Recommendations for Sydney (4 days), Melbourne (1 day)

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  1. THREEA4ME
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    Just wondering if anyone has some "Must Do" recs for the two cities noted above.

    Sydney: I'm staying at the Park Hyatt and dining at Quay one night and hoping to go to the local racetrack one day, but other than that, nothing is planned. Would welcome gallery or art recs and fun dining and watering holes.

    Melbourne: I have only noon to 10p or so in Melbourne and I'll be at the Park Hyatt there so any suggestions are welcome...
     
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    That's a very short time in Melbourne. I actually found Melbourne much more vibrant and fun than Sydney, but that's just me.

    When I visited Sydney we usually had lunch at the food court at Westfield... plenty of choices and reasonable prices versus a standalone restaurant, then we had a nicer dinner each night to compensate. You could easily spend half a day wandering Hyde park if the weather is pleasant. The ferry trip to Manly and back is fun and plenty to walk and see out there. I'm sure other people will have more recommendations but those are the standouts from my trip two years ago.
     
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    Bondi beach for coffee/cafe/lunch, lovely cliff top walk south with panoramic views to Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee, the eastern beaches, if you ejoy the coastline, and people watching.

    The Opera House, take a tour, Bridge Climb over the harbour bridge, that's really well worth it.

    Ferry or hyrofoil from Circular Quay to Manly for an afternoon.

    King Street Brewhouse, for a good time, drinks, eats, casual lunch or dinner

    http://kingstbrewhouse.com.au/

    PJ O'Brien's for drinks, bite to eat, a fun time, at the Grace Hotel, where the American soldiers were accommodated during WW2.

    http://pjobriens.com.au/sydney/

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    Melbourne, all too brief

    walk southbank, along the Yarra river, stop for drinks and food at PJ O'Brien's, Hophaus, Ludlow, or Bear Brass, for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner

    Little Ludlow and PJ's are also at Melbourne Airport.

    http://pjobriens.com.au/southbank/

    http://hophaus.com.au/

    http://ludlowbar.com.au/

    http://bearbrass.com.au/

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    At Tullamarine Airport (MEL)


    if flying international into or out of MEL


    Little Ludlow, airside, International Terminal 2 (Internationl Departures, 7am-12am)

    http://ludlowbar.com.au/little-ludlow.html

    Macchinetta (Terminal 2, Internationl Departures, open 24hrs)


    if flying Domestic Terminal 3

    Hightide Lounge (Level 1, 9am-5pm)

    PJ O'Brien's (Level 1, 7am-Midnight)

    http://pjobriens.com.au/melb-airport/

    The Fly Bar (Gate 5, 5am-9pm)

    Able Baker Charlie (Mezzanine Level, 5.30am-8.30pm)

    Macchinetta (Mezzanine Level, 4.30am-8.30pm)



    Have a great time
     
  4. philatravelgirl

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    In Melbourne, I enjoyed the Street Art tour of the laneways and downtown (sadly the Keith Haring is outside the city) the art was pretty cool as was seeing the city thru art. I now have done tours of street art in Paris and London. I don't have my Melbourne post done yet but will soon. I used Melbourne Street Art tours

    In Sydney, I had a great dinner at the Park Hyatt. I also enjoyed my twilight Bridge Climb http://philatravelgirl.com/sydney-climbing-bridge/

    The ferry to Manley gives you great photo opportunities and is quite nice vs the various captain cook options. http://philatravelgirl.com/sydney-chasing-sun/

    On past visits to Sydney, I enjoyed the Opera House tour, day of wineries in the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and a city bike tour. Lots of options.

    hope this helps
     
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    Sorry not enough posts to be able to post links

    More for Sydney

    Art Gallery of NSW - particularly for indigenous and other Australian Art
    Museum of Contemporary Art.
    Opera house - tours, performances, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, theatre.
    The Rocks- historic area.
    Royal Botanic Gardens - on the harbour next to Opera House.
    All of the above are within walking distance of PH

    There are four racetracks in Sydney, Royal Randwick is the closest. See Australian Turf Club for race day details

    if you want to see Australian animals Taronga Zoo is on the harbour, short ferry trip.
     
