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    SYDNEY
    Population:                                Contents:
    Approx 4.3 million                         In Short l About Sydney l 5 Must Do's l Our Crew Recommend l
                                               Eating l Shopping l Nightlife l Sleeping l Quick Facts l Our Partners
    Time Zone:
    GMT +10                                    For all advertising and corporate enquiries please email
                                               arrival.guides@virginblue.com.au
    Electricity:
    220 – 240v 50Hz

    Tourist Information:
    Cnr of Argyle and Playfair St, The Rocks
    Open: Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm
    www.sydney.com.au

    Emergency Numbers:
    Ambulance, Fire, Police: 000

    Newspapers:
    The Australian
    Sunday Australian
    Daily Telegraph
    Sunday Telegraph




                                               IN SHORT
                                               The hugely successful Olympic Games in 2000 propelled the already
                                               popular city of Sydney to the top of world class cities. Celebrated as
                                               "sunny, sexy and sophisticated", what was once a colony for deported
                                               convicts has been transformed into one of the world’s hottest capitals.

                                               The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the best known
                                               icons but scratch beneath the surface of this city and you’ll find a
                                               pulsating heartbeat that never slows.
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    ABOUT SYNDEY                                           5 MUST DO’S

    Sydney is a metropolis and a multi-ethnic magnet       All tours and activities available with our
    for people from around the world. Sydney harbour       partner GoDo. For more information, please
    itself is breathtakingly beautiful and you can’t go    visit www.virginblue.com.au/tours
    wrong spending time either on the harbour or on
    the shores of it.                                      Whale Watching Sydney
                                                           Experience majestic humpback whales just
    The City, or the Central Business District, CBD, is    outside Sydney harbour. Half day voyages depart
    compact. This is the area in front of the Circular     daily from Darling harbour & Circular Quay. Get up
    Quay with the Opera House and the historic             close & personal to the whales, dolphins & other
    Rocks, where the gleaming glass and steel              sea life. All cruises are guaranteed to see whales
    buildings of the business quarter reach skyward.       and are certified eco-tours.
    Up the road a little is the Pitt Street Mall and
    stunning Queen Victoria Building which houses          Hot Air Ballooning in Sydney
    some serious shop-a-holic tonic.                       To experience one of life's most breathtaking
                                                           moments, join us to fly in this premier ballooning
    Kings Cross offers a distinctive mix of worldly        location. Once aloft, look east to view Sydney's
    pleasures on the one hand, and good restaurants        world famous skyline or west to the stunning vista
    and low-cost housing on the other.                     of the Blue Mountains. After, you celebrate with a
                                                           champagne breakfast in our historic cottage
    The inner-city suburbs to the east of the City, like   garden.
    Darlinghurst and Paddington with its long Oxford
    Street, have some of the best shopping, pubs and       Wildlife, Whales and Wine Safari - 2 Days
    entertainment and are known for arty and home-         Get up-close and personal with the best nature
    ware shops that reek of good taste, trendy clothing    has to offer. Pat a koala, kangaroo and other
    shops and hip eateries and bars, largely due to the    native animals. Sail with Dolphins and the
    strong gay influence.                                  Humpback Whales at Port Stephens. Sample the
                                                           best chocolates, cheeses and wines the Hunter
    North of Sydney lies Manly with its restaurants and    Valley has to offer. Relax as we take care of it all
    beach life. Famous rock band Australian Crawl          for you!
    had the right idea so why not get on board the
    Manly ferry as it ‘cuts its way to Circular Quay ‘.    Kayaking On Sydney Harbour
    Glebe is another, student-dominated ‘inner             Kayak around one of the most beautiful harbours
    suburb‘. Fashionable Double Bay, a short drive         in Australia and see the world from a different
    from the city centre, is an exclusive area famous      perspective. Discover Sydney Harbour's hidden
    for its boutique hotels and shopping with great        beaches, explore the wilderness foreshore and
    views of the harbour.                                  experience this majestic harbour like very few
                                                           visitors ever will!

                                                           Horse Riding In Centennial Park
                                                           See Sydney's fabulous Centennial Park from the
                                                           comfort of your saddle. Your personal guide will
                                                           prepare you and your horse and will accompany
                                                           you throughout this scenic ride of unique parts of
                                                           Centennial Park. An hour's tour of Sydney like
                                                           none other!

