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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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.

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