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Preston

    Preston, Melbourne (north)

Rent: apartment rents are in the lower to mid range, house rental prices are higher

Vibe: grass roots United Nations

Location: River, 5-10km from city centre, Near La Trobe Uni

Preston is a huge suburb with three distinct sections. The southern end attracts the alternative types and young professionals. Preston West has some beaut streets and well kept family homes. East Preston is still considered a bit rough. This is one very multicultural suburb in the process of gentrification, and people who live here are very proud of their patch. (More information below and to your left<<<)
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day-trip-to-Manly_thumb.jpg   1. MANLY BEACH AND MANLY TO SPIT BRIDGE WALK

This is one of the best beaches in Sydney with a relaxed and happening vibe year round. It's a mecca for surfers, people who enjoy walking, and who appreciate a good beach when they see it. From Manly you can do one of the most stunning harbour walks in Sydney. You won't regret it.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   2. SYDNEY MARKETS

Sydney is full of markets. Most are held on weekends on school grounds, church grounds or the harbour. Three of the best include: Paddington Market, Sydney Fish Market and the Good Living Growers' Market.  

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lunapark.jpg   3. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Want to join a huge kite festival? How about listening to some of the world's greatest authors? Sydney has several big festivals and events on each month: food, wine, sports, arts, music and the unusual.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   4. SHOPPING - 5 OPTIONS

Oxford Street has a large number of shops from well known brands to designer labels to quirky one offs, and it has dozens of cafes offering all types of food, from gourmet sandwiches to curries, to sushi to pub grub, so a shopping expedition here could take a while.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   5. INNER CITY ART AND CULTURE

This could easily take up a whole day. Check out some of Sydney's top sites, cafes, galleries and harbour scenery. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and plenty of water.

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6. BONDI TO BRONTE WALK - EXERCISE AND AMAZING VIEWS

This walk should be in anyone's top 10 list of things to do in Sydney. The walk will take you past spectacular scenery. Warning: if you do it on the weekend, just be prepared for plenty of others doing the same. Try it mid week if you want to avoid the crowds.


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day-trip-Palm-Beach_thumb.jpg   7. PALM BEACH 

Palm Beach is a prestigious beach suburb on Sydney’s north shore, (near Avalon).  It’s home to some rich and famous Australians, and also where the Australian teenage TV series Home and Away is filmed (Barrenjoey Beach). Palm Beach is great for a walk, surf, jog or swim, and sensational views.

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day-trip-pittwater_thumb.jpg   8. PITTWATER HEAVEN

Of all the day trips you can do in Sydney, this would be among the best, if not the pick of the bunch. Pittwater is fairly easily reached. It offers some breathtaking views, relaxing times on near remote beaches and great walking tracks.

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day-trip-kayaking_thumb.jpg   9. KAYAKING IN SYDNEY HARBOUR 

If you like getting close to the water and approaching beaches from a different angle, try kayaking. Spit Bridge, Rose Bay and Manly have some kayaking options.

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day-trip-kuringai_thumb.jpg   10. KU-RING-GAI-CHASE NATIONAL PARK

Ku-ring-gai Chase National park is a huge park with dozens of walking tracks and a rich Aboriginal history. It is full of sheltered beaches and coves, has superb views and wide expanses of blue water. There are heathlands to walk through, and mangroves to see. This is where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   11. TARONGA ZOO

Sydney's Taronga Zoo is in prime real estate territory. It has some great enclosures, offers free outdoor educational sessions, and has stunning views across the harbour. Check out the five Asian elephants and their specially designed new home; and the view from the giraffe’s enclosure.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   12. TARONGA ZOO TO BALMORAL BEACH WALK

This is a relatively new 6km walking track with superb views. It's probably also the best harbour walk, and one of the best things to do in Sydney. It takes you past picturesque Chowder Bay at Clifton Gardens, the Lower Georges Heights Artists Colony, native bushland and historic military sites that have been closed to the public for more than 100 years.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   13. GET ARTY

Get some behind the scenes tours of a couple of theatrical hot spots in Sydney and check out art in the open air with stunning harbour views, visit the big art galleries and museums, and some of Sydney's more interesting theatres.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   14. BRAIN FOOD FOR THE KIDS

The Powerhouse Museum is a huge attraction for kids with all things scientific and hands on to grab their attention and keep it for hours.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   15. TAKE AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

There are two organisations in Sydney that look at the city from an architectural point of view. Check out the streets, the pubs, private homes, the harbour and old suburbs to get a comprehensive view of Sydney - warts and all.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   16. SYDNEY HARBOUR'S ISLANDS

A great way to experience Sydney is to visit its islands. It's not something that many people do. There are seven harbour islands and one of the most popular is Clark Island -  just off Double Bay. It has great views of the harbour, the bridge and Opera House.

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17. WATSONS BAY

This place has great views of the harbour and of the Tasman Sea. It’s also a favourite with Sydneysiders for a relaxing meal. Doyle’s has a monopoly on the food here. But if it's a picnic you are after, there's a great park as soon as you get off the ferry.


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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   18. RIVERCAT TO PARRAMATTA

The rivercat trip from Circular Quay in the city and up the Parramatta river to Parramatta offers great views. Parramatta is Sydney’s oldest settlement. It has a country town feel, with good architecture, an active arts community, and plenty of mouth watering cafes.

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day-trip-taronga_thumb.jpg   19. BLUE MOUNTAINS NATURE

The Blue Mountains offer a variety of outdoor activities, cafes and bed and breakfasts to suit families, singles and couples. There is a tourist information office at Echo Point, about 2km from the train station. You’ll be able to pick up maps detailing walking tracks and any other information on the area’s offerings.

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20. ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

This is the second oldest national park in the world. Only Yellowstone is older. In 2001, 60% of Royal National Park was burned in a massive bushfire. The park has since made a good recovery and offers plenty of walks, surfing beaches, rainforest cycle tracks and great views.

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21. A DAY IN THE HUNTER VALLEY WINERIES

Serenity now! The Hunter Valley is a great place to go to for a quick escape from the city, especially if you like your wine. There are plenty of large and boutique wineries, cafes and art galleries to check out in this hilly and relaxed environment.

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