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The Old Library Restaurant & Bar

History behind The Old Library Restaurant.

The Old Library Restaurant building was originally built by the Methodist Church back in 1908 and the style was inspired on Federation Gothic. The building back then compromised a main nave and bell tower, which was later demolished. There was a small rectory attached to the south. It is a masonry building with polychrome brick banding, wall buttresses marking the structural bays, pointed arched windows between buttresses with stained glass, with a gabled tiled roof and two stained glass wheel windows to gable. The interiors are slatted timber ceiling and plastered walls.

The opening service was held on the 8th November, 1908 with the President of the Conference, the Reverend Benjamin Danks officiating.

In 1955 it was decided by Council to open a branch library at Cronulla. A portion of the School of Arts building (built in 1912) in Surf Road was leased for this purpose. The Library was officially opened by Councillor O’Brien on the 30th April. It consisted of 12 squares which had originally been two shops. Half was the main adult section and the other half was the junior section, counter reference and study area and staffroom. By 1962 the premises were considered to be inadequate.

In early 1963 the Methodist Church building was put up for sale. The council did consider buying the building as a community hall and Library in 1964, but for various reasons it was not until 1968 that Council gave consideration to a proposal to use part of the church premises for a separate children’s library. This eventually happened in 1969 and it was converted into the Library in the early 1970’s.

Mario Kalpou Brilliant Idea Comes About.

Mario Kalpou bought the building in 2009 and, in two years, transformed it into what it is today. Even though the building is not heritage listed Mario want the restaurant to remain as close to the original design as possible, but with a new look while still keeping its history as a library. Finally the re-build of Cronulla’s iconic old library building is complete and it opened for business next Thursday the 24th November 2011.

The restaurant is divided into four sections. You have the area that is at the front of the building that is separated by a glass partition that does not extend up to the high church like ceilings. This area can be set up to accommodate large groups or small groups. On the night we were there 2 groups of ten, 1 group of seven and 2 groups of four.

Moving from here you will find the centre piece bar and bar stools for the casual drink or two with a number of tables that would accommodate smaller groups or couples. Towards the rear of the building you have an area that can be set up for a group or for a number of other combinations.

The last, but by no means the least is the kitchen where all the absolutely delicious food is prepared by the hand-picked chefs. Over the last year I had heard so much about this restaurant that when it was decided that our group of friends would dine in the Sutherland Shire for our Christmas get together I had my wife show me where it was.

I couldn’t believe when Leanne showed me the front of the building as we walked pass it on our way up to the mall to have our usual fruit drink after walking along the esplanade. I had been passed this magnificent Restaurant/Building I don’t know how many times before.

One the night we were there the floor staff were extremely busy as The Old Library Restaurant was almost full and the waitress and the rest of the staff who we had made sure that we were well looked after throughout the night. Even to the point where I managed to knock my fork onto the floor and it was immediately replace with a new one, before I had a chance to put it back on the table.

Another of couple of things that I did notice during the night was that before our entrees, main meal and desert were served the napkins and cutlery were replaced with new ones. Also the staff who brought out our meals didn’t have to ask us who had what? They knew exactly where each meal had to go.

What I did like was the menu list was just a one sided piece of paper, rather than a folder. This was in keeping with the old theme of the library and it made it so easy when it came to changing the menu throughout the year.

Being a lover of food in generally, especially seafood I once again had the hard choice of choosing between the Calamari fritta and gremolata, Seared scallops, peas, nasturtium and roe or the Cured ocean trout carpaccio, sea greens and grapes for an entree. I went with the seared scallops and I wasn’t disappointed as they just melted in my mouth.

There was no doubt in my mind when my spoon sliced through the desert and the insides just oozed out and I could smell the aroma. The taste was sensational. Now I am not saying that the other deserts wouldn’t have been just as good, but by the comments of, “How good is this?” or “You should try this” coming from our group, you can work it out for yourself.

While there I did find that at times the noise levels from others dining at The Old Library was quite high and this would be expected as the walls were rendered or made of glass and the ceiling were quite high as you would expect in an old church. What I did notice was that the noise level dropped dramatically when everyone in the other 5 groups in the area where we were sitting. They too were enjoying tucking into their meals as much as we were.

