2011

Best value combo good enough to take a date: Old Fitzroy Hotel

If you’re the type of person who likes value for money, but is tired of going on dates where you have an option to ‘upsize’ your meal, this place is for you. A grand total of $40 at the Old Fitzroy gets you a theatre ticket, a great laksa and a beer. How can you […]

Best Weekend Markets: Glebe Markets

While they have been around for years, Glebe Markets always seem to take the cake, and it’s not at all surprising. Located in the hip suburb of Glebe, near the University of Sydney and a range of delicious eateries, the markets provide a unique experience to Sydneysiders who are dissatisfied with a little too much […]

Best Visitor Attraction: The Three Sisters

It might just be impossible to visit the Three Sisters without accidentally appearing in someone else’s holiday snaps. The raucous voices of holidaying families are similarly impossible to avoid at the lookout but there is a reason they are all here: it is breathtakingly beautiful. The view across the Jamison valley is one of the most spectacular […]

Best Urban Walk: Spit to Manly Bushwalk

Whether ambling or keeping fit the Spit to Manly bushwalk provides the quintessential Sydney backdrop, offering breathtaking views out over Middle Harbour and a pervasive tranquillity often sought yet seldom found in the big metropolis. The 10km walk takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours and is brimming with clandestine beaches, subtropical rainforest, glamorous waterfront real […]

Best Tourist Attraction: The Sydney Opera House

Aside from its towering sails, the Sydney Opera House has plenty to offer locals and tourists. The Opera Bar is located on the lower concourse and features an innovative menu of mains, pizzas and other interesting snacks. The Bar opens onto the harbour and there is nothing quite like sipping a wine from the bar’s […]

Best Public Space: Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Residents describe Paddington Reservoir Gardens as their own Hanging Gardens of Babylon, their local Baths of Caracalla. With rows of historic brick archways and industrial steel skeletons set against lush vines, meditative gardens and a tranquil stretch of water, the space is nothing short of other-worldly. Built in 1866, the Reservoir was a key element […]

Best Place to Camp in the City: Cockatoo Island

Forget spending the night on Sydney’s rock hard benches or fast food stench-fests, and pitch up a tent at the more than adequate Cockatoo Island. Filled with historic buildings, a tennis court, BBQ facilities, and amazing views of the city skyline, the biggest island in Sydney Harbour is chock-a-block with fun times. (Simon Pham)

Best Maritime Museum: Sydney Heritage Fleet

Fancy yourself a salty sea dog? The Sydney Heritage Fleet restores and maintains 50 heritage boats, the oldest of which, the tall ship James Craig, dates back all the way to 1874. The ship itself, a three-masted iron barque, was abandoned in 1932 until it was rescued by the Sydney Heritage Fleet and refloated and […]

Best inner-city urban oasis: The Royal Botanic Gardens

Escape the Sydney rat race during your lunchbreak and stroll from an urban jungle into a real one – well, as close as it is possible to get within a global city. The Sydney Botanic Gardens are adjacent to Macquarie Street and cover a very large area that runs along the Sydney Harbour foreshore to […]

Best Church: Mary Immaculate Church

The Mary Immaculate, constituted as a parish in 1865, is now the Australian mother-church of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. Instantly recognisable, the architecture is characteristic of the Romanesque Renaissance period – contemporary, majestic and strangely reminiscent of a creamy white chocolate stack reaching up to the sky. The direct sight lines to both […]