AT#537 – Travel to Sydney, Australia

Travel to Sydney, Australia - What to do, what to see and what to eat in Australia's largest city


Hear about travel to Sydney, Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Roma Small from about her hometown.

Roma says, “It’s one of the most fantastic cities in the world. It’s absolutely stunning and I think everyone should go to Sydney at least once in their life. ”

Must do list:

  • Opera House
  • Harbour Bridge (BridgeClimb at twilight)
  • Beaches (Cronulla, Bondi, Manly, Freshwater, Coogee, Bronte)
  • Explore the shops (including Sydney Tower Eye – aka Centrepoint Tower), Paddy’s Markets (great for souvenirs), Pitt St Mall (car free)
  • Taronga Zoo (catch the ferry over from Circular Quay)
  • Bondi to Coogee walk
  • Catch a ferry to Manly to walk the Promenade.
  • Other Ferry trips:
  • Cockatoo Island – UNESCO world heritage site – operated as a convict penal establishment. Great harbour views.
  • Fort Denison – former penal site and defensive facility, now a museum, tourist attraction, restaurant. Great harbour views.

When to visit / Festivals in Sydney:

  • Sydney Festival: Jan (Celebrating Sydney (Theatre, Arts, Dance comedy, Cabaret, Family)
  • Vivid Sydney: May/June
  • Sculpture by the Sea: Oct/November
  • Spring racing carnival at Royal Randwick & Rosehill Gardens: Nov
  • Mardi gras: March

Suburb/pockets for specific ethnic cuisine we covered:

  1. Eastwood and Hurstville for Chinese
  2. Auburn, Lakemba, Punchbowl for Turkish / Lebanese
  3. Cabramatta & Campbelltown for Vietnamese

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Central Business District

Circular Quay

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Cafe Sydney

Sydney Town Hall

The Baxter Inn

Blu Bar on 36

The Rocks

BridgeClimb Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair


Vivid Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea

Taronga Zoo

Luna Park Sydney

Bondi Beach

Freshwater Beach

Bronte Beach

Brighton Beach

Museum of Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Australian Open

Sydney Cricket Ground

National Rugby League

Darling Harbour

QT Hotels

Blue Mountains Australia


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I thought that Ralph did a fabulous job describing the incredibly beautiful Maramureş region in Northern Romania. Our family visited the area in 2009 and we too were struck by the lack of mechanization and dependence on manual labor and farm animals for all aspects of agricultural production. We saw multi-generational families working in the fields with homemade scythes and wooden rakes with horse drawn wagons being used to transport almost everything.

The wooden churches were special and we particularly enjoyed the vivid frescoes in the church at Desesti which were painted in the late 1790s.

A couple of things that we enjoyed that were not mentioned include the elaborately carved wooden doors and gates you find in many of the villages and trees adorned with with pots and pans indicating that there is a daughter available for marriage (still true today!).

We stayed in a small B&B run by Ioan Pop in the village of Hoteni. Also known as Popicu, Ioan is a national cultural treasure who is one of the best known folk musicians in the country. Not only will you be served hearty local fare (and potent, homemade pălincă) while staying there but you’ll also be treated to impromptu performances. Hoteni is a perfect spot to base your explorations of the region from.

Independent travel is the way to go when in Maramures. You’ll need a car and nerves of steel navigating roads that can have extraordinary sized potholes and you’ll be challenged by very aggressive drivers.

Keep up the great work.


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