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Hawkesbury River Marina 

Situated on the majestic Hawkesbury River, Brooklyn Marina is just 1 hour north of Sydney in Australia

This magnificent waterway is nestled among spectacular National Parks and is considered Sydney’s hidden paradise.

The marina provides berths and moorings with full facilities for all our customers.

The Oysters Box Hotel,Umhlanga north of Durban S.A. Excellent food

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The legendary 5 star Oyster Box Hotel is beautifully positioned on the ocean’s edge in the beach resort of Umhlanga north of Durban in South Africa’s tropical KwaZulu-Natal province. The Oyster Box Hotel is located only a 5 minutes walk from the Umhlanga Village Centre and can easily be reached from the Durban city centre, the International Airports and the numerous stylish shopping centres.

Nearby sightseeing places and tourist attractions include the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, the Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 game reserves, game lodges and KwaZulu-Natals’ famous historical battlefields.

After extensive renovations in 2008 and 2009 the Oyster Box Hotel Umhlanga has kept its classical charm and elegance. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors back in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa’s most popular and distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking oceanfront setting gained it a reputation that was legendary.

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Durban City Hall

The City Hall was built in the early 1900s due to the rapid growth of Durban. City centre changes resulted in the original town hall taking on a new mantle as the Durban post office.

The city fathers commissioned a new town hall in 1903, choosing what they termed a ‘bold and progressive’ design submitted by architect Stanley Hudson.

Hudson set about creating a replica of the Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland, which served as his inspiration.

His legacy is a stone-coloured structure adorned with sculptures portraying the arts, commerce, music, literature and industry, while the main pediment sculptures are representative of unity, patriotism and Great Britain.

In addition to the mayor’s parlour and municipal chambers, the building houses a public library, auditorium, and the Durban Art Gallery and Natural Science Museum behind its gracious façade, which makes it a 6-in-1 attraction.

The art gallery showcases an array of South African and international artworks, while the museum displays a selection of fossils, animals, birds, reptiles and insects.

In keeping with its imposing exterior, the building’s interior décor features wooden flooring, stained-glass windows, wrought-iron balustrades, marble pillars and classic arches.

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