11 Potts Point, Wooloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross

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Potts Point Sydney’s Potts Point is a charming, harborside community that has a pleasure marina, a naval base, interesting shops and galleries (including a great antique and retro decorative arts gallery), cafes and food shops (especially Harris Market for produce and gourmet items, the attached Sydney Fresh Seafood, where we bought ingredients for a couple [Read more …]

10 Paddington

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Paddington, like many of Sydney’s other neighborhoods, has its share of Victorian terrace-style apartments, quirky shops and interesting restaurants, pubs and cafes. The streets, however, are wider and tree-lined, many of the homes are especially well maintained and many of those on side streets have interesting boutiques and galleries on the ground floor and living [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Manley


Manly is a town that lies on a stretch of land between the Sydney Harbor and the ocean that is a seven mile (30 minute) ferry ride across the harbor from Sydney. Like Bondi, it is a beach and surfing community with its own beach, beautifully-eroded rocky headlands, ocean-side cliffs and beach-oriented (inexpensive cafes, beach [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Bondi Beach and Eastern Branches

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Although we aren’t beach people, we do enjoy pretty white sand beaches and seashores, especially when the shores are lined with rocks and cliff faces that the sea has eroded into fantastical shapes. Bondi and its neighboring beaches its this criteria. We took an express bus from Sydney center to Bondi, arriving in about half [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: The Rocks

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The Rocks is one of Sydney’s most popular and expensive neighborhoods. But it wasn’t always so. The rocky headlands that once lined the harbor and from which the neighborhood took its name are long gone. So too are the original mud structures that preceded the streets and stone buildings that the convicts created. Development began [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Chippendale

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Chippendale The Chippendale in Sydney was a treat for which we were totally unprepared. The multifaceted neighborhood which encompasses the campus of UTS (University of Technology Sydney), provides some of everything. The two most immediately striking features of the neighborhood are the innovative design and large scale of four current ultra-modern buildings and the scale [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney Surry Hills, Chippendale


Surry Hills Sydney’s Surry Hills is a mostly gentrified neighborhood that still maintains a quirky edge. Filled with mostly restored Victorian buildings—especially terrace apartments–along with a relative few that have not yet had significant work. Its primary commercial streets, such as Crown, Bourke and Cleveland Streets, have a mix of current and upscale and more [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney Fish Market

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The last big fish market we visited was in Toyko, where we saw huge tunas being auctioned, along with other seafood. We knew that Sydney was a smaller market but we still wanted to visit it. Sydney’s fish maket is a large, fascinating complex with stores with an incredible selection of the freshest seafood, dozens [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Chinatown and Chinese Garden

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Sydney’s Chinatown claims to be the oldest continuously operating Chinatown outside of China. True, San Francisco’s Chinatown was established earlier, but due to a fire that destroyed it, Sydney feels it has the claim. It has the expected array of Chinese restaurants (including the very popular, very good Century seafood restaurant), traditional shops and tourist [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney: Barangaroo

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Baranaroo Barangaroo is a huge, 22 hectare in-process development in Sydney that is rehabilitating an old, run-down docklands area by Darling Harbor. The area begins as a seamless continuation of King Street Wharf, an extension of the Darling Harbor complex where a wide central promenade is lined on one side with modern, mid-rise and high-rise [Read more …]