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  • TeamBrad
    Santa Fe, NM48 contributions
    Everyone knows the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I would suggest doing the bridge climb as well as the Pylon Museum.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Parsley Bay is a small but charming harbour cove. It couldn’t be more picturesque.
    It is somewhat hidden away, making it a perfect spot for picnics and swimming. Snorkelling is popular here too.
    It will suit families. It’s safe, budget-friendly and there’s a lot to distract kids.
    Being a harbour bay (not a surf beach), the water is very calm and shallow. The swimming area is safely netted (but no life savers).
    It is worth noting that when we were there recently, the water was not very clear. A lot of dark weed was washing around in the water, making it look murky and appear unclean. It didn’t look particularly inviting but I don’t think that it’s a permanent thing.
    A large, well-kept, grassy reserve stretches right back from the beach. It’s large enough for kids to run around, kick a ball, play Finska or hide and seek.
    The mature trees provide good shade if you want to retreat out of the sun and there’s a nice, fenced playground here.
    There are about a dozen tables and benches but they quickly get taken, so if you are planning a picnic, I’d recommend taking your own blanket to be on the safe side.
    Other facilities include showers/change rooms, an historic art-deco kiosk and a free carpark at the end of the park. The surrounding streets provide more parking but you’ll have to walk down to the reserve.
    A unique feature (and perhaps the best thing about Parsley Bay) is the quaint, century-old cable suspension bridge that spans the inlet. It’s a fun thing for kids to run across and is well maintained with sturdy railings. From the beach, take the narrow path and stairs on the right.
    To explore a little further, follow the foreshore path around to the seawall promenade and wharf. Continuing around, it meanders past sandstone caves, natural bushland and rock overhangs which makes an easy stroll for small children. You will often see some native critters like the Eastern Water Dragons.
    Written January 25, 2022
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  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, VA1,305 contributions
    This is where the newer cruise terminal for Sydney is located. It’s called White Bay Cruise Terminal and your cruise ship docks here if it is small enough to pass under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s quite barren and there is no easy way out of the port. The closet public ferry is by East Balmain & that is quite a walk.
    Written March 11, 2019
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  • Billy Boy Sydney
    9 contributions
    I had the grilled chicken burger. Order this. No eggplant chutney. The chicken was so moist. I’ve been back twice. The only problem is they are getting that busy.
    They have only recently opened.

    I highly recommend The Schnitzel Shop.
    9/10. Only $12 for burger and can of coke.
    Written December 14, 2020
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia39,004 contributions
    Port Jackson is Sydney Harbour. Those who live in Sydney justifiably consider it the most beautiful harbour in the world, but this is obviously biased. Nevertheless it is one of the most wonderful harbours around! The views are absolutely magnificent from any point you care to stand, whether on land or from the water. It is a lovely, almost enclosed body of water, and several rivers and creeks drain into it. The jewels in the crown of Port Jackson are the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, but there are many other beautiful spots as well which are not hard to find. Take a few steps and you are in the Botanic Gardens, or board a boat and the whole harbour is your oyster! One of the best ways, if not the best way, to enjoy the Harbour is to get a ferry. It is very cheap and convenient. It will take you wherever you wish, really, and you will enjoy the most amazing views. Try it if you can!
    Written December 9, 2019
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia39,004 contributions
    We have taken the ferry several times and travelled along Parramatta River all the way to Circular Quay, the centre of Sydney, We have also travelled to many other parts along the river. Taking the ferry is a very pleasant way to travel! The scenery along the way can be quite spectacular. The river itself is not the cleanest of rivers, though. Some of the highlights to visit are Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta, Cockatoo Island and many others.
    Written December 14, 2020
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  • Robert r
    Melbourne, Australia1,540 contributions
    Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain Sydney located on the waterfront. Ideal location and excellent tribute to Australia's Olympic swimming gold medalist.
    Written July 25, 2019
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia39,004 contributions
    Nawi Cove is one of the newest little beauties created around Barangaroo. Some are lovely and some are not as much. This is quite good with landscaped areas, as is almost all of Barangaroo. It is nice and clean and has a fresh look about it. Not too many visitors yet, but there is not a terrible lot to do there apart from walking around and enjoying the views, which are pretty good. It makes for a good weekend outing for a short time, especially on a nice sunny day.
    Written January 1, 2020
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  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,269 contributions
    The Sydney coastline boasts a string of beautiful swimming pools, carved into many of its headlands and rock platforms. To me, North Curl Curl pool is the pick of them all, a real hidden gem. It is located at the end of a point and it takes a bit of a hike through the bush to reach. It has an irregular shape, but it has a deep end and you can still do laps if that is your thing. The thing that I really love about it is the large rock that sits up in the middle of pool, great for relaxing on after a dip. The site has good areas of shade too, in the shadow the headland on its northern side.