                                                           Blue Mountains Scenic Day Tour with River
                                                           Cruise
                                                           If you are in Sydney on a short stay, this tour is
                                                           perfect! Visit all the essential Blue Mountains
                                                           tourist destinations - Echo Point and the Three
                                                           Sisters, Scenic Railway, Candy Store at Leura -
                                                           Cuddle Koalas, walk under rainforest canopies,
                                                           ride the steepest rail incline in the world - own
                                                           expense.
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              Melbourne from.........................................                              $75

              Gold Coast from.........................................                              $68

              Cairns from................................................                           $76

              Adelaide from............................................                            $54

              Perth from ................................................                          $53

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              Canberra from...........................................                             $100

              Darwin from..............................................                             $105

              Hobart from..............................................                            $115



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    OUR CREW RECOMMEND                                      EATING

    The Opera House                                         Thanks to large-scale immigration all of the world’s
    Sydney’s Opera House at Bennelong Point is like         cuisine is generally represented here. The current
    the USA’s Grand Canyon in the way that mere             "typically" Australian cuisine, Mod Oz, blends fresh
    pictures cannot convey its magnificence. Where          raw materials in a fusion of Asiatic and European
    once there were tram depots there now stands            culinary styles. And within a few decades Australia
    one of the 20th century’s finest structures and         has earned a place among the world’s leading
    Australia’s most renowned symbol. It was                wine-producing countries.
    inaugurated in 1973, after a planned building time
    of five years turned into 16 years and a budgeted       "BYO", Bring Your Own, means that you can take
    cost of eight million dollars became 102 million.       your own wine to a restaurant - even to some that
    The Opera House comprises five principal                are licensed to serve alcohol!
    auditoria each holding between 300 and 2700
    seats for opera, films, theatre and concerts.           ARIA
                                                            Overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera
    Cruise around Sydney Harbour                            House, head chef Matt Moran offers spectacular
    The magnificent Port Jackson is one of Sydney’s         food and a beautiful dining experience.
    great assets, and it is best viewed from the            Address: ARIA 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
    seaward side. There are a number of midday
    cruises to choose from. Ferries depart from             Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
    wharves 4 and 5 at Circular Quay.                       Situated on the cliffs of Bondi Beach, this
                                                            restaurant will not only wow your taste buds, but
    The Rocks                                               also let your eyes feast upon the panoramic views
    The oldest part of Sydney; where the colonists          over this famous beach.
    settled in the 1780’s. What was once dark, dirty        Address: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
    dockland is now postcard picturesque and very
    much a hot-spot. Several of the city’s best hotels
    and restaurants are situated here and there are
    weekend markets offering a range of wares.

    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    It is only in recent decades that the ancient culture
    of the aborigines has received serious attention,
    both from white Australians and the rest of the
    world. Here is not only the first permanent
    exhibition of aboriginal art, but also an important
    collection of modern Australian artists.

    Royal Botanic Gardens
    With 27 hectares and over 400 species of tropical
    plants sloping down towards Farm Cove – the
    Royal Botanical Gardens are a wonderful park
    with winding walkways among flowers and palms
    and are one of Sydney’s major tourist sights. The
    Royal Botanic Gardens are perfect for picnics and
    a great day out.

    Sydney Tower
    Also called AMP Tower Centrepoint. You can’t get
    any higher in Sydney - the tower stands a total of
    305 metres high. A dizzying lookout point where
    you can see for yourself that the residential
    suburbs stretch literally as far as the eye can see.
    Here you will also find a rotating restaurant.
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    NIGHTLIFE                                              SLEEPING
    From old-fashioned pubs to cool cocktail lounges,      Hotel bookings are available through our
    in Sydney everyone can find a favourite from           partner HotelClub. For more information visit
    among the watering holes. But don’t order a "pint"     www.virginblue.com.au/hotels
    at the pub, here a large draught beer is called a
    "schooner".                                            Swissotel
                                                           5 Star property
    Jazz clubs, rock clubs and night clubs are to be       The Swissotel Sydney On Market Street is
    found in nearly every quarter. But if you want to be   unquestionably one of Sydney's finest hotels and
    certain of finding a really hot dance palace and       promises you a truly memorable visit to Australia's
    disco you would be best advised to make for Kings      most enticing city.
    Cross, Darlinghurst and the area along Oxford          Address: 68 Market St, Sydney
    Street. This is Sydney’s traditional entertainment
    district, whilst Taylor Square is the heart of gay     Shangri-La Hotel
    Sydney.
                                                           5 Star property
                                                           A perfect place in the city of Sydney, the Shangri-
    Home
                                                           La Hotel gives you incredible harbour side
    One of Sydney’s hottest and largest night spots.       experience bearing that unmistakable Shangri-la
    There are three floors, several bars, terraces,        excellence.
    huge dance floor, extreme hi-fi system and DJs.        Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney
    Address: Tenancy 101, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling
    Park                                                   Travelodge Wynyard
                                                           4 Star property
    The Basement
                                                           Featuring luxurious accommodation and
    A jazz institution at Circular Quay which also         convenient amenities, the Travelodge Wynyard
    tolerates music from around the world. Address:        Sydney with its light-hearted ambiance is just the
    29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay                          place for you to escape from the busy world.
                                                           Address: 7-9 York St, Sydney

