Amos has ignited the long running rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne. This tends to assume that Sydney is flashy and in your face like say a US city whereas Melbourne is more reserved and refined like a European city. There is some truth to it and checking both gives you a contrast. However, if it’s hot - and you are going in Oz summer - I wouldn’t even think of going to Melbourne. It’s a shitty place when it’s hot (or cold). Lots of culture though, great eating and coffee shops. I can defintely see you strutting your stuff in Melbourne. I’d say Chappel Street would be your thing. Brunswick Street’s mine and possibly yours too.
I can’t leave this subject without throwing in the old joke about why Melbourne football crowds are vastly larger than Sydney’s . . . cos there’s nothing better to do in Melbourne on the weekend.
Sydney to Melbourne one way is around Aus$100 (which using my outdated currency exchange rate is roughly NT$2,000). I’d say the best bet is to get to Oz and check out prices there. These fares fluctuate quite wildly.
Having said that Sydney indeed has an awful lot to offer.
Fox, excellent list. Really, I can’t think of much to add except maybe take in Bronte beach for a body surf as well. Make it a Sunday when the park at the back of the beach fills with South American musos BBQing and playing.
Check out the coffee shops and people in black in Newtown and Glebe. There’s alway stuff happening and there’s no shortage of free info. Other cool coffee hangs include the back of the Cross (Kings Cross). The Cross has an awful reputation and some of it deserved but actually there are some great hangs, there’s a very cool nightclub (the name escapes me). It’s where the “stars” hang.
Don’t know where you’re staying (it could well be the Cross) but getting there by walking through the Domain along the harbour into Woolloomooloo is cool. You could stop at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels for a pie. Shock us all by getting a pie floater and eating it.
The Museum of Contempory Art at Circular Quay is a must. So is a ferry to Manly for a beer on the beach. Wolf’s good with the Rocks. Some great pubs. Check the Lord Nelson.
Anyone remember the name of that pub in Paddington where all the indie bands play? There’s always something interesting happening there. Last time I was there Tex Perkins was doing an acoustic session with the guitarist from . . . oh my memory!
Great list. Keep 'em coming. I’m heading back for christmas.
Actually a very cool thing to do would be to get a car and drive up from Sydney to the wineries to the north. If you had the time head right up to Lismore and Byron Bay. It’s not too far from Byon Bay to Porpoise Spit (the Gold Coast). Don’t go there. It’s full of Taiwanese tourists getting fleeced. Mind you it makes for a great contrast and may even be interesting if you happened to drop int to the Rainbow coffee shop in Nimbin. Sandman did that drive I believe.
Blundstones are cheap, around Aus$50. They should have them in the Haymarket down in the old China Town. Please don’t get an Akubra.
The pub with the indie bands is the Hopetoun in Surrey Hills.
416 Bourke St (cnr Fitzroy St), Surry Hills tel 9361 5257. [quote]“The Hoey” is one of Sydney’s best for the indie band scene, with music Wednesday to Sunday in the small and always crowded front bar. There’s a popular pool room out back, a drinking pit in the basement, and an ambitious little restaurant upstairs. Cover charge Thurs