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Destination(s): Sydney

Green Point Reserve

Green Point Reserve

  • Pacific Street
  • Watsons Bay
  • tel:+61 2 4921 0740
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  • Sydney, 2229
Establishment Hotel

Establishment Hotel

  • 5 Bridge Lane Sydney 2000
  • Off George St., near Wynyard CityRail Station
  • tel:61 2 9240 3110
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  • Sydney, 2000

In a city spoiled for 5-star choice, it takes a boutique newcomer to define that something different, to distinguish it above, or separate to, the rest in its premium price range.
The ubiquitous Merivale Group has a host of fine bars, pubs and restaurants across the city. And this is the boutique hotel that sits above the bar of the same name, right in the heart of Sydney's business district. The 31 elegantly appointed rooms (including two penthouse suites) are open plan, larger than you'd expect, full of designer touches, and are so hip (yet somehow intimate) they almost hurt. Even the bathrooms are bigger than the average hotel suite. An equally sleek and sharp private gym is also available.
When you can tear yourself away from the accommodation, downstairs is the Establishment bar, a haven for big city types and pretty young things. In this same building is the highly esteemed sushi e restaurant, which is tucked behind the chic cocktail lounge Hemmesphere on Establishment's fourth floor. For fine dining, there is est. (yes, the period is part of the brand, not the completion of a sentence), the only restaurant in town to have maintained three hats in the SMH Good Food Guide Awards every year since opening. You could spend a long weekend (or longer) here and never have cause to leave the building.
But if you felt obliged to, many of the city's prime CBD attractions are all just a short walk away; north to The Rocks, Circular Quay and Opera House; west to King St Wharf and Darling Harbor; east to the Botanical Gardens and Domain; south to all the designer shopping a credit card could handle.
No wonder the Establishment is a Condé Nast Traveler winner several times over. Quite simply, it's up there with the best of the best of Sydney hotels. read more about Establishment Hotel

Hopetoun Hotel

Hopetoun Hotel

  • 416 Bourke Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9361 5257
  • Sydney, 2010
Day Trips to Asia

Day Trips to Asia

  • Cabramatta
  • tel:+61 2 9437 4362
  • Sydney, 2166
Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

  • Off 2 Macquarie Street
  • (Circular Quay)
  • tel:61 2 9250 7111
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  • Sydney, 2000

Few cities have such an iconic building as Sydney's Opera House Sure, New York has the Empire State, Rome the Pantheon, Athens has the Acropolis, but for out and out modernity, mixed with breathtaking geography, those off-white billowing sails perched on Bennelong Point have to be one of the great studies of architecture in the 20th century.
Designed by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, after the NSW state government conducted a worldwide competition in the late 50s, the $10m original budget soon blew out to more than $100m when it finally opened in 1973. Utzon fell out with the political overseers of the day and quit the project, long before completion.
Though referred to as an opera house, it stages a host of different performance types, including, classical and pop concerts, drama, ballet, comedy, films, talks, and has an exhibition space.
Today it's the cities No 1 tourist draw card and probably the most photographed site in the country. Guided tours (in multiple languages) take you through the labyrinthine innards, including backstage glimpses of some of the theaters.
There are a host of fine eateries and outdoor bars along the forecourt. Twilight in summer, with the sun setting, the bridge in silhouette, and a cool cocktail in hand, is probably about as good as it gets in this lifetime. Seriously! read more about Sydney Opera House