Travel Guide to Eastern Australia – Sydney, Bondi Beach, Brisbane, Cairns

If you are planning a trip to Sydney and travelling up east coast of Australia, here is some stuff we liked, as well as some suggestions from friends of ours, and that you may find fun and places we would recommend you check out:


Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Visit Mrs Macquire’s Chair

Bacco – Great Italian food and cocktails; a nice posh wine bar.
Chifley Plaza, 3 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney

ArgyleXchange – One of the coolest bars we found was right near Sydney Harbour Bridge
1-20 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

Cruise Bar – with awesome nighttime view of Sydney Opera House
West Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar – right near Sydney Opera House
LOT 1 Circular Quay E, Sydney NSW, Australia

(02) 9247 2937

Sydney Dance Lounge – in Walsh Bay, near Sydney Harbour Bridge = great wines selection and food, but also they have fun dance nights/ classes; a fun place to enjoy a night out.
Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Sydney NSW, Australia

(02) 9241 5021

Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar – amazing fish restaurant overlooking Jones Bay, about 20mins from Darling Harbour; and not far from Pirrama Park and Pyrmont Bay Park (both parks are nice and less busy than the ones near centre of Sydney – and more space to throw frissbie or a boomerang).
19-21 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW, Australia

(02) 9518 6677

Sugaroom – a lovely harbour front wine bar and restaurant overlooking Johnston Bay, and the building was originally a sugar refinery! They do fab fresh seafood and meat dishes; but make sure you save room for their desserts like lemon meringue and sticky date pudding.
2/1 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW, Australia

(02) 9571 5055

Fish Opera in Darling Harbour (laser light show at night in Darling Harbour) – not sure if they still do this, but it was good fun watching when we visited.

If you want a really, really posh bar (and where all the A-list and well heeled Sydney bods visit – with its own VIP room!) to celebrate a birthday or special occassion, head over to:
Hemmesphere – not far from Sydney Cove and Sydney Opera House; and a breathtaking place with cutting-edge cocktails on Level 4.
4/252 George Street Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney
(02) 9240 3040

Bondi Beach

Bar Pacifica The Eastern – has an amazing rooftop bar; about 10-15mins inland from the beach


Bacchus Bar – Enjoy a chilled out time in this wonderful, stylish rooftop pool bar. It is the only rooftop poolside bar in Brisbane. Also, check out their poolside Sundays!
Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank, QLD 4101

Great seafood and fresh produce markets – perfect for self-catering.

Concerts in the park.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia


Ibis Styles Cairns Colonial Club Resort (formally Righa Colonial Club Resort) – we stayed in this fabulous eco hotel set in 12 acres of lush tropical gardens, and loved their buffet breakfasts in the Homestead Restaurant. It was a great base to see the Great Barrier Reef, close access to town, and also visiting Kuranda Rainforest.

Splash – one of the best fish restaurants we have found on our travels and best one in Cairns; with views out over the Coral Sea.
103 The Esplanade Cairns, Queensland Australia

Kuranda Rainforest and Tiavapi (Aboriginal Settlement and Educational Area) – with memorable views from the cable car.

Boat trip out to Great Barrier Reef and take lunch on a pontoon after snorkeling or scuba diving.


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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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