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Favorite Kid-Friendly Activities in Sydney
Written by Michelle Duffy of Wandermom.com for Ciao Bambino.
Sydney is a truly enjoyable place to visit. From the sweeping views of the famous harbor with the iconic Opera House on show to the many great restaurants, a long list of fun family activities and—my favorite—varied and excellent beaches. There is something for everyone in your family.
Although Sydney may seem too far away, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to take a direct flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Flights leave late at night and, both times I've been to Australia, this meant that my children slept for most of the flight and didn't suffer too much with jet-lag.
Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.
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Top 10 Restaurants in New Zealand
Use our top 10 restaurant guide in New Zealand to find the most delectable fare on this beautiful island nation. Dux de Lux hosts live jazz bands on the weekends and the restaurant brews their very own award-winning beer. The food is excellent with a wide variety of choices available on the menu at reasonable prices. Tiffany's Restaurant is one dining stop you'll want to make so you can sample the very best in local Canterbury produce. Housed in a romantic Tudor-style building on the banks of the Avon River, this is the place to get the best lamb and beef dishes in the country. Sign of the Takahe is housed in a magnificent castle-type building that is listed as a national landmark. Excellent views of the nearby town of Christchurch and candlelit tables make this one of the most romantic dinner destinations in New Zealand, so make sure that you dress for the occasion. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in New Zealand... Read More
Traipse around the trendier suburbs of Sydney, from beautiful Palm Beach to Bondi. Day one tours the inner city's bohemian enclaves, day two heads North of the Harbour, while day three is spent checking out Sydney's exclusive Eastern suburbs. read more about Fashionable Sydney... Read More
Top 10 Animal Lover Activities in Perth
Perth is an ideal destination for animal lovers, with great weather lending itself to outdoor experiences. Perth has a unique range of wildlife and other animal experiences suited to travelers - whether you want to swim with the dolphins, feed a kangaroo or cuddle a wombat, you can do it all in Perth. read more about Top 10 Animal Lover Activities in Perth... Read More
Top 10 Restaurants in Australia
Barbequed meat is an Australian obsession. However, most modern Australian cuisine is a product of the diverse immigrants who have settled there – a mix of British, Mediterranean, and Asian traditions, often using local seafood and livestock (once imported, raising livestock now represents a flourishing Australian industry). Drawing on the Australian restaurant scene’s natural cosmopolitanism, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best restaurants in Australia: Jolleys Boathouse, for modern Australian food and South Australian wine by the riverside in Adelaide; the Hairy Canary, for Mediterranean-style grub and drinks in Melbourne; Rockpool, for fresh fish, seafood, and fine dining in Sydney; Longrain, for Thai cooking, communal tables, and modern decor in Sydney and Melbourne; The Wharf Restaurant, for international food and great views of Sydney, including the famous Opera House; Jackson’s Restaurant, for eclectic fine dining in Perth; and Jasmin Indian Resturant, for north Indian-style food and an elegant setting in Adelaide. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in Australia... Read More
Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand
Experience the best this sunny island has to offer with our top 10 things-to-do list while in New Zealand. See the unique species of wildlife of this country and more at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. It's open for extended hours most days so visitors can oberve wildlife in nocturnal as well as daily animal behavior. This is the one place where you're certain to see a Kiwi on your trip to New Zealand. A Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queensland will introduce you to this 8th Natural Wonder of the World. You'll be transported there in a luxury coach with panoramic windows - the perfect way to experience this majestic Fiordland that was concieved by glaciers during the last ice age. If you're feeling adventurous, try your hand at the Queenstown Triple Challenge. You'll be whisked across the water at breakneck speed in a jet boat, flown across Skipper's Canyon in a helicopter, and take a white-water rafting trip from Deep Creek to the Cascade rapid. An adventure you're sure to remember for a lifetime. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand... Read More
Guide to Perth Parks
Perth is a very green city, with parks scattered both throughout the city centre and suburbs. This guide gives the inside story on some of the best parks in the most accessible places, where you can go for a leisurely walk, throw a frisbee around, have a barbecue, or lie on the grass and read a book - all of which are perfect ways to spend a Perth day. read more about Guide to Perth Parks... Read More
Top Ten Fun Restaurants in Queensland
The most entertaining dining experiences in Queensland are international by nature, although they appeal equally to crowds to locals and tourists. They each bring something specific form a different culture on Aussie grounds, so you can take advantage of all their generous culinary offerings and great specific atmosphere during your trip to Queensland. Start with the heart warming and charming atmosphere of the truly British Pig 'N' Whistle Pub, where they organize live music and trivia nights for all those interested in taking part. Another great culinary cultural ride is the one at the Sushi Station where, although the atmosphere is not as cosy at the British pub, it sure is entertaining! You get to sit in front of a rotating track with sushi dishes and pick out whichever you want, while a busy chef sitting in the middle keeps the goodies coming. However, if you are interested in a full evening of local entertainment and great food, make sure you get a reservation at Groucho's Theatre Restaurant and have dinner with a show. read more about Top Ten Fun Restaurants in Queensland... Read More
A Weekend Off the Beaten Path in Perth
Spend a weekend enjoying Perth the way the locals do - eat breakfast overlooking the ocean, take a walk in the wilderness, enjoy a coffee in Mount Lawley and a movie in Leederville, and take in some contemporary art in Northbridge. read more about A Weekend Off the Beaten Path in Perth... Read More
Top Ten Hotels in Queensland
Hotel standards in Queensland hold themselves pretty high, so expect to be treated extremely well and be welcomed in luxurious settings with alluring and comfortable features. The Quay West Suites is one of your most glamorous choices, with excellent location and great standards for the spa area, which includes a pool, jacuzzi and sauna. If you are mosre interested in location, then the Novotel in Brisbane is your best pick: it is designed in a contemporary style for you to feel part of the urban crowds, and located right in the middle of the shopping district, where all the action happens. Another excellent choice for fashion and design conscious people is Emporium Hotel, the only design hotel in the area, which guarantees an unforgettable experience just through its atmosphere - not to mention the top class service and facilities. read more about Top Ten Hotels in Queensland... Read More