Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fascinating Sydney

A couple of posts back I wrote about Sydney, Australia. I've got this somewhat close interest with Australia of late probably because I'm currently working on a project of which the client is Australian. I've heard many interesting things about Sydney and what goes on in the city during the day, and especially at night. Sydney night-life is magic, they say. I asked if getting a place to stay in Sydney would burn a hole in your pocket. No, they said. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Sydney from what I found out.

Any plans to go to Sydney? When you do find you way to Sydney, among the first pit stops to make would be Circular Quay, which is an area full of festivals and shops. From there you can walk up to the world-famous Sydney Opera House which was completed in 1973. It's a building with as great architectural significance as the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. Just next to it would be the Government House, a beautiful and historical building just south of the Opera House.

Have you heard of The Rocks? In days of old, the convicts used snadstone to build up the streets, hence the name. The Rocks is a small collection of streets that originally were slums but now offer a shopper's paradise. Then there is Harbor Bridge, also known as "The Coat Hanger" by locals. It's actually a bridge with a pedestrian walkway, two railway lines and an eight-lane road. Some of the best views in Sydney can be seen as you walk along the bridge which will take you a good 30-40 minutes.

The Sydney Aquarium is one place you must visit. You are able to walk under water and explore Australia's rich and diverse aquatic life and habitats. The aquarium trip is best suited for kids, family and friends. I wouldn't miss that one for sure.

And of course, not forgetting the beaches. Two places you should make a point to got to would be Bondi and the northern beaches. Bondi is located just 15 minutes west of downtown Sydney. The norther beaches are cleaner and less crowded compared to Bondi beach. You should try out Manly Beach, Palm Beach, Whale Beach or Avalon.

At night, you can enjoy some of the musical, comedy and magic shows plus a variety of other shows to choose from, depending on what you're interested in. Go check out shows by Ben Bradshaw, Australia's most successful comedy magician to date. Or if you're into dancing and dance shows, then go check out All Flavours, the only crew that mixes capoeira martial arts and acrobatics and breakdancing.

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