To keep with the theme of the building once being used as a Library, you will find book shelves that have been painted onto the wall with a whitewashed interior. There are pale American oak tables and comfortable cushion-scattered linen lounges throughout the restaurant. One thing that did impress me as we walked up the front stairs, were the floor to ceiling front windows that can be opened up to the summer breeze. You will find reading lamps and ceramic deer heads throughout.

The bill when it arrived was placed in an old book, once again the attention to detail that the Restaurant is reference to the Old Library. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the cost of the meal it worked out at a little over a $100 per person and foe this we had fresh baked bread and dipping oil, 3 entrees, 7 main meals, 6 deserts, 6 beers, 2 mixed spirits, 4 cocktails, 5 coffees and one bottle of champagne. I would say that we definitely got plenty of value for money.

The Old Library

The Old Library


“Cronulla has never seen the likes of this before,” says restaurateur Mario Kalpou of his freshly opened restaurant and bar, The Old Library. Patrons have already been flocking to The Old Library, not just from The Shire but from all over Sydney. Word of mouth is spreading the news about this unique dining experience that’s sophisticated yet welcoming, the delicious Modern Italian food, the hip, relaxing bar, and the space that’s stylish but also designed with a playful and quirky sense of humour.

For the past two years The Old Library has been the labour of love for Mario Kalpou, who has overseen the finest detail through to the big picture of this million-dollar ‘baby’. In creating The Old Library, Kalpou’s credo could well be ‘only the best’, with his insistence on the finest quality everything, and collaborating with the most outstanding professionals in their field.

In the refurbishment of the building, which dates from 1908 – originally a Methodist church and converted to a library in the 1970s – Kalpou worked with acclaimed, award winning interior designers Hecker Guthrie (Ivy, The Millswyn, Grace, The Public Dining Room…). The brief, which has been beautifully realised, was to merge the old with the new, and break up the interior without losing the sense of space. To Kalpou, it was also vital to incorporate a library theme without being clichéd. This has been achieved with clever, witty touches such as the bookshelf paintings, and in the menu where the courses are renamed with bookish twists such as ‘foreword’ for entrée, and the bar menu (created by Sarah Robinson with Mario Kalpou) presented in chapters 1 to 5.

Kalpou has brought in celebrity chef Danny Russo, a multi ‘hat’ awardee in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards, and his long-time culinary partner, chef David McGill. Together they create traditional Italian dishes in a modern style. “It’s contemporary without compromising the integrity of the cucina,” explains Kalpou. Signature dishes include: roast figs, prosciutto, goats cheese and truffle honey; braised and pressed lamb shoulder, eggplant, zucchini and anchoiade; and almond milk panna cotta, lavender, strawberries and meringue.

Renowned Sydney sommelier Nick Caraturo has created an extensive wine list that offers a superb selection of Italian wine. In the spirit of fun that is part of The Old Library’s character, the high-end wines on the wine list are headed: “how much do you love her?”. Patrons may also choose from an amazing selection of cocktails, aperitifs and digestive beverages. The bar is a destination in its own right, where you can come by for a cocktail, beer or glass of wine to enjoy with one of The Old Library’s delectable social plates.

“For me the most appealing part of The Old Library is its quirkiness. I love that there is so much character and history in the space yet it has a great deal of flair about it,” Kalpou enthuses. “We want to make our patrons feel special but not intimidated, and most of all have fun,” he adds.

FACT FILE – THE OLD LIBRARY RESTAURANT & BAR • Owner and creator, restaurateur Mario Kalpou • Interior design by Hecker Guthrie with additional finishing touches by top stylist Sibella Court. • Floorboards in American Oak, Boyac upholstery, Bellini chairs, tables designed by Mario Kalpou and hand-made locally from American Oak, bar made from marble Smartstone. • Additional finishing touches by top stylist Sibella Court who sourced animal heads by London artist Lucie McCann, Armadillo rugs, Hugh Ford bookshelf paintings. • Chefs – Danny Russo and David McGill who have been a successful culinary duo for many years. • Sommelier – Nick Caraturo • Bar menu created by Sarah Robinson and Mario Kalpou • Materials and furnishings: floorboards in American Oak, Boyac upholstery, Bellini chairs, tables designed by Mario Kalpou and hand-made locally from American Oak, bar made from Smartstone, Armadillo rugs, lighting by Jim Lawrence in the UK, and Great Dane. • Artworks: ceramic animal heads by London artist Lucie McCann, bookshelf paintings by Sydney artist Hugh Ford. • 15 Surf Rd, Cronulla, NSW, (02) 9544 5360 • Open Thursday to Sunday, midday ‘til late

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The Old Library Lodge and Restaurant

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  • Пляж Камусдарак – в 8,1 км
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Comfortable and spacious room, quiet, nicely located behind the main building with view on a garden. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food and breakfast menu. We loved it.

