In my last blog posting I wrote about eclektech and I arriving at the Sydney Harbour Marriott and how accommodating the staff was. In planning our trip I utilized a 7 night Marriott Category 8 Travel package in which our entire 7 night stay at the hotel was free.
The weather during our 7 night stay was a little unpredictable which apparently is the norm for their fall season as they get lots of on and off showers. Each day the temp averaged around the mid 70’s. Two of the days it rained throughout the whole day. Two other days were completely sunny and the remaining days were a mix of sun and showers. Fortunately the weather forecasts were accurate on the days of all rain and all sun but the other days there was uncertainty of when there would be showers.
On our first day we spent exploring the Circular Quay/Harbour area which is only about a block and half away from the hotel. It is a very easy walk to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
During our second day we decided to take a walking tour of the Opera House. Before taking the tour we had both thought the Opera House was one really large building but as it turns out it is actually multiple buildings sitting next to each other. Our tour guide was really informative and showed us inside multiple theaters and the main concert hall. I was surprised to learn that it took over 14 years to construct (1959-1973).
While in Sydney we wanted to visit a zoo to see the different type of animals in Australia. We found there was a zoo located at Darling Harbour called Wildlife Zoo. Also we discovered there was a great package deal on the zoo’s website where we could get tickets for 5 attractions for the price of $69 AUD. The five attractions included Wildlife Zoo, Madame Tussad’s Wax Museum, Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney’s Tower Eye, and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Most of the attractions were at or near Darling Harbour with the exception of the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary which is located at Manly Beach. Darling Harbour is a great place to visit while in Sydney with many attractions and waterfront restaurants.
Wildlife Zoo had many Australian animals to check out including Koala, crocodiles, penguins, kangaroos, wallabies, and devils. There is also an option to get your photo taken with a Koala.
The Sydney Tower Eye attraction is connected to the Westfield’s Shopping Mall and is a great place to go up and get great views of the city.
There are two really popular beaches in Sydney which are Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Bondi Beach appears to attract a few more surfers than Manly Beach. During our visit to Bondi Beach we had some overcast and showers.
On our last day in Sydney we were blessed with wonderful weather and took the Manly Fast Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach which was a short 18 minute ride.
Once we got to Manly Beach we walked around The Corso where there were numerous shops and then headed for the beach.
While at Manly we had lunch at the Manly Grill where we sat at a table where we could see the beach. eclektech decided to try their lunch special which was a crocodile burger which he says was “spongy”. I had some BBQ Wings which were really good.
Before leaving Manly Beach we stopped by the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary which we had gotten tickets to as part of our package deal. We enjoyed the aquarium and seeing the penguins up close.
There are so many things to see and do in Sydney. Manly Beach was definitely my favorite. Some of our favorite restaurants in Sydney include:
Kinglsley’s Australian Steakhouse- A friend who travels to Sydney for business recommended this to us. Their beef is all grass fed. Excellent food and service.
The Ship Inn- Great place to get lunch and is just a block away from the Sydney Marriott.
91 Oxford- Located on historic Collins Street and catering mostly to the LGBT community. We had dinner here and found the food was very good.
Coming up I’ll be blogging about our stay at the Melbourne Marriott and about our tour of the city.