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George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Rocks is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most beautiful areas. Follow George Street until the very end and it’s almost like you’ve stepped back in time—there are cobblestones under your feet, quaint stores to browse, and great pubs to visit. One...
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Northey St, Windsor QLD 4030, Australia
Tucked away in a community garden | park, the Northey Street Farmers Markets are THE place to buy organic produce in Brisbane. Every Sunday morning, local farmers, bakers, butchers, artisans and more set up shop at Northey Street between 6-10:30am...
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394 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
Originally we had not set our sights on the Whitsunday's, rather we had booked a trip to Fraser Island. However a storm had cancelled those plans and suddenly the Whitsunday's came to us with all the magic of spontaneous travel. There are many...
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Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Fantastic art museum in Brisbane! The entire complex is worth a visit.
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144 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Despite the name (Noosa is a stunning surf town to the north), this confectionery is indeed based in Brisbane. Stop by to pick up some distinctively Down Under souvenirs: chocolate paired with such homegrown ingredients as Victorian strawberries,...

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93 James St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia
Fabulous studio where you can learn to create aboriginal art in their fully equipped studio, including all materials and supplies and instruction! Depending on how long you have, you can create an emu caller, a didgeridoo, canvas paintings, etc....
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Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) burst onto the Brisbane scene in 2006 and has been demanding national and international attention ever since, earning top spot as the most visited art gallery in Australia and in the Top 50 Art Galleries In The...
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155 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
A gem on the Paddington shopping strip, Monty's Chocolates is an emporium dedicated to the good stuff. Don't go past the tasting plate, which include a thick, delicious Madagascan hot chocolate (pictured), liquid caramel balls made for Gordon...
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29 Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
If you’re in Brisbane on a weekend, head to the Stanley Street Plaza, where the Collective Markets set up shop. You’ll find handmade crafts, art, clothing and accessories, toys, jewelry, vintage and antiques, and more. Enjoy live music and...
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123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
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I'd been craving a delicious seafood pasta and oysters, but was wary of tourist trap restaurants suggested by concierge in other cities. It seemed they were recommended more for proximity than for their reputation. Now, Brisbane is a less on the...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia

This sophisticated restaurant can be found at the southern end of South Bank, right under the Goodwill Bridge. Diners may sit indoors or out—either way, the city and river views are stunning. The menu centers on Mediterranean flavors; start...

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S Head Heritage Trail, Watsons Bay NSW 2030, Australia
The Hornby Lighthouse at South Head on the peninsula near Mrs. Macquarie's Point is a great place to witness the magnificence of the Sydney Harbor and southern point of entrance into Jackson Bay and ultimately the harbor from the Tasman Sea. I had...
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1199D Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108, Australia
If you need a break from lounging on the lovely northern beaches, cruising up to Barrenjoey in Palm Beach will bring you to this absolute gem. The hiking trails are plentiful and the view from the top is incredible. With sweeping views in all...
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Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
When walking through the streets of downtown Sydney, or anywhere for that matter, it is wise to explore the path less traveled. Poets argue it makes all the difference. Call them "local trails." The arterial streets of the heart of Australia's...
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Shelly Beach, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
If you're a beach lover like me, you'll be overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of Sydney's shores. Shelly Beach in the suburb of Manly is protected from wind and waves, making it great for swimming and snorkeling. (Snorkel challenge: find the...
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Northcliff St & Paul St, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
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Overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Aqua Dining unquestionably has one of the best restaurant views in the city. Turn left and you’ll see the North Sydney Olympic pool; turn right and you’ll see Luna Park. But Aqua isn’t...
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1/46 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Stacked between an internet café and a grocer stands this little gem of a book shop and café. I came here after a windy day at the beach, had a cup of tea and perused the endless lists, not to mention brilliant layout, of their book collection....
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9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Market City is a wonder of a shopping and eating combination. Sitting on a block on the edge of Sydney's Chinatown, it was the original fresh food market that served the city. There's still a food market on Thursday to Sunday where you can get...
