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Top 5 Ways to Unwind in Sydney

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published October 17th 2012
When in need of some TLC
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The Marilyn Martini, a signature cocktail drink that can be enjoyed at Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

1. Hotel Escapes with Two Top Sydney Hotels

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The scrumptious high tea at Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney

We all need some time out to unwind, and heading to the city for a hotel stay is the perfect way to do this. Both of my recent stays at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney and the Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney were just stunning. Both of these hotels have given you an easier reason to unwind. Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney have put together an "Illegally Blonde" package, where from $245 per night you receive one nights accommodation in a premier room with two bottles of Pure Blonde beer. A one way transfer to the Lyric Theatre is also provided. Ladies, you will also be treated to a beauty bag from Priceline (valued at $115) as part of this all inclusive package.

High Tea has never been so amazing where you can choose to enjoy the experience for two people at either the One on 1 Brasserie, or at your hotel rooms balcony at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, only a blocks walk from Darling Harbour. The petit fours, scones with cream and jam, as well as their sandwiches and wraps are just delicious. Without accommodation, the high tea is only $40 for two people, otherwise $55 for two people with champagne.

2. Parks

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The Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney boasts some great parks, one of which is the Royal Botanical Gardens in the city. There are many great parks surrounding the water, and King George Park at Rozelle is also one of them. Picnics and BBQ's are also the order of the day, especially with the warmer weather coming along, as at the time of writing this.

3. The Sunroom at The Ivy

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The Sunroom at The Ivy

I have been fortunate to have been to a couple of functions here, and the decor is just stunning. Let the interior decorator within come alive with top home decorating ideas. The ambience is the backdrop for relaxation, especially with the outdoor garden theme outside despite busy George Street gleaning ahead. Great cloaking facilities are enjoyed as well as an outstanding canape (sizeable servings) and drinks service.

4. Ice Cream

Ice cream along Sydney Harbour

On a sunny day, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are the perfect backdrops for some ice cream. Take your pick. At Circular Quay you have three different ice cream choices. Enjoy them as you're strolling around Circular Quay, and even if you find yourself heading to The Rocks area. Chilling out for a moment in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a great way to also enjoy this indulgent, yet fairly inexpensive treat. Gourmet choc top flavours such as Creme Brulee can also be found at the Dendy Cinemas at East Circular Quay. You do not need a movie ticket to knock yourself out at their candy bar.

5. Manly

The Manly ferry at Circular Quay

Another option is to catch the iconic green and yellow Manly Ferry and spend a full day at Manly. Maybe Manly could be your more preferred ice cream destination than Circular Quay. You have Ben & Jerry's here. Watch out for those seagulls if you happen to be eating hot chips, a pizza or a burger for lunch - the seagulls here can get aggressive. Enjoy yourself at the beach - swim or surf, or even just walk around and sun bake. Otherwise Manly is also home to quality scuba diving and bike riding experiences. Bushwalking up to Shelley Beach and the heads is also quite therapeutic, especially with some water and green nature in between.

The outdoor garden at The Ivy Sunroom

Of course, these are just some of the top ways that Sydneysiders like to relax. We also love massages, yoga classes, spa pedicures, coffee and brunches to name. Please feel free to comment and to share if you have any other simple but creative suggestions on the top ways you can unwind in Sydney without necessarily having to stay home.
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Why? The top ways to unwind in Sydney
When: When in need of some R&R in Sydney
Where: Various locations in Sydney
Cost: Free to a cost, depending on the activity/ies chosen
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