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    Where can I find a famous pasta restaurant?

    There's lots of ways to become a "famous Italian restaurant" in Sydney, not all of them to do with the quality of the food and service. For instance, Bill and Toni's (http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/bill-and-toni/) has been around for centuries, is a really buzzy place, good, cheap food and absolutely nuts late into the night. If you want "famous for fine romantic Italian dining" you can't go past Mezza Luna, with gracious, skilled service and a knockout view of the city at sunset from most of the tables. (http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/mezzaluna-rristorante-italiano/) Want to see famous Sydney people? Go to Machiavelli's, which has a menu straight out of a time-warp and so-so quality and service, but everyone powerful in Sydney can be found there at least once a month, doing deals with other powerful people. (http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/machiavelli/) If you're visiting from elsewhere and want a great tourism experience as well as very good Italian food, you can't go past Bel Mondo in the Rocks with a view of the Opera House (http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/bel-mondo/). Buon appetito! over 9 years ago

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    There's cheap flights to Townsville between 20 July and 2 Sept. What's the weather like at that time of year? Stingers or not?

    You legend Ian, thanks. Gotta love an online travel service that gets you accurate, detailed answers so quickly. over 9 years ago

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    Is it OK to go, and where is a good spot for a couple?

    Definitely head to the islands unless you're looking for an easy family holiday with other families - and i bet you're not. Recommend the Yasawa island group. The Tom Hanks movie 'Castaway' was shot there and pretty much every island in the group has that same white coral sand, green vegetation, shallow blue seas thing happening as in the movie. We stayed at the rightly famous Turtle Island for our honeymoon and while it's worth the eye-bleedingly-expensive price, you can also find anything from 1-star $65/night accomodation and up there. Since most of the islands are small and close together, once you're in the Yasawas you're only a short boat ride between different islands and can stay at a couple of places. But if you only have a short holiday, stay on one island because 'Fiji Time' can turn what should be a 15min island transfer into 1.5hrs so don't overdo the inter-island travel. For the ultimate in flexibility go for a 'Bula Pass' that will let you wander thru the Mamanucas and Yasawas, staying where/when you like for 7-21 days. See http://www.awesomefiji.com/passes-bula.aspx The snorkelling and diving in the Yasawas is excellent - shallow, coral sand bottoms, big walls, and the coral is still in good condition. The Mamanucas are better known for their surf breaks though you can still get some good surfing in the Yasawas, there just aren't surfing-specific resorts there. about 10 years ago

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    Can you recommend a nice place to stay in Seminyak Bali ?

    ...also if you need someone to be tour guide, babysitter or babysitter we have become friends with a local woman, Ni Wayan Suci. She's very knowledgeable and experienced and has good English. She can book restaurants, organise transport and local or longer tours. She was a great babysitter for our young son too. You can contact her at wsuci@hotmail.com and you'll only pay a couple of USD an hour for her help. about 10 years ago

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    Can you recommend a nice place to stay in Seminyak Bali ?

    We stayed at the Villa Seminyak for a week two years ago and it was beautiful, a quiet haven away from the bustle of Seminyak town but right in the middle of it as soon as you step out the front gate. Private plunge pools, big open rooms, and good food. http://www.villaseminyak.net/ about 10 years ago

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    Out of towner visiting Sydney for 2 days.

    In warm weather if they're moderately fit I'd take them for a walk from the Spit Bridge to Manly beach. Pack some towels and swimming gear and some drinks and it can't be beat on a warm afternoon. Amazing views of the harbour and the city from Middle Head will help show the layout of Sydney. about 10 years ago

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    Where is best place for honeymoon?

    The Yasawa Islands probably offer the most stereotypical 'tropical island getaway' holidays in Fiji. A large collection of small islands often only separated by 1-2km of shallow coral sea. Lots of places to stay all the way from cheap backpacker to romantic honeymoon to some of the most famous and most exclusive resorts in the world. My wife and I stayed at Turtle Island for our honeymoon and while it was eye-bleedingly expensive, it was easily worth the price. http://www.fiji.pacific-resorts.com/yasawas.html over 10 years ago

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    Where is a good pub or bar in Sydney on a Wednesday night?

    Try the Red Oak 201 Clarence Street. A bit of a walk from CeBIT but worth it. All their own local micro-brews on tap, restaurant attached (food is only OK) Vibe is relaxed, friendly, mostly city professionals. Bar staff are good friendly people too. http://www.redoak.com.au/ over 10 years ago