Sydney is a city teeming with attractions and tours, start your journey at Circular Quay with the Sydney Opera House and unforgettable views of the World Heritage-listed building beside Sydney Harbour, with it’s sparkling blue harbour, a great waterway for sailing and cruising.
Sydney the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and sprawls about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north and Macarthur to the south. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as Sydneysiders. As of June 2017 Sydney’s estimated population was 5,131,326.
The city is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city’s landmarks.
Stroll to the western side of the quay for The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, where cobbled laneways of the convict colony remain. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in The Rocks walking tours. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney. In Darling Harbour meet penguins and sharks at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and get up close to koalas and a giant saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Amble across to Pyrmont for blockbuster shows at Sydney Lyric in The Star and the freshest seafood at Sydney Fish Market.
Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities.
We visit the many world famous sites such as the Sydney Opera House, the Rocks area, we sample some local cuisine such as the famous Chicken Parm which is a favorite of our Irish contestants Sarah + Aaron, we visit the famous Sydney Fish Market, we learn about Indigenous cuisine from the head Chef at 12-Micron Restaurant, we learn about Aussie Rules Football from Colin O’Riordan, who hails from Co. Tipperary and now a member of the Sydney Swans Aussie Rules Football Team. And we learn about Australia’s wildlife at Taronga Zoo.
The Rocks Walking Tours
Join Sydney’s Original Walking Tour, established 1978, as our professional guides take you on a 90 minute leisurely walk through Sydney’s colonial district, The Rocks. Hear the story of Sydney’s convict past as you stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney’s oldest cottage built 1816, Campbell’s Cove and the hidden Foundation Park. Wander down hidden alleyways, into shady courtyards, along cobbled laneways as you hear the story of Australia’s first British settlement. Be amazed with stories of The First Fleet 1788, Nurses Walk, The Rum Rebellion 1808, the Argyle Cut 1840, Suez Canal, the plague 1900, the Harbour Bridge 1920’s, the diabolical 1970’s plan to demolish The Rocks and the Green Bans that saved it. And of Course the characters and rogues who called it home.
Today The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney, dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings.
- The shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove
- Harbour views of Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge
- Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney CBD’s oldest surviving cottage built in 1816
- Campbell’s Cove; is a beautiful, intimate cove offering fantastic views of Sydney Opera House,
- Harbour Bridge and Campbell’s Cove wharves
- Awe inspiring Argyle Cut; was begun with convict labour in 1843
- Within The Rocks historic precinct we will wander through George Street, Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Rocks Square, Playfair Street, Foundation Park, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk and much more!
Contact Person: Michael Collins (Tour Guide)
Phone No: 0419 578 678 or +61 419 578 678
The Erko Hotel (Erskineville Hotel)
The Erskineville Hotel, or the Erko as it is affectionately called by the locals, is a hearty pub right in the centre of Erskineville, Sydney. It’s hard to shake the classic pub feel the Erko, there’s a wide variety of craft beers from local brewers that sit on the taps alongside your staple Aussie beers like Carlton, Victoria Bitter & Resch’s. The food does not deny it’s roots; it stays true to the classic pub menu but adds a signature touch to it. The Erko won TimeOut’s Sydney’s ‘Pub Food of the Year’ Award in 2017, and it’s not hard to see why. Schnitzels & Rump steaks that are as delicious as they are mouth-watering, the Cheeseburger Quesedilla is an immediate winner to any yet to try it & daily specials from the Erko’s Smoker Menu. But other than that, there is an undeniable friendly vibe and atmosphere that never wavers. Family & Dog friendly, the Erko proudly welcomes locals and visitors alike. At the Erko, it’s everyone’s pub and there’s no denying it.
Catherine + the Irish contestants tasted the following:
Whether you call it Parmi or Parma, there’s no running from the Erko’s most popular item on the menu. It’s not hard to see why the Erko’s Chicken Parma is so well known. The 300g crumbed chicken fillet is not only topped with a delicious layer of tomato sugo & cheese, but also features a layer of smoked pulled pork. Unlike any Parma you’ve yet to try, the Erko’s is not one to miss when in Sydney.
Contact Person: Nick Cerone
Phone No: +61 2 9565 1608
Address: 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville,NSW 2043
Executive Chef Justin Wise (The Press Club, The Point Albert Park) sources predominantly Australian ingredients from a range of producers and a collective of foragers to create a refined but still relaxed menu inspired by the earth, ocean, land and air.
Catherine + the Irish contestant’s tasted the following:
Wallaby carpaccio, rosella and raspberry sorbet, chocolate oil.