    Written February 5, 2022
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  • mrdom
    5,202 contributions
    Stunning location out on a spit with wave-swept rocks - provides some excitement when the waves get into the pool. No shade anywhere near it. A decent size but pretty shallow.
    Written May 25, 2021
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  • mrdom
    5,202 contributions
    Big park on old docklands with lawns, trees, a promenade with fishers, dogs, a wharf, views of the harbour bridge. Beautiful.
    Written May 4, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    There are a lot of waterways and ponds in Centennial and the park is so big that its hard to know where to start but I always think that this is one of the nicest spots.
    It’s a large pond, more the size of a small lake, and is absolutely teeming with wildlife. There’s no shortage of ducks but the black swans are the highlight. At any given time, you will also see ibises, coots, moorhens, cormorants and flocks of white cockatoos swooping from the paperbark gums beside the pond.
    Wooden viewing platforms jut out over the water on the northern side and are a good vantage point for spotting fish, turtles, eels and giant carp as big as your arm.
    A short but lovely maze of narrow paths, called The Wetlands Interpretative Trail, leads you through the reeds and native plants along the water’s edge and is punctuated by several sculptures, mosaic artwork and signs with information about the wetlands area. This is only a very short trail but is a really nice activity for little children.
    Entry to the park is free.
    Car parking is available very close to the pond which makes it easy if you are planning a picnic and need to carry things in. Otherwise The Spruce Goose Diner, is right beside the pond and does coffee and take-away food, mainly burgers.
    Written April 7, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Lake Kippax is one of the few picnic areas in Sydney’s Moore Park. Mostly the park is dominated by sports venues and entertainment centres.
    It’s a pretty lake with a central statue, waterbirds and a surround of mature, shady Moreton Bay and Jackson fig trees. Several picnic tables and seating are available but mostly people spread out blankets under the trees.
    If there were no other park in the area, this would be an ideal spot. However you are spoilt for choice because nearby Centennial Park offers far more picnic areas and is much larger and prettier. Really for a park or a picnic, Centennial Park is the go-to place.
    As far as lakes go, Lake Kippax is quite small and is not big enough for water activities. The main feature is a central statue which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Lady of the Lake’. Designed by Diana Hunt in 1967, she represents Australian female athletes and their achievements. There was a lot of excitement around female athletes at the time. Only a few years earlier, at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Australian swimmer, Dawn Fraser won her third successive 100m freestyle gold for Australia and excitement was at fever pitch.
    The lake has a special historical significance within Moore Park.
    It is one of the last few remnants of the original park, which date back to 1866. A the time, the park included a zoo with a bear pit, a lion and an elephant which was a gift from the King of Siam. The zoo and most of the parkland features of Moore Park have long since vanished but the lake still remains, as does an ornate sandstone water fountain beside the lake (1888) and the very large, majestic fig trees to the north of the lake which were planted in the 1880s.
    In the early 1900s, the lake was a very popular spot for people to sail model boats. From about 1919, model boat regattas were held regularly here, and in September 1931 a model seaplane competition was held. Nowadays, it is just an attractive landscaping feature.
    Written February 9, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    A natural lake alongside Sydney University, this was originally part of a tidal watercourse called Blackwater Creek which stretched from Glebe to Waterloo and was mostly a watering hole for horses and livestock.
    These days it’s an attractive feature within Victoria Park and is named after Bill Northam, who won the gold medal for yachting at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. It was the same year Dawn Fraser won won her third 100m freestyle gold so, all in all, Australia did well on the water in ’64.
    The lake is not large enough for boating or water activities but giant, shady trees on one side provide a good place to relax on the grass and a walking path winds its way beside the the lake leading to a small bridge, which was once part of the main entrance to Sydney University.
    The path is suitable for pushchairs or small children on scooters.
    A particularly nice aspect are the 2 tiny little islands in the centre of the lake. The smaller one has a single, spreading willow in the middle and the larger has a bronze fountain statue modelled on Bill Northam’s winning yacht, the Barrenjoey. Sadly, the fountain is looking a little unloved and doesn’t seem to be working any more.
    Considering that you’re in the middle of the city, there is a lot of wildlife. Peer down into the water and you’ll spot turtles, fish and big eels. Ducks, ibises, seagulls and even the occasional pelican flock around the lake.
    Written March 4, 2022
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