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Give Me a Break: Sydney

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Over the past few weeks, we have asked bosses to nominate an employee they believe really deserves a break. From the response we've had, there are a lot of good people around — those who deserve something great to happen for them and those who want to nominate them.

This week's recipient is Megan Craggs, manager of the Ballina Truck Align Centre. Her boss, Sharon Makin, reckons if anyone deserves a break, it's Megan. She's had a tough year, after losing her sister in a tragic accident. Even though Sharon married the love of her life, David Craggs, this year, which brought lots of happiness, the couple didn't take time for a honeymoon.

Megan was speechless when Kelly Landry revealed the secret cooked up by Getaway — Sharon and David could at last enjoy a fancy honeymoon. She and David were driven to Ballina Airport and boarded a flight to Sydney for a romantic, VIP weekend.

Park Hyatt Sydney

A fabulous hotel right on the water's edge of Sydney Harbour, Park Hyatt Sydney has breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It has a great restaurant, bar, spa and rooftop pool and it's a pleasant stroll from the historic Rocks area.

Megan and David had their own private butler on hand to help them settle in to their romantic dwelling and to prepare themselves for some surprises over the next couple of days.

Sydney Seaplanes

Sydney Harbour is so special even locals can't get enough of it. Simply beautiful from any angle, there's nothing like flying over it.

Rose Bay's Sydney Seaplanes took the honeymooners on a scenic flight over Sydney, taking in some of the better known places like Bondi, and some not so obvious spots. It's from above that you realise the enormity of the harbour and realise why it could very well be considered the most beautiful in the world.


Once back on dry land, it was time for lunch at the legendary Catalina on Rose Bay. The restaurant opened in 1994, and its aim was to be Sydney's favourite place to eat and the best by the water. That goal just may have been reached. Its kitchen is open from midday until late and diners are welcome all day. The balcony bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink.

As Megan found, you don't need to be a connoisseur to enjoy dining at Catalina. Her tastes in food are simple and chef Peter McMahon recommended snapper and chips and she said they were the best she's ever had.

If you're a boss who would like to give one of your hard workers a well-deserved break, log on to and tell us why!

Read ninemsn Travel's Insider's Guide to Sydney


Around Sydney Harbour.


Park Hyatt Sydney rooms start at $595 a night.

Sydney Highlights Seaplane 20-minute flights cost $160 per person. They take off from Rose Bay and operate every day. Please make reservations through Adrenalin Live.

Virgin Blue has flights to Sydney.

One-way fares from:

  • Canberra $75
  • Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne $89
  • Adelaide $129
  • Perth $209
  • Darwin $235

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 27, 2009, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at August 27, 2009.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Park Hyatt Sydney
The Rocks
Sydney 2000
Ph: 131 234

Sydney Seaplanes
PO Box 30
Rose Bay 2029
Ph: (02) 9388 1978

Adrenalin Live
Ph: 1300 791 793

Catalina Restaurant
Lyne Park
Rose Bay 2029
Ph: (02) 9371 0555

Ballina-Lennox Head Hire Cars
Ph: 0428 666 360

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