity for friends and families. Level 4, 393 George Street, Sydney | Daily 10am - 8:30pm (bookings essential) Cost: from $36/person (min 2 people - online price includes EXTRA 10% OFF) Tel: 9299 3929 www.sydney.escapehunt.com

Not valid with any other offer or voucher. One voucher per person per day. Valid until 31/07/2017.

20% OFF

E L P SAM

THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Explorer Bus Stop

3

Map p55 1 This is the best place to find out about Australia. Discover Australia’s natural environment and indigenous cultures in one of the finest natural history museums in the world. 6 College Street, Sydney. Open daily 9.30am – 5pm Tel: 9320 6000 www.australianmuseum.net.au

Not valid with any other offer, extra charges apply to special temporary exhibitions. Valid 31/07/2017.


$5 VOUCHER

SYDNEY’S PADDY’S MARKETS

E L P SAM

Offer – FREE $5 CASH VOUCHER to spend anywhere in the Markets. Present this coupon at the Markets Office to receive voucher.

Not valid with any other offer or voucher. One voucher per person. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2 1 FOR

ENTRY

SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM

LE P M SA

Receive 2 for 1 General Museum Admission.

Discount valid for Adult, Concession or Family passes. Not valid for special events. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2 1

GOURMANDISE DE PARIS

MEALS

Valid Monday to Friday… From 7am to 5pm.

FOR

E L P SAM

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Equal or lesser value; not valid for the Cheese Fondue or Raclette.

Valid every day except Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday; until 31/07/2017.

20% OFF

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

LE P M SA

Present this coupon for 20% OFF Big Ticket entry at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Open 9.30am to 5pm daily.

Present voucher to receive offer. Valid until 31/07/2017. Limit one per person.

30% OFF

CATMOSPHERE CAFÉ

E L P SAM

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While stocks last. Discount limited to one per purchase. Valid until 31/07/2017.

$15 MEAL DEAL

E L P SAM

RIBS & BURGERS

Present this coupon to receive... Butcher’s Original Burger + Small Chips + Drink ONLY $15!

Available to Sydney Explorer customers only at the following stores: The Rocks, Central Park, The Star, Present voucher to receive offer. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2

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BEN & JERRY’S BONDI

SCOOPS

FOR 1

Get 2 scoops for the price of 1, served in the same cone. Enjoy some delicious ice cream at beautiful Bondi Beach.

Not valid with any other offer. Coupon valid for up to 2 people. 2 Scoops to be in the same Dipped Waffle Cone. Valid until 31/07/2017.

50% SAMPLE OFF up to

BONDI BEACH OPALS MINERAL & FOSSILS

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$5 VOUCHER

Explorer Bus Stop

SYDNEY’S PADDY’S MARKETS

LE P M SA

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Australia’s Oldest Traditional Markets in 2 Huge Locations Map p65 2 Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Corner of Hay Street & Thomas Street, Haymarket, Sydney www.paddysmarkets.com.au

Not valid with any other offer or voucher. One voucher per person. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2 1

SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM

ENTRY

148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst Tel: 9360 7999 www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

FOR

Explorer Bus Stop

E L P SAM

Displays Holocaust artefacts and memorabilia, illustrates the depth of the Jewish religion, tradition and culture, and the contribution of Jews to Australia.

5

Map p57 1

Certificate of Excellence 2012

Discount valid for Adult, Concession or Family passes. Not valid for special events. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2 1

GOURMANDISE DE PARIS

MEALS

186-188 Harris Street, Pyrmont Tel: 8065 0078 www.gourmandisedeparis.com

FOR

Explorer Bus Stop

LE P M SA

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Map p67 1

Enjoy delicious french food & wine in a typical french atmosphere where locals and visitors are welcome.

Map p71 2

Valid every day except Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday; until 31/07/2017.

20% OFF

Explorer Bus Stop

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

E L P SAM

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Map p71 2 Discover Australia’s maritime history on board tall ships, warships and a submarine and explore the danger and drama of Navy life inside the new interactive Action Stations exhibit. 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour Tel: 9298 3777 www.anmm.gov.au

Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/07/2017. Limit one per person.

30% OFF

CATMOSPHERE CAFÉ

LE P M SA

Explorer Bus Stop

Catmosphere Cat Café Sydney is dedicated to rescue cats, cat lovers, and really good coffee! Enjoy a hot drink while spending time with the galaxy’s most valiant felines.

12 A Map p65

66 Foveaux Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 Tel: 0447 609 832 sydney@catmospherecafe.com

While stocks last. Discount limited to one per purchase. Valid until 31/07/2017.

$15 MEAL DEAL

RIBS & BURGERS

LE P M SA

Explorer Bus Stop

Enjoy our famous Butcher’s Original Burger with a small chips and drink for $15 at three great locations!

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Map p71 1 The Rocks - 88 George Street Central Park - Lower Ground, 28 Broadway The Star - Café Court, 80 Pyrmont Street www.ribsandburgers.com

Available to Sydney Explorer customers only at the following stores: The Rocks, Central Park, The Star, Present voucher to receive offer. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid until 31/07/2017.

2

BEN & JERRY’S BONDI

SCOOPS

FOR 1

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Get 2 scoops for the price of 1, served in the same cone. Enjoy some delicious ice cream at beautiful Bondi Beach.

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Map p83

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Not valid with any other offer. Coupon valid for up to 2 people. 2 Scoops to be in the same cone. Valid until 31/07/2017.

up to

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A MAJESTIC WORLD OF

SHOPPING

AWAITS.

One of Sydney’s most valued heritage landmarks, the Queen Victoria Building is renowned for its mix of over 170 exquisite boutiques including Pandora, Bally, Salvatore Ferragamo and Coach as well as iconic Australian brands UGG Australia, Haigh’s Chocolates and the established Tea Room. QVB

455 George St, Sydney


CITY

CENTRE

SYDNEY’S

HOP ON

FASHION CENTRAL Get to know the hub of Sydney’s commercial precinct and taste some of the best shopping in the southern hemisphere in Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District).

FINDING

YOUR FEET

From Wynyard, you can take a short stroll up either George St or Pitt St. Remember to stop at Martin Place, Sydney’s corporate heart, to take in the rich mixture of architectural styles. From there, head towards Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building (QVB), with its stunning domed roof and intricate stained glass. The Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre on Pitt Street Mall has undergone a billion-dollar renovation and now offers many levels of designer fashion stores and fantastic eateries. From the QVB, head over to Town Hall, built in the 1880s in the grand Victorian Second Empire style, and make sure to check out its beautiful Centennial Hall.