We got stuck in traffic for four hours and arrived after midnight, 2 hours past the check in deadline, and David got out of bed, put his clothes on, and checked us in. Room was very comfortable. The next morning at breakfast, I asked if my sausage was from pork and David said “That’s Haggis!” Or at least I think that’s what he said. Lochaber accents to Southern American ears. Delicious nonetheless.

Great location, friendly reception, great food, good comfort

Completely let down by the management of the hotel. When I arrived at the hotel I was advised that breakfast started at 8am, this was after my ferry was due to leave so I asked if they would be able to give me something, yogurt, fruit, bread etc either that night or be left out for me so I could have something in the morning. Answer was no. I then asked if they would be deducting something from my bill as I wouldn’t be taking breakfast (standard rate included breakfast). Answer was again no. This was very disappointing for a hotel charging £120pn for single occupancy. Even if they took £5 off my bill that would have covered a bacon roll and a coffee at Malaig pier. This stance alienates people coming to the highlands to work and as such I wouldn’t use this hotel again for a work trip, which is a shame as the views are lovely and the food was very good.

This is a really nice cute place to stay. Not fancy, but very sweet, clean and easy. The restaurant was a high point. The food was great for both dinner and breakfast. The owners are fun to talk with and very engaged.

Surry Hills Library

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The Surry Hills Library opened in 2009 and has won a swag of architectural awards for its sustainable design. This flagship City of Sydney building spans 4 floors and also houses a community centre and childcare centre. It’s located in the heart of bustling Crown Street and is open 7 days a week.

There are plenty of spaces for reading and study in the library as well as a dedicated children’s corner on the entry level.

405 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am–6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am–8pm
  • Thursday: 10am–9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am–4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

The after-hours return chute is on Crown Street near the main entrance.


  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair access


Loans, renewals and returns

  • You can borrow as many as 30 items for as long as 3 weeks.
  • You can renew items online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  • You can also call us or visit the branch.


Community languages

  • Russian books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Russian newspapers
  • Spanish newspapers
  • Russian DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills Friday 28 February 2020
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Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

For 0 to 2 year-olds.

Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

Surry Hills Library
Fridays, 10am to 10:30am
Friday 28 February to Friday 11 December

Except Friday 10 April,
Friday 17 April,
Friday 24 April,
Friday 10 July,
Friday 17 July,
Friday 2 October and
Friday 9 October

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills Friday 28 February 2020
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    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11:45am
    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December

    Except Friday 10 April,
    Friday 17 April,
    Friday 24 April,
    Friday 10 July,
    Friday 17 July,
    Friday 2 October and
    Friday 9 October

  • Late Night Library: Talking Bodies – The Fondue Set Thursday 5 March 2020
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    Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of “dancing monuments”, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

    Over 3 nights, join Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work. From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching.

    The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

    The first event in the series features acclaimed Sydney collaborative dance trio The Fondue Set, Emma Saunders, Elizabeth Ryan and Jane McKernan. Over the last 15 years, The Fondue Set have made works that consistently push the boundaries of dance as a genre. Their works utilise humour, audience engagement and highlight the mistakes and the in-betweens of movement, while developing a distinct dance language towards an awkward body.

    For Dancing Monuments, The Fondue Set takes the audience on a journey through the numerous influences on their work. They’ll re-enact material from their repertoire and speculate about the great works still to come.

    Others in the series:

    Late Night Library:Talking Bodies Dancing Monuments is produced by the City of Sydney, presented with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, and March Dance Festival.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 5 March from 8pm to 9pm

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library Tuesday 17 March 2020
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    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Book in for the small group sessions below.

    Introduction to computers: 17 March This workshop covers what a computer is, its components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills to create your first document.

    Introduction to internet: 24 March Become familiar with how to access and surf the web so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the WWW yourself.

    Introduction to email: 31 March Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account and how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to online shopping: 7 April From booking a holiday to buying groceries, we’ll take you through the process of buying something and how to stay safe shopping online.

    Introduction to online banking: 14 April Find out how you can save time paying bills online and learn how to browse, buy and sell using websites like eBay and about payment options like PayPal.

