We have spent one week exploring Sydney. Arrived late Thursday and settled into hotel. Perfect location in The Rocks. Fabulous restaurants close by including Caminetto Italian restaurant, directly behind the hotel, the upstairs bar/restaurant at the Orient hotel, the courtyard cafe, patisserie and great coffee at The Fine Food store. Visited Paddy's market then on way back to hotel, explored China town and queued for delicious cream puffs at the Emperor's Garden cake and bakery, $4 for 15 - definitely worth the wait! On Saturday we visited the Powerhouse museum and aquarium with lunch at cockle bay. Sunday morning was spent exploring the markets at the Rocks, then took advantage of cheap public transport and took a ferry to Manly. Lunch was had at a pub in Manly with a great coffee purchased from the Barefoot coffee traders in Manly. We caught the Manly ferry back to Circular Quay, changed ferries and continued on to Luna park for a look around. Monday was another great day whereby we found the bridge stairs (off Cumberland street) and walked across the bridge to Burton St, Kirribilli (eastern side). We followed the directions from www.wildwalks.com - Harbour Bridge to Taronga zoo, although we only walked as far as Kirribilli house then back to the Rocks. This was a great walk with spectacular views. The rest of the day was spent exploring Hyde park, ANZAC shrine, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Sydney Tower. Tuesday we will take the ferry to Taronga zoo for the day and spend the day at this beautiful zoo. On Wednesday we will visit Bondi and the Botanical gardens and then fly home in the evening. The hotel is in a great location and we have walked everywhere (except for the Ferries and a bus to Bondi). The reception is 24 hours, clean and has a fabulous (little) rooftop hot-tub and spa with spectacular views across the Harbour.