Sydney Australia in February

Old Apr 29th, 2007, 05:07 PM
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Sydney Australia in February

Two senior ladies are travelling to Sydney in February and will be staying approximately one week. Are there any suggestions for safe, centrally located accommodation that is not too expensive? What about getting around the city and site seeing? We don't want long walking tours. Thanks.
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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I can recommend The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel which does not get mentioned much on this Forum but is a very nice small hotel right in the centre of the CBD. The rooms are small, but spotlessly clean and the staff are very pleasant and very caring.There is a very nice restaurant as well as a less expensive Snack Bar.
It is used a lot by groups from the Red Cross, C.W.A.(Countrywomens Assocation) when they are in Sydney for meetings etc. and as such has developed a very good reputation as a safe haven for 'older' visitors to the city.
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 06:41 PM
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Sydney's a very accessible city, with good public transport.

There are red "explorer" buses which offer a "hop on/hop off" option for seeing a variety of interesting places.

If you give an indication of your interests, we may be able to give you some suggestions.

Prue's suggestion of The Castlereagh is a good one. You can often find it on www.wotif.com.au at a good rate.
Currently, it's AUD159

http://www.wotif.com/hotel/View?hote...1&viewType=all
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. We are interested in historical sites and would love to attend the ballet if there are any performances. Theatre is also an interest.
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Sydney Theatre Company is in a great location on a wharf. They also have an interesting and varied program.

http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/

The Sydney Opera house is a great place ton see ballet. The cheaper Studio space in SOH often has contemporary dance.

One interesting historic site to visit
is Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour Trust runs very informative tours.
http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/

The Museum of Sydney is well worth a visit, it's beautifully designed and has good temporary shows.
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 09:46 PM
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Your Hotel is very well located. Just a block away from our premier department store, David Jones (Castlereagh, Elizabeth & Market sts)
In shopping mode, the Strand Arcade and Queen Victoria Building (Pitt St Mall & George Streets) are the only remaining retail outlets of that era and have some good quality shops.

You're also very close to Hyde Park, which is lovely and Macquarie Street.

Macquarie Street's charming and houses the old Mint, Parliament House, Sydney Hospital, State Library, the Botanic Gardens, Government House and at the bottom, the Opera House.

Continuing down Macquarie street ...The Hotel Intercontinental is interesting, built behind the old Treasury and maintains its facade. Morning or afternoon tea in its Cortille might be nice.

Around the corner from the Intercontinental is the Police & Justice museum, well worth a visit.

As you would then be close to Circular Quay, you might care to stroll across to The Rocks. Lots of little cobbled streets, and on the weekends a market.

The Art Gallery of NSW is on the "Explorer Bus" route: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Very good restaurant and a bistro/snack bar which both have wonderful harbour views and are very reasonably priced.

Also on its route are a number of the National Trust properties: www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au

Enjoy your trip - ask if you have any specific queries ... someone here is sure to know
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We stayed at Trendwest Suites at Wentworth and Goulburn in the CBD - really convenient location and the rooms/suites have just been renovated.
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Check out this website for a list of things to see, restaurants to dine at, hotels to stay at and more. You should be able to find some good information here: http://www.travel--guide.org/Sydney
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