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    A freelance writer, who at present is wooed by the Sydney harbour and its associated attractions.
  1. Popular New Year’s Eve celebrations are usually cruises or parties or a combination of both in Sydney. Senior citizens that we are, my husband and I haven’t really kept pace with trending party scenes. Loud music and lights may not be our scene right now, but you definitely can’t club us in the same bracket as those who live in assisted care homes. We don’t use walkers to move about precariously nor do we take forever to walk from the living room to the dining room. The athletes that we were in our youth, I’m pretty sure we can give the current digital generation a run for their money! For some time now, there’s been nothing extraordinary about our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Like any other day, we end up in bed by 10, calling it a night. It’s not that we’ve lost our zest for life; it’s just that after a certain age you begin to debunk the ‘variety is the spice of life’ routine. This New Year’s Eve, I was in the garden pruning the rose bushes, when my phone started buzzing. Thinking it would be one of those annoying marketing calls, I ignored it. When the phone buzzed again I thought this must be a persistent soul, someone who probably didn’t achieve their monthly sales numbers and might lose their holiday bonus pay. Yes, sometimes I do over think trivial things. But, that was no sales person; it was my friend Darla asking me to get over to her place right away. My mind first conjured images of her being hurt or caught in the midst of an unfortunate incident, but the hint of excitement in her voice made me recant those thoughts! She lived right down the road, so I pulled off my gardening gloves and quickly (as fast as my aging legs would carry me) made my way to her place. Darla was waiting for me at the door and as soon as I got in the house, thrust an envelope into my hands. Seeing my perturbed expression, she smiled and said the envelope contained the tickets to a Sydney NYE Fireworks cruise. I remember her telling me that she had gotten tickets for a New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour a while back. Puzzled as to why she would gift me such prized tickets, Darla explained that her daughter Debbie had gone into labour and before the night was done, she would be a grandmother! And however much she was looking forward to it, a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise was the last place she wanted to be when her grandchild was making her way into this world! That baby couldn’t have picked a better day to than the start of a New Year to make an appearance! True, Darla and her husband would miss out on a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise and the midnight fireworks of Sydney Harbour, but that could be experienced next year as well. It definitely pales in comparison when you know your first grandchild is born only once! Clutching the envelope in hand, I walked back home wondering whether going for a Sydney NYE cruise will be my cup of tea. I called Bill and told him of the new developments. He was surprisingly very gung-ho about the whole thing. He didn’t want the tickets to go to waste as they were pricey and insisted we go. As the cruise leaves the wharf by 7pm, there wasn’t much time left to dawdle around and we got ready for it. My perceptions of a cruise party on a boat where shattered when I saw our vessel which would be the venue for the evening. It was a stylish glass boat with elegant interiors that resembled a premium star hotel. There was dancing, there was good food, wine and spectacular harbour views. The beauty of night time Sydney and the spectacular fireworks display almost took our breath away. The New Year’s Eve cruise on Sydney Harbour was a pleasant wakeup call for the both of us. We needed this badly to shake our life from its mundaneness. As for Darla who accidentally set all this in motion, I am gifting her a cruise for the coming New Year’s Eve as a big thank you!
  2. Christmas Day lunches in Sydney are traditionally a special affair with immediate and extended family coming together to celebrate the holiday, exchange gifts, drink and make merry! But preparing a multi-course feast befitting a great annual celebration is no mean feat, especially for the family members on kitchen duty. Why go through long and laborious preparations to churn out a lip-smacking Christmas Day lunch, when Sydney gives you great options dine out and enjoy the day with the entire family? Here are some Unique X’mas Day lunch ideas ranging from a cruise to dining at the zoo in Sydney. Pier One Sydney Harbour Treat yourself and your family to a splendid fine-dining experience at Pier One that offers a carefully crafted multi-course menu that includes exquisite dishes from around the world. If your palate isn’t for exotic dishes there are simpler offerings available, but with the Pier One twist thrown in. Dine in luxury, catch up with family and enjoy superb views of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Christmas Day couldn’t get any better! Taronga Zoo Spend Christmas Day having lunch with the King of the jungle at Taronga Zoo. Don’t worry you are not on the menu for the day as the lions at Taronga prefer fresh rabbit, beef or roo meat! You will enjoy the same royal treatment with a delicious fare of steaks and roasted pork belly finished off with moist puddings and custard with fresh cream. If your kids are fussy eaters, there are also specialised menus as well: chicken nuggets and yummy jelly with ice cream for dessert. Head to Taronga Zoo for a fun-filled family Christmas Day lunch in Sydney. Christmas Day Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour Wine and dine while cruising on Sydney Harbour relishing the good food and views that come by you. Celebrate Christmas Day with a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour on a paddlewheeler that exudes old world charm, a contemporary catamaran or an elegant glass vessel that treats you to roving views of the harbour. Have a multi-course feast complete with a selection of freshly prepared meats and desserts to choose from. As there are only a limited number of seats are available,you better plan in advance if you want to experience a Christmas Day lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour. Gowings Bar and Grill Craving for some wood-fired meats and rotisserie fowl? Make the most of your Christmas Day lunch at Gowings Bar and Grill with some traditional lip-smacking fare that everyone in your family will enjoy. If meats are not your fancy andyou yearn for seafood, you can choose from a selection of crustaceans cooked just the way you like. Experience fine dining the traditional way at Gowings, a decent spot in Sydney to have your turkey on Christmas Day. So, take off those aprons and dine out with your family for a change! Cheers!