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    Sailors Thai is just up the street from the PH in Sydney...a short walk Very good Thai food...and one of my favorite casual places in Sydney.

    http://www.sailorsthai.com/#about

    Also, the restaurants on Woolloomooloo Wharf (at the Blue Hotel) are consistently good. There are five or six restaurants...I've been to most/all several times and never been disappointed. You'll be mainly amongst locals over there...but a great setting with good food. Book a few days in advance. Its just on the other side of the Botanic Garden. Probably a 30 minute walk from the PH...or a <10 minute cab ride.

    http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/aroundtown/venues/2259/woolloomooloo-wharf
     
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    There are plenty of good restaurants near the CBD as well. If you want to take a walk around Kings Cross in the evening, there are plenty of restaurants in the Kings Cross/Potts Point area. It's only one station from Martin Place if you take the train. I particularly like Ms. G's, which is an Asian fusion resaurant.
    Google merivale and msgs. They have a signature dessert to die for.

    If it's a sunny day, you should go to the local grocery, and buy a few picnic items and just sit on the grass in the Royal Botanical Gardens and watch the beautiful harbour - with the opera house and the bridge in the backdrop. I was there last Sunday and it never ceases to amaze.

    Let me know if you need any more tips from a local :)
     
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    Yes, more local tips please! Any jazz recs?
     
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    i'm also from Sydney, i'd second that, Mrs Macquaries Point/Chair, is the ideal spot for views to the Opera House, Bridge, and harbour:) here's the view

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    I liked The Basement :cool:
     
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    yeah, it's been a hip venue for years in Sydney, used to be nearly all jazz, has changed over the years:)
     
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    the Marble Bar in the basement of the Hilton used to have some decent jazz acts too
     
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    yes remiss of me not to mention, i haven't been in years, but had many wonderful nights there, also, worth a late night walk around the cross, check out Bourbon and Beef Steak, now the name's changed to just Bourbon.

    this is a great artice, well worth a visit IMO
    http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2012/april/1337651114/paul-ham/romantic-bb

    Owner and US Air Force veteran Bernie Houghton, who ran covert air operations for the CIA in Vietnam, personified the spirit of the Bourbon & Beefsteak, and Kings Cross
     
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    definitely try to catch a view of the Opera House as night view, marvellous :)
     
  16. THREEA4ME
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    Great help!

    Thinking of:

    a) dining at Tetsuya - still worth 220 AUS a person?

    B) thinking of joining a 9-12 person wine tour for $99 for a day in Hunter Valley visiting three wineries and chilling. Worth it?

    Subsection b) Randwick racecourse on a Saturday afternoon (I'm a racing fan) Thoughts?
     
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    Hunter Valley, and Randwick both great, i've never been to Tetsuya, so cannot comment, if at Randwick, you're very close to Coogee, worth driving down Coogee Bay Rd, and grabbing a bite or drink at the Coogee Bay Pub on the beachfront:)
     
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    Was thinking of busing to Randwick and then taxi back / no Uber there right?
     
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    not sure about Uber, bus for sure, taxi's, and private cars
     
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    The Hunter valley tour was great fun, totally worth it in my opinion - such a scenic place
     
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    Blue Mountains also worth a visit, Katoomba, and Leura, very scenic
     
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    how was the trip? did you enjoy?
     
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    There is a free walking tour of the city that is great. It's about 2-3 hours or so of I recall and well worth your time. Generally people will rip the guide afterwards about $10 but that's still very low-cost.

    You should be able to google this to find it. It was started by a local college student but she ended up doing so well on the tips she started a business and has expanded the number of guides. You will also get great tips about places to eat, happy hour deals, etc. and a free map that has a ton of good information on it (it's proprietary to this tour).
     
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    This is in Sydney. I should have specified in the original post.
     
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    agreed, eucalyptus trees causing the "blue hue" of the Blue Mountains..:D
     
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