HOP OFF Stops

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WHAT’S NEARBY Dominating the centre of Sydney is the lovely Hyde Park, where you can soak up the sun in the heart of the city. At the Southern end is the imposing Anzac War Memorial and its pool of reflection, and the bronze Apollo of the Archibald Fountain on the northern side. There are often food and drink events, but you can also just sit back and relax or play a game of chess near the kiosk.

Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park

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CITY CENTRE

TEN l0 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO

TOP TOURS Historical Walking Tours

1 Martin Place Some of the best buildings in Sydney, especially the GPO

2 Theatre Royal Take in a show at the striking Theatre Royal

The City of Sydney history program has produced a number of self-guided historical walking tour brochures that you can download from www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Friends of Town Hall

3 Pitt Street Mall This open-air mall is the shopping heart of Sydney

4 Sydney Tower Eye

Guided tours are available by appointment at Town Hall, George Street.

Stop your heart with a view through the glass floor!

5 Queen Victoria Building This ornate Victorian beauty houses designer boutiques (see p50).

6 Town Hall This working council chamber hides secrets within

7 St Andrews Cathedral Take in an organ recital at 1.10pm every Thursday

Sydney Tower Eye

8 The Great Synagogue The most beautiful Synagogue in Australia – everyone welcome!

9 Hyde Park Take some time out in these beautiful surrounds

10 Anzac War Memorial This sombre building tells the story of Australia at war

Anzac War Memorial, Hyde Park

DON’T

MISS The State Theatre The interiors of this palatial building are a sight to behold, fusing eclectic elements of Gothic, Italian and art deco design – check out what’s on at www.statetheatre.com.au

Escape Hunt Sydney

$

Set in historical Sydney, find clues, solves puzzles and escape the room in 60 minutes. Central city location, perfect wet weather activity for friends and families (Level 4, 393 George St – see p89). 52

Sydney Town Hall, George Street

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2

1 Sydney Tower Eye & SKYWALK

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Escape Hunt (pg 89)

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4

Queen Victoria Building (QVB) (pg 50)

$

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4

5 8

Aboriginal Art Galleries (pg 90)

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10 6

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Escape Hunt Sydney

20% Off DISCOUNT VOUCHER

OUR TOP

DINING TIPS 1 Governor’s Table Bar & Dining Try some Mod Oz in old-time Sydney. 37 Phillip Street Tel: 9241 1788

2 The Emperor’s Choice

Chinese Restaurant The Peking Duck is a house speciality - a must try. 261 George Street Tel: 9247 7740

3 Kingsleys Steakhouse Sensational steak! 29a King Street Tel: 9295 5080

6 BBQ City Restaurant Fabulous Korean barbecue cuisine - bookings (absolutely) recommended. 120 Liverpool Street Tel: 9371 8259

City Centre

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MUSEUM

& WILLIAM ST

SYDNEY’S PAST

HOP ON

AND PRESENT The Australian Museum and St Mary’s Cathedral herald the way to the great eateries of East Sydney. William Street is a major thoroughfare which runs from Hyde Park to Kings Cross.

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Australian Museum

$

Enjoy the interactive displays of Australia’s ancient megafauna (see p91)

2 Cook & Phillip Aquatic Park Take a dip in the underground pool

Australian Museum

3 St Mary’s Cathedral Take a 20-minute tour of this huge Catholic cathedral

4 Stanley Street Foodie zone dedicated to the best in world cuisine

5 Bondi Interchange 26 27 After the Museum, hop on the Big Bus Sydney to Bondi & Bays 54

St Mary’s Cathedral

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$

2

Australian Museum (pg 91)

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OUR TOP

DINING TIPS 1 Beppi’s Ristorante The Polese family’s pride and joy since 1956. 21 Yurong Street, East Sydney Tel: 9360 4558

2 25th Floor The ‘70s and ‘80s come alive in the Bayview Boulevard Hotel. 90 William Street, East Sydney Tel: 9383 7222

3 Thai Princess Contemporary & traditional Thai food & interiors. 118 Crown Street, East Sydney Tel: 9332 3284

 LOCAL FAVOURITE

4 La Mint French-Vietnamese elegance in delicate surrounds. 62-64 Riley Street, East Sydney Tel: 9371 8161

5 Bill & Toni’s You beaut Italian on a budget. 74 Stanley Street East Sydney Tel: 9360 4702

6 Lord Roberts Hotel One of the best rooftop beer gardens in Sydney. 64 Stanley Street, East Sydney Tel: 9331 1326

 GREAT CUPPA

Love, Tilly Devine

Hyde Park Cafe

Tilly was a madam but this bar is all class. 91 Crown Lane, East Sydney

Lap up the sunshine as you sup on a cappuccino. Hyde Park South

Museum & William Street

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KINGS CROSS

& WOOLLOOMOOLOO

KINGS CROSS &

WOOLLOOMOOLOO Kings Cross can get pretty wild at night so if you are not a party animal, go by day. Like the working-class suburb of Woolloomooloo, it is undergoing gentrification.

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Sydney Jewish Museum

$

Discover Sydney’s Jewish history and the evocative history of the Holocaust (see p91)

2 Kings Cross Sunday Markets Worth a visit, 10am - 4pm at historic Fitzroy Gardens

Kings Cross

3 Elizabeth Bay House Take a historic tour of this stately 1830s home

4 Harry’s Café de Wheels Take a photo with the stars at this legendary pie cart

5 Woolloomooloo Wharf Fine dining on the wharf with naval views 56

Sydney Jewish Museum

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Elizabeth Bay House

4 2

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Sydney Jewish Museum (pg 91)

3

4 1

$

Sydney Jewish Museum 2 for 1 Entry DISCOUNT VOUCHER

OUR TOP

DINING TIPS 1 Otto Ristorante

3 Piccolo Bar

Reinvents the flavours of Italy in stylish new forms. Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo Tel: 9368 7488

Fabulous Italian food and homemade cakes. 6 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross Tel: 9368 1356

4 Sgt. Sam’s

2 Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

A Sydney favourite famed for its flamed grill Ribs & Chicken! Ward Ave, Kings Cross Tel: 9331 8880

Heritage-listed beauty with smashing ambience and views. 2 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo Tel: 9332 1227

 LOCAL FAVOURITE

 GREAT CUPPA

Tropicana Cafe

The Victoria Room

Where the Tropfest short film festival was born. - 227 Victoria St, Darlinghurst Tel: 9360 9809

Lift your pinkie at Victoria’s High Tea. Level 1, 235 Victoria St - Darlinghurst Tel: 9357 4488

Kings Cross & Woolloomooloo

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Tour the Sydney Opera House Save

10% ur Book to online

Discover the stories, history and magic of Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour taking you underneath the world famous sails.

sydneyoperahouse.com +61 2 9250 7250

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

& ROYAL BOTANIC

GARDEN SYDNEY’S

HOP ON

CROWNING GLORY The iconic Sydney Opera House is the starting point for the loveliest sights you’ll ever see, taking in our most historic buildings and all within easy walking distance.

