SYDNEY TOUR: DAY 3
Get up early and visit the Sydney Fish Market (open at 7 a.m.) at Blackwattle Bay. Check out the retail stalls burgeoning with fresh Sydney seafood. The easiest way to get to the Fish Markets is by taxi if you're staying in the heart of the city (about $20). Alternatively, you can walk to Darling Harbour (15-20 minutes), enjoy breakfast at one of the many outdoor cafés as boats, ferries and people pass by, and then take a cab to the fish markets from the northern end of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (about $10). A stroll through the Harbourside Shopping Centre on the way should provide some good retail therapy for those with a desire to spend a little bit more money.
For visitors who arrive at the Fish Markets around lunchtime there are plenty of cafés, sushi bars and restaurants from which to choose, and of course an ocean of fresh fish and seafood to enjoy.
On your journey, get off at Cross Street, Double Bay (Stop 6) and enjoy a morning coffee and rub shoulders with some of Sydney's rich and famous. Make your next stop Rose Bay (Stop 7) for a leisurely seafood lunch at Pier Restaurant or continue on to Catalina at Rose Bay (Stop 10). From here you can walk to The Gap at South Head, offering cliff-top walkways and endless views of the Pacific Ocean. If all this bus riding has you in need of a refreshing swim, take a dip at Watsons Bay saltwater pool — or strip off totally at nearby Lady Jane — Sydney's only nude beach. For the less adventurous, a light lunch outdoors at the Watsons Bay Tea Gardens (8 Marine Parade), or an indulgent seafood lunch at Doyles on the Beach at 11 Marine Parade, may be more to your liking. Or you can continue to Australia 's most internationally recognized beach, Bondi (Stop 12), for some celebrity spotting along Campbell Parade before lunch at Sean's Panorama (270 Campbell Parade).
After lunch, board the bus again to Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (stop 17). Walk back down Oxford Street towards Paddington, the only intact Victorian suburb in the world; turn left at Glenmore Road, a chic fashion street where Hollywood stars are often seen when they're in town snapping up the latest Australian designer-wear. Follow Glenmore Road to Five Ways in the heart of Paddington to see the rows of terrace houses with their cast iron "lace" balconies in the shady, tree-lined streets. And then head back to Oxford Street via Heeley and Underwood Streets.
Tonight, you'll dine at one of Sydney's finest restaurants — offering views to match its superb cuisine and wines. Choose from Quay, Guillaume at Bennelong, Aria, Café Sydney or Wildfire — all situated around Circular Quay — for a memorable finale to your stay in Sydney. Darling Harbour's Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf are also hot night spots whose fine dining and casual restaurants include Nick's Seafood and I-Thai.
And there you have it. You've seen the best — and most diverse — of fair Sydney. Come back soon!For more information, visit Business Events Sydney (www.scvb.com.au) or Tourism New South Wales (www.visitnsw.com).
* Sydney Fish Market image courtesy of Sydney Fish Market
(Updated: 10/21/11 SG)