Posted February 12th, 2013, 04:34 AM
Aside from 23 days at sea, we'd plan on a week in Sydney at a hotel. Is it an easy city to get around on your own? A 'compact' downtown and either walkable or with good public transportation to see the main tourist sites? I haven't yet had time to research this for myself and am starting with you !
Sydney is an easy city to get around. It is a walker's paradise (no big hills), with good public transportation to see the main tourist sites.
If you choose a hotel in the CBD, there is a free shuttle bus which runs around the city including Circular Quay, where all the ferries leave from. There are endless possibilities of day trips with a day public transport pass.
To get you started -
visit the NSW tourist information at The Rocks or Darling Harbour
ferry to Manly, with its many harbour and ocean front walks
ferry to Watson's Bay for fish and chips on the harbour, with walks to The Gap, The Entrance, etc.
Bus from Watson's Bay to North Bondi - walk along Bondi Beach to Iceberg, overlooking the rock pool, for lunch - longer walk to Bronte (early start) and bus back to CBD.
ferry to Taronga Zoo
walk from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach with bus back to CBD.
walk around the historic Rocks Area
walk through the Botanical Gardens to the Art Gallery of NSW (open late Wed. night)
and so on.
You'll have no trouble filling your week - enjoy!
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