  3. The answer to the phrase where should we go out for dinner used to be simpler before. It was most often ‘the place at the corner’ or ‘that Chinese place’ or some new restaurant that just opened. Now that dining options have broken new frontiers, things have dramatically gone out of hand! You have options ranging from dining beside a waterfall to dining on a boat on a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise! Here are some unique dining options that will blow your mind! Dine under water Yes, you can dine under water, and no, you won’t be wearing scuba suits and having food passed to you via a tube! Located in Maldives, the Rangali Island Resort is an underwater restaurant located about five metres under sea level. With a curved transparent roof, you get a 270°panoramic view of the sea life and watch turtles and colourful fish swimming past as you dine. There is seating capacity for only 14 guests, so book ahead in advance. Dine on a treetop Ever felt like having dinner in a tree house? Well, you can do one better than a creaky old backyard treehouseby having dinner on a luxury pod on top of a redwood tree, 32ft above the ground – a restaurant in the Kiwi Islands of New Zealand. You can’t just walk in and ask for a table for two at this restaurant as the venue is now used for private functions and parties. With a maximum capacity of up to 30 guests, dine and chill on top of a tree with your best mates beside you! Dine on the largest passenger plane Do you like the idea of dining on a plane but not a big fan of the usual ‘gourmet’ choices of sandwiches or warm chicken and packaged drinks? Well,if you’re visiting Taiwan, you can enjoy dining on a plane – not just any plane – one of the largest passenger planes!You won’t really be dining on an Airbus A380, but a model of it, but it still counts. Also served by flight attendants, you can have the authentic experience of dining on pull down tables and plastic cutlery! Dine on a boat After seeing Titanic you may have wanted to dine like Jack did in first class sampling caviar and champagne served by white-gloved waiters. Well, it’s not exactly the same, but you can have a similar experience dining on a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise sampling some fine cuisine while enjoying the best views of Sydney after sunset, when the harbour comes to life. Dine beside a waterfall There are lots of things to do with a waterfall, but dining beside it will be the last thing on your mind. Well, now you can do just that in Philippines. Technically it’s not a waterfall and is the spill over from a dam, but you get all the visual and aural effects of a waterfall and also the views!Dining options are limited to a buffet, so if you don’t mind getting a tad bit wet in the process of dining, book your table now!
  4. Dining out in Sydney is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Today, the vibrant food scene in this beautiful harbour city transcends culture and language, creating an instant bond between locals and tourists. You can expect big, bold flavours, but the underlying trend is to create dishes that use the freshest seasonal and regional produce and ingredients. So, Sydney, known for its hedonistic mix of world-famous attractions, historic landmarks, picture-perfect beaches, exhilarating theme parks, gorgeous views and glamorous bars, can now add the unique restaurants and unforgettable harbour dinner cruises to that list. Be it family diners, fast food joints, sophisticated steakhouses, seafood restaurants, waterfront restaurants, bar and grill or hole-in-the-wall eateries, Sydney Harbour has it all! But the crowning glory has to be Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruises that have simply raised the bar when it comes to grand dining experiences on the harbour. Harbour dinner cruises have revolutionized the concept of waterfront dining by offering cruises aboard purpose-built luxury vessels, a kaleidoscope of dazzling views, freshly prepared buffets, a la carte menus, live entertainment and impeccable service that treats you like you're nothing short of royalty. Who wouldn't want to pay for such a unique dining experience? With people leading such hectic lives with jam-packed schedules, they're always on the lookout for a reason to peel away from the monotony of routine. So, if you have an occasion to celebrate, why not do it in style? And, believe it or not, there's something for everyone and every little occasion on Sydney Harbour! Be it a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a hen's party, an office celebration, a national occasion or simply a dinner getaway, you'll find a host of dinner cruises to choose from, depending on your budget and time constraints. Some Sydney Harbour dinner cruises whisk you away to a world of luxury with superior creature comforts and a fantastic dining experience that surpasses all expectations. Some treat you to the glamour and charm of yesteryear with a dinner cruise aboard an authentic paddlewheeler or a tall ship with masts with little nuggets of history thrown in. Some add a dash of excitement to the cruise with live cabaret entertainment, rock'n roll music, latino dances, jazz music etc. elevating the ambience and the cruising experience. But the one thing they have in common is that they all dish out an extravagant spread of freshly-prepared buffets or seated and served dinners that cater to both the sober and adventurous palates.