FINDING YOUR FEET

You have to actually see the sails of the Sydney Opera House in person, and what better way to discover the city than getting up close and personal with our most famous icon. Turn the corner and take a leisurely walk through the Royal Botanic Garden, home to an eclectic display of native and introduced species, or explore the buildings within the gardens and The Domain such as Government House, the Conservatorium of Music and the Art Gallery of NSW. One stretch of Macquarie Street is simply a must-do, taking in the State Library, Parliament House, the Sydney Hospital, The Mint and ending at Hyde Park Barracks. This is the finest group of colonial-era buildings Australia has to offer.

HOP OFF Stops

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WHAT’S NEARBY Take the short walk along the eastern shore of Circular Quay, past many restaurants and bars, to the glorious Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden. The walk from Bennelong Point to Mrs Macquarie’s Point is simply superb and only takes about 20 minutes. This foreshorehugging scenic walk takes in Farm Cove and ends at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Sydney Opera House & Royal Botanic Garden

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TEN l0 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO

TOP TOURS Sydney Opera House

1 Sydney Opera House Head under the sails for a tour of this world-famous icon (see p58)

2 Government House Delve into this Gothic revival building

3 Conservatorium of Music Take a tour of ‘The Con’ for a free concert in Verbrugghen Hall

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Sydney’s pride and joy. Departs daily between 9am - 5pm.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Explore the Garden’s rich heritage and diversity on a FREE guided walk; Depart daily 10.30am and 1pm from the Information Booth, Garden Shop.

4 Royal Botanic Garden One of Sydney’s favourite destinations – simply, a must do!

5 State Library of NSW Check out the immense collection of Australiana in the Mitchell Wing (see p90)

6 Parliament House of NSW Sit in on Question Time if you dare!

7 The Mint Tour the oldest building in central Sydney

8 Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Sydney Opera House

Swing with the convicts (in hammocks!) at the barracks

9 Art Gallery of NSW See the great works of indigenous, colonial and modern artists

10 Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool Cool off in this open-air public pool

DON’T

Art Gallery of NSW

MISS Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters An award-winning garden display that interprets the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Royal Botanic Garden

Speakers Corner Speakers range from the disciplined to the deluded at this age-old ritual in The Domain on Sunday from 2pm-5pm Government House

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Stunning views of the harbour and the house. Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Tel: 9247 1666

2 Botanic Garden Restaurant Open-air dining in exquisite garden surroundings. Mrs Macquaries Road Tel: 9241 2419

Just outside the Palace Gate off Macquarie Street, this popular. kiosk is open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9:30am-4:30pm

4 Bakehouse A new café in the original 1819 convict bakehouse and store. Queens Square, Macquarie Street Tel: 9232 1837

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ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY

200 YEARS AND STILL GROWING

Located in a spectacular harbourside setting in the heart of the city, the Royal Botanic Garden is one of Sydney’s most treasured destinations, enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. On the traditional land of the Cadigal people, the land now occupied by the Garden is the site where the modern transformation of the Australian continent began and can be regarded as the ‘first frontier’ between Aboriginal and European societies. Steeped in rich history, the Royal Botanic Garden celebrated its 200th Birthday in 2016.

A visit to the Garden is an absolute must – not only for its incredible beauty and iconic harbour views but also for the variety of experiences on offer. There is something for everyone, from cafés and restaurants, guided tours and special events, through to the Garden’s new world-class horticultural attraction opened in 2016 as part of the 200th Birthday celebrations, The Calyx.

‘All About Flowers’ at the Calyx; 10am-4pm daily

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FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 The Calyx A fusion of art, theatre and flora with an ever changing program of unique and family friendly exhibitions. thecalyx.com.au

2 Aboriginal Heritage Tour Join an Aboriginal guide on a walking tour of the Garden – Wed, Fri & Sat 10am. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

The Calyx

3 Free daily guided tour Join a volunteer guide for a tour of the Garden, 10.30am daily and 1pm week days.

4 Family fun There is a year-round calendar of fun activities for kids and families including nature play, art & craft, outdoor theatre, stories and games.

Aboriginal Heritage Tour – bush tucker

rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

5 Specialty Gardens Explore the beautiful and diverse specialty gardens including the Tropical Garden, Rose Garden, Succulent Garden and HSBC Oriental Garden.

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These bustling inner-city areas are open all hours and house some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars. Experience this colourful mix of Asian culture, shopping and food.

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FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Central Park Mall A vibrant mix of retail and cult eateries, daily 10am-8pm (see p4)

2 Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets

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3 Chinatown Stop for yum cha, or dine al fresco on Dixon Street Mall

4 Chinatown Night Market

Brewery Yard Markets at Central Park Mall

Check out the stalls every Friday, 4pm - 11pm

5 Market City Large shopping & dining complex in the heart of Chinatown. Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets

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Discover the true art of Indonesian cuisine. Level 5, 1 Dixon Street Tel: 9267 7045

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Restaurant

Renowned for its authentic Chinese cuisine. 25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket Tel: 9211 8130 Lvl 1, 8 Dixon Street, Haymarket Tel: 9211 8122

3 East Ocean Yummiest yum cha in Sydney. 421 Sussex Street, Haymarket Tel: 9212 4198

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Catmosphere Café

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House of Guangzhou The best steamed vegetable dumplings in town. 76 Ultimo Rd, Haymarket Tel: 9281 2205

5 Mount Batten Hotel Great pub food in an honest pub. S701 George Street, Haymarket Tel: 9280 4700

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Butcher’s Original Burger + small chips + drink for ONLY $15 (see p38 & voucher). Lower Ground, Central Park, 28 Broadway Tel: 7903 0288

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Catmosphere Café

Sydney’s newest markets – first & third Sundays. Central Park Sydney 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Enjoy a hot drink while spending time with valiant felines (see p39). 66 Foveaux St, Surry Hills www.catmospherecafe.com

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Get hands-on with science, technology and fashion at the Powerhouse museum

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

& FISH MARKET Hop off at the terrific technology-focused Powerhouse Museum and hop back on again for a trip to Sydney Fish Market - Australia’s home of Seafood.

