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{Video} A Tour of Sydney, Australia

Here is my guided tour of one of the world’s most stunning cities – Sydney, Australia.Β It’s the largest, and prettiest, artificial eye-candy that Australia has to offer. While the natural beauty of the northern beaches of Australia are what really make this country famous, the stunning Sydney harbour, complete with its extravagant architecture lining the magnificent water that streams throughout the neighbourhoods full of multi-million-dollar waterfront homes, really set Sydney as a town of glamour.

In this tour, I gloss over just some of the major spots in Sydney, such as Bondi Beach, The Ivy, Darling Harbour, and The Rocks.

LG x

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    The Overland Track
    April 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi,

    Nice sharing, we are planning to visit Australia in next month. Our first trip will be to Cradle Mountain, we are still looking for guided tour operator who can arrange our trip and provide accommodation in natural surroundings.

    After finishing our trip to Cradle mountain we will come to see Sydney as we dont want miss it out. If you have any idea about tour operator for guided tours then please reply back to me.

    Cheers,
    Brenda.

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      Lynn Gilmartin
      April 28, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Hi Brenda! Thanks for checking out my blog πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I have never been to Cradle Mountain so I don’t have any personal recommendations, however I do suggest that you choose three or four places of accommodation that you’re interested in, and send each of them an email (or call) asking them about the tour operators they deal with. Many hotels & tour operators work closely together and the tour operator will organise collection/drop off from your accommodation. You could also do this the reverse way by contacting tour companies, such as http://www.cradlemountaincanyons.com.au/ and asking them what hotels they recommend to suit your requests. Speaking with the locals who work in these areas are by far your best source of information.

      In terms of accommodation, after doing some searching I found an informative post from a local on TripAdvisor that might (hopefully) be helpful for you. Big credits to Trip Advisor member β€œRob T” from Sheffield, Australia for this info:

      β€œMy preference is always Cradle Mt Lodge, I just love the large open lounge after a day out on the walks, a good stiff drink or a hot coffee or chocolate, it’s closer to the park for walking, and has 3 small walks within a couple of minutes walk of the lodge, King Bill/Forest, Enchanted Nature and Pencil Pine/Falls. Pencil and Enchanted are about 20 minutes, King Billy has a steeper track and can take 40 minutes +.

      The Chateau, Highlanders, Wilderness Village and Discovery all have their own price range and facilities and all have very good accommodation. Also when you look at accommodation places for Cradle Mountain, you will note 2 other accommodation places, Chalet and Lemonthyme, both very nice, but both are a good 20+ minute drive from the park. Although, Lemonthyme has very good food if you’re looking for a different restaurant, but it’s a bit of a journey to get there.

      I have attached some photos in Tripwow; I took most of them last winter, and a couple in previous winters. And yes I think the ones last year were in late June, so you better, be prepared. Copy and paste the link below. And when the slides are showing click on the photo to enlarge and stop it, then re-click to see the rest of the photos.

      http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-04c4-fb76-3a77

      If you stay at the lodge, try to get the Lakeside Cabins, there’s a shot of them in my photos, and the cabins and lake are right next to the main Lodge. The restaurant at the lodge has great food, would not bother eating at their tavern unless desperate for a bite. The restaurant also has a great wine cellar, and when staying at the Lodge breakfast is usually included, it’s not bad.

      Careful driving at night, especially dusk and dawn, lots of wildlife on or near the roads.

      I would go through Chudleigh and Mole Creek/Trowunna on your way to Launceston, then to the Cataract Gorge, and then your late flight to Melbourne. Have a leatherwood ice cream for me if you go to the Chudleigh Honey Farm, they’re my favourite. I would not recommend trying to see all these things on the way up from Hobart.

      If you do get time to see the caves at Mole Creek, I’ve been in both caves. I would recommend the Marakoopa Cave.

      The devils after dark experience would be great, but they might scare your little girl. They do make the most incredible screeching sound when feeding, or should I say arguments of the food.

      Just one WARNING, walks like Lake Lilla and even Dove Lake circuit, even without snow can be very icy in June. We did the Dove Lake walk in June with no snow in the anti-clockwise direction, going down the hill part of the track towards the Ballroom Forest, the track down the hill was solid ice, very very slippery, it took us a good 20+ minutes just to get down this small section. If it’s very wintery, I would not even think about walking to Lake Lilla or around Dove Lake.”

      (you can see the full thread here: http://bit.ly/IJZJYI)

      Lastly, I really like the hop on/hop off tours around big cities such as Sydney, as you can personalise the tour for yourself. Check out http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/australia/sydney.htm. The Sydney Ferry is also a great way to get around if you want to navigate your own tour with a map – the best way to travel in Sydney is on the water, it’s such a gorgeous city. Check out http://www.sydneyferries.info/ for more info.

      I hope that helps, and good luck with your trip!

      LG x

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