Copy of Green Travel in Sydney



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Sydney is a city that takes its environmental initiatives seriously. The active, bustling city centre is just made for walking, and the public transportation system allows for easy travel outside downtown. In addition, the government's Sustainable Sydney initiative is encouraging sustainable development and renovation throughout the city. On top of all that, Sydney is a just a wonderful place to visit, plain and simple, with famous landmarks like the Opera House, open parks and nature areas, and plenty of beautiful beaches.

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Day 1 - Sydney, The Rocks, Avalon


The Hotel InterContinental is one of Sydney's finest hotels, and is located perfectly within walking distance of many of the city's most exciting sights. The hotel is also taking strong steps toward sustainability, down to their commitment to source their food from local, ethical farmers and producers. The incredible harbor views don't hurt, either. To start out your vacation, take the famous walk from the Botanic Gardens to the Opera House, but in reverse. The Botanic Gardens are a lush set of buildings and acres of green that provide some fabulous views of some of Sydney's best landmarks. Nearby is Mrs. MacQuarie's chair, built by British Governor MacQuarie for his wife to have a beautiful view of the harbor. Continue your walk to the Opera House, one of the world's most famous architectural feats. There are several guided tours of varying length that give you a view of the interior performance spaces. Although the sound can be iffy on these tours, it's worth it to get a guided walk around the interior of this remarkable building. Late morning is a good time to go for one of the more exciting activities in the Sydney area, the climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The high climb consists of long staircases up to the top of the bridge, where you'll see spectacular views of the city and entire harbor. The Pylon Lookout is less time- and energy-intensive, and you'll still see some great views, but isn't quite as breathtaking. The Old and New Parliament buildings are some more examples of Sydney's impressive architectural history. In the afternoon, hop on the bus and head north of town to visit some of the beaches up on the northern peninsula. Avalon is a perfect beach for surfing, swimming, and windsurfing. Newport is good for those activities as well, and there is some good snorkeling and diving off this beach. Bilgola is another surf-ready beach that also has lots of greenery surrounding it. You can enjoy the sunset at one of these beaches, or head back into the city and watch the sunset from Blues Point Reserve, a park on the north side of the bridge that looks out over the harbor. Try Aria for dinner, which is one of Sydney's finest restaurants and is committed to using the freshest local produce. The views are great, too.


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Royal Botanic Gardens

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Location:

Mrs Macquaries Road
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9231 8111
fax: 61 2 9231 8054
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Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk (The)

Location:

Start at East Circular Quay
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9255 1788
fax: +61 2 9265 9222(Tourist Information)


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Sydney Opera House

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Location:

Off 2 Macquarie Street
(Circular Quay)
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9250 7111
fax: 61 2 9251 3943
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tours

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Location:

2 Macquarie Street
Circular Quay
1225 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9250 7250
fax: +61 2 9251 3943
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Location:

Cumberland St
(or Milsons Point on the north shore)
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9255 1788
fax: +61 2 9240 1122
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Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

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Location:

Via Cumberland Street
(The Rocks)
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9240 1100
fax: +61 (0)2 9241 2151
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BridgeClimb

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Location:

3 Cumberland Street
The Rocks
2000 The Rocks, Australia

Contact:

tel: 8274 7777
fax: 9240 1122
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Parliament House

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Location:

6 Macquarie Street
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9230 2111
fax: +61 2 9230 2876
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Avalon Beach

Location:

Avalon Beach
2107 Avalon, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9977 1088
fax: +61 2 9970 1200
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Bilgola Beach

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Location:

Barrenjoey Road
Bilgola
2107 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9977 1088
fax: +61 2 9970 1200(Tourist Information)
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Blues Point Reserve

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Location:

Blues Point Road
McMahons Point
2060 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9255 1788
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Aria Restaurant

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Location:

No. 1 Macquarie St
East Circular Quay
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9252 2555
fax: 61 2 9252 2666
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Day 2 - Camden, Sydney


Get out early in the morning for a hot-air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft, which offers a breakfast ride -- a peaceful way to start your day off with an unparalleled view of the beautiful countryside surrounding Sydney. Southwest of the city are some great places for a long hike, like the Royal National Park, which has miles of hikes through the forest and lots of sand to lay on and surf off of. There's also some wineries that are fun to visit. The Gledswood Homestead and Winery has an interesting historical touch, and there are a number of sustainable wineries in the area such as the biodynamic Krinklewood Wines. If you're still hungry after snacking at wineries, go eat at a local favorite, Bodega, known for the best tapas in town.