                                                           Mercure Hotel
                                                           4 Star property
                                                           Situated close to the central station, the Mercure
                                                           Hotel Sydney proves to be the perfect base for
                                                           exploring the enchanting and vibrant parts of
                                                           modern city.
                                                           Address: 881-820 George St, Sydney

                                                           Oaks Goldsborough Apartments
                                                           4 Star property
                                                           Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments features fully
                                                           serviced apartments near the bustling district of
                                                           Darling Harbour, Sydney's hub of dining and
                                                           entertainment.
                                                           Address: 243 Pyrmont St, Darling Harbour,
                                                           Sydney

                                                           Ibis Hotel World Square
                                                           3 Star property
                                                           Ibis Hotel World Square has the perfect location
                                                           from which one can explore and enjoy Sydney
                                                           whether on business or pleasure.
                                                           Address: 382-382 Pitt St, Sydney
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    SHOPPING
    Sydney offers fantastic shopping opportunities. It
    doesn’t matter what you are looking for, you will
    find it here. Most shops are open between 9am
    and 5:30pm on weekdays but on Thursdays you
    can do evening shopping until 9pm.

    Oxford Street:
    One of the best shopping districts can be found
    along Oxford Street through Darlinghurst,
    Paddington and Woollahra. Designer shops,
    galleries, tattoo parlours, booksellers, furniture
    shops wall to wall - and an abundance of cafés to
    boot. On the clothes racks you will find Japanese
    and Belgian sizes as well as Australian brands like
    Gary Castles and Nine West. Collette Dinnigan’s
    store is at 33 William Street, and a couple of doors
    further along, at number 39, there is Belinda
    Serper’s super-coola shoes and bags.

    Pitt Street Mall and George Street:
    Pitt Street Mall right in the centre of the city - at
    Sydney Tower - leads to several large shopping
    centres, such as The Strand, Centrepoint, Mid-City
    Centre, Sky Garden and Sydney Central Plaza
    with the city’s largest food court. More shops than
    you can manage in a week. One passage leads to
    Queen Victoria Building, an elegant shopping and
    restaurant mall in a palatial one-time vegetable
    market dating from 1893 which now houses
    designer clothes and quality souvenirs. Galeries
    Victoria, 500 George Street, is one of the newer
    shopping temples.                                       Myer & David Jones:
                                                            Shopping malls and small stores are the mainstay
    Flea Market:                                            of Sydney’s shopping scene, but
    Paddington Bazaar on Saturdays is the most              these two large department stores are holding
    popular flea market with an unrivalled collection of    their own.
    quality, bric-a-brac and pure junk.
    Address: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington                  Myer
                                                            Address: 436 George Street
    At Bondi Sunday Market local designers and              Phone: (02) 9238 9111
    craftsmen sell their own work alongside other           Internet: www.myer.com.au
    more or less valuable antiques and second hand
    items. These markets operate on Sundays until           David Jones
    1700 h during the summer season.                        Address: 86-108 Castlereagh Street
    Address: Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell            Phone: (02) 9266 5544
    Parade, Bondi Beach                                     Internet: www.davidjones.com.au

    Weekend markets at Kirribilli:
    The train takes you right there – and then you can
    stroll down and check out Luna Park if you don’t
    get too freaked out by the giant smiling face
    entrance.
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