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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Sydney you can see black cockatoo, Eastern spinebill, great crested grebes, spotted harrier and laughing kookaburras.
Did you know that down under bird watching is also known as “twitching”?
Great Crested Grebes by Alfred Schulte
Birding NSW (birdingnsw.org.au) is the site for native birds in Sydney and New South Wales.
The Sydney Bird Guide (http://blogs.ecology-solutions.com.au/bird-o/sydney-birding-guide/) is a good resource for birding sites, local species and reports.
The Centennial Parklands (centennialparklands.com.au/) offer bird watching tips and an environment where 140 species have been spotted.
Grape Experience – Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines.
This site gives you a broad brush description of wine areas and wineries (australia.com/about/australias-landscapes/australian-wineries).
Transportation: Check out this website for your public transit needs (cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/getting-around/public-transport)
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (sydney-australia.biz/business/)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
U.S. Embassy: (http://sydney.usconsulate.gov/) U.S. Consulate General Level 10, MLC Centre 19-29 Martin Place
Day One: After dropping your bags at your hotel our cousin suggests that your first stop should be Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour is referred to as the most beautiful natural harbor in the world. The hub of Sydney Harbour is Circular Quay, a ferry terminus situated at the bottom end of the central business district.
The best way of seeing the harbor is to be on it, and that’s easy to do on Sydney Ferries (sydneyferries.info), which are government run and provide an inexpensive way of seeing the harbor.
Another way of seeing the harbor is to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and go to the top of the Pylon Tower.
Climbing the stairs to the Pylon Lookout provides a walk-through history of the building of the Bridge. The history unfolds through life-sized models, replicas, artifacts, displays, pictures and archival footage.
Time for lunch at Quay – L: Tu-F, D: Nighlty, Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, 61 2 9251 5600
Start with the congee of mud crab with palm heart in an egg yolk emulsion. Enjoy a Lillet Blanc with this course.
Then we suggest the squab and abalone with greens, fresh jersey milk curd in an anchovy and seaweed broth.
Finally enjoy the veal with a bitter chocolate black pudding, slow cooked wallaby tail, salsify, smoked bone marrow and chestnut mushrooms.
The 2010 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay would be a nice match. For dessert stay with the cherries, chocolate, almonds and coconut.
While in this area it’s important to see The Sydney Opera House – Daily: 9-5, Bennelong Point, 61 2 9250 7111
Here you can follow a friendly guide inside this World Heritage masterpiece and discover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House which will be taking you underneath the world famous sails.
Next up on our to do list in Sydney is the nearby Royal Botanic Garden – Daily: 9 – 5:30, Mrs Macquaries Rd, 64 29 231 8111
The Royal Botanic Garden is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. It is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.
The formal grounds of garden displays, manicured lawns and larger scale shrub plantings complement the Government House – Daily: 10 – 4, Royal Botanic Gardens/Macquarie St, 61 2 9931 5222
The Government House is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales.
The ground floor State rooms have an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decoration.
The upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal family and visiting heads of State. Admission to Government House is free.
Dinner is at the famous Marque – L: F, D: M – Sa, 4/5 355 Crown St, 61 2 9332 2225
You could start with the Blue Swimmer crab with almond gazpacho, almond jelly, sweet corn and arugula or the smoked Eel with parmesan gnocchi and pumpkin.
Enjoy a glass or two of the 2012 Thick as Thieves “The Love Letter’ Sylvaner with either.
Then it’s the lacquered jumbo quail with turnips and rye or the Brown Mountain grouper with green tomato, verjus, potato paper, fish milk and roe.
The wine of choice here is the 2010 Picardy Pinot Noir. For dessert try the Jerusalem artichoke dates with buttermilk curd and whey caramel.
Day Two: Breakfast is a celebration at Bourke Street Bakery – B & L: Daily, 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills, 02 9699 1011
First there are lots of coffee and tea choices to go with your croissants, muffins, tarts, cookies and cakes. They also have several quiche choices and pies.
The first stop today is the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – Daily: 10-5, Th: till 9, 140 George Street,The Rocks, 61 2 9245 2400
The MCA has focused on building its collection with the acquisition of major works by Australian artists from the past ten years.
Work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, work by young Australian artists who have exhibited in the MCA’s annual Primavera exhibition and work for the MCA’s Contemporary Art Archive are included.
Since we are in The Rocks, let’s soak up the sites and discover its history and what’s going on now.
