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Just two blocks from the Admiral Collingwood, there is a delightful village complex:

  • IGA supermarket – sells bus passes
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable store
  • Post Office – sells bus passes
  • Commonwealth Bank and other ATMs
  • Destro’s late night, seven day pharmacy
  • Newsagent & stationery shop – sells bus passes
  • Thai Massage
  • Shoe repairer
  • The Oxford Arms pub, bottle shop and hearty Bistro restaurant
  • family butchers
  • hairdressers
  • fitness studios
  • BWS liquor store
  • dry cleaners & laundry
  • dentists
  • medical centres
  • gift shops
  • ski shop
  • tattoo parlour

Nearby there are plenty of dining options:

Various take-away food outlets:

  • Sushi
  • Several deli cafés
  • Subway
  • McDonalds
  • Nandos Portuguese peri-peri chicken
  • ‘Award-winning’ Bowen bakery
  • Village Organic bakery
  • L’Angolo Fine Cuisine Italian take-away and Pizza (deliveries)
  • Paulo’s Pizza, a Drummoyne Institution
  • Thai Restaurants (with take-away)
  • Drummoyne Sailing Club – cheap seafood, stunning harbour views

Various finer dining options:

  • Italian fine dining ECCO with harbour views – Tell Marco that Roberto sent you
  • French modern cuisine  Bastille – a favorite of ours
  • French classic cuisine Vatel
  • Pub Bistro steaks and generous cuisine
  • La Casa – fun, noisy family Italian restaurant
  • Zeus – very popular Greek restaurant – you have to queue to get in
  • Lashings barbeque chicken and take-away food
  • Indian Kitchen and Masala Master Indian food
  • Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Lebanese, Italian restaurants
  • Thai Restaurants galore: I Rich Thai (formerly Star of Thailand – name changed to make old owners richer!), Kratiam Thai, DoyTao, Seat, Chaimtee Thai
  • Copa Cafe (“No 1 Breakfast/brunch in Sydney” SMH)

Nearby Leisure activities include:

  • Drummoyne Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Drummoyne Sailing Club
  • Leichhardt Fitness Swimming and Leisure Centre

There is Tennis at Croker Park, Swimming at Drummoyne Baths, Golf at harbour-edged Barnwell & Massey Parks and pools at Leichhardt Oval with an extensive fitness centre, the Many fitness centres, one with Iron Cove and Callen Park views and the Five Dock Leisure centre with:

  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Futsal (a Brazilian mini football)
  • Volleyball
  • Golf

Bicycle along the shore or take a walk

  • Admiral Collingwood has two bicycles available for rental to guests.   Question: What could be better than cycling around our 38 kilometres of shoreline?
  • Take a walk along any of Canada’s Bay’s 38 kilometres of harbour front, or in one of our 138 parks.  One of Sydney’s most famous walks, the “Bay Run” of seven km is nearby. We do it in one hour and ten minutes, can you beat our time?
  • For the really keen cyclists – Around Canada Bay’s foreshores – Recommended by Cycle Atlas     Cycle to the City across Anzac Bridge and then across Sydney Harbour Bridge. Another idea is to take a ferry from the Admiral Collingwood from Drummoyne to the eastern suburbs, which is actually quite  easy and cycle the Centennial Park ride

A few blocks south of the Admiral Collingwood is the huge Birkenhead Shopping Mall.

As well as a large Coles and Aldi supermarkets, Liquorland and excellent butcher (also serves David Jones Foodhalls) and Bel Fresco fresh fruit shop, and Jean Louis Joseph Deli, it  is an outlet for major brand names. These include: David Jones, Ralph Lauren, Benneton, Rodd & Gunn, Villeroy & Bosch, Laura Ashley, Calvin Klein, Witchery, Kathmandu, Spotlight, Crabtree & Evelyn and many others – over 40 men’s and women’s fashion outlets, footwear, children’s, discount shops, giftware, homewares, health & beauty, jewellery and lingerie and a variety of cafés and restaurants and fast food outlets.

Things to do in and around Sydney

Sydney’s greatest glory is the magnificent Sydney Harbour. A river valley, or ria, ‘drowned’ millions of years ago by the melting ice caps , it is about 20 kilometers long and over 300 kilometers in perimeter and its shape dominates Sydney geography.

