Zia Pina – Pizza at the Rocks

February 14, 2007 at 12:00 pm | Posted in General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

After visiting the Opera House we made our way across Circular Quay towards the Rocks and  Zia Pina – Italian Pizzeria – for lunch.

With a cosy atmosphere, somewhat gruff staff and walls bedecked with signed photos of current and has been celebrities who had visited the restaurant. Our pizzas (albeit not really matching the term “large”) were tasty and enjoyable and in conjunction with the ambiance makes this a great place for affordable Italian in the Rocks.

By the time we had finished our meals the once empty restaurant was now full with a cavalcade of people from around the world all coming together for some good food! If you get here and it looks full you may be in luck with the somewhat hidden seating upstairs.

Of course if you’re not up for Italian, then La Renaissance is right around the corner, as are a multitude of other eateries.

The Sydney Opera House tour

February 14, 2007 at 12:15 am | Posted in General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | 1 Comment

Saturday morning Anna, Kaitlin, Mike and I were at the Sydney Opera House ready to take on the 1 hour tour. Normal tickets cost $26 but if you buy online it’s $16 – however you have to go through the rigamoroll of creating an entire profile for this simple purchase. Rumour has it that this will be streamlined in the future. Tours in other languages are also available.


Although it’s for an hour the time flies, in part due to the walking between locations at the Opera House but is helped predominantly by the quality of the tour guide and the anecdotes which add flavour to the experience. Our tour guide, Mary-Ann, drew upon her wealth of knowledge from her years as an usher and guide in making the hour memorable.

Overall, I found the experience interesting and engaging and would recommend this tour to anyone. You may even have the chance to see the staff preparing a show. Afterwards and depending on the time you could take the opportunity to sit at the Opera Bar and have a drink on the edge of Circular Quay.

Symphony Hall photos (you can only take pictures if there is no performance being prepared):


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