The Rocks became established shortly after the colony’s formation in 1788. From the earliest history of the settlement, the area had a reputation as a slum, often frequented by visiting sailors and prostitutes.
Today the Rocks is a partly gentrified area in a spectacular location.
Spending some time in the Rocks is a must-do Sydney experience. Here you will find art galleries, cruises, bike tours and much more.
A great place to have lunch today is Aria – L: M- F, D: Nightly, 1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, 02-9252-2555
Let’s start with a salad of pickled and baked beetroots with goat curd, radish and green apple.
Then the roasted rump of lamb with sugar loaf cabbage, sweetbreads, sorrel and salt bush or the glazed beef cheek with red onion choucroute, puffed rice and crisp eschallots.
I think that you will enjoy the 2010 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz with these selections.
Let’s check out the Australian National Martime Museum – Daily: 9:30 – 5, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 61 2 9298 3777
The Australian National Maritime Museum’s exhibitions are themed, ranging from indigenous lore and European seafaring to aquatic sport and the maritime defense of their shores.
Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre houses the Vaughan Evans Library, museum collection storage, boatbuilding workshops, the conservation laboratory, ship model workshop and display area, a design studio, a photographic studio and other facilities.
The wharves have a fleet of 14 vessels that include a former navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, a former navy submarine HMAS Onslow, a full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour, and a variety of smaller vessels scaling down to an 8.6-metre couta fishing boat.
Dinner is at Rockpool on George – L: F, D: Tu – Sa, 107 George St, 612 9252 1888
The Chef will start you with an amuse-gueule that could be the spanner crab with parsley, egg and a fennel fondue.
Then we suggest the cuttlefish with duck proscuitto, crispy chicken skin and carrots.
Let’s enjoy a glass of ’09 Yarrabank Pinot Noir Chardonnay with this dish.
Next is a choice between the blue cod with a “ginger and shallot” oyster, cauliflower and macadamia or the quail with buckwheat risotto, smoked bone marrow, scampi, bacon and swiss chard.
The ’12 Ta Mata “Cape Crest” Sauvignon Blanc is a good match.
For dessert let’s try the blood orange pudding with chamomile streusel and ice cream. Here the ’09 Disznoku Tokaji is the right choice.
Day Three: Breakfast is at Bill’s - B,L,D: Daily, 433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst, 61 2 9360 9631
Bill’s is famous for scrambled eggs and banana ricotta cheese hot cakes. The coffee is excellent.
This morning let’s visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales – Daily: 10-5, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000, 1800 679 278
Here you will find an extensive collection of Australian art, including one of the largest galleries of Aboriginal art in the country, alongside European masters, Asian treasures and leading local and international contemporary art.
The Art Gallery of NSW overlooks Sydney Harbour and is just a 10 minute walk from the city.
Your next stop is the Chinese Garden of Friendship – Daily: 9:30 – 5, Pier St, Darling Harbour NSW 2000, 61 2 9240 8888
Entering the gardens is like walking backwards in time into the quiet solitude of ancient Chinese architecture and its relationship with nature.
The garden combines the elements of water, plants, stone and architecture.
The key features to look out for are the Courtyard of Welcoming Fragrance, Dragon Wall, Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, Twin Pavilion, Gurr, Rock Forest and the Penjing.
To enjoy the quiet serenity and overlook the gardens take time for a jasmine tea in the traditional Chinese Teahouse.
As a farewell to Sydney our cousin recommends the Bondi to Coogee Walk – The Bondi to Coogee walk begins at the bottom of Notts Avenue near the Icebergs pool, South Bondi.
The Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. It takes about two hours to complete, and there are places to rest and swim.
Today’s meal is at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar – L & D: Daily, One Notts Ave, Bondi Beach, 61 2 9365 9000
Let’s start with the lightly dusted local shrimp with lemon and aioli. Then we can slide into the black truffle frittata with taleggio cheese and chives.
Let’s have a glass of the Cloudy Bay Pelorus with this course.
Next is a lively scampi risotto with asparagus and lemon, or you can share the frutti di mare with octopus, calamari, prawns, mussels, clams and cherry tomatoes.
A glass of the ’10 Hochkirk Riesling would go great with this.
Finally you can choose the Berkshire pork cutlet braised in Marsala with radicchio, or share the lamb rack smeared with peppercorn mustard and served with mixed mushrooms in a red wine reduction.
Don’t miss the ’05 Torbreck Iceberg Selection Shiraz for this match.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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