A Pensioner’s Day Out in Woolloomooloo for Under $50
Once known as a poorer suburb, Woolloomooloo has undergone some intense gentrification in recent years. Now, this inner-city eastern suburb glitters with some of the finest restaurants, museums and hotels in Sydney. But don’t be afraid of the sparkle, this harbourside area offers a range of attractions and things to do that won’t cost you a cent over $50!
SEE THE ELIZABETH BAY HOUSE (Potts Point)
Start off your day with a visit to what is known as Sydney’s finest colonial house, the Elizabeth Bay House. Originally owned by Alexander Macleay, one of Sydney’s most important colonial secretaries at the time, the house was built in 1835. This museum of a house offers up a piece of Sydney’s history with gorgeous rooms and furnishings, and magnificent views of the harbour. You will truly feel like you’ve been transported back into another era.
Price: $4 each
TAKE A STROLL ALONG THE FAMOUS FINGER WHARF (Woolloomooloo)
What better way to soak in the history and views of Woolloomooloo than taking a stroll along the famous Finger Wharf? Built in 1915 and stretching over 400 metres, the wharf is known as the world’s largest wooden structure. Previously used to handle the exportation of wool, it has now been turned into the hub of finer things in Sydney. Home to Chef Hat-awarded restaurants and Russel Crowe’s multi-million dollar penthouse, the Finger Wharf is definitely worth seeing.
LUNCH AT CRINITI’S (Potts Point)
After having a wander along the wharf, stop in for lunch at one of Sydney’s most popular Italian restaurants, Criniti’s. Specialising in modern southern Italian cuisine, Criniti’s is best known for their wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas. Decked out in rustic wooden furniture and embellished with two Ducati motorbikes and a Ferrari engine hanging from the ceiling, you’re in for an impressive dining experience.
Price: One pizza to share starts at $24
VISIT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW (The Domain)
The feasting doesn’t stop at lunch! Head over to the Art Gallery of NSW and feast your eyes on the marvellous artworks on display. Boasting fine Australian and international art, this is one of the most popular art museums in Australia. Operating since 1871, the art gallery holds modern and contemporary collections with ever-changing exhibitions, and hosts the famous Archibald Prize annually. There is also a range of lectures, films and performances that occur regularly.
DINNER AT HARRY’S CAFÉ DE WHEELS (Woolloomooloo)
Stop by for dinner at the famous Harry’s Café de Wheels. Renowned for its ‘pies and peas’, Harry’s opened in 1939 as an answer to the lack of decent late-night feeds in the area. What used to attract sailors, cab drivers and officers at the navy docks, now attracts a clientele from all over the world. The caravan café has attracted stars such as Elton John, and is now a main tourist attraction for Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Price: Pies starting from $5.90
Your day out comes to a total of $43.80
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