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Powerhouse Museum Get tech-savvy at this science and technology museum (see p21)

2 Sydney Fish Market Find the finest fresh fish at this working market (see p93)

Powerhouse Museum

3 Light Rail Jump on the tram to Sydney’s trendy inner west

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Enjoy French cuisine and culture at this Parisian oasis in the heart of Pyrmont. 186-188 Harris St, Pyrmont Tel: 8065 0078

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Pyrmont Bridge Hotel

La Banette Patisserie

Big beer, big steak, big fun. 96 Union Street Tel: 9660 6996

A charming French patisserie. 18 Glebe Point Road Tel: 8095 9688

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TEN l0 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO

Captain Cook Cruises

1 The Star This refurbished casino is also known for its shows and dining

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Clamber aboard a submarine and a destroyer (see pg 23)

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Shop at classy boutiques with waterside views; don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday nights.

Award-winning lunch and dinner cruises and ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ Harbour Explorer. Depart daily from Pier 26 & King Street Wharf No.1 (see p30)

Shopper Hopper Sydney’s newest ferry service departs Harbourside for the outlet centre at Birkenhead Point – see p18.

4 Hard Rock Cafe Great food, cocktails and live music - Rock On!

5 Chinese Garden of Friendship Zen out in these tranquil gardens and the fabulous teahouse

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Water games, slippery slides and a 21m flying fox!

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7 Cockle Bay Wharf A wide array of restaurants with waterfront views!

8 SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Nurse your fears as the sharks swim above!

9 Madame Tussauds Sydney Now in Sydney, the ultimate celebrity experience!

10 WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Say hello to Rex - the massive saltwater crocodile, plus…

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WILD Flight! Soar through the treetops high above some of Australia’s most iconic animals with the all new WILD Flight treetop adventure at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

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DARLING HARBOUR Madame Tussauds Sydney (pg 68)

The Star One of the top dining precincts in Sydney

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Butcher’s Original Burger + small chips + drink for ONLY $15 (see p38 & voucher). Café Court, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street Tel: 9518 8825 $

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Discover a little taste of Paris in superb surrounds – formidable! 186-188 Harris Street, Pyrmont www.gourmandisedeparis.com

3 Yots Café Relaxed waterfront dining with spectacular views of the city. Australian National Maritime Museum www.anmm.gov.au

Ribs & Burgers

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Maritime Museum

20% Off Big Ticket Entry DISCOUNT VOUCHER

4 Stacks Taverna Seafood, pizza, tapas or cook your own steak at the indoor BBQ. Shop 24/25 Darling Quarter 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney www.stacksbar.com.au

5 I’m Angus Steak House Choice cuts of prime Angus beef served at the water’s edge. The Promenade, Cockle Bay www.imangussteakhouse.com.au

6 Captain Cook Cruises Dinner, high tea, lunch & breakfast (see p30). Pier 26 & King Street Wharf 1 www.captaincook.com.au

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The tour picks you up from Central Station and heads east towards Paddington and then on to Bondi. Make sure you spend at least a couple of hours exploring this iconic beach and suburb, before hopping back on the bus for the spectacular views of North Bondi and Ben Buckler headland and through the exclusive suburb of Vaucluse. Big Bus Sydney

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BONDI & THE BAYS

Trendy Bondi One of Sydney’s best claims to fame – besides its beauty, fun and devastating charm, of course – is the closeness of some of its best beaches to the city centre.

EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA’S

MOST FAMOUS BEACH

Head east to take in our iconic inner city beaches and bays. The 90-minute Bondi & Bays Tour is the easiest way to get around and see our lovely beaches at their best.

Paddington Super shopping and a short stroll from Sydney’s home of sport at SCG and Allianz Stadium. See pages 74-77

Centennial Parklands Meet native wildlife in their natural environment See pages 78-79

Bondi Beach Sun, surf, sand, shops? Superb. See pages 80-83

Rose Bay Sweeping views of Sydney’s finest See pages 84-85

Double Bay Where fashion boutiques meet cafés and bars See pages 84-85

You’ll see the lovely Rose Bay with its views of the harbour, head into boutique and cafe-filled Double Bay and then make your way back through Woolloomooloo to the city centre. How’s that for a ride?

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“Paddo” is not only a lovely suburb featuring historical buildings, easy walks and great shopping - it’s also the gateway to one of our city’s oldest treasures, Centennial Parklands!

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Oxford Street Top-class designers are stationed along Oxford Street

2 Paddington Reservoir Gardens Award-winning Romanesque gardens are a hidden secret

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

3 Paddington Markets Top-class markets showcasing art, craft and fashion every Saturday

4 SCG & Allianz Stadium World leading sports venues. Book a tour (see p24)

5 Centennial Parklands One of the world’s finest public parks (see p78-79)

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A long-time standout with many awards. 108 Boundary Street Tel: 9360 6729

One of Australia’s original gastro pubs. 338 Oxford Street Tel: 9380 5913

2 Christo’s Five Ways Pizzeria

5 Paddington Arms Hotel Great pub grub and fabulous Sunday roasts. 384 Oxford Street Tel: 9360 9668

A Five Ways institution that never changes. 24 Glenmore Road Tel: 9360 6796

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3 The Royal, Five Ways

A Sydney favourite with dazzling reputation. 47 Windsor Street Tel: 9380 5996

Traditional pub dates to the late 1800s. 237 Glenmore Road Tel: 9331 2604

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Four in Hand

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

The giant squid points to a bar with a difference. 105 Sutherland Street

No one ever tires of Max’s mocha. 437 Oxford Street

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COUNTDOWN TO DISASTER!

PADDINGTON

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After browsing the boutiques and cafes on Oxford Street, begin at...