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1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia
The design showroom of power couple Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky sells their custom furniture as well as a range of housewares made in Australia. Koskela also runs such craft workshops as coil weaving, screen printing, and shibori dyeing. ...
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1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Overlooking iconic Bondi Beach, Icebergs is arguably Sydney’s most scenic restaurant. The food, from local shrimp to braised beef cheeks, lives up to the setting. 1 Notts Ave., Bondi Beach, 61/(0) 2-9365-9000. This appeared in the August/September...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
Every Saturday, more than 70 stalls fill the Eveleigh Railyards with regional produce, artisan breads, cheeses, jams, fresh coffee, and flowers. 243 Wilson St., Eveleigh, 61/(0) 2-9209-4735. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
On the first Saturday of the month, locals shop for vintage apparel and antique home decor at this flea market. Intersection of Crown and Collins Streets, Surry Hills. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue.
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140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Housed inside the Maritime Services Board building and a modern addition on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
Got the energy and crave for great photo opportunities or just the feel of wind in your hair as you gaze at a scenic panorama? Head over to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout. Not for the faint-hearted, the climb up 200 stairs brings you...
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98 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
“This one feels like the home of a friend with a lot of books. Its selections are exceptional, ranging from bestsellers (whose British and Australian cover designs are better than those in the U.S.) to books about design.” —Fred Dust 42 Oxford...
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71A MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Sydney is only just getting into the wine-bar-with-fantastic-food thing, but so far it's doing it extremely well. The new digs of sommelier and local wine expert Nick Hildebrandt and chef Brent Savage (the pair also own the more serious Bentley...
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186-188 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
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Betel leaves are used as a stimulant, an antiseptic, and a breath freshener in Southeast Asia. At Jimmy Liks, they are how you eat a chicken and smoked eggplant bite-size starter. The little amuse bouche comes with a chili and eschalot relish....
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4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan NSW 2790, Australia
Jenolan Caves offers guided tours through 11 cave systems, with many more caves still to be explored. The well-developed tours include caves with secure walkways, railings, and ample mood lighting (when necessary). Lodging and a variety of dining...
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571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540, Australia
Featuring unique accommodations in luxury tents in Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp is the epitome of the burgeoning trend of glamping. Set in the bush south of Sydney, this gorgeous place offers hot showers, good linen, and a near-solid roof over your...
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72 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Sydney is no stranger to dimly-lit bunker bars, but Surry Hills' Play Bar is an original in the oversaturated speakeasy scene. Owned by a DJ and his partner, you can expect either turntable sessions or live funk or soul nearly every day of the...
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The Strand Arcade, 11/412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This bite-size coffee stand in the Victorian-era Strand Arcade building downtown is perfect for a midday lift. Run by the team behind Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville, Gumption serves coffee and only coffee (no food). Six single-origin bean...
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75-79 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
The Melbourne roastery Sensory Lab opened its first Sydney location in central Bondi Beach. In typical Melbourne fashion, the music is hip, there's a planter-filled wall, the coffee is addicting, and the baristas are friendly (and masters of...
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Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Just one block from Bondi Beach, the Saturday farmers market is a colorful scene of fruits, vegetables, bread loaves, popsicles, canned goods, and unique food vendors such as the Veggie Patch, run out of a wood-paneled caravan. Other highlights...
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Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
In the same location as the Bondi Beach Farmers Market, a flea market takes over every Sunday hawking vintage clothing, framed photographs and paintings, textiles and pillows, sunglasses, Deus ex Machina and Critical Slide Society surfwear,...
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Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
Twice yearly in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, the Finders Keepers Market brings more than 150 design and art stalls from local and national makers. The Sydney event is currently held one weekend in June and another in December at Australian...
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Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre Alfred Street North, Kirribilli NSW 2061, Australia
On the second Sunday of the month, this makers faire spreads through the Burton Street Tunnel and out into view of the Harbour Bridge. Stalls range from vintage clothing and discount jewelry to blown glass and handmade ceramics. Once you're done...
