Back on May 17th, I started a thread requesting information from the Marriott Insiders community about Sydney, Australia. I had just received a work assignment for 3 weeks in July to a country that was new to me. Not only did I get reviews of Marriott properties, I was wonderfully inundated with travel tips and suggestions. I'd like to thank pluto77, chrisf, californian, jamicarroll, pltnmprincess, jerrycoin, arkwright, gemprincess and tryt53 for stopping by that original thread and supplying me with great support and advice. Because of you wonderfully giving people, I was able to hit the ground running and maximize my time in country. That is worth so very much.
I decided to try a blog to document my experience. I started strong, then fizzled, then was prompted back into action. I learned a few things about adding pictures and saving posts. Trial and error on this site has been fun(?). I'd be happy to share my limited blogging knowledge with anyone on here.
Back to the actual trip....I had a fantastic time. It ranks in the top 3 of my travel adventures. Jerry's advice to look into Priority Pass for airport lounge access came in handy. Pluto's excellent itemized list of sites and activities was right on. Arkwright's experiences in Australia allowed me to have familiarity prior to ever stepping off the plane.
Canberra as a planned capital city is worth a long weekend of your time. You could spend a week, but 3 packed days will probably be enough to maximize your travel dollar. It is full of historic and governmental sites. I found the dining options varied but lacking in quality. The city itself rolls up the carpets fairly early.
Sydney was the true highlight. I had a little less than one week to explore. The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay was the perfect host for my short stay. It's central location allowed me to walk to many locales or hop on mass transit to expand the net for travel experiences. Excellent dining, shopping, touring, and activities were easy to find. The Rocks, the Opera House area, the beaches, and the people of Australia all made this a trip I can wholeheartedly recommend to people looking for a travel adventure.
I promised Pluto I would add a picture of the oldest pub in Sydney. The Fortune of War was friendly and comfortable. They serve a nice cold beer in schooners. A schooner is about 3/4 of a pint. It's a nice size for a sipper like me. My favorite pub that was full of local life was the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. Don't miss either of these fine establishments on your visit to Sydney.