When Governor Phillip landed with the First Fleet of convicts and their guards in 1788, he marveled at it: “we had the satisfaction of finding the finest harbour in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security…”

The world famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the best-known  features of the Harbour.  They can be seen close-up from the Parramatta Ferry to and from the Admiral Collingwood and Circular Quay.  Guided tours or individual vists can be made to them.

Other attractive locations on the Harbour able to be visited by ferry are Taronga Zoo Park, Cockatoo Island, Clifton Gardens, Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay.  These last two destinations are convenient for interesting walks to North and South Heads – the guardians of entrance to the Harbour.  There are beautiful walks along the Harbour’s edge also from Clifton Gardens and Taronga Zoo.

Manly has one of Sydney’s most famous ocean beaches, a few hundred metres across the very narrow pensinsula from the ferry wharf.  One can walk to Shelly Beach and have a delightful open-air luncheon at The Boathouse Restaurant.

The foreshores of the Harbour still have a number of fortification dating back to the convict era, including Fort Denison, just off the Opera House Bennelong Point. During World War II, the port was attacked by Japanese midget submarines and shelled by the mother submarine.

Other Sydney sights and attractions around the Harbour include

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Museum of Sydney
  • Bridge Climb
  • Bridge Pylon
  • Vaucluse House – the elegant Georgian home and gardens of William Wentworth – the “Father of Australian Democracy”
  • Star Casino
  • Sydney Fish Markets
  • Chinese Garden
  • Darling Harbour
  • Cockatoo Island
  • Various walks round the Harbour

 

Other Sydney attractions

  • The second most popular attraction in Sydney, after Sydney Harbour itself is the Bondi to Coogee cliff walk.  The M50 bus goes direct from the Admiral Collingwood to Coogee Beach.  Stop in at Bronte Beach for brunch.  Or, if you are brave enough, eat a deep-fried Mars Bar in batter at Bondi’s famous Campbell Parade.  Sean’s Panorama restaurant at the north end of the beach is highly regarded, while Icebergs at the south end of the beach  of Sydney’s most highly regarded restaurants with a stunning view over the beach.
  • Go and lose money at Star Casino – or win a fortune.  The Star Casino “High-rollers Room” is the only place in New South Wales you can smoke, legally, in a public place.
  • Nearby the Casino and a short bus ride from the Admiral Collingwood is the large Sydney Fish Markets, a compelling place to visit and have a great fish luncheon.
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia’s treasures.  As well as various specialist Exhibitions, it has one of Australia’s best collections of superb Asian art.  Naturally it has superb examples of  Australian art.  We strongly recommend our guests go to the guided tour of Australian Aboriginal art (starts at 11:00 am).  This is a window into an integral part of Aboriginal life in Australia and their survival in this harsh environment for over 50,000 years. It excitingly strange and exotic for visitors to Australia and indeed most Australians too.
  • The Powerhouse Museum has a wonderful collection of historic cars, trains and planes, fashion garments, mechanical and electronic gadgets and marvelous educational displays on magnetism, nuclear radiation and electricity to name but a few. Hours of pleasure here for children under 80 years of age.
  • The Queen Victoria Building and the Strand Arcade are wonderfully preserved examples of Victorian architecture and have attractive modern boutique shops. Pendolino Restaurant in the Strand is on of Sydney’s best restaurants.
  • The New South Wales Parliament Building and old  Sydney Mint building are an interesting window into Sydney’s past.  These were the Northern and Southern wings of the convict-era “Rum Hospital”, built 1810-1816. The “Rum Hospital” was built by convict labour and financed by three entrepreneurs.  They did these public works in exchange for a license exclusively to import 60,000 gallons of rum, granted by New South Wales greatest Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, later known as the “Father of Australia”.
  • The Hyde Park Convict Barracks are World Heritage listed as one of the finest examples of convict, designed and built large-scale convict transportation and colonial expansion by European powers. Built by the now much-admired convict architect Francis Greenway under the orders of Governor Lachlan Macquarie between 1818-1819, it housed convicts working for the government until 1848.  It has a pleasant inexpensive restaurant.
  • Opposite the Hyde Park Barracks is the charming Francis Greenway designed church of St James, consecrated in 1824.  Its elegant simplicity puts it among the best Georgian era churches in the British Commonwealth.
  • The Sydney Tower Eye is the tallest building in Sydney with panoramic views in every direction.  Twice the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge it also features the Skywalk and joint tickets for these two attractions,  plus Darling Harbour attractions: Sea Life (the wonderful Aquarium), Wild Life Sydney zoo, where Australian animals can be seen up-close and Madame Tussauds’ wax models of famous Australian and world personalities.
  • Chinatown at the southern end of the City, near Darling Harbour is a vibrant restaurant area serving not just Chinese regional food, but other Asian cuisines and featuring a night market.  It adjoins Paddy’s Markets where cheap goods can be bargained and purchased – Wednesdays – Sundays & Public Holidays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is truly splendid and significant Chinese traditional garden between Chinatown and Darling Harbour, which is a delight to walk around, or even to sit in for a hour or two.