The wallaby lion are sealed and rubbed with native Tasmanian pepper berry, mountain pepper and aniseed myrtle
Garnish with confit rosella petals, bronze fennel and sorrel
And a quenelle of rosella and raspberry sorbet
Dressed with Chocolate oil
Tuna tartare, beetroot, dashi, rainforest lime (Mixed together)
Diced albacore tuna, pickled beetroots, pickled shallots and rainforest lime dressing.
When assembled- garnished with beetroot gel, sea urchin and dashi mayonnaise, native furakaki, beetroot powder, shaved golden beetroots.
Pineapple, smoked maple, coconut cloud and aniseed Myrtle
Diced pineapple infused with smoked maple syrup, coconut sago – both encased in a black and white cocoa shell, frozen aniseed myrtle and coconut clouds, black and whit isomalt shards, pineapple gel. Plate blown with black shimmer powder.
Contact Person: Justin Wise
Phone No: +61 2 8322 2075
Address: Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings.
In 1956 the New South Wales Premier, The Hon. Joe Cahill, announced an international competition for the design of an opera house for Sydney which attracted more than 200 entries from around the world. After having won a number of smaller architectural competitions, Utzon submitted his vision for the Sydney Opera House.
The architect of Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon was a relatively unknown 38 year old Dane in January 1957 when his entry was announced winner of the international competition to design a ‘national opera house’ for Sydney’s Bennelong Point. His vision for a sculptural, curved building on the Harbour broke radically with the cube and rectangular shapes of modernist architecture. The building transformed his career and, in turn, transformed the image of an entire nation.
Jørn Utzon was born on April 9, 1918 in Copenhagen. He grew up in the town of Aalborg, where his father was a naval architect, engineer and director of the local shipyard. A keen sailor, Utzon originally intended to follow his father as a naval engineer, but opted to study architecture at the Copenhagen Royal Academy of Arts. After graduating in 1942 with a Diploma in Architecture, he worked in Sweden until the end of World War II.
Fusing ancient and modernist influences, and built on a site sacred to the local Gadigal people for thousands of years, the sculptural elegance of the Sydney Opera House has made it one of the most recognisable buildings of the twentieth century, synonymous with inspiration and imagination.
Today it is Australia’s number one tourist destination, welcoming more than 8.2 million visitors a year and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres, presenting more than 2000 shows 363 days a year for more than 1.5 million people, from the work of the seven flagship arts companies to which it is home to First Nations’ arts and culture, talks and ideas, theatre and dance and the superstars of classical and contemporary music.
But while the tale of the Opera House is one of breathtaking triumph, it is also one of personal cost. The building’s design was inspired – entirely unlike anything that had been seen before. Pressures piled upon its architect, Jørn Utzon, who left Australia midway through construction, never to return to see the building completed. Nevertheless, Utzon’s masterpiece would define his career, and redefine the image of Australia both to itself and the world. https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Catherine’s + the Irish contestants Tour
1) Concert Hall.
2) Concert Hall Northern Foyer.
3) Joan Sutherland Theatre –
Contact Person: Danielle Edwards, Communications Specialist
Phone No: T +61 2 9250 7209 / M +61 418 417 241
Address: Bennelong Point, GPO Box 4274 Sydney, NSW 2001
Situated right by the waters edge, Opera Bar is often described as the best beer garden in the world. Be swept away by the panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD and beautiful Harbour. Whether it’s breakfast, a lazy lunch, a pre show dinner date or simply a cocktail; Opera Bar is truly perfect for any occasion.
Curated by the renowned Chef Matt Moran, our menu offers a wide range of options, appealing to all palates. Enjoy weekend breakfast; watch as chefs shuck fresh oysters at our Raw Bar; indulge in locally sourced cheeses and meats sliced to order in our Meat & Cheese Room; or simply choose a meal off our All Day Menu. Opera Bar also has live entertainment daily.
Inspired by fresh seasonal produce, Opera Bar’s cocktail list is updated quarterly to ensure that your taste buds are constantly tantalized. Why not try our Sydney Sling No. 2: four pillars gin, st germain elderflower, mint, lime, ps smoked lemonade, topped with bitters. Our wine list boasts grapes from all over the world, and if beer is your preference, you can’t go past our very own Opera Bar Pale Ale.