    Introduction to social media: 21 April Get sharp with social media’s famous 3: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media channel to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads: 28 April We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm
    Tuesday 17 March to Tuesday 28 April

  • Late Night Library: Talking Bodies – Angela Goh Thursday 19 March 2020
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    Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of “dancing monuments”, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

    Over 3 nights, join Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work.

    From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching. The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

    This second event of the series features celebrated experimental Sydney-based dancer and choreographer Angela Goh. Working in theatres, galleries and telepathetic spaces, Angela’s performances consider the body in relationship to commodity, materiality, technology and feeling.

    For Dancing Monuments, Angela reflects on the diverse source materials, phenomena and concerns that have inspired her work. She re-enacts pivotal and never-before seen scenes from her work, while speculating about dance and what it can do. Angela sees dance as a container with which to feel the world, as a bearer of knowledge, and as the point where everything starts and nothing ends.

    Others in the series:

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies Dancing Monuments is produced by the City of Sydney, presented with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, and March Dance Festival.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 19 March from 8pm to 9pm

  • Late Night Library: Talking Bodies – Latai Taumoepeau Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Book now

    Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of ‘dancing monuments’, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

    Over 3 nights, join Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work.

    From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching. The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

    The final event in the series features renowned performance artist Latai Taumoepeau. In her body-focused practice, Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies, cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with contemporary performance. She reinterprets, regenerates and extends her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania.

    For Dancing Monuments, Latai traces the story of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace, the Eora Nation – Sydney. She uses this story to share the way her artistic work deals with cultural practices, climate change and the impacts of neoliberalism on the body. Latai will also talk about how ceremonial dance, pop culture and deep-sea mining intersect in her current work War Dance: The Final Frontier.

    Late Night Library: Dancing Monuments is produced by the City of Sydney, presented with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, and March Dance Festival.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 2 April from 8pm to 9pm

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    Self-Guided Sydney History Tour

    This Sydney History Walk will show you the best of historic Sydney in half a day making it perfect for any history lover and an ideal way to see the sights on a short stay in Sydney.

    Updated: 31/10/2019

    The walk takes you past many of Sydney’s most significant buildings as will appeal to history buffs and those interested in architecture.

    Highlights include: Hyde Park, UNESCO listed Hyde Park Barracks, Parliament House, Government House and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

    The walk will take you about an hour and a half unless you decide to enter some of the buildings and museums. With lots of stops, you could spend at least half a day on this route.

    Starting Point: Hyde Park

    This walk begins in Hyde Park, the cities oldest official park. In 1792 this land was set aside by the forward-thinking Governor Philip for public recreation. In the following years, the 16 hectares of flat green space spent time as a race track and a cricket ground.

    In the 1830s the park was almost released for housing, but thankful a change in governor saw the idea quashed. These days the park is a favourite spot for city workers wanting to escape their desks at lunchtime. As the weather warms up the park plays host to several festivals including the Festival of Sydney every summer.

    There are train stations at either end of the park, Museum in the south and St James at the north. The stations opened in the 1920s and have retained most of their original features; you feel as though you have stepped back in time here with original 1920s style ads gracing the billboards.

    So now you are here let’s explore the key sites in Hyde Park.

    ANZAC War Memorial

    Located at the southern end of the park just off Liverpool Street this pink granite Art Deco style building was completed in 1934 to commemorate World War One. The memorial is open daily from 9am-5pm and entry is free.

    Outside the Pool of Reflection is an excellent spot for a late afternoon photo.


    Just along from the memorial on the Elizabeth St side of the park is a large artwork, YININMADYEMI – Thou didst let fall by indigenous artist Tony Albert. These seven-metre-tall, 1.5-tonne bullets caused quite a controversy with Sydneysiders when they were unveiled. The sculpture acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in the nation’s military.

    YININMADYEMI – Thou didst let fall by indigenous artist Tony Albert

    Corridor of fig trees

    The beautiful path lined with Hill’s Weeping figs runs the full two-block length of Hyde Park from the War Memorial to the Archibald Fountain. Sadly over the last few years, several have been removed due to decay, but it is still gorgeous, especially in the early morning light like below.

    The corridor of fig trees provides respite from hot summer days

    Check out our free Rocks walking tour for another great self guided walk

    Sandringham Gardens

    Hidden in the eastern corner opposite the Australian Museum Sandringham Gardens were designed for the 1952 Royal Visit of King George VI. Sadly the tour was cancelled due to the King’s sudden death. The gardens are a great spot to escape to when you feel the rush of the city getting to you.

