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We've compiled a list of suggestions for things to do and places to eat whilst you are in Sydney.

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* = especially good for wine.

For the view

Australian (modern Australian)

  • Pony Lounge & Dining (The Rocks: Argyle St corner Kendall Lane Ph: 9252 7797).


  • Ripples (Milson's Point): good view of harbour, does breakfast/brunch too.


  • for yum cha Sky Phoenix [dim sum] (City: Attic Skygarden Level 3, 77 Castlereagh St)
  • for Peking, Peking Garden (Eastwood: 167 Rowe St, Phone: 9804 1289)


  • Fish Face (Darlinghurst: 132 Darlinghurst Rd Phone: 9332 4803
  • Pier* (Rose Bay; upmarket: 594 New South Head Rd, Ph: 9327 6561)
  • Garfish (Crows Nest 6/29 Holtermann St; Kirribilli 2/21 Broughtpm St; Manly 1/39 East Esplanade)


  • Perama (88, Audley St Petersham).


  • Pendolino* (City: 412-414 George St, The Strand Arcade, Ph: 9231 6117)


  • Sakana-Ya (Crows Nest: 336 Pacific Highway. Ph: 9438 1468)
  • Toriciya (Cammeray: Cammeray Rd Ph: 9904 3377)
  • Aino-ya (Kirribilli: 34 Burton St. Ph: 9922 1512 )

"Modern tapas"

  • Bentley Wine Bar* a great favourite (Surry Hills: 320 Crown St Ph 9332 2344)


  • Nepalese Kitchen: Surry Hills, 481 Crown St. Very good. Pretty cheap. Always full, so book a table: 9319 4264, BYO


  • Tandoori Hut: Simple and very good. 93 Enmore Rd. Enmore: 9519 8140


  • Rosso Pomodoro (Balmain: Shop 90-91 24 Buchanan Ph: 9555 5924),
  • Pizza Mario (Surry Hills, 417-421 Bourke St, Ph: 9332 3633)


  • Catalonia: great tapas (Milsons Point: 2/31a Fitzroy St Ph: 9922 4215)
  • Delicado* (Kirribilli: 134 Blues Point, McMahon's Point Ph: 9955 9399)


  • Taiki (Lane Cove: 96 Longueville Rd, Ph: 9428 1007)
  • Yoshii (upmarket) (Darling Harbour: Ground Floor Mercure Hotel 50 Murray St. Ph: 9211 6866)


  • Spice I Am (can't book; may have to queue) (Surry Hills: 90 Wentworth Ave)

The best two (expense no consideration):


  • Phamish (can't book; may have to queue) (Darlinghurst: The Republic Apartments
    Shop 109 50 Burton St)


Pubs and Bars

  • Coogee: Drink in the Aquarium Bar of the Coogee Beach Palace Hotel.
  • East Sydney: The Lord Roberts Hotel (corner of Riley & Stanley St)
  • Surry Hills: The Clock and the White Horse on Crown St are good for drinkies. Cocktails at the Clock are potent and they have a Happy Hour! The Dolphin on Crown is also pretty good.
  • Lane Cove: Longueville Hotel (the Longy: 80 Longueville St). This is pretty convenient for the Uni, does decent beer, really nice food, and has a nice open air bit at the back.
  • The Rocks: The Hero of Waterloo (81, Lower Fort St), Lord Nelson (19 Kent St), Glenmore Hotel has Harbour views (96, Cumberland St)
  • Opera House: Opera Bar - Gorgeous views.
  • The Old Fitzroy pub in Kings Cross, away from the main drag, has a great Thai kitchen and an intimate theatre, home of the Tamarama Rock Surfers theatre company, with guest companies also doing shows. They have an unbeatable laksa + beer + show deal for $34.
  • One of the best views a pub could have: Icebergs in Bondi beach:
    1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach.
  • Hugo's Lounge in Manly.


