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  • Gail C
    6 contributions
    At the very last minute, we decided to attend Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. We could only get row N but that didn't matter. The view was good, the acoutics were good and the play was great. The facilities at the Opera House, from taking your coats to the Bar service were excellent.
    Written May 18, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is free and very easy to do. Obviously the bridge climb is the more glamorous option but if budget or time or vertigo does not allow, then walking is another option.
    You can start from either end and the walk is only 20 - 25 minutes. Starting at the historic Rocks end, you will finish in Kirribilli where you can catch a ferry or train back pretty close to where you started at Circular Quay.
    The pedestrian path is on the eastern side of the bridge. This is the same side that overlooks Circular Quay and the Opera House but (and its a big but) the views are severely impeded by the tall mesh safety barrier topped with barbed wire. It’s difficult to take a clear photo.
    It is also worth noting that you are walking alongside the traffic. High metal barriers protect you so it’s perfectly safe but obviously there’s a lot of traffic and it’s less pleasant than you’d think.
    The south-east pylon near the Rocks side is open to the public. Halfway up, it has a small museum (free) and a 360 degree observation or lookout deck on top ($19).
    Overall, the pylon is excellent but walking across the bridge is probably a tick-the-box exercise if you want to say that you’ve done it.
    Written April 27, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Reid M
    3 contributions
    Walking the suggested route we saw lots of interesting murals (including several not listed on the tour) as well as street art of varying quality (some of it quite good). We almost quit the walking tour after the first 2 murals but were glad we did not. It turns out that the first 2 may be the least interesting of the bunch. In addition one of the murals seems to have been replaced with another (or we failed to locate it). All things considered it was a very pleasant 90 minutes. Plus there are many cafes to grab a coffee and a snack if so desired.
    Written April 18, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • fatbear2000
    Oxford, UK3,824 contributions
    The Drummoyne Oval is a pretty ground which is the home of Sydney Cricket Club, who we watched play in the semi-finals of Sydney’s one-day knockout competition. It also hosts matches for the NSW Women team, the NSW mens team occasionally play here, and the touring England Lions recently hammered a NSW select XI here.

    There is a small concrete stand at one end ( the Greg Davis Stand, named after the captain of Australia’s Rugby Union side in the 1960’s who played for the Drummoyne Rugby club, who also play here in the Australian winter ), a small player’s pavilion on one side, a quirky old fashioned small stand with around 250 seats, and then there are grass banks around the rest of the oval.

    There are 6 floodlight pylons, TV gantries at both ends, as well as a large scoreboard in the far corner by a very large tree.

    When we visited there was a small food & drinks outlet open in the side of the Greg Davis stand, with cans of beer or glasses of wine for 5 AUD, and soft drinks for 3 AUD. There were also what looked to be pies and sausage rolls available.

    Entrance to the oval was free for this match, with a small number of people sitting on the grass bank, with everyone else in the Greg Davis stand.
    Written February 25, 2020
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  • looshik
    St. Ives, Australia13 contributions
    Visited with a 7 and 14 yo. This historical house is amazing. Everything kept as it was. Unique way to learn history of Sydney. Highly recommend to take the guided tour with Wendy - she is amazing!!
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Manickjg
    1,201 contributions
    Came to do the walk on a weekday. It was pleasant and relatively flat walking path all along the bay. Very nice for cycling, jogging, skating and walking. Great activity for families of all ages. Parking available at Lilyfield side on Frazer St. Note of caution if you go on the weekend as can imagine that it will be very busy and crowded seeing that it's a popular place.
    Written July 4, 2020
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  • Helen W
    Wagga Wagga, Australia99 contributions
    Family friendly, great food outlets, lovely gardens and architecture. Easy to get to by train or walking
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • blackeldo
    Kiama, Australia2,171 contributions
    ....Don’t get me wrong. HORNBY LIGHTHOUSE is a fine example of this type of early Australian infrastructure, but is not enough of an attraction by itself to warrant a trip to SOUTH HEAD*++ unless you are one of those lighthouse aficionados who chases examples all over.
    Fortunately for non-aficionados SOUTH HEAD*++ has other good attractions and the HERITAGE TRAIL*++, CAMP COVE*. LADY BAY* and WATSONS BAY*++, all of which you must visit on the way to the lighthouse, even more. Fact is, I rate Watsons Bay and surrounds maybe Sydney’s best daytrip area - and Sydney has many excellent daytrips.