TITANIC!

White Star Line approve Titanic to be built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, N Ireland.

1909 Keel laid down - Titanic construction begins.

1912 March 31: The outfitting of Titanic is complete - at 46,328 gross tons, Titanic is the largest ship in the world. April 3: Arrives port of Southampton. April 10: Wednesday - Sailing Day! April 11 to 13: Titanic covers over 900 miles when various ice warnings received.

April 14 – Sunday 10:30 am: Heavy ice pack warnings signalled by passing ships, warning of icebergs. 5:50 pm: Captain Smith alters ship’s course slightly as a precaution to avoid ice. 11:40 pm: Lookouts see iceberg dead ahead about 500 yards away. Titanic begins to veer to port, but strikes the iceberg... 11:50 pm: During first ten minutes after impact, water rises 14 feet above the keel, and forward compartments begin to take on water. 12:00 am: Titanic’s bow begins to sink. The ship is doomed. Captain Smith orders wireless distress call for assistance.

WALKING TOUR Juniper Hall

250 Oxford Street, where in 1824 wealthy ex-convict Robert Cooper built the ‘finest house in Sydney’ for his third wife, Sarah. Juniper Hall now houses the Moran Prizes in art and is open from Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm during exhibitions.

Paddington Town Hall Diagonally opposite lies Paddington Town Hall. This building is a classic example of Sydney’s Victorian architecture and was designed in 1891 by John Edward Kemp for the grand sum of £15,000. Today it’s also the home to the Palace Chauvel Cinema.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens Across Oatley Road are the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, which provided Paddington’s burgeoning population with a water source until 1899. Fastforward to the 21st century and you can now cool your heels in sunken gardens beneath arching aqueducts before continuing your walk...

April 15 – Monday 12:20 am: Order given to start loading lifeboats with women and children. 1:15 am: Water reaches Titanic’s name on the bow and she now lists to port. The tilt of the deck grows steeper. 1:30 am: Titanic’s distress calls now near desperation. “We are sinking fast” and “Women and children in boats. Cannot last much longer” 1:45 am: Last words heard from Titanic by the Carpathia on her way to the rescue “...Engine room full up to boilers...” 2:18 am: A huge roar is heard and survivors witness the ship break in two. 2:20 am: Titanic’s broken-off stern section settles back into the water, righting itself for a few moments. Over 1,500 souls are lost in the “greatest maritime disaster in history.”

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Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and beyond… Just a 10-minute stroll down Oatley Road is the hallowed turf of the SCG. The SCG Tour Experience on Driver Avenue unlocks the world behind the scenes, from dressing rooms to the beating heart of sport. Continue along Driver Avenue to the Entertainment Quarter (EQ) for the awe inspiring Titanic Exhibition, then from there the magnificent Centennial Parklands are only a short walk away… By the way, you can also enter the Parklands from Oxford Street, Big Bus Sydney Stop 29, and do this walk in reverse!

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NO W IT E SE WHERE YOU’RE THE PASSENGER Byron Kennedy Hall, EQ, Moore Park Purchase your tickets through Big Bus drivers or hotel concierge

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CENTENNIAL

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S

FINEST PUBLIC PARKS Centennial Parklands is the birthplace of modern Australia, and where Sydneysiders have come to play for more than 125 years. Centennial Parklands is a must see attraction in Sydney. Made up of three vibrant urban parks covering 360 hectares, the Parklands are picturesque and historically significant, brimming with tales of the triumphs and tragedies that shaped modern Australia. Free to visit, the Parklands are home to Australian wildlife and scenic

landscapes dotted with ponds, flower beds, statues and more than 15,000 trees. When visiting, do as the locals do – visit the cafés and restaurants, take a walk, hire a bike, go horse riding, or enjoy a picnic in the vast and beautifully maintained open green spaces. You can even have a round of golf at Moore Park Golf.

The Federation Pavilion marks the birthplace of modern Australia

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Park landscape including Lily Bridge Take a stroll around the lovely Lily Pond Image © James Horan for Centennial Park

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 A wild walk Download the izi.TRAVEL app and embark on one of Centennial Park’s self-guided walking tours to learn about the Park’s amazing wildlife and history

Go for a horse ride

2 Try horse riding Witness the Parks’ splendour from a new angle

3 Go for a bike ride Bike and pedal car hire is available in Centennial Park

4 Lunch in the outdoors Enjoy one of Sydney’s best picnic experiences

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Hire a bike

Play a round or practice teeing off at the state of the art driving range at historic Moore Park Golf

centennialparklands.com.au Get your golf on

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SYDNEY’S ORIGINAL

BRONZED AUSSIE! Just 8km from the city centre, the legendary Bondi Beach is not only a great surfing and swimming beach, it also abounds in cafés, restaurants and shops. You can’t miss it!

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Bondi Baths Do some laps in these 100-yearold public baths

2 Bondi Pavilion Catch some theatre, art, music or an exhibition

Marine Discovery Centre

3 Marine Discovery Centre Take a tour of the sea life in Bondi Bay

4 Bondi Markets Vintage, designer clothes and crafts every Sunday

5 North Bondi Surf School Take a lesson while the kids take a swim Bondi Markets

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DINING TIPS 1 Hurricane’s Bar & Grill

4 Bondi Surf Seafoods

Best steaks and ribs in iconic Bondi Beach. 130 Roscoe Street Tel: 9130 7101

Bondi’s oldest, most famous and liveliest fish shop. 128 Campbell Parade Tel: 9130 4554

2 Bavarian Bier Cafe

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Oktoberfest all year round with a twist of Bondi. 108 Campbell Parade Tel: 8988 5935

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Outdoor refreshments just steps from the beach. 118 Campbell Parade Tel: 9365 4422

 LOCAL FAVOURITE Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop

Traditional European cuisine, great coffee and deserts. 140 Campbell Parade Tel: 9130 4033

Delicious food classics with a modern twist. 118-120 Ramsgate Ave Tel: 9130-3152

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Ice cream lovers of the world unite! 138 Campbell Parade - Bondi Beach

The Crabbe Hole Coffee and views for supremacy. 1 Notts Avenue

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Take this spectacular coastal walk along the cliffs. Bondi is perfect for a leisurely yet scenic walk. The most famous is Bondi to Bronte, an easy, strollerfriendly walk that offers plenty of stops for a swim or a coffee along the way. It stretches 3.4km and requires about an hour or two, depending on age and fitness. This very popular walk starts at the south end of Bondi Beach and takes in gentle Tamarama Beach as well as headland views from Mackenzies Point. If you are really fit you can continue on to Coogee Beach, or retrace your steps back to Bondi and head Ravesi’s north towards the headland known as Ben Buckler, taking in North Bondi and the Kiddies Pool on the way.