 Other regional attractions:

  • Visit the Blue Mountains. We can arrange an excellent tour.
  • Do a tour of the Hunter River vineyards. We can arrange an excellent tour.
  • Go for a bushwalk in Ku-ring-gai Chase
  • Rent pleasure-cruiser at Bobbin Head and explore the Hawkesbury River, Broken Bay and the fabulously peaceful and beautiful Pittwater

 

Fine gourmet dining in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most sophisticated cities in the world, voted both one of the top ten cities in the world to live in and also to visit.  As such one would not be surprised that it has fine dining.   However it also does not have inhibitions about experimenting, or cant about purity.  No true Frenchman would concede that Shiraz grapes from the Rhône could be mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Bordeaux with happy results.  However Australian wine-makers cheerfully ignored these protocols and explored the ways and potential of mixing these grapes, with results which have won Australian wine a major place in international wine competitions.

There is fierce competition among chefs in Sydney for the accolade of a Chef’s Toque, or two, or even three from the restaurant reviewers.  Debate among Sydney diners as to the virtues and vices of particular restaurants are as fierce as discussion of the best football team – or the worst politician.

Visitors to Australia report their biggest unexpected joy in Australia is discovering our incredibly fine wines and delicious cuisine.

This year the Sydney Morning Herald chose five top chefs and five restaurants for its annual awards:

BEST RESTAURANT

Quay, Mr Wong, Sepia, The Bridge Room, Momofuku Seiobo

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Martin Benn (Sepia), Phil Wood (Rockpool), Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room), Ben Greeno (Momofuku Seiobo), Dan Hong (Mr Wong, Ms G’s)

They are all quite expensive.  There are many, many more excellent restaurants and some much less expensive than these.  We can help you choose.

Other Top Restaurants

One source suggests the top ten restaurants in Sydney are:

  • Tetsuya’s –Degustation, French, Japanese (listed as among the Top 100 in the world)
  • Rockpool Bar and Grill –Modern Australian, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Marque – French
  • Quay –  Contemporary Australian (listed as among the Top 10o in the world)
  • ARIA – Modern Australian
  • Café Sydney – Modern Australian, Seafood
  • Pendolino – Italian
  • Longrain Restaurant & Bar – Thai, Asian
  • The Winery – Modern Australian
  • Waterfront – Australian

Dining and attractions in Chinatown

  • Yum cha restaurant
  •  Din Tai Fung restaurant
  • Paddys Market – 9am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday & Public Holidays
  •  Chinatown Night Market
  • BBQ King restaurant
  • Chat Thai Restaurant
  • East Ocean Restaurant
  • Emperor’s Garden Restaurant
  • Golden Harbour Restaurant
  • Marigold Chinese Restaurant
  • Golden Century Restaurant
  • Miga Restaurant
  • Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant
  • Spicy Sichuan Restaurant
  • Spicy Panda Restaurant

Our favorite Chinese/Asian fusion restaurants in Sydney, but outside Chinatown

  •  China Doll – superb view – on the Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo
  • Mr Wong’s
  • Luke Nguyen’s Ginger Spice, Riley Street
  • China Lane Ash St Sydney
  • Taiwanese Blue-eyed Dragon at the back of Star Casino
  • Spice Temple/Rockpool Corner of Hunter and Bligh