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Sally asked

What would you do with 3 days each in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef & Fiji?

Leaving in a month on a trip with girl friends and will be in Sydney, Great Barrier Reef and Fiji for three days each.  We have some things planned but would love hear from YOU about something you did that was wonderful.  We are more "mature" ladies so zip lines are probably not an option.

Good restaurant suggestions or food venues would also be appreciated.  Thank you.

Sydney (Australia)   Great Barrier Reef (Australia)   Fiji

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Emily from United Kingdom

visit the Blue Mountains for sure! Take a train to Katoomba and do a short walk - as short as you like - for fantastic views. There is a little chocolate cafe called Cafe Madeleine in Leura which is to die for. Also there are some fab restaurants at Darling Harbour - I had a lovely italian meal at Critini's. On the GBR I recommend a day trip to Green Island if you don't want to do a full on boat trip (although highly recommended!) Cairns has some great day trips into the rainforest Kuranda is lovely, the mountains and more if you don't just want to do the reef. Hope this helps a little ! x(Blue Mountains - 3 sisters)

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  2. Katoomba (city)
  3. Leura (city)
  4. Darling Harbour (attraction)
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  6. Cairns (city)
  7. Kuranda (city)
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answered by
Michelle from Melbourne

I can recommend some amazing restaurants for you in Sydney. If you're looking for a special evening, book at Quay. A table at the end of the room, even when there's a cruise ship docked there, gives you a fantastic view of the harbour and the lights of north Sydney. Of course, if there's no ship, you also see the Opera House. The food is high end and an extraordinary treat. An alternative that is also very good, slightly less expensive and with an excellent view is Cafe Sydney. If you're not disposed towards lying on the beach, I'd recommend the Bondi to Bronte Walk along the cliffs. While there are a lot of stairs, if you take it at a leisurely pace it's not too demanding. There are great cafes either end, so you can rest and refuel.

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answered by
Jan from Australia

I would recommend, 2 days each for Sydney and Great Barrier Reef and spend 2 more days in Fiji instead. 

Sydney have so many good restaurants which really depends on your budget.  If you are looking for high end restaurant like the Circular Quaywith the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge view (you may need to make a booking in advance). Otherwise, many good & reasonable price restaurants multinational cuisines around Chinatown/city eg. Chur BurgerBrickfieldsChat Thai, Mamak (Haymarket)Devon CafeRamen Ikkyu...

The famous places in Sydney like, walk across the Harbour bridge to Milsons Point, catch a furry to Manly, catch a bus to Bondi Beach, stroll around Darling Harbour....

Fiji, have a look for Bula pass for 5 days here

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  1. Circular Quay (attraction)
  2. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  3. Sydney Harbour (attraction)
  4. Chur Burger (restaurant)
  5. Brickfields (restaurant)
  6. Chat Thai (restaurant)
  7. Mamak (Haymarket) (restaurant)
  8. Devon Cafe (restaurant)
  9. Ramen Ikkyu (restaurant)
  10. Milsons Point (neighborhood)
  11. Manly (city)
  12. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  13. Darling Harbour (attraction)
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answered by
David from Sydney

As mentioned before, you should have a meal at Cafe Sydney at Circular Quay. If you have the time and money, head over Balmoral Beach - lovely beach with some great restaurants on the water. 


You should visit the Blue Mountains as a day trip, spend some time around Circular Quay and The Rocks, take a ferry to Manly.  


On the Barrier Reef I took a day trip to Michaelmas Cay to view the reef while staying in Cairns, but there are loads of options for see the reef using Cairns as a base.

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  3. Balmoral Beach (attraction)
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  6. Manly (city)
  7. Michaelmas Cay (attraction)
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answered by
Carissa from Sydney

Hi Sally, 

What an awesome girls trip! 

I'm from Sydney and visited the other destinations so will try and give you lots of ideas. 

Sydney - Do: Harbour bridge climb if you can afford it, wander through Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquaries Chair for spectacular views and pretty sites. Get your shopping fix at Pitt St Mall in the centre of the city, and check out Queen Victoria Building while your at it. Have a cocktail at sunset at the Opera Bar for the view and not the expense for dining in that area. 

Eat: My favourite place is The Winery, or a lot of destinations in Surry Hills, Crown St and Darlinghurst. You will also find great bars with cool vibes in this area. A few cool places are at The Rocks, pubs and bars and restaurants. My favourite is The Glenmore Hotel where the rooftop provides the most phenomenal views of Sydney Harbour, and a great pub feed if your into that kind of thing (like me). A lot of restaurant options can be found in Darling Harbour and walking distance to The Star casino. 

Outside Sydney - check out Manly via the Manly ferry from Circular Quay, head out to the Blue Mountains if you can. 

I would recommend staying at any of the Meriton properties. 

Great Barrier Reef - I would pick Port Douglas over Cairns it is the closest mainland destination to head out to the reef. You are also nearby the Daintree Rainforest for a day trip. You can also day trip out to Cairns for markets, shopping and to get inland from the beach. Port Douglas is beachfront, and absolute bliss. The main strip offer so many restaurants, bars and little shops with knick knacks. I stayed at Treetops Resort & Spa Wedding Venue

Fiji - Port Denarau is your island escape. Not far from Nadi Airport you can lay by the hotel pools, take a boat out to snorkel scuba or jet-ski, take a day trip from the Port to an isolated island, tour into Nadi to visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and the Mud Baths and Mineral Baths. Such an amazing experience. At the Port itself you can find local restaurants which are much cheaper than what the hotels offer. I stayed at The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji 

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  1. Royal Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  2. Mrs Macquaries Chair (attraction)
  3. Queen Victoria Building (attraction)
  4. Opera Bar (restaurant)
  5. The Winery (restaurant)
  6. The Rocks (attraction)
  7. The Glenmore Hotel (restaurant)
  8. Darling Harbour (attraction)
  9. The Star (hotel)
  10. Manly (city)
  11. Daintree Rainforest (attraction)
  12. Treetops Resort & Spa Wedding Venue (hotel)
  13. Port Denarau (attraction)
  14. Garden of the Sleeping Giant (attraction)
  15. The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji (attraction)
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