The Bondi Beach Lifeguard Tower

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OPEN 7 DAYS 12PM-LATE 130 ROSCOE STREET (close to Bondi stop) 9130 7101 HURRICANESGRILLANDBAR.COM.AU

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ROSE & DOUBLE BAY Located only 7 kilometres east of the city, these two prime waterfront suburbs feature beautiful waterside walks, tree-lined streets and cafés and some of Sydney’s best shopping!

FIVE 5 TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO 1 Foreshore Walks Take a scenic stroll (and picnic) around the tranquil foreshores

2 Shopping Stylish boutiques and designer fashion & jewellery

Catch a scenic seaplane tour

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COMBINATION TICKETS

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Valid for WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney and Sydney Tower Eye tickets

OTHER TOP ATTRACTIONS

Discover Sydney

Take the official 1 hour guided tour and discover the history, magic and stories inside one of the greatest buildings of all time.

Titanic The Exhibition is now on in Sydney for the first time ever! Experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive travelling exhibition. A must-see for all ages!

The 30min Shark Attack Thrill Ride is fast, furious and packed with stunts! Jump aboard and experience Sydney Harbour on exceptionally powerful boats.

Enjoy the stunning views of Sydney Harbour with a 2 hour 15 min Harbour Story Cruise. Cruises include an informative commentary and light refreshment.

Save with the Lyrebird pass combining a Blue Mountains Explorer Bus ticket with an entry pass to Skyway, Cableway and the Scenic railway.

With a twice daily departure during Whale Watching season Fantasea will whisk you out of ’the heads’ to watch the humpbacks make their annual migration.

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BridgeClimb This famous climb is not for the faint at heart or kids under 10 years old. Where: 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks When: Daily, dawn ‘til dusk Cost: Adult from $188, Child (10-15 only) from $128 Tel: 8274 7777 www.bridgeclimb.com

Pylon Lookout One of the best views of the city with exhibits on the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Where: South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge When: Daily 10am-5pm Cost: Adult $13, Child (5-12) $6.50, Child (0-4) free Tel: 9240 1100 www.pylonlookout.com.au

Captain Cook Cruises Full range of sightseeing, dining and ferry services (see p30). Where: Wharf 6, Circular Quay When: Daily from 9.30am to 7pm Tel: 9206 1111 www.captaincook.com.au

Gateway Sydney Circular Quay’s huge new dining precinct with 25 new restaurants and eateries is now open (see OBC). Where: Alfred Street, Circular Quay When: Weekdays from 7am; Sat/Sun from 10am until late Tel: 9256 6900 www.gatewaysydney.com.au

THE ROCKS

& CIRCULAR QUAY 45-47

Museum Of Contemporary Art The cutting edge of contemporary art is on display at this brutalist-style building. Where: 140 George Street, The Rocks When: Daily 10am-5pm Cost: Free entry Tel: 9245 2400 www.mca.com.au

Susannah Place Museum A rare surviving example of a simple working-class terrace. Where: 58–64 Gloucester St, The Rocks When: Admission by guided tour only, Daily 2pm-5pm Cost: Adult $12, Child $8, Family $30 Tel: 9241 1893 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Sydney Observatory Telescope tours day and night will give you a first-hand look at the stars in the Southern Hemisphere. Where: 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point When: Daily 10am-5pm, night tours seasonally, bookings required Cost: Free entry to grounds & exhibitions; Tours from $10 Adult, $8 Conc & Child Tel: 9921 3485 www.maas.museum/sydneyobservatory

The Justice & Police Museum Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to a historic police and court building. Where: Cnr Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay When: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm Cost: Adult $12, Child $8, Family $30 Tel: 9252 1144 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Museum Of Sydney

The Rocks Markets

This modern museum sits on the site of our first government house. Where: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets When: Daily 10am-5pm Cost: Adult $12, Child $8, Family $30 Tel: 9251 5988 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Fabulous weekend street markets with Friday set aside for the ‘foodie’ market. Where: George St, The Rocks When: Markets: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm; Foodies Market: Fri 10am-4pm Cost: Free entry www.therocks.com

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Anzac War Memorial The principal state war memorial dedicated to Australians who served their country in war. Where: Hyde Park North When: Daily 9am-5pm Cost: Free Tel: 9267 7668 www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au

DISCOVER WORLD-CLASS CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ART

Queen Victoria Building (QVB) This magnificent building houses one of the world’s best shopping and dining destinations (see p50). Where: 455 George Street, Sydney When: Weekdays 9am-6pm; Sat 10am and Sun 11am until 6pm Tel: 9256 6800 www.qvb.com.au

Sydney Tower Eye The best view in town from 250 metres above the city. Where: 100 Market Street, Sydney. When: Daily 9am-10.30pm Cost: Observation deck: Adult $26.50, Child (4-15) $17, Family (2+2) $85; Skywalk: Adult $70, Child (10-17) $49 Tel: 9333 9288 www.sydneytowereye.com.au

The Escape Hunt Experience

mca.com.au free entry photograph: Brett Boardman

See map p47 6

Live Interactive Escape Room Fun For All Ages

$

Live interactive escape room and perfect for wet weather... find clues, crack puzzles and solve the crime to escape in 60 mins! Where: Level 4, 393 George Street When: Daily 10am-8.30pm Cost: from $36/person (bookings essential) - see Discount Voucher and SAVE 20% Tel: 9299 3929 www.sydney.escapehunt.com

Town Hall The interiors are as fascinating as the exterior of this landmark building. Where: 483 George St, Sydney When: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Cost: Free Tel: 9265 9189 www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

60 Minutes, One Mission, Escape!

Sydney’s Most Original And Exhilarating Attraction Central City Location Perfect Wet Weather Activity Level 4, 393 George Street Sydney 9299 3929 sydney.escapehunt.com

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THE STATE LIBRARY OF NSW PRESENTS

MUSEUM

& WILLIAM STREET

Artefact

54-55

Australian Museum

OR FICTION?

