HOME AND AWAY
THERE are Carnaby Street miniskirts, Afro wigs and flower-child vests and bellbottoms. The sound system is belting out Good Vibrations, everyone is giving the peace sign and Gilligan’s Island is on the television monitor at the front desk — in black and white, of course. The 1960s are in full swing at the Accor-managed Menzies Sydney, which opened in October 1963 and is celebrating its big 50. Through the month, expect to be greeted by staff in clothing of the era and do settle in with Emily Skinner (love the high hair and white tights) and her lobby lounge crew and sip ‘‘adult milkshakes’’ with names such as Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane. These retro tipples ($12 a pop) are encouragingly large and creamy, with striped straws, some with garnishes of crushed Jaffas or candy bananas, and generous slugs of the likes of Kahlua or Midori. The 446-room four-star property is enviably located in the Wynyard station nexus, within strolling distance of Circular Quay; it was the first international hotel to be built in Sydney after World War II and was launched by the Beach Boys. Rooms from $152 if booked seven days in advance. More: sydneymenzieshotel.com.au.