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AUSSIE 2009

AUSSIE 2009Trip Plan

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adventure in australia

exploring the southern Pacific

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Eating Bistro Moncur, Sydney

Ask any stylish Sydneysider for their favorite neighborhood bistro, and chances are at least a few of them will grudgingly give up this name. Bistro Moncur is... more

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Eating Bills, Sydney

Breakfast at Bills is a near-religious morning experience for Sydneysiders. This location (the original is in Darlinghurst) has a cluster of tables in a sunny... more

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Eating Aria, Sydney

Aria gives newcomers a crash course in Aussie pop culture. Views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge? Check. Native A-listers like Nicole Kidman?... more

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Hilton Auckland
Hotel Hilton Auckland, New Zealand's North Island

Set right at the edge of Princes Wharf overlooking Waitemata Harbour, this chic, modern property—the best large hotel in Auckland—is where... more

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Kauri Cliffs
Hotel Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand's North Island

American investor Julian Robertson picked a prime piece of real estate for his plantation-style sporting lodge: a Bay of Islands cliff top with views stretching... more

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Nightlife North Island Nightlife, New Zealand's North Island

New Zealand has a pub-culture tradition, so even the smallest North Island towns have at least one watering hole. But for dancing, live music, and sophisticated... more

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Beaches of the North Island
See + Do Beaches of the North Island, New Zealand's North Island

North Islanders are big-time beachgoers, and the island's thousands of miles of coast give them plenty of thundering stretches and sheltered bays to choose... more

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See + Do Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

This undulating series of gardens wrapped around the southeastern edge of Sydney Harbour was the site of the city's first farm. Today it's an oasis where... more

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See + Do The Rocks, Sydney

Just a few streets west from Circular Quay is a neighborhood that seems frozen in time, with a 19th-century pub on nearly every corner. The oldest preserved... more

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Nightlife Hugo's Bar Pizza, Sydney

Yes, there's pizza—but what really draws the almost-too-gorgeous types here is the glamorous backlit bar, the great cocktails, and the other hotties that... more

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Nightlife Hemmesphere, Sydney

This soignée, Moroccan-themed bar is the swankiest at the Establishment property (which includes a fine-dining restaurant, boutique hotel, and... more

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Establishment
Hotel Establishment, Sydney

Home to those who prefer the night. A boutiquey spot that occupies a repurposed warehouse a block from Circular Quay, this hotel has attracted a fabulous young... more

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Nightlife Bungalow 8 Sydney, Sydney

Forget everything you know about the Manhattan nightspot of the same name; this completely unrelated bar, with its rattan furniture, cane lanterns, and bamboo... more

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Quay Grand Suites
Hotel Quay Grand Suites, Sydney

If comfort is more important to you than hipness, this place is an excellent pick. The suites are blandly and beigely decorated, but they also have their own... more

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InterContinental Sydney
Hotel InterContinental Sydney, Sydney

You can literally step—and sleep—inside a piece of Australia's past here: Part of the hotel is a historic building site. Three stories of dramatic... more

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Article Amazing Australia: Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef from Condé Nast Traveler

Out of the Blue: It is the only World Heritage Site visible from outer space, and indeed the statistics that describe the Great Barrier Reef verge on the... more

Article Amazing Australia: Fraser Island, Australia from Condé Nast Traveler

A Line in the Sand: The first sweet surprise upon approaching the world's largest sand island (stretching 76 miles) is that it is not a desert island but... more

Article Amazing Australia: Sydney Opera House, Sydney from Condé Nast Traveler

Edifice Rex: Like no other landmark, the Sydney Opera House and its signature silhouette symbolize modern Australia. A guide to the icon, inside and out

Article Amazing Australia: Gondwana Rainforest, Australia from Condé Nast Traveler

Lush Life: The Gondwana Rainforests (formerly the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia) comprises eight distinct regional groups scattered between... more

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