    My favourite spot to sit with a book and have a bit of time out

    J. F. Archibald Fountain

    I love discovering new things about Sydney. On researching possibly Sydney’s best-known fountain, I found the circle where it sits has a name ‘Birubi Circle’,. I doubt many locals have ever heard of it, we all just say, “I’ll meet you at the fountain”.

    The fountain is a popular meeting spot

    The Archibald Fountain was unveiled in 1932 and is the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard. It was built as a memorial to the Australian and French cooperation in World War 1 and is named after the owner of the Bulletin Magazine who donated the funds for it to be designed and built. It features Apollo surrounded by three figures, Diana who brings harmony to the world, Pan watching over the fields and pastures; and Theseus fighting the Minotaur.

    St Mary’s Cathedral

    Another fun fact I uncovered researching this post is St Mary’s Cathedral real name is The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians. Like all things in Australia, we have shortened it to just St Mary’s. This Gothic Revival style building is said to be based closely on the style of Lincoln Cathedral in England, and indeed, on the inside, there are many similarities.

    St Mary’s offers daily services

    The building appeared in stages with the first being completed in 1900. The spires on the southern end were only completed in 2000 after many years of fundraising. St Mary’s is the largest Cathedral building in Australia.

    Learn more about Sydney on one of these walking tours

    Macquarie Street

    Exit the park and continue walking straight ahead along Macquarie Street. This intersection where Macquarie Street meets Phillip and King Streets is known as Queens Square named for the statue of Queen Victoria. Note the statue of her love Prince Albert Sitting opposite.

    This street is named after in many ways the most significant of our early governors Lachlan Macquarie. You will come across his work (and name) throughout the city. Macquarie was considered instrumental in helping move Sydney from a penal colony to free settlement. This street was originally built to provide access to the first purpose-built hospital in the colony. It is home to several significant buildings, so let’s explore some of my favourites.

    Insider tip: See if you can find the mosaic on the ground outside the law courts that is a memorial to Francis Greenway who was the architect of three building in this street.

    Hyde Park Barracks

    The first building on Macquarie Street is the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks. The barracks were designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and built in 1819. They housed 600 convict men who spent their days in work groups.

    After convict transportation ended the building was repurposed as the Female Immigration Depot, designed to accommodate orphan girls who were sent to the colony to help reduce the gender imbalance created by transportation. After this, it became the Hyde Park Asylum, a home for destitute and mentally ill women.

    An interesting, interactive museum of colonial history.

    The museum is currently under major renovation and is due to re-open at the end of the year.

    St James Church

    The church opened in 1824 as an Anglican church was designed by Francis Greenway. If you happen to be here on a Wednesday consider popping in for their free lunchtime concert at 1.15pm. There is a lovely coffee shop Le Jardin St James is the churchyard that is open Monday to Friday and is a nice spot for a coffee and a little people watching.

    The Royal Australian Mint

    The oldest public building, it was initially part of the Rum Hospital, but in 1855 it became the first branch of the Royal Mint outside of England. It operated for about 70 years as a mint before newer operations in Melbourne took over these duties, and the building became government offices.

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    These days it is the headquarters of the Historic Houses Trust. Entry is free. There is a lovely gift shop and Bistro here if you fancy some shopping or a nice lunch.

    Sydney Hospital

    The first hospital in the colony was located in The Rocks and when Governor Macquarie arrived in 1810 and saw the substandard facility one of the first things he wanted to do was build a new hospital. The British government would not provide funds, and so Macquarie worked with local businessmen offering them a monopoly on the colony’s very profitable rum trade in exchange for funding the building.

    In the late 1860s, Florence Nightingale was approached by government officials to assist with providing training to the cities nurses. She sent five nurses who went on to improve health services in the county. There is a small museum here that is sometimes open to the public. Among the collection is Florence Nightingale’s sewing basket from the Crimean War.

    Head inside the main gates and take a look at the very pretty three-tiered cast-iron fountain featuring brolgas surmounted by black swans. There is a great photo op looking back toward Macquarie St here with architecture from the various periods lined up behind the Nightingale wing.

    Rub the boar’s nose for luck

    Insider tip: Throw a coin in the fountain and rub the nose on the wild boar statue outside the hospital.