Discount Voucher

Science meets history and culture in Australia’s best natural history museum. Where: 6 College Street When: Daily 9.30am-5pm Cost: Adult $16, Child (0-16) Free, Family (2+2) $30, Family (1+2) $15 Tel: 9320 6000 www.australianmuseum.net.au

Showcasing remarkable objects from the Library’s collection

FREE ENTRY STATE LIBRARY OF NSW MACQUARIE ST SYDNEY 2000

www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic Centre IMAGE: TOMMY McRAE, C 1885

FIND US ON

$

See map p61 5

World-class swimming and recreational facilities in the heart of the city. Where: 4 College St (nr St Mary’s Cathedral When: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-8pm Cost: Pool Adult $7.20, Concession $5.40 Family (2+2 or 1+3) $19 Tel: 9326 0444 www.ymcasydney.org/cookandphillip

St Mary’s Cathedral The imposing Catholic cathedral runs guided tours every Sunday at 12pm. Where: Cnr St Mary’s Road and College St When: Daily 6.30am-6.30pm (Sat 8am-6.30pm) Cost: Free Tel: 9220 0400 www.stmaryscathedral.org.au

See maps p47 5 p53 5

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A coastal journey with Australia’s Indigenous peoples

KINGS CROSS

& WOOLLOOMOOLOO 56-57

Elizabeth Bay House This fine colonial house with landscaped gardens also contains part of the original owner’s insect collection. Where: 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay When: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm Cost: Adult $12, Child $8, Family $30 Tel: 9356 3022 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Kings Cross Organic Markets Top-notch organic food markets in the heart of Kings Cross. Where: Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay St, Kings Cross When: Sat 8am-2pm Cost: Free entry Tel: 9999 2226 organicfoodandfarmersmarkets.com.au

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels Legendary pies ‘n peas vendor right on Woolloomooloo wharf. Where: Cnr Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Rd, Woolloomooloo When: Daily 8.30am ‘til late Cost: Depends on your appetite Tel: 9357 3074 www.harryscafedewheels.com.au

Sydney Jewish Museum

$

EXHIBITION ON NOW Cnr William and College Streets, Sydney australianmuseum.net.au

See map p55 1

SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM

Discount Voucher

This extraordinary museum is considered one of the best in the world and has evocative and engrossing exhibitions. Where: 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst When: Mon-Thu 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-2pm, Sun 10am-4pm; closed Sat and Jewish Holy Days Cost: Adult $15, Child $9 (under 10 enter free), Family (2+2) $32 Tel: 9360 7999 www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

A Museum dedicated to preserving & documenting the history of the Holocaust & illustrating the richness of Jewish life and traditions in Australia. SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM

148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst sydneyjewishmuseum.com See map p57 1

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE &

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN 58-63

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool A beautiful open-air public pool with spectacular views of the harbour. Where: Mrs Macquaries Road,The Domain When: Daily 6am-7pm Cost: Adult $6.20, Child $4.70, Family (2+2, 1+3) $17.50 Tel: 9358 6686 www.abcpool.org

Art Gallery of NSW

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney A tranquil oasis with a world-class collection of plants from Australia and overseas, enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge (see p62-63). Where: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney When: Daily from 7am to sunset Cost: Free entry to the Garden. Ticket prices vary for exhibitions, tours and special events. Tel: 9231 8111 www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

State Library of NSW

Indigenous and Australian colonial art are on permanent display. Where: The Domain When: Daily 10am-5pm (Wed to 9pm) Cost: Free entry to permanent collections, ticket prices vary for special events Tel: 9225 1744 www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Free history and heritage tours of the State Library are run every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am. Where: Macquarie St When: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm Cost: Free Tel: 9273 1414 www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Government House

Sydney Opera House

The working home of the NSW Governor, the furnishings and grounds are superb. Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Macquarie Street When: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm Cost: Free Tel: 9228 4111 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Discover the stories, history and magic of Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour taking you underneath the world-famous sails (see p58). Where: Bennelong Point When: Daily 9am- 5pm Cost: Adult $37, Child (5-15) $20, Concession $28, Family $95 (2 adults, 2 children) Tel: 9250 7777 www.sydneyoperahouse.com/tours

Hyde Park Barracks Museum Be sure to peruse the Irish Famine Victims installation outside this 1819 convict barracks. Where: Queens Square, Macquarie Street When: Daily 10am-5pm Cost: Adult $12 Child $8, Family $30 Tel: 8239 2311 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Parliament House of NSW Free tours of Australia’s first Parliament House are held on the first Thursday of each month at 1pm, or you can sit in the Visitor’s Galleries. Where: 6 Macquarie St When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Cost: Free Tel: 9230 2111 www.parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Mint Once part of the Rum Hospital, then a military hospital and infirmary, it became the site for Sydney’s Royal Mint in 1854. Where:10 Macquarie St When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Cost: Free Tel: 8239 2288 www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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CENTRAL STATION

& CHINATOWN 64-65 Central Park Sydney

Sydney’s newest downtown precinct; fabulous array of shopping and dining and don’t miss the Brewery Yard Markets (see p4 & p25). Where: 28 Broadway, Chippendale When: Daily 10am-8pm Tel: 8096 9900 www.centralparksydney.com.au

Chinatown Night Market If you love shopping, gourmet food and live entertainment, then this is the market for you. Where: Little Hay Street & Dixon Street Mall, Haymarket When: Fri 4pm-11pm Cost: Free entry Tel: 0414 877 365 www.chinatownnightmarket.com.au

Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets

$

Discount Voucher

Paddy’s is not just a market – it’s an Australian icon (see p49). Where: Hay Street, Haymarket When: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm Cost: Free entry www.paddysmarkets.com.au

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

& FISH MARKET

66-67 Powerhouse Museum Sydney’s best museum for science and technology (see p21). Where: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo When: Daily 10am-5pm Cost: Adult $15, Child (0-16) Free Tel: 9217 0111 www.maas.museum/powerhousemuseum

Sydney Fish Market This bustling market is a real treat for seafood lovers, with a great range of Australian seafood. Where: Bank Street, Pyrmont When: Daily 7am-4pm. Tours: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri at 6.40am Cost: Free. Tours: Adult 35, Child (10-13) $10 www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au