  • Banjo Books is a small independent bookshop with cafe in Epping, just across the road from the railway station. The owners are incredibly friendly, the store has a thoughtful range of books and you can browse or have a coffee if you're early for your train. They love academics.
  • Best coffee, in a down-to-earth environment - hang out in the back yard for hours: Bar Italia, 169 Norton St, Leichhardt 2040 Phone: (02) 9560 9981: "no soy, no skim" and you'd better believe it.
  • Campos, Missenden Rd near King St Newtown, Monday - Saturday 7am - 5pm.
  • Coffee & Things 123 Belmore Road in Randwick - handy if people are visiting the hospitals - just the best coffee I've ever had.
  • Witham's coffee in Waverton
  • Tamarama Beach Cafe - just on the beach. One of Sydney's most beautiful and most dangerous beaches - on a day with big surf you can watch the life guards in action!


  • Walk from the Opera House through Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquarie's Chair or to the Art Gallery of NSW
  • Bushwalking in the blue gum forest. (awesome walk in the Blue Mountains)
  • Coogee to Bondi. Great views, nice cafes on the way and if it's hot you can go snorkelling (Clovelly/Gordon's Bay) or swimming (anywhere) on the way too. You will pass the historic Waverly Cemetery. In November 'sculpture by the sea' is on - near Bondi. Bondi markets are also on Sundays (northern end of beach).
  • Chinese garden on Darling Harbour is nice relaxing stop if you've been sight-seeing in the centre.
  • Walking along the Harbour Bridge is free. You can walk from the Rocks to Milsons' Point/Kirribilli, have a coffee at either end. Or, climb up the Harbour bridge: While climbing up the Harbour Bridge as part of a guided tour is very expensive (about 120-250A$), you get up about two thirds as high as the bridge climb all for under $10. This is to view a museum about the construction of the bridge located at the top of one of the pylon.
  • Going down the slides in Coney Island at Luna Park is great fun
  • Walk around Manly headland - great views all the way down the harbour and possibility of spotting a whale!
  • Lane Cove National Park is a short bus ride from the Uni - hire a bike or rowing boat!
  • Palm Beach - sea on one side, Pittwater on the other - great fish and chips - and regular buses.
  • I can recommend the Spit Bridge Walk from Manly to the Spit Bridge, passing gorgeous beaches and walking through bushland.
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown is good because you get to pat koalas and feed kangaroos.


Theatre, Art and Live Shows



A good ferry trip and walk

  • Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, walk across the Corso (shopping mall/street) and when you get to the beach (ocean side), take right and walk along the path to Shelley Beach. Lots of restaurants and cafes (Fairy Bower, Le Kiosk etc.) along here. On Sundays there is Manly markets in the side street off the Corso.
  • In summer Manly runs surfing classes - they will provide the surfboard

Theatre and supper

  • The Wharf theatre in Walsh bay (west side of the Bridge) has a good restaurant with a view of the harbour (The Wharf restaurant); there are also nice bars and other restaurants nearby (Firefly is a nice small wine bar and does tapas-style food. The Wharf is the home of the Sydney Theatre Company which is now run by Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton.
  • Just opposite the Wharf is Sydney Theatre and nearby Arras restaurant is supposed to be good

Opera House and supper/drinks

If going to the Opera House, try the Bennelong restaurant for a supper afterwards (dinner is very pricey, but supper is do-able). If you are young and don't mind the noise, the Opera Bar in the concourse is very popular

Coogee Beach

Walk from Bondi to Coogee. Drink in the Aquarium Bar of the Coogee Beach Palace Hotel. Eat anywhere along Coogee Bay Road
Watch a movie nearby in the Art Deco Randwick Ritz theatre.


Go see some footy (especially at a suburban ground such as Leichardt (NRL) or Drummoyne (AFL) ovals):

Movies on cushions

All you can eat vegetarian dinner and a movie on cushions at Govindas.

Sunset drinks

The Opera Bar is always great for a drink and to see the sun set near the bridge. Catch a ferry from here (Circular Quay) to Watson's Bay for fish and chips ay Doyles.

Green Taxis

Sydney is the chosen city for Australia's first climate positive car service using a fleet of Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Greentomatocars emit 60% less carbon emissions than a standard taxi or hire car service. They can't be hailed on the street so to book a greentomatocar call 1300 72 99 98 or set
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