Magnificent Hilton Sydney

Built on a long history of hospitality, expertise, phenomenal design and ground-breaking innovation, Hilton Sydney, is the perfect vantage point to explore one of Australia’s most magnificent cities.

Guest rooms and suites offer luxurious upscale amenities at every turn while appetites are satisfied at the award winning restaurants and bars.  “Glass” consisting of two restaurants and a wine bar, offer simplicity, quality and consistency in all aspects of food, wine and service.  Overseen by the exceptional culinary expertise of highly awarded chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan, Glass is an ideal setting for drinks, fresh oysters or cheese from the tapas menu.

Centrally located with magnificent views and convenient access to all that Sydney has to offer, including home the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the focal point of Australia’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, Darling Harbour, home to some of Sydney’s best attractions and a surfers paradise, Bondi Beach, Hilton Sydney is the perfect venue for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Christmas Down Under

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Beautiful decorations and holiday anthems fill the warm summer air and although the temperatures are rising in the heat of summer, Down Under we are preparing our hearts for Christmas.  While it may seem unimaginable to think of Christmas without snow, we Aussies just wouldn’t have it any other way.

Christmas day activities often include heading outdoors to soak up some sun and sand at the beach, swimming, a game of cricket or gathering with mates to slip a shrimp on the “barbie” (barbeque).

If you’re feeling like a “kook” (a beginner surfer) head down to Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous and well-known beaches, where up to 40,000 people visit on Christmas day. Even Santa is known to shed his suit and ride the surf dressed in only his swimmers (swimsuit).

For a tradition rich in history, don’t miss Melbourne’s Carols by Candlelight, a Christmas Eve gathering, held at the Myer Music Bowl.  Set outdoors Aussies gather, their blankets spread out on the ground, to light candles and sing Christmas carols, some traditional and some with an Aussie flair.  Started in Melbourne, Australia in 1937 by radio announcer, Norman Banks, to relieve the loneliness and isolation sometimes felt during the holidays, this annual event has grown from a handful of attendees to a live broadcast that reaches Eastern Asia, many Pacific Islands and New Zealand.

When it’s time for Christmas dinner many still gather around the family table to enjoy traditional meals of roast pork, cold ham off the bone, an abundance of seafood, plum pudding, fruit mince pies and rich Christmas cake.  Many also venture outdoors to join mates for a picnic in the bush or at the beach.

It’s not too late to break out the passports and sunscreen and join us Down Under where we celebrate Christmas in a tropical paradise.

Sydney, Australia is Selected as The World’s Best City

Once again, Sydney has beaten Paris and New York to be voted the World’s Best City. Nominated cities are rated according to ambience, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture, sight-seeing and shopping. Since Sydney is our hometown we are simply overjoyed!

For 24 years, Conde Nast Traveler has asked readers to rank the world’s best cities, hotels and more…. For the 16th straight year, Sydney, Australia, ranked as the top city in the world. Read more

A cosmopolitan city with impressive harbor foreshores, glamorous homes and coastlines dotted with jagged sandstone cliffs and golden beaches, Sydney has something for everyone. With its Mediterranean climate, arcade shopping, restaurants, parks, gardens, museums, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge you are sure to find Sydney a gem.

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Sydney’s BEST Tour Guide

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You expect unparalleled personal service and unparalleled personal service is exactly what you receive when traveling with Australia 2000 Travel.  Why take a group bus tour when you can explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific with one of our expert personal guides?

Our hand selected knowledgeable guides take our travelers behind the scenes, get off of the beaten path and avoid the tourist traps allowing each person to take part in the action, and at the same time, be a part of the culture.

Before our travelers even arrive into the country, each of our guides are given a detailed report about each person’s interests, desires and needs so that every tour is customized to the individual traveler.

Since Sydney is our hometown, we always suggest a full day private or small group orientation tour led by our incredibly knowledgeable local guide, and good friend, Suzanne. We simply cannot think of a better way to discover the city that has once again won the title of the world’s best city!!!

While taking a personalized Sydney orientation tour, Suzanne is likely to explore The Sydney Fish Market and some of Sydney’s cultural attractions, such as the opulent Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the splendid views of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then it’s onto the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Stop by Yiribana Gallery, the largest gallery in the world devoted to Aboriginal art, and learn how art forms an essential part of Aboriginal life. As the Art Gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in Australia, travelers always have time to look at some of the other collections and browse the Gallery’s shop as well. Don’t miss the Australian Museum, one of the top natural history museums, featuring its Aboriginal exhibition and wonderful mammal, bird and insect displays.

During the day Suzanne will drive past the homes of Sydney’s rich and famous before turning toward the legendary Bondi Beach where you’ll stop by one of our favorite restaurants for a decadent lunch. Following lunch Suzanne is likely to get off of the beaten path and travel over Sydney Harbour Bridge to visit several of the Northern Beaches and Suburbs of Sydney.

We simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than by exploring some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.

Australian Beaches

The Australian coastline is approximately the same length as the circumference of planet Earth. Along this vast coastline you will find endless idyllic beaches.

BELLS BEACH

The worlds longest running surf competition is staged annually at Bells Beach, Torquay near Melbourne. The swells from the Southern Ocean that slow down and become steep over the reef-strewn shallows form the outstanding, reliable surf. It is here at Torquay that you will find

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the headquarters of internationally renowned surf clothing companies such as Billabong, Quiksilver and Ripcurl.

BONDI BEACH

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of Australias most famous beaches and one of the worlds most well known. It is quintessentially Australian; you will find bronzed bodies and lifeguards ensuring the safety of the many that flock to Bondi to surf in the local waters.

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Thank you from Kevin, Kristin, Owen and Ian

We traveled in New Zealand 10 years ago and Karen planned an amazing 2 weeks in the South Island. She planned an equally amazing three weeks on Australia’s east coast this summer; we booked the trip and left 6 weeks later. She knew we were taking our 9 and 6 year old boys and created an awesome family adventure for us.

BRISBANE: We arrived August 15 to sunshine, palm trees, and found friendly people at every stop. The kids enjoyed the Australia Zoo with our private caddie, feeding the kangaroos and hearing about the animals of Australia. Canungra, at the base of the mountain going to Lamington, is the home of the Funky Dory restaurant. We recommend it for fish-n-chips (Baramundi and Red Emperor were our favorites), squid lips, and an owner who loves what she does. We drove to O’Reilly’s guest house in Lamington National Park and loved the birds, hikes, views and incredible food. The boys were up every morning for a 6:45 a.m. guided bird walk. When our son left his glasses in a restroom, Karen’s assistant in Sydney was able to help us track them down and send them to our next hotel.

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