Hi folks ,
I'm heading to Sydney in November for two weeks, and I'd appreciate suggestions of any kind on what I should take in. Currently (as per my meagre research), I have Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and Opera House/Harbour lined up.
Is there anything else I should not miss out? Or that I should be aware of? Should I get a bus or train pass or something?
I'm meeting a friend who's currently studying at U of New South Wales, and have another friend who lives on "the other side of Sydney".
I'm sorry for the many questions, *ducks brickbats*. Thank you in advance!!
Wow! I spent 4 yrs at unsw... does your friend have a car because that would make things much easier and give you alot more freedom in the hunter valley and blue mountains... I think you will be ok with buses and trains around Sydney proper (I wouldnt bother getting passes although if you plan on using them extensively it could work out cheaper), you can probably see the sites (opera house, harbour bridge, etc) in a couple of days. Perhaps consider a trip up to Port Stephens or look into some of the North or South Coast destinations-there are definately some nice spots.
My advice would be to talk to your friends and take in some of their suggestions. If you can con them into driving you there are infinitely more possibilities and you will be able to enjoy a much greater flexibility. You can do quite a bit in 2 weeks, the trips you have looked at are really only day trips or overnighters at most...
try this website for train passes http://www.cityrail.com.au/index.jsp
and for bus passes
Cars are great, but if you are short on time and unfamiliar with the area you'll waste a lot of time looking for things, and you also spend (or you should) all of your time watching the road instead of the scenery. For the Blue Mountains I'd go for colourful trips: www.colourfultrips.com.au. They specialise in taking international students on day trips and their Blue Mountains trip - in my mind - rates as one of the best. Mainly because they do a walk into one the valleys.
Hunter Valley: I'd do a wine country lodge two night package that includes an afternoon wine tour. You can't drive and do the wine tour so the car needs to stay put. It includes return bus trannsfer from Sydney to the front door of the lodge. www.winecountrylodge.com.au.
Port Stephens is good for Dolphin Watching and Whale Watching. The whales are heading south for the next 8-weeks or so now. You might get lucky. Although, I saw one yesterday from my balcony in Bondi Beach.........for free.
If you do drive to the Hunter you should do Port Stephens as well; its 50 minutes North of the Hunter. You can do a loop that goes Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley - Port Stephens - Sydney. Check out the Central Coast on the way home.
Anything else? Well, Canberra is interesting as its the National Capital: free tours of parliament house; war memorial museum; national gallery. Not high adventure, but culturally its worth it.
Alex & majito, thanks for the suggestions! And thanks to suestar for the info via PM! I really appreciate this.
I don't drive, but one of my friends does, so I'm sure I can con him into chauffeuring me around . I'll definitely look into the packages and sites you guys recommended. I do want to get a bit of walking about done - one of the best ways to soak in the feel of the place.
Is Sydney expensive?
Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to manly. Also catch the jetcat from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay and have a few in Wato Bay hotel.
Thanks for that suggestion, james!
Anybody wants to meet up while I'm in Sydney from Nov 6-22?
Don't worry, I don't eat people for dinner. Maybe just the occasional nibble.
After living in Sydney for a year so many things to do and see . Its a party town for sure . You might take a trip out to Bondi http://www.voyeurmagic.com.au/ too. I know its where everyone goes but its nice . Great place to hang out on a sunny day and people watch .
The harbour bridge climb is worth a go too http://www.bridgeclimb.com/
http://www.sydney.com.au/ is a handy site to let you know whats on in Sydney what to do .
And for the Buses http://www.sydneybuses.info/ might be handy . The travel 10 is a ticket that you can buy http://www.sydneybuses.info/tickets/travelten.php is a handy ticket that might save a bit of money if your travelling round Sydney a good bit
Anyway hope some of this helps have a great time .
I'm back in Jan but to Melb to get married . Loved the place so much i'm marrying an Aussie hehe .
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]
Thanks very much for the helpful info, ozeire.
Congratulations on your impending marriage!