    TIPS:
    - ACCESS
    :most scenic - ferry to WATSONS BAY then 1300m/17min walk (keep left) via CAMP COVE BEACH, followed by the HERITAGE TRAIL*. Trail well paved, pretty flat (few stairs), great views
    : cheapest/fastest – train to Edgedliff Interchange and then #324.325 bus to WATSONS BAY then onward. Buses start in city, but train faster
    : weekends only a ferry runs from/to MANLY*
    : #380 bus from/to BONDI BEACH* frequently
    : parking is difficult near start of trail
    - Lighthouse closed to public access. Keepers Cottage++ can be hired
    - Nearest rest rooms just short of LADY BAY* (clothing optional and used by many textiles – nudists don’t give a hoot) 400m from South Head
    - Nearest food at Camp cove kiosk adjacent start of Heritage Trail. Watsons Bay has tucker for all budgets
    - Make sure you read TA’s pages on SOUTH HEAD, LADY BAY, HERITAGE TRAIL, CAMP COVE, THE GAP and WATSONS BAY for more info/pix on this great area
    - Don’t visit Boxing Day. Overcrowded with people watching Sydney-Hobart tracing yachts exit harbour. A no go zone. Unless you are racing yacht aficionado….

    *TA has a reader review page
    ++ see my pix
    Written March 11, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Country Traveller
    Tamworth, Australia13 contributions
    Great quote by a great man. Changed history even though a tragedy how it ended up.
    Some traditional native aboriginal art.
    Written April 22, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Harry P
    Ironbridge Gorge, United Kingdom76 contributions
    It provides an insight to the history of the growth of the City/Australia. It is reasonably tidy but is beginning to deteriorate by not being properly treated. We had and evening of a jazz concert in the church yard, two hours of entertainment well attended 1800/2000hrs.
    Written October 27, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Africa Eddie
    Sydney, Australia9,633 contributions
    Apart from the architecture viewing the doors is fascinating as you wander the streets of Balmain. Many different styles and colours
    Written October 24, 2020
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  • Ron B
    Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
    Our visit to this most impressive and expansive garden was made so much more interesting and enjoyable because of the wealth of knowledge our delightful guide from the Friendship Garden, Carolyn, provided on the complimentary tour.
    Written January 9, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • linnman
    singapore278 contributions
    My second time as a tourist visiting The Rocks. The place is charming and full of history so a visit to The Rocks Discovery Museum is a must. Walk through the little nooks and corners of the old buildings. Lots of dining and drinking places here. Unfortunately, my favourite place here - the weekend Rocks Market was a disappointment this time. In my previous visit in 2019 just before Covid19 struck, the market was full of local craftsmen with their beautiful and unique creations for sale. This time, the market was a ghost of its old self. The stuff on sale were nothing unique nor interesting; most of the stuff you can get at shops in the city. I also saw that some of the space had already been converted to al fresco dining for the eateries along the stretch. Maybe the 2-year Covid epidemic affected the livelihoods of these independent craftsmen wth few tourists visiting and buying. For this reason, I can no longer rate this place as excellent. I hope that they will be back soon and give The Rocks Market the vibrancy that it now lacks.
    Written May 17, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Gail C
    6 contributions
    During our trip to Sydney we paid a visit to the Queen Victoria Building. Thouroughly enjoyed walking around the varied selection of shops and finished off with the Royal Tasting Feast at Reign at QVB. Something like eight courses (or tastes), everyone a set of different flavours. Lovely food.
    Written May 18, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia38,948 contributions
    Federation Cliff Walk is a beautiful path to take if you wish to enjoy a nice day staying fit, breathing in some fresh air and enjoying some of the best views over the water. It is accessed quite easily and for the most part it is no trouble to walk across.
    Written February 27, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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