Lives in Adelaide, Australia
Since Jul 2011
35-49 year old female
Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Bodies of Water
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
We stayed nearby and enjoyed many strolls through the gardens at several times of day. There are a good variety of plants and a fabulous view of the harbour from most places within. Its hard to believe such a sprawling city is out there as it such a place of peace and calm. Its a free activity and the spectacular views it affords you are priceless.
I've stayed here 3 times in the past 2 years. The rooms are spacious and clean with a very comfortable bed. The lovely marble bathroom has plenty of natural light and high quality toiletries. Plenty of tv channels to keep you entertained or if you prefer you can relax in the swimming pool or spa. The location is fantastic & there are plenty of eating options to suit your needs both within the hotel (we didn't dine in this time) or in the surrounding area including a great cafe across the road. Without a doubt it is the fabuous staff that have me return. Warm and friendly, knowledgable and extremely helpful they really are world class. I'd like to give a huge credit to the housekeeping staff. The rooms are always beautifully clean and without fail they are polite and friendly whenever you pass them. Also Alie in reservations has been fantastic during my past 2 visits so by all means don't hesitate to contact the hotel direct for any of your needs. I cannot reccomend the Radisson Blu highly enough, by all means go see for yourself.
This is the place to be at sunset. A nice stroll through the Botanic Park on a warm spring evening is a lovely end to a jam packed day. The sun setting behind the Opera House shows why, besides the friendly people, Sydney is such a favourite tourist destination. Another stroll brings you to the House itself or in 15 mins you can be back in the city centre itself. If you are going to Sydney make some time to do this, it's beauty at its breathtaking best.
Wow, what a breathtaking view. There are around 200 steps to get to this lookout but it is so worth it. The story of building the bridge is told through storyboards as you make your way up. However the view is the star and with a harbour that glistens like a gemstone it can only be spectacular. It cost $11 to climb up but is a great alternative to those unable to climb the bridge itself. The high glass surounding the lookout makes you feel very safe. I'm terrified of heights but had no problems here at all. It is a bit tricky to find but if you find the bridge walk entrance you'll find the friendly staff happily pointing you in the right direction (about 150m to the left, haha). I highly recommend this to all.
The library is a great place to visit. Stay for a little or a long time as there are many exhibitions and of course books! We had a nice lunch in the cafe also. Its worth going just to see the early map of Australia tiled into the majestic entrance hall. The main reading room is awesome in size and a place I could've stayed much longer except for the beatiful sunshine awaiting me outside. Situated near the Botanic Gardens the library is worth a visit.
The treats on offer here are edible atrworks! We took our delights to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy the wonderful autumm afternoon sunshine. My husband said the Malt Teaser was fabulous and my Jaffa ball was divine. Full of layers and tastes there is no doubt they were worth the indulgant price tag. Utterly delicious.
This is a great little museum that offers an interesting insight to our history and is well worth a look. Telling the history of the use of the barracks each of the 3 levels tells a story of a different era. Its well presented with an audio guide. There is a computer to look up any historic relatives. I found the treasures found amongst the floorboards and grounds to be the most interesting as they tell the best story of the humanity that travelled through. Set in a lovely area of Sydney its a great addition to your day out.
We enjoyed our BridgeClimb experience but it doesn't come cheap. The staff run the show like a well oiled machine. The safey briefings are thorough but not overwhelming. The climb itself is not too difficult as long as you have a reasonable fitness level (we are in our late 40's). The views are spectacular and we had a beautiful clear day. Our guide, Cas, was fun and informative and at no point did we feel unsafe. I did find the inside staff all seemed to talk by rote. We paid online for 2 photos when we booked and that turned out to be a good cost effective move.
We were staying across road in the Radisson Blu so enjoyed several breakfasts here, including takeaway. Its a reasonably priced cafe with a good selection of food and drink. The servings are good, we ate heartily and generally didn't eat again till dinner time. The staff are friendly and service was quick. We'll definately return next time we're in Sydney.
We are from Adelaide and Hugos was highly recommended by a friend. A short 30 min ride on the Manly ferry and you are right there at Hugos. A lovely open feel to the restaurant itself it is staffed by wonderfully friendly people. The pizzas are a bit pricey but well worth it. There are other choices on the menu and I can highly recommend the croquette starters. We were there for Monday lunch but it would be great anytime and for any occaision. I recommend utilising their very simple booking service on their website. You wont be diasappointed.
I've visited this patisserie on several Sydney trips as it is great for a breakfast pastry or lunch. Located in The Rocks its delicous food sees me return despite the rude staff.
No matter the weather Sydney Harbour is always so beautiful. The natural harbour, bookended by 2 stunning and iconic man made structures, takes your breath away. There are loads of eateries near the Opera House or The Rocks. The Circular Quay train station and ferry terminal is well lit and signposted and, as always, the people of Sydney are always ready and willing to help you find your way. This really is a jewel for Sydney, a city that is always a joy to visit.
One of the worlds iconic monuments. You can safely walk over the bridge on a separated pedestrian walkway. Pay to climb over the bridge with the Bridge Climb company or take a ferry and glide under the bridge. We did all 3 on a stunning spring day! It will take your breath away. Try visit the Pylon Lookout for the history of the bridge construction.
An iconic building in a glorious setting. You can approach the Opera House via the calming Botanic Gardens or the promenade full of eateries. The majesty of this structure is a must see day and night. The tours you can access are very interesting both from a historic perspective and an artistic one.
Darling Harbour is a bustling environment with something for everyone. Families have plenty of open space to roam in, plenty of eateries for all palates and quiet gardens for those seeking peace.
There is history at every corner in The Rocks. A great place to spend a leisurly half day. There are museums, art galleries, historic pubs, the Bridge and Harbour and a great many other discoveries to find. I enjoy strolling the streets and just relaxing in the headland park soaking up the gloriuos views.
This cove of beach is famous and a must see. You don't need to swim (between the flags if you do though!) as there are eateries and shopping galore. Morning, noon and night you will find something going on. I like to catch the early bus and enjoy a leisurly breakfast followed by a stroll on the beach before too many people arrive.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a stroll through the wonderful gardens to the Opera House. It really is a great avenue to approach this iconic building. The gardens are beatuful and the views of the water are always so calming. You can also easily walk to Mrs Macquarie's Point, with it's convict carved sandstone chair, and enjoy all thats on offer there.
The building is quite huge and the recent renovations have made it quite grand and clean. Melbourne is quite soulless but The Star feels more welcoming. We found the table staff friendly and informative however the staff behind the bar were snooty and pretentious. The smokers area has fantastic views worth a look even as a non smoker. All in all a fun night but high value table minimums meant I went as an observer not a player.
We enjoyed a lovely afternoon in Manly and it all starts with the Manly ferry. A 30minute ride each way between Circular Quay and Manly with geat veiws around the harbour as you travel. We were lucky to see the harbour at sunset as we came back into Sydney and I highly recommend you time your trip as its spectacular.