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1. Posted by martenia (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

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Hi there

I'll be going to Sydney for 6 days with a friend and would like to explore Sydney with a day trip, preferably with some culture experience as well. Any ideas? Much appreciated. :)

2. Posted by Whitehead (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

Take a trip out to Newtown and walk around a bit. Its a bit of an alternative area with some good resturants and cafes as well as some interesting shops and stuff.

Also, you can walk for about 1 hour or so along the coast if you get out to coogee and walk towards Bondi. Its a very pretty walk.

Other than that, there are ferry's that put around the harbour, you can catch the ferry out to Manly. for some fish and chips and surf if thats you liking.

PM me if you want more details.

Hope that helps!

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

Apparently you can take trips out to the Blue Mountains and to Hunter Valley for wineries which are supposed to be great!

I cant comment more cause l wont be there until Dec!


4. Posted by WONDERBUS (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

You can combine your Blue Mountains and Winery experience in one day to save valuable time and money. Email me to find out how.



5. Posted by martenia (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Thanks for that. Very helpful. I'm making my way there in December as well. Still some time away, but I want to be prepared. So, if I want to find out more about Aborigine's culture, should I just stick to the museum? :) Is it worth visiting at all? Ta.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 23, 2006 12:37 PM by P0lka ]

6. Posted by SnuffleRag (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

When i was in Sydney I went to Central station and bought a return ticket to the Blue Mountains for $36, which included a hop-on bus around Katoomba.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 24, 2006 3:08 AM by SnuffleRag ]

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 10y


You can combine your Blue Mountains and Winery experience in one day to save valuable time and money. Email me to find out how.



You can't mean going to the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley in one day - that's too far.

So what sort of "winery experience" are you talking about?

8. Posted by WONDERBUS (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Liquorland in Penrith! That's a bad joke.

You're spot on, but technically you could go to the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains in the same day, but who the hell would want to.

The Hunter Valley makes up about 1% of Australia's wineries and wine growing region. People automatically think Hunter Valley when they're in Sydney. It has been a very clever marketing campaign over the years. There is a large wine region on the other side of the Blue mountains in and around Mudgee, and the wines are arguably better.Like the Hunter, you probably wouldn't want to head all the way out to Mudgee in a day, plus take in the sights of the Blue Mountains.

I don't want to look like I'm blatantly promoting my company on this forum, hence why I mentioned to send an email.I'll let you know how you can experience a beautiful old winery ( one of Australia's oldest )and a true wine tasting, plus see and enjoy the sights of the Blue Mountains if anyone cares to send an email

9. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Don't try and do the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains in one day. And the Hunter Valley is worthy of its clever marketing. Who cares if it only makes up 1% of Australian wineries? That's an unfair and negative desription to those who might be considering going. It's meaningless. Are you saying the bigger the wine region the better the experience? I think the 100 or so wineries in the Hunter Valley would be quite enough for the average person. And the quality of the wines is an argument best left for experts. The average person wants to discover, taste, and learn about all sorts of wines.

The Hunter is worth a three days at least. There's a great YHA up there that does wine tours as well. People love it up there - especially after Sydney - because they can chill out away from the crowds and away from the rush tours. They do a package that includes return bus fare from Central Station and it's excellent value for money. You also don't have to rush back to Sydney after a day of wine tasting with a belly full of wine. Cruise back to the hostel and have some wood fired Pizza and sit by the fire and..drink more wine, of course.

As for the Blue Mountains I would recommend a day trip. If you are going to catch the train you need to stay a couple of days. Day tours - like Wonderbus - get you where you need to go and tell you all sorts of interesting stuff about a really interesting part of Australia.

10. Posted by martenia (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

thanks for that majito.. :) i'll be in oz for only 5 days so a day trip is perfect for me. i want to see a bit more than just shopping and the usual places around central sydney.. i'm sorted now :)