    NSW Parliament House

    This somewhat understated colonial building is where the magic happens, or where the current government mess things up depending on your political views. Initially, this building and its neighbour The Mint were the cities main hospital, The Rum Hospital.

    See where all the political action takes place.

    Free public tours are regularly offered, and you can take your turn in the speaker’s chair. When Parliament is sitting, you can join Question Time from 2.15 pm.

    The State Library of NSW

    The oldest library in Australia the State Library was first established in 1826 and opened on this site in 1845. The library hosts regular free exhibitions that are often well worth the detour. They also have cheap storage lockers on the lower levels if you want somewhere to leave your things while you wander around the gardens. If you are looking for books about Sydney, they have an excellent collection in the gift shop. There are also clean public toilets and great free wifi.

    Just before you reach the front of the library keep your eyes peeled for a statue of explorer Matthew Flinders and his little cat Trim. Trim accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia in 1801–03.

    Can you see Trim the cat?

    Cross the road and enter the Botanic Gardens via the Morshead Gate. Follow the main path through the gardens towards Government House.

    Royal Botanic Gardens

    Conservatorium of Music

    Another Francis Greenway Building, Lachlan Macquarie commissioned this rather grand building as a stable for the new Government House building. In 1915 the building was converted into the Conservatorium of Music.

    Insider tip: The “Con” as it is known locally offer free lunchtime concerts often on Wednesdays – check this website for the current calendar of events.

    Government House

    The official residence of the New South Wales governor Government House is a Gothic Revival style design that features castellated towers. The building was designed by Edward Blore, the same architect who worked on the British Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Winsor Castle.

    Free guided tours are available on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and take approximately 45 minutes.

    The free tour is perfect if you have an interest in interior design.

    If you don’t have time for a tour, you can still stroll through the garden. Exit the house towards the waterfront and continue around to the Opera House.

    Circular Quay

    Cahill Walk – Cahill Expressway Viewing Platform

    After a short stop for a coffee or a drink at Opera Bar or East Circular Quay continue walking toward the overhead railway tracks. You will notice a glass elevator that leads up to the roadway. This is called Cahill Walk, and it offers excellent views of Circular Quay and the harbour from above. If you have time, there is some background information on the area presented under the shelter in the middle of the walkaway.

    Be sure to walk to the far end of the Cahill footpath for the best views

    Retrace your steps and go back down the elevator to the street. Walk under the rail overpass and cross Alfred Street to Customs House.

    Customs House

    Built-in 1844 this grand building housed the NSW Customs service until 1990. These days it is home to the City of Sydney public library, several restaurants and exhibition space. If you are in need of a loo, there are toilets on the first and second floors of the library. There are also free PCs and wi-fi if you need to check your email.

    Pop into Customs House to view the free model of the city.

    In the foyer is a 4.2m x 9.5m three-dimensional scale model of Sydney’s city centre viewed through a glass floor. It’s a great way to see where you have been and where you will go next.

    The model is helpful in getting an orientation of the city.

    Exit and head left to George Street. If you are hungry at this point stop into the Gateway Centre food court for a Messina Ice-cream or a Zumbo cake

    George Street Pub Crawl

    Cross the road and walk along George Street – this area is known as The Rocks. In this stretch of George St, there are no less than five pubs which to me seems like the perfect point to end this walk!

    George St view from the Cahill Walkway

    Here you can either follow my Rocks Self Guided walk or just wander up the street and into some of the old pubs trying a few local brews as you go.

    We have written a DIY Pub Crawl for you to follow

    If you want to learn more about the pubs and the history of the Rocks area, there is an excellent tour called When Rum Ruled the Rocks that gives a great overview and includes a few free beers!

    Sydney walking map

    Open the map in Google Maps for easy to follow directions and a few extra stops that are not included here.

    If you have any questions about the walk or have tried it, I would love to know?

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    Высокая кухня Сиднея

    В австралийском раю для гурманов

    Сидней – большой город, и кулинарные наслаждения здесь тоже в изобилии: такого широкого выбора для жителей и гостей нет почти нигде в мире.

    Австралийский мегаполис Сидней наполнен культурным многообразием, которое проявляется и в населении, и в кулинарии. Молодые профессионалы собираются в шикарных ресторанах среди небоскребов в деловом центре города. Блистательная викторианская архитектура района Паддингтон пользуется популярностью в богемных и гей-кругах. Архитектор Жан Нувель и специалист в области вертикальных садов Патрик Бланк теперь увековечены в самом модном районе Чиппендейл, или, сокращенно, Чиппо, где они построили торговый центр Central Park.