Wentworth Park Greyhounds The dogs race on Wednesday and Saturday nights at this inner-city track. Where: Wentworth Park Road, Glebe When: Gates open at 5.30pm Fri & 6pm Sat Cost: Adult $6, Child free Tel: 9649 7166 www.wentworthpark.com.au

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WILD LIFE Sydney Z00

DARLING

HARBOUR

68-71 Australian National Maritime Museum

$

Discount Voucher

Fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities & even the chance to board ships. Where: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour When: Daily 9.30am-5pm Galleries Ticket – Free; Big Ticket – Adult $30, Child (4-15) $18, Family (2+3) $75 Tel: 9298 3777 www.anmm.gov.au

Captain Cook Cruises Full range of sightseeing, dining & ferry services. Where: Pier 26 & King Street Wharf 1 When: Daily from 9.30am to 7pm Tel: 9206 1111 www.captaincook.com.au

A large range of all Australian animals and, unlike most zoos, Sydney Zoo is weather proof so you can visit rain, hail or shine! When: Open from 9.30am Cost: Adult $40, Child $28, Family (2+2) $136 Tel: 1800 206 158 www.wildlifesydney.com.au

PADDINGTON

& CENTENNIAL PARK 78-79

Paddington Markets Huge markets specialising in original arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery. Where: Paddington Uniting Church grounds, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington When: Sat 10am-4pm Cost: Free entry Tel: 9331 2923 www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au

Chinese Garden of Friendship Step into another world and experience the natural beauty, architecture and culture of China. Where: Southern end of Darling Harbour When: Daily 9.30am-5pm (Apr-Sep), 9.30am-5:30pm (Oct-Mar) Cost: Adult $6, Child (12-) $3, Family (2+2) $15 Tel: 9240 8888 www.darlingharbour.com

SCG Guided Walking Tour

Madame Tussauds Sydney

SCG Guided Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with ‘Aussie’ legends and world famous stars, exploring 10 interactive zones (see p68). Where: Aquarium Pier, Next to Aquarium When: Open from 9.30am Cost: Adult $40, Child (4-15) $28 Tel: 1800 205 851 www.madametussauds.com.au

Unforgettable sporting journey behind the scenes of Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium (see p24). Where: Meeting point Venue Services Office, Allianz Stadium Forecourt, Driver Avenue, Moore Park When: Mon-Sat 10am (non-event days) Cost: Adult $30, Concession $20, Child (5-15) $20, Family (2A,3C) $78 Tel: 1300 724 737 www.scgtour.com.au

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium The world’s largest collection of Australian aquatic life including dugongs, penguins, sharks and rays in 12 themed zones. When: Open from 9.30am Cost: Adult $40, Child $28, Family (2+2) $136 Tel: 1800 199 657 www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

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Centennial Parklands A world-class destination just minutes from Sydney’s CBD (see 78-79). Where: Entrance Cnr of Oxford St and Lang Road, Paddington When: Every day Cost: Free entry www.centennialparklands.com.au

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BEACH

80-83 Bondi Markets These terrific markets are open every Sunday and include vintage and contemporary fashion and a farmer’s market. Where: Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi When: Sun 10am-4pm Cost: Free entry Tel: 9315 8988 www.bondimarkets.com.au

Marine Discovery Centre Take a tour of the marine life of Bondi, all in 30 minutes and without getting wet! Where: Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach When: Wed-Sun 10am-4.30pm Cost: Adult $10, Child (3-15) $5, Family (1+2) $17.50, (2+1) $22.50, extra child $2.50 Tel: 9300 0242 www.marinediscovery.org.au

North Bondi Surf School Bondi is one of the safest of Sydney beaches to learn to surf, and there are kids’ lessons too. Where: 128 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi When: Daily, depending on tides Cost: Beginners 2hr class, $99 Tel: 9365 1800 www.letsgosurfing.com.au

Mikala Wilbow; Let’s Go Surfing

The Bondi Pavilion This heritage-listed former dance hall is now a centre for art, theatre and music. Where: Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach When: Varies Cost: Varies Tel: 8362 3400 www.waverley.nsw.gov.au Sydney A-Z

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QUICKFIND TOP MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

TOP SWIMMING SPOTS

Art Gallery of NSW 60 Australian Museum 54 Australian N. Maritime Museum 70 Hyde Park Barracks Museum 60 Justice & Police Museum 46 Museum of Contemporary Art 46 Museum of Sydney 46 Powerhouse ​Museum 66 Susannah Place Museum 46 Sydney Jewish Museum 56 The Mint 60 The Rocks Discovery Museum 46

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool 60 Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre 54 Redleaf Pool, Double Bay 84

TOP ATTRACTIONS Anzac War Memorial 52 Chinese Garden of Friendship 70 Elizabeth Bay House 56 Government House 60 Conservatorium of Music 60 Madame Tussauds 68 Marine Discovery Centre 82 Parliament House of NSW 60 Queen Victoria Building (QVB) 52 Royal Botanic Garden 62 St Mary’s Cathedral 54 State Library of NSW 60 SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium 70 Sydney Fish Market 66 Sydney Observatory 46 Sydney Opera House 60 Sydney Town Hall 52 Sydney Tower Eye 52 Taronga Zoo 16 The Star (casino) 70 WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo 70

TOP PARKS Centennial Parklands 78 Hyde Park, city 52 Lyne Park, Rose Bay 84 Paddington Reservoir Gardens 74 Royal Botanic Garden 62

TOP MARKETS Bondi Markets 82 Brewery Yard Markets 4 Chinatown Night Markets 64 Glebe Markets 66 Kings Cross Sunday Markets 56 Paddington Markets 74 Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets 64 The Rocks Markets 46 The Rocks Foodies Markets 46

TOP PRECINCTS Bondi 80 Central Park Sydney 4 Circular Quay 45 City Centre 51 City East 54 Chinatown 64 Darling Harbour 68 Double Bay 84 Kings Cross 56 Paddington 74 Rose Bay 84 The Rocks 44 Woolloomooloo 56

TOP THINGS TO DO BridgeClimb 46 Captain Cook Cruises 30 Ecohopper Harbour Cruises 32 Historical Walking Tours 52 North Bondi Surf School 82 Pylon Lookout 46 SCG Guided Walking Tour 24 Sydney Light Rail 66 The Rocks Walking Tour 46 The Rocks Ghost Tour 46 Whale Watching 24, 30, 32 Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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