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City of Romance

Destination(s): Sydney

A couple of days for couples - a lovely old-fashioned B&B, along with the top sites of Sydney, capped with dinner in a spectacular revolving resturant. The next day, ghost your way across town in a hot-air baloon, before eating at one of Sydney's finest Vietnamese resturants. read more about City of Romance

Simpson's of Potts Point

Simpson's of Potts Point

  • 8 Challis Avenue
  • Potts Point
  • tel:61 2 9356 2199
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2011
Bills 2

Bills 2

  • 359 Crown Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9360 4762
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2010

The eponymous Bill is a well known cooking writer in Australia, known for his casual style, and mastery of al-fresco dining. Bills 1 is nearby, in Darlinghurst and is well known for breakfasts, and it is worth seeking out too. Bills 2 is a little more expensive than the average café, but then the food has a little more effort put into it too… Regulars swear by the signature ricotta hotcakes and corn fritters, not to mention the creamiest scrambled eggs in Sydney. This is a great spot to people watch – in the heart of bohemian/trendy Crown Street - and eat Sydney's most celebrated breakfast. read more about Bills 2

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Cumberland St
  • (or Milsons Point on the north shore)
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Building the Harbour Bridge was a big deal back in the 20s and 30s, when it was being planned - half of Sydney's oldest and most historic area, the Rocks, had to be bulldozed, and that was just a start. Sydney needed its bridge: up til then it had gotten by with the dozens of ferries to-ing and fro-ing from the populous northside over to Sydney proper. And what a bridge it got, the spectacular 'Coat Hanger' (as the locals know it), as seen on a billion postcards.

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Thanh Binh

Thanh Binh

  • 52a John Street
  • Cabramatta
  • tel:61 2 9727 9729
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2166

Owner Angie Honh was one of the first restaurateurs to venture from noodle soup to offering a full Vietnamese menu. Habitually busy, especially on weekends, people come from all over the city to sample these dishes. The staff is friendly and the service excellent. The menu includes Barbecue Beef with Vermicelli, Prawn Salad, and Fried Pancake, and some French-style dishes such as Frog's Legs and Quails. read more about Thanh Binh

Summit Restaurant (The)

Summit Restaurant (The)

  • 264 George Street
  • Level 47, Australia Square
  • tel:61 2 9247 9777
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  • Sydney, 2000
Balloon Aloft

Balloon Aloft

  • Camden Airport, Macquarie Grove Rd
  • tel:Toll Free: 1800 028 568
  • Visit website
  • Camden, 2570

Hot air ballooning. Nothing compares to it. The eerie silence, the pre-dawn murkiness, the increasing altitude, the awakening day, the privileged perspective, and the sense of earthly release. An hour's drive west of Sydney, before the undulating hills grow steep and turn 'blue', the weekend sky can be littered with giant, elongated spheres of colour seemingly suspended in the crisp country air.
You need to get to Camden airport, or be picked up at your city hotel. Either way it's an early start. Before dawn. Tea and coffee. Depending on your lung capacity, you can help with the inflating or stand back and be carried away to another world.
You're aloft for about an hour or so, reaching 1,500 feet. On clear mornings, you might be the first person to see the sun hit the continent. Then as  day breaks, the landscape emerges; Blue Mountains to the west, rolling rural pasture beneath, and looking east, fringes of Sydney and even outlines of the city's skyline.
On coming back down to earth, breakfast is served. It's amazing what adrenaline does to your appetite. Offers of optional champagne are often taken up, even by non-drinkers. Hot air ballooning. Nothing compares to it. read more about Balloon Aloft

Bodhi Restaurant

Bodhi Restaurant

  • 2-4 College St
  • Lower Level Cook and Phillip Park
  • tel:61 2 9360 2523
  • Sydney, 2000

Bodhi Resturant is the big sister of Bodhi café (which is to be found underneath Central Station). This is certainly a case of big-sister being cooler – Bodhi Resturant is a truly wonderful find, having a great menu and an even better location. The majority of the seating is outside, underneath shade canopies and while dinner is served, and is very good, yum cha is really the thing here, with friendly wait-staff bearing all kinds of tasty looking delicacies table to table. "Bring your own" wine, and there is a bar that does cocktails and beer. read more about Bodhi Restaurant

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Mrs Macquarie's Road
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9231 8111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Blues Point Reserve

Blues Point Reserve

  • Corner Blues Point Road and Henry Lawson Drive
  • McMahons Point
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Visit website
  • Sydney