    Клэйтон Уэллс тоже живет в Чиппо. Когда в здании бывшей пивоварни открылся отель The Old Clare Hotel, Клэйтон планировал создать собственный ресторан. Так в этом историческом здании появился ресторан Automata, уже успевший прославиться на весь Сидней. Здесь используются лучшие австралийские продукты. В потрясающем меню из пяти утонченных блюд сочетаются кулинарные традиции многих стран. Гостям предлагают, например, хвосты лопатоносных лангустов и приготовленные на пару баклажаны с соусом из коньяка XO и красного винного уксуса и имитированной икрой Avruga.

    Kensington Street Social

    А по соседству расположился ресторан Kensington Street Social британского шеф-повара Джейсона Атертона, удостоенного звезды Michelin (он также руководит ресторанами Pollen Street Social и City Social в Лондоне). Это промышленное здание с десятиметровыми потолками внесено в список объектов наследия. Повара создают деликатесы на открытой кухне, на виду у гостей. В меню – квинслендский лягушачий краб с замороженным огуречным гаспачо и ревенем, обжаренные отбивные из беркширской свинины с конусной капустой и репой и другие кулинарные шедевры.


    В атмосфере ресторана Ester сочетаются черты винного погреба и студенческого бара. Обстановка неформальная, но обслуживание быстрое. Это заведение пользуется большой популярностью не только среди жителей Чиппо: иногда приходится ждать, даже если столик заказан заранее. Здесь, как и в Automata, в меню Мэтта Линдсей просто перечислено несколько ингредиентов, например «осьминог/картофель/ндуйя» (за последним названием кроется острая колбаса). Другое блюдо готовят из цветной капусты, миндаля и мяты. Смешиваясь, эти продукты порождают восхитительный вкус. Закуска настолько хороша, что останавливаться не хочется: мини-сэндвичи Sanga из сладкой булки с красной кровяной колбасой запекают в дровяной печи.


    Bennelong – один из самых потрясающих ресторанов, если говорить о виде на гавань. Сиднейский оперный театр отсюда, конечно, не виден, потому что заведение шеф-повара Питера Гилмора расположено в его стенах. Его инновационная кухня – словно путешествие по Австралии: мастерски приготовленные качественные ингредиенты от специально отобранных фермеров, рыбаков и производителей.

    Mr. Wong

    Mr. Wong – принципиально иной ресторан в деревенском стиле. Он находится на заднем дворе, в помещении наподобие мастерской, и перед дверью выстраивается очередь посетителей. В меню – современные вариации на тему блюд кантонской кухни. Димсам прекрасно подойдет на обед. Любителям этих блюд придутся по вкусу и клецки из рисового теста с говядиной вагю и трюфелями, и традиционные пельмени сяолунбао, фаршированные свининой в собственном соку.


    Обладатель звания «Шеф-повар года – 2015» Бренд Саваж и сомелье Ник Хильдебрандт выбрали для своего ресторана желтое здание, где раньше занимался творчеством эпатажный художественный коллектив. Теперь Yellow – лучший вегетарианский ресторан в городе. Нежные кулинарные произведения радуют глаз и отличаются восхитительным вкусом. В меню – кольраби, зимние опята и овощной сок или соцветия брокколи, амарант и горошек.

    The Paddington

    В ресторане The Paddington реализована самая оригинальная гастрономическая концепция. С одной стороны находится бар, с другой — открытая кухня с грилем трехметровой ширины. Здесь все готовят на гриле: и свежую рыбу, и тщательно отобранное мясо, и овощи. Добавьте крафтовое пиво и застольную беседу, и получится идеальное воплощение сиднейской жизни.


    5 Kensington Street
    Тел.: +61/2 82 77 85 55

    46–52 Meagher Street
    Тел.: +61/2 80 68 82 79

    Kensington Street Social
    3 Kensington Street
    Тел.: +61/2 82 77 85 33

    Sydney Opera House
    Тел.: +61/2 92 40 80 00

    Mr. Wong
    3 Bridge Lane
    Тел.: +61/2 92 40 30 00

    The Paddington
    384 Oxford Street
    Тел.: +61/2 92 40 30 00

    Автор: Kiki Baron
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