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Balloon Aloft

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Location:

Camden Airport, Macquarie Grove Rd
2570 Camden, Australia

Contact:

tel: Toll Free: 1800 028 568
fax: +61 2 4655 5757
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Royal National Park

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Location:

Farnell Avenue
Audley Heights
2232 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9542 0648
fax: 61 2 9542 1420
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Gledswood Homestead and Winery

Location:

900 Camden Valley Way
Catherine Field
2171 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9606 5111
fax: +61 2 9606 5897
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Day 3 - Sydney


Get into the water to see the harbor from a different angle with Natural Wanders, a small-scale kayak tour that runs along several shores in the harbor. There are two harbor tours, one for beginning kayakers and a longer tour for more experienced ones. After you've relaxed a bit and gotten cleaned off after, take a walk around downtown to see some of the on-land sights. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is such a popular destination for a reason - surrounded by lovely gardens, there's an extensive and unusual art collection here, as well as movies and a library - and the whole thing's free. Don't linger too long, though, since there's more to see! Also in the city center is St. Mary's Cathedral, the largest church in Australia, which is quite architecturally impressive. The Hordern House building is in itself a historical artifact, but it is also full of some fascinating rare books and other printed materials. Another impressive print collection is in the State Library, which is in a beautiful old sandstone building near the Botanic Gardens. If you need to unwind after your active day before dinner, stop into the Ginseng Bath House, where saunas, baths, and massages will erase any stress you may have. Then, you can enjoy the best sustainable produce at Becasse, which also happens to be one of Sydney's best restaurants. Try the seven course dinner degustation menu.


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Natural Wanders

Location:

45 Wharf Road
Forestville
2041 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9899 1001
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Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Location:

Art Gallery Road
The Domain
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9225 1744 / +1 800 67 9278 (Toll free)
fax: +61 2 9221 6226
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Australian Museum

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Location:

6 College St
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9320 6000
fax: +61 (0)2 9320 6068
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St Mary's Cathedral

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Location:

St Mary's Road
College and Cathedral sts
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9220 0400
fax: 61 2 9223 5208
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Hordern House

Location:

77 Castlereagh St
Potts Point
2011 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9356 4411
fax: +61 (0)2 9357 3635
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State Library of New South Wales

Location:

Macquarie Street
Macquarie St
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9273 1414
fax: +61 2 9273 1255
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Ginseng Bath House

Location:

Level One, 111 Darlinghurst Road
The Crest Hotel, Kings Cross
2011 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9356 6680
fax: +61 2 9356 2348
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Becasse

Location:

204 Clarence Street
Between Market and Druitt Streets
2000 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9283 3440
fax: 61 2 9283 3441
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Day 4 - Sydney


When the weather's nice, everyone in the city goes out in Centennial Park, and you should too. With parks, ponds, birdlife, and some interesting decorative structures, this is a lovely place for a morning stroll. As a midday activity, you can explore the Blue Mountains and their canyons with a knowledgeable guide who can explain a ton about the flora and fauna in the area. There are beautiful streams and waterfalls that you'll come across while hiking through the rainforest, and the friendly guides are always careful to not disturb the natural landscape. To relax after on your last afternoon in Sydney, head to Bondi Beach, right in the city and one of its more recognizable spots. It's great for swimming, surfing, and people-watching, not to mention a great vantage point to enjoy the sunset. When you get hungry, head over to Billy Kwong, where Kylie Wong sources solely sustainable and ethical seafood and other products. With such a strong focus on reducing their ecological footprint, you can truly enjoy the delicious, seasonal Asian cuisine.


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Centennial Park

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Location:

Between Oxford St & Alison Rd
Paddington
2021 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9339 6699
fax: +61 (0)2 9332 2148
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Wildframe Ecotours

Location:

12 Leverton Close
St. Ives
2032 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 2 9314 0658
fax: +61 2 9344 5691
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Bondi Beach

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Location:

Bondi Beach
2026 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: +61 (0)2 9130 5311
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Billy Kwong

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Location:

355 Crown Street
Surry Hills
2010 Sydney, Australia

Contact:

tel: 61 2 9332 3300


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