Catherine + the Irish contestant’s tasted the following:
- Charcuterie – selection of three cured meats, preserved vegetables, mustard, sourdough
- Drink – the bar’s Signature Drink. Sydney Sling No.2: four pillars gin, st germain elderflower, mint, lime, ps smoked lemonade, bitters
Contact Person: Sammy McPherson
Phone No: +61 2 9247 1666
Address: Opera Bar, Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House
Maroubra Beach / Maroubra Coastal Cliff Walk
The word ‘Maroubra’ comes from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘like thunder’ – an apt description of the sound of the waves pounding on the shoreline. These waves have made Maroubra one of the most popular surfing locations in Sydney and Australia’s second only National Surfing Reserve. The beach is serviced by two surf life saving clubs, and is patrolled all year by Randwick City lifeguards. Volunteer lifesavers patrol the beach on weekends and school holidays during daylight saving months.
Maroubra Beach is popular with visitors given its easy access and large kilometre-long expanse of sand.
There’s lots to do at the beach with a free outdoor gym, a skate park and a large kids playground. Free BBQs are located in the central part of the beach and towards the south of the beach near South Maroubra Surf Club. There are outdoor showers, a large changeroom and toilet and lighting.
There is also a cafe/kiosk area at the centre of the beach and more restaurants and cafes are located in Marine Parade directly opposite the beach.
There is free parking surrounding the beach, including a car park adjacent to the main beach, a car park north of the beach at Jack Vanny Reserve and a car park at South Maroubra Beach.
The beach is patrolled year round by Randwick City Council Lifeguards and is serviced by two surf life saving clubs during daylight saving months.
Maroubra Coastal Cliff Walk
Starts at the beach and you walk towards the Cliffs, which takes about 5mins. The Coastal Walk from Maroubra can take you towards Clovelly Beach, Gordan’s Bay, Coogee Beach + Bondi Beach.
Contact Person: Nerida Ayshford, (Randwick City Council)
Phone No: T +61 2 9250 7209 / M +61 418 417 241
Sydney Fish Market
Sydney Fish Market ( SFM ) as a tourist attraction is a feast for the eyes – from the fishing fleet outside to the most extraordinary seafood on display in the market halls, there is quite a lot to take in that you wouldn’t normally see on an ordinary day. Plus, you can combine a visit to the Fish Market with a stroll along the beautifully restored harbour foreshore towards Balmain.
SFM is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 13,500 tonnes of seafood annually – with up to one hundred sustainable seafood species traded every day and approximately 500 species traded annually. SFM employs approximately 65 staff to organise the weekday wholesale auction, promote Sydney Fish Market as the centre of seafood excellence and operate the Sydney Seafood School.
Since opening in 1989, Sydney Seafood School has played an important part in persuading Sydney residents to eat more fish. The School is considered to be one of Australia’s leading cooking schools. Over 12,000 people come to classes each year. Visit the SSS pages for more information or to book a class.
Until 1945, the marketing of fish in New South Wales was conducted by licensed fish agents operating out of Haymarket fish market, or by unlicensed operators elsewhere in the state. Two years later in 1966, SFM moved from the Haymarket area of Sydney to its current location at Blackwattle Bay, Pyrmont. In those days, fish were sold using the labour intensive, traditional ‘voice’ auction system. This system saw buyers assemble outside the sales bay fence, where inside an assistant would hold up samples of fish from each box for buyers to bid until the highest price was reached.
SFM introduced a computerised Dutch auction in October 1989, dramatically evolving the way fish was to be sold. Modelled on the ‘reverse’ auction system, which has been used for over 130 years to sell tulips in Amsterdam, SFM’s auctioneers set the price approximately $3 higher than the assumed market price. The clock then winds down at a rate of $1 per revolution and the price drops until a buyer stops the clock by pressing a button. The successful buyer then selects a number of crates from the ‘lot’. In February 2004, state-of-the-art digital video projectors were installed to enhance the auction clocks. These large screens face toward around 150 to 200 buyers each day.
Through this reverse auction system, SFM can now offer buyers the fastest and most efficient method of trading seafood, whilst still ensuring the best possible price in open competition. Approximately 1,000 crates or 20,000 kg of seafood are sold every hour during SFM auctions. That’s an average of 2,700 crates, or 50 tonnes of fresh seafood, traded every day.
In 1989 SFM established Sydney Seafood School. The School now attracts 12,000 participants a year and hosts an enviable list of Australia’s finest guest chefs. In 2001, SFM launched its innovative new online-based seafood trading system, SFMlive that operates in addition to the Dutch auction. SFMlive now provides traders with advanced facilities for direct online seafood sales including wild harvest, aquaculture and frozen products, taking fish trading to a new level. https://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au