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66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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The most stunning dining room in celebrity chef Neil Perry’s restaurant empire has got to be Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney. Seated amid soaring green marble columns and Art Deco windows in a space designed by Emil Sodersten, diners can...
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Cowper Wharf Rd & Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
The meat pie is synonymous with Australia, and no place is more iconic in Sydney than Woolloomooloo's Harry's Cafe de Wheels. What started out as a simple stand turned into one of the first food trucks when local ordinances dictated that mobile...
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Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia
Wendy Whitely has created this beautiful sanctuary out of a former garbage dump alongside a railway line on Lavender Bay.
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N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Just a 45 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney, Manley is a nice change of scenery. the town is on a narrow stip of land between the bay and the ocean. This view is of the walkway that runs alongside the ocean beach.
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296-300 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
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Some Sydneysider foodie friends recommended Spice I Am, a little gem in Darlinghurst, as the best Thai food in the city. It didn't disappoint; our lunch was fantastic. Chef Sujet Saenkham serves some of my favorites.
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Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston SA 5353, Australia
Australia's oldest family owned winery, I definitely recommend stopping by this beautiful property. We rode our bikes about 15 k from the Louise, half of which was on the Barossa Trail, a special bike path. The staff at Yalumba was really...
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Tanunda Creek Rd, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
When in the Basossa Valley, I highly recommend taking some time out from wine tasting to walk in this beautiful park. The trails are very good - and easy. And there are lots of kangaroos that are accustomed to visitors.
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275 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
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This is a fun Greek restaurant among all the cafes and bars on Rundle Street. It's especially recommended when the weather is nice. Casual and lively. Must have the octopus.
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North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia
This is a good place to buy some beautiful furniture, jewelry and other crafts. What makes it really special is the chance to go upstairs where the craftspeople have studios where if you are lucky you can catch them working.
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11 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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A really nice casual Italian eatery for lunch or dinner. It's connected with the retail store, one of four in Sydney. Can be easy to miss, it's downstairs. Chef Brendan Wale serves up some fantastic pasta.
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12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
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Right across the street from the Blue Sydney hotel, this is a fun place to have a couple of pints on a beautiful day. There are two patios, one downstairs and one up. Chef Elton Inglis has some very good food in the main restaurant, and you can...
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125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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One of the best places to enjoy Thai food in Melbourne is Chin Chin, which also serves local wines (they have Old World wine options, too). Chin Chin doesn't take reservations, but there are plenty of places to wet your whistle (or change your...
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27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Melbourne is leading the way in Australia with a host of pop-up or themed small bars. Summer favourite, Ponyfish Island, is a quirky little bar found under the Southgate Pedestrian Bridge in the middle of the Yarra River. Located on one of the...
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239 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This three-floor, indoor-outdoor place is a fun spot to while away a day or an evening in the company of friends. They offer a full list of hotdogs of various kinds, a wide selection of booze, and music on vinyl.
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215 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Caffe e Torta is a nice little place for breakfast or lunch, operated by a charming family. All four of us in our party enjoyed breakfast. I loved my poached eggs and smoked salmon. The cafe is located at the end of the Royal Arcade, at Little...
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Capital City Trail, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Melbourne has a convenient Bike Share program with rental spots throughout the city. Unfortunately, most of its beautiful parks are off-limits to bikes. This trail, however, is not. It's located on the south side of the Yarra River and makes for a...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
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This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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The pier can be a relaxing respite from the city, and so close. There are cafes and bars within walking distance of the pier. You can also check out the penguins around sunset, if willing to deal with the oossible crowds or inclimate weather.