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 …]

Exploring Sydney Darling Quarter and Darling Harbor Area

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Sydney Darling Harbor Sydney’s disreputable Darling Harbor docks area, long in disrepute, fell into a prolonged period of disrepair as Sydney’s role as a harbor declined. It began to change in the late 1980s courtesy of a big redevelopment plan that turned the old docks into a harborside complex that is now one of the [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney Botanic Gardens, the Domain and Macquarie Street

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In the center of Sydney Australia is a huge patch of green. It originally was the colony’s first farm and a large park that was reserved for the colony’s first governor. It now consists of three primary sections: Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens The Botanic Garden which includes the site of the colony’s first farm the [Read more …]

Exploring Sydney’s CBD aka Central Business District

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Sydney’s CBD is a compact section that is filled with post-mid-century buildings (after a longstanding height restriction was suspended). It evolved from mud huts of the late 18th and early 19th century to grand Victorian buildings of the mid-to-late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the most noteworthy of the surviving structures are: Sydney Town [Read more …]

Circular Quay

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Sydney’s Circular Quay is the birthplace of the city. At this spot in January 1788, a fleet of British ships landed the soldiers, the administrators and the convicts that composed the first permanent British contingent on this new land. The Quay still contains a few remnants of these early days. Among these are: Macquarie Place, [Read more …]

19 Sydney Museums

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We visited quite of few Sydney museums during our time in the city. Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Gallery of New South Wales provides an overview of global art with particular collections of Aboriginal and Australian art and European art from the 15th century, including a handful of Impressionist paintings and Picassos. It [Read more …]