New York Times Journeys - The Other Side of Sydney - Where Sydneysiders Play, Shop, Eat and Drink!

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  • duration 3.5 hours
  • tour type Group Tour
  • Starts Sydney, Australia
  • Ends Sydney , Australia
  • Savor freshly baked scones with homemade jam washed down with tea or coffee in an Irish Tea House within the historical Rocks area of Sydney
  • Take a 30minute ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly on a Sydney Harbour ferry
  • Enjoy a craft beer and light Aussie nibbles/snacks at 4 Pines Brewery
  • Stroll to Manly Beach, the birthplace of Australian surfing
New York Times Journeys - The Other Side of Sydney - Where Sydneysiders Play, Shop, Eat and Drink! tour starts and ends in Sydney. New York Times Journeys - The Other Side of Sydney - Where Sydneysiders Play, Shop, Eat and Drink! is a walking tour that takes 3.5 hours taking you through Sydney, Australia and other destinations in Australia.

Venture past Sydney’s central business district to where locals live and play, with a guide from Urban Adventures on a tour inspired by The New York Times. From a Sydney Harbour ferry, experience water views of Sydney icons. Find out why Sydneysiders have been traveling to Manly Beach since the 1850s. Meet an First Peoples of Australia elder and learn to make music on clapsticks. Savor local delicacies and hear the stories behind First Peoples of Australia art.
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“The sights and bites tour with Fanni was excellent. She showed us all the hidden gems in Budapest and we learnt about the culture and history in between tasting the delicious food. Highlights included the chocolate bon bons, the 3 kinds of fish and the goulash in a traditional restaurant. Highly recommend to fully experience everything that Budapest has to offer.”

Gather at the historic Rocks area, where the English started their history in Australia in the late 1700s. Stroll to the Tea Cosy, an Irish shop in an 1870s rowhouse. The English tradition of tea or coffee with scones has been adopted by Aussies, with an Aussie flavor. Have some homemade scones fresh from the oven, slathered with jam made from Australian fruits. Chat with the owner/manager, who will talk about the history of the building and the story of the Irish family who started the shop. You can also shop for jam or a unique tea cozy for a great Aussie souvenir.

Hop on a ferry for a 30-minute ferry ride on magnificent Sydney Harbour, seeing water views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the glorious harbor scenery. Alight at Manly Beach. Originally described as “seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care,” Manly is the birthplace of surfing championships in Australia. Sydneysiders and other Aussies have been traveling to Manly since the 1850s; today it’s full of great shops, good restaurants and has become a popular destination. We’ll take a stroll through the seaside township to the famous beach.

Visit Manly’s Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery to immerse yourself in the world’s oldest continuously living culture. First Peoples of Australia believe their world began when their ancestors walked the land in the “Dreamtime,” creating the places and things that inhabit First Peoples of Australia culture in Australia. Marvel at the unique art, jewelry and artifacts from central and western districts of Australia. Enjoy an exclusive talk about the art, where it was made, the artists and the stories portrayed in the paintings. Learn how each piece reflects the land and First Peoples of Australia heritage. The shop sources the art from the artists and cares about the authenticity and uniqueness of each piece. All purchases will directly benefit the First Peoples of Australia artists and their communities.

A First Peoples of Australia elder will discuss his culture with you and play the didgeridoo, a wind instrument with a beautiful, haunting tone. He will also teach you how to use clapsticks, percussion sticks to accompany the didgeridoo. You can buy your own clapsticks to take home.

Finish your tour at local favorite haunt 4 Pines Brewery, a socially conscious microbrewery where you can see brewmasters hard at work to craft the perfect post-surf pint. We’ll enjoy one of their creations while sharing some light Aussie nibbles/snacks and conversation about how the brewery sprung from a casual conversation between the father and son founders. The tour concludes here, leaving you free to shop the Manly Corso; head back to Manly Beach for a swim, or accompany your guide back to Circular Quay.

New York Times Reading List

What to Cook This Week (Australian edition) 

In Tasmania, a Gin Boom Showcasing Native Plants (and Even Sheep Whey) 

The Gay Penguins of Australia 

Has Australia Abandoned the Salad Sandwich? 

Is the Way Australia Funds the Arts a Recipe for Mediocrity? 

A $1,000 Day in Sydney for $100 

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  • Ferry ticket
  • Professional local guide
  • Scones and tea/coffee
  • Light Aussie nibbles/snacks and a craft beer.
  • Gratuity. Clapsticks are provided for demonstration only and are not included in the tour price. Clapsticks can be purchased at the Dreamtime Gallery.
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New York Times Journeys - The Other Side of Sydney - Where Sydneysiders Play, Shop, Eat and Drink! tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this New York Times Journeys - The Other Side of Sydney - Where Sydneysiders Play, Shop, Eat and Drink! tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point : In the foyer of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney, 55 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney. Meeting end point : 4 Pines Brewery, Manly
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