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    Sydney

    Australia's oldest and largest city

Overview

Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city and is one of the busiest commercial hubs in the Asia-Pacific region. Set on a stunning harbour and with a cosmopolitan population, Sydney is home to two of the world's most recognizable icons − the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

The 20th-century architectural masterpiece, along with the Hyde Park Barracks (an Australian convict site) are both World Heritage sites and “must see” places. The temperate climate, reasonable cost of living, great range of leisure activities as well as high levels of safety, education and health care are just a few reasons why Sydney is consistently rated as one of the world's best cities.

Sandy beaches, National Parks, world-class theatres, great shopping, museums, art galleries, restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, business opportunities with a relaxed lifestyle makes life at lot easier and more pleasant in Sydney.

Eat & Drink
Banana Blossom Asian Salads

Banana Blossom Asian Salads combines authentic Asian flavours with fresh local ingredients to bring you a truck load of tasty. They became something of a household name on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since its first site at Mona Vale, this fresh take on affordable, healthy fast food has cultivated quite a following.

In summary: Fantastic salads with Asian influence at affordable prices.
 
Location: Manly / Bondi / Mona Vale
 
Chica Bonita
Very relaxed athmosphere, great casual food at affordable prices.
 
Location: Manly
 
Sylvia and Fran’s The Upper Crust Pies
Most famous pies of the Northern Beaches – so worth trying and cheap as chips.
 
Location: 1003 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy NSW 2097
 
The Grounds of Alexandria

Located in a former industrial precinct from the 1920s, The Grounds of Alexandria is a landmark coffee roastery, café and sustainable garden known for its abundance of fresh produce and hands-on experiences.

Opened in April 2012, the site which spans approximately an acre within the inner west city fringe suburb of Alexandria, hosts a coffee research and education facility, artisan bakery and a permaculture garden of heirloom vegetables, fragrant herbs, fresh fruit and flowers along with a small animal farm.
 
Location: Building 7A, Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015
 
Cafecito

Traditional Brazilian homestyle meals in conjunction with a smattering of European and Australian favourites.

Location: Shop 25 Town Hall Square, 473 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Website: www.cafecitosydney.com

BRAZA Churrascaria

BRAZA Churrascaria is a true Brazilian barbecue house where Passadores (Meat Carvers) cut and serve freshly barbequed meats straight to your plate. 

Location: Darling Harbour: 1-25 Harbour st. Darling Quarter | Sydney | NSW
Leichhardt: 13 Norton Street, Leichhardt | Sydney | NSW
Miranda: 600 Kingsway, Westfield Miranda - Rooftop | 2228 Sydney | NSW
Website: www.braza.com.au

 

Lentils As Anything
Lentils as Anything is a unique not for profit community restaurant. A vegan pay as you feel restaurant. There are always 2-3 options meals and desserts. Really delicious food.
This is how it works:
  • 1 - Choose what you’d like to eat
  • 2 - Enjoy a delicious meal, have a chat, listen to some music in a warm community space
  • 3 - Reflect on your feeling and decide how much you want and can contribute to this unique experience. 
 
Location: 391 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
 
The Boathouse (Shelly and Palm Beach)
It is a must go restaurant! Beautiful views,  great fish and chips and good coffee. You will not regret! 
 
Location: 
Shelly Beach - 1 Marine Parade, Manly, NSW, 2095
Palm Beach - Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park Palm Beach, NSW, 2108
 
 
Shop
DFO Homebush

DFO stands for Direct Factory Outlets, with big brands and big savings of up to 70%. It might be a good option when shopping for shoes, clothes, luggage, sunglasses and other apparel.

Location: 3-5 Underwood Road, Homebush NSW 2140
Website: www.dfo.com.au/homebush

 

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre is Sydney's largest Outlet centre. Notable stores include Nine West, Oroton, Mimco, Charlie Brown, Witchery, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Alannah Hill and many more.

Location: 19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047
Website: www.birkenheadpoint.com.au

 

 
Night Out
Glenmore Hotel

One of the most famous rooftops in Sydney with a beautiful view for the Opera House.

Location: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Website: www.theglenmore.com.au

 

Venue 505
Venue 505 is an artist run performance space focussing on quality performance and community engagement & development. At the heart of what they do is support for original artists. Jazz, Blues, Funk and Australian bands. Sometimes you can even see some of the famous bands.
With a young audience and music lovers. All of that located in Surry Hills, a neighbourhood where design, fashion, music and style are as essential as breathing.  
 
Location: 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
 
 
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Must See

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning Sydney Harbour at a maximum height of 134 metres, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a spectacular feat of engineering and an enduring icon famous the world over. And despite efforts to capture Sydney's signature attraction on film, there’s nothing quite like seeing it for yourself.

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.

Sydney Opera House

Beautiful against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House is a thriving hub of art, culture and history. It's one of the world's most distinctive buildings, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. Experience all that the Sydney Opera House has to offer by taking a guided tour, watching a show, and enjoying a cocktail beside the harbour at the Opera Bar as the sun sets over this stunning triumph of architecture and design.

Taronga Zoo

One of Sydney's most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Open 365 days a year, admission includes daily keeper talks and shows, and access to the Sky Safari, Sydney's only cable car.

Darling Harbour 

Darling Harbour is one of the Sydney CBD's buzz places comprising cafes, restaurants, shopping complex with food hall, IMAX cinema, maritime museum, Chinese gardens and entertainment attractions. A former dockside area, the small harbour has been transformed into a major tourist site and leading convention and exhibition centre.It now hosts an extraordinary number of water-front restaurants and its wharves are home to a number of cruise and function boats.

Art Gallery of NSW

Explore five levels of art at one of Australia's most popular art museums, located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour, just 10 minutes walk from the city. See an extensive collection of Australian art, including one of the largest galleries of Aboriginal art in the country, alongside European masters, Asian treasures and leading local and international contemporary art.

Bondi Beach

While golden sands, turquoise waters and perfect waves make Bondi Beach an iconic Sydney attraction, there is plenty to do beyond the surf. Fine dining, eclectic shopping markets, gorgeous coastal walks and a buzzing nightlife can all be experienced in Bondi.

Manly

Manly’s harmonious balance of carefree beach life and urban sophistication makes it one of Sydney’s most popular playgrounds. Whether you are looking to surf, swim, shop or wine and dine, you’ll be able to thoroughly immerse yourself in Manly. For spectacular views, take a ferry from Circular Quay across majestic Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf.

Blue Mountains

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of the country's most spectacular icons. The surrounding picturesque towns of Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow and Oberon offer a great range of restaurants and accommodation as well as an endless variety of fun things to do. For one-of-a-kind experiences visit Scenic World for stunning panoramic views of the region, or head underground at the Jenolan Caves, one of the oldest cave systems in the world.