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151 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
In 1999, surfer, photographer, and then frustrated creative director Eugene Tan started a blog to document daybreak at Bondi Beach. It started simply as a way to share photos of surfers, sunrises, swimmers, and waves with his mates for a daily...
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473 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Mixing local clothing brands with boutique housewares from around the world, the Collector Store will inspire new ideas for your home or wardrobe. The front of the shop is dedicated to such Australian brands as Something Else, Secret Squirrel,...
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101/113-115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
An incubator for Australian contemporary design, Object Gallery features the works of more than 200 designers per year through exhibitions, events, and workshops. The center also publishes an online magazine for iPad and tablets and offers an...
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82 Fitzroy St, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
Interior designers Shelley Mason and Tom William opened Project 82 in 2010 to showcase the best in Australian housewares, including Armadillo and Co rugs, Home Cargo tables and chairs, and Kip and Co geometric print bed linens. The shop has grown...
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270 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
A family-run gallery that's been operating in Sydney since the 1980s, the Hughes Gallery is a multi-room space dedicated to emerging and underrated Australian and international artists. The gallery has helped launch the careers of such Australian...
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8/6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
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Owned by the Fink group which also runs Quay, Otto is an intimate restaurant that serves modern Italian cuisine within view of the Sydney skyline. Start with the salty-sweet Caprino, a crispy flat bread served with goat's curd doused in truffle...
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108 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Fashion distributors We Are the Stables opened their second location (after Bondi) in a minimalist Surry Hills space outfitted by Sydney furniture designer Henry Wilson. Shoppers can expect some of the same brands as the Bondi store plus...
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Shop 1 755/759 Botany Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia
Located in the up-and-coming Hill Street Design Precinct, Workshopped is both a talent scout and an incubator for great Australian design. The shop identifies emerging talent and exhibits pieces, carries them in the shop, and commissions work. The...
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44 Adams Ave, Malabar, Sydney NSW 2036, Australia
Australia is world-renowned for scuba diving, but you don't have to go all the way to the Great Barrier Reef or Ningaloo. Most people don't know there is plenty of good diving in and around Sydney, too. One of the best sites is Magic Point off the...
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89-113 Kent St,Millers Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
A longtime favorite among royalty, rock stars, actors, and visiting dignitaries, the Langham hotel completed a $30 million renovation in December 2014. London-based GA Designs was charged with retaining the hotel’s stately...
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471 Bronte Rd, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
For many Sydneysiders, swimming in the ocean is a daily cleanse. There's a seawater pool at just about every beach, so even ocean-fearing travelers can get a taste of the salty lifestyle without worries of waves or worse (sharks?). Bronte Baths,...
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500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
One of Sydney's lesser-known cultural attractions is one of its most interesting. The Powerhouse Museum presents exhibits on science and technology as well as fashion and decorative arts. Twelve permanent expositions range from a historic overview...
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Westfield Centre, Castlereagh St & Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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You’d be forgiven for thinking this place is a tourist trap like every other revolving “sky tower” in the world. And the upstairs Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck and Skywalk is, with one difference: the harbor view, which...
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Warumbul Rd, Royal National Park NSW 2233, Australia
Carved by ocean inlets that meet vertical cliffs, Sydney is a city that's defined by nature. And in less than an hour, travelers can visit Royal National Park to the south, the world’s second oldest national park, established in 1879. "The...
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1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
Australia's first museum was opened in 1827 in Sydney with the goal of showcasing unique specimens relating to the country's fascinating natural history. Initially called the Sydney Museum or Colonial Museum, the institution was renamed the...
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Aquariums are a must for ocean lovers. Yes, Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium is located in the touristy hub of Darling Harbour, but the unique species and ecosystems that you can view make it hard to pass up. Take Dugong Island, an underwater shipwreck...