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11. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Yeah thanks guys, Iv been having a really pooey day and your posts made me chuckle big time! x

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

A really "pooey day" huh? I'm glad it was livened up.

Do you have any questions on Sydney you'd like to ask?

13. Posted by Vlakvark (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

I tried that James. What's changed your mind? *Chuckle, chuckle*

14. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I believe my question was directed to Jolo73

My suggestion for a couple of days would be, in no order:

- ferry to Manly (beach) for a half day. Quite spectacular views of the city and surrounding harbourside suburbs, etc from the boat. Ferry goes from Circular Quay. Being June, and the middle of winter, I wouldn't bother bringing your swimming gear. Too cold for that. Oh, ensure you take the ferry rather than the Jet Cat.

- ferry or Jetcat to Watsons Bay; again from Circular Quay. Watsons bay is a small, narrow suburb with the harbour on one side and the ocean on the other. You can literally walk across it in less than 5 minutes and enjoy the view of both. There is a great pub there also, and some places to eat.

- a walk through the Botanical Gardens, past the Opera House, down towards Circular Quay, up through the Rocks, up to Observatory Hill, and back to Circular Quay. This should take an hour or so and provide an interesting walk through differing surrounds, with plenty of opportunity for shopping, eating, and visitng pubs (so there's the potential for it to be somewhat more than a few hours).

That's all I can think of at the moment. As for where to stay, what's your budget?

15. Posted by Vlakvark (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

"So, he is actually a pretty decent bloke" Now that we r on speaking terms *another chuckle*, I would just like to point out that I didn't mean to be rude. After you posted that NASTY reply, I went and read my message again. You were right, it sounded very pompous. To my defense, my first language is Afrikaans! Yeah, I know what u r thinking, but let's leave it there.

As for my budget, I was hoping on about AU$150 per day (all inclusive)

Cheers mate, enjoyed our little tiff, and appreciate your help - since u r such an experienced traveller!

16. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

We booked Macquaire Boutique Hotel which is on Wentworth St - its costing us Aus $ 140 a night for a double with breakfast - now this rate is over New Year so it is prob cheaper earlier in the year! It looks ok - ensuite bathroom and a breakie - theres a pub downstairs too! I dont think its gonna be sulubrious luxury but its a bed and its in the CBD too!


17. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Hello All,
This really is making me laugh! Im doing a RTW on my own, starting in Thailand on 20th, Im arriving in Brisbane in September then who knows? but Id like to be in Sydney for New Year, to be honest I havent given what im going to do in Oz to much thought, am just taking each country as it comes :)
I can see you two meeting up and becoming lifelong friends, bless!

18. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Ps. James, thanks for your info, I will certainly use it for when I do arrive in Sydney.

19. Posted by Vlakvark (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

Hi Jolo73,

Me friends with an Aussie - can't imagine that. Not after they belted us 3-0 in the cricket. (First whitewash in over a 100 years)

Funny thing is I am going to Aus to attend a wedding of a friend (English) of mine I met in Israel 13 years ago. He is getting married to an Aussie, poor man.

That's the great thing about travelling isn't it. Meeting different people and actually becoming friends who still keep in touch after so long. To all the people out there who is unsure whether they should take the plunge, if you don't you'll miss the ooportunity to attend weddings in different countries in the future!

Anyway, just thought that it is a bloody good excuse to travel to a country I've never been to, and take the missus over as well - she's never been outside of SA!!

20. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I take it the $150 per day was purely drinking money. If not, then there are a few park benches that I can recommend

Nah, as I live here I haven't got a clue about accommodation apart from the usual suspects as far as hotel chains go. I can certainly recommend/provide advice on particular areas that you might be interested in, but I've never really stayed in hotels in Sydney (well, there was that night about 20 years ago with that brunette and her sister ).

So where's the wedding?


I'd check and double check that hotel booking you've got on New Year's Eve. You don't want to be stuffed around with "we've lost your booking" or some such at such a busy time. Plus, I think it's technically in Surrey Hills rather than the city. But having had a look at it's location on a map, it's sort of "city-fringe" or should I say "CBD-fringe". Actually, it's quite a decent location. Quite close to everything. It is a pub though afterall, so don't expect the Hilton no matter what they say about the rooms. Come to think of it, I think I met a brunette there about 20 years ago