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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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The northern half of the city between Circular Quay/The Rocks and Town Hall station is the nice part of the CBD. Between CQ and Wynyard station is mostly offices and between Wynyard and Town Hall is mostly shopping. The travelodge is a good location although only 3, maybe 3.5 star. The Menzies, located on top of Wynyard station is also a good 4 star bet or if you want 5 star in a good spot at a decent rate, try the Amora on Jamison St.
I would avoid any hotel and I guess this includes the Metro, that is located between Town Hall station and Central station. This is the rougher southern part of the CBD. The accom is cheaper and it has great little cheap eats, particularly in the Chinatown area, but it can also be the hangout area for the bums and junkies and gets the drunks on Fri/Sat nights.
Certainly, don't try to stay out anywhere near White Bay. It is a reclaimed industrial area and has absolutely nothing worth seeing, doing or staying at.
So anywhere between Park St and the harbour, going south to north, and between Kent St and Macquarie St going west to east would be fine and within 15mins walking distance of anything worth seeing in the city.
The train from the airport is very handy but has one failing. It's part of a through suburban route from East Hills into the city and so you are sharing with other commuters. If your arrival or departure coincides with the morning or evening peak hour rush then the trains will be very full with very little room for luggage. They are not dedicated airport expresses nor specially built airport carriages. A cab from the airport should not cost you more than roughly $60. I got airport to Northern Beaches, ten kms over the Harbour Bridge last week for $81. Tell the driver to head down Southern Cross Drive and he should think you know enough to not go the back way. Most drivers are honest but there's always the odd one. If the meter gets over $70, it's not gridlock and you've not reached the CBD I'd be asking him why.
Thank you so much for this info. I have come up with several hotels and now I am concerned about location. Any advice or direction on the following:

Cambridge Hotel at 212 Riley Street
Holiday Inn Potts Point at 203 Victoria Street
Meriton Apartments on Pitt St, Kent St or Campell St
1888 Hotel at 139 Murray
Simpsons of Potts Point at 8 Challis Ave

We are totally clueless about the area. Thanks so much.
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Tge Meriton apartments are in the city so easy access to everything. My favourite is the Campbell St block.

Potts Point is an inner suburb and Challis St is a lovely area. Only hitch is you need to use kings Cross Station and this is not recommended on a weekend night. (and yes if any one wants to says it's not so bad. I was there 3 weeks ago and there were 3 x sniffer dogs at the station in different spots, drunks already abhsing and kicking at taxis at 6pm)

The Cambridge is in a good eating area, but I'm not familiar with the hotel itself, never having stayed there

1888 is brand new. I'm not a fan of Darling harbour but some like it.
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[quote]I would avoid any hotel and I guess this includes the Metro, that is located between Town Hall station and Central station. This is the rougher southern part of the CBD. The accom is cheaper and it has great little cheap eats, particularly in the Chinatown area, but it can also be the hangout area for the bums and junkies and gets the drunks on Fri/Sat nights./QUOTE]

The Wentworth is east of George St and that area is generally fine. Its the strip right near central station and generally down George St that is an issue.
There are just as many bums and bag people down at the Quay and in the city centre now.
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Tge Meriton apartments are in the city so easy access to everything. My favourite is the Campbell St block.

Potts Point is an inner suburb and Challis St is a lovely area. Only hitch is you need to use kings Cross Station and this is not recommended on a weekend night. (and yes if any one wants to says it's not so bad. I was there 3 weeks ago and there were 3 x sniffer dogs at the station in different spots, drunks already abhsing and kicking at taxis at 6pm)

The Cambridge is in a good eating area, but I'm not familiar with the hotel itself, never having stayed there

1888 is brand new. I'm not a fan of Darling harbour but some like it.
Thanks so much. We will not be there on the weekend. I appreciate your advice and input.
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Then, is it safe to walk around the Chinatown area? We will be in Sydney March 17~19 before the cruise and then two more days after the cruise.
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Yes it is safe to walk around Chinatown.

No real difference to Chinatown in San Francisco just a slight bigger area IME

The only place i feel uncomfortable after dark in a couple is Kings Cross and some back streets in Redfern (not an area any OS tourist is likely to go)

I wouldn't walk through some of the parks alone.
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I would avoid any hotel and I guess this includes the Metro, that is located between Town Hall station and Central station. This is the rougher southern part of the CBD. The accom is cheaper and it has great little cheap eats, particularly in the Chinatown area, but it can also be the hangout area for the bums and junkies and gets the drunks on Fri/Sat nights./QUOTE]

The Wentworth is east of George St and that area is generally fine. Its the strip right near central station and generally down George St that is an issue.
There are just as many bums and bag people down at the Quay and in the city centre now.
Thank you for your answer. I probably should have posted a question about location before I booked a hotel, however, it seems I will be okay..

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We are docking Feb 22 2014 from our Oceania cruise,and departing Feb 23. WE ahve been to Sydney 2 yrs ago for 5 days and loved every minute of it.Did a lot of sightseeing .We are docking into the new White Bay terminal,and the day we dock is the Gay Pride Parade at the Botanical Gardens. I assume the area of the ferry terminal the rocks and Oprea House will be mostly off limits. Any place else we might try for a few hours in Sydney?
P.S We stayed at the Park Hyatt for 4 days it was fantastic and near everything.
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Not sure why you would think those areas are off limits??

The G&L festival happens over a month. The garden party is usually a ticketed event inside the Botanic Gardens, just like any other ticketed event held there. During the festival things go on as normal with the exception of Parade Night which closes the streets at the other end of town and it brings in a lot of $$$$ from all sorts of tourists and visitors.

No need to avoid the best part of the city
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Is there an airport shuttle service that can get me from the airport to downtown hotels in Sydney? Don't want to take the train as we will have a lot of luggage. But a taxi seems kind of expensive. Most US cities have moderately priced airport shuttles.

This one might fit the bill -> http://www.airportconnect.com.au/default.asp
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Is there an airport shuttle service that can get me from the airport to downtown hotels in Sydney? Don't want to take the train as we will have a lot of luggage. But a taxi seems kind of expensive. Most US cities have moderately priced airport shuttles.

This one might fit the bill -> http://www.airportconnect.com.au/default.asp
I was just reading Tripadvisor last night and came up with this about airport shuttles in Sydney: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...uth_Wales.html
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Hi Larraine
You are in the very southern part of the CBD, maybe 2kms from the harbour.. Its a relatively safe area as its away from the worst pubs and nightspots but also there are not a lot of restaurants on Wentworth. It used to be a pretty rundown spot but there are now a lot of new office buildings around there. You are only a short walk to Central Station. It would not be my first choice as you'll have a bit of a walk to get to other parts of the city but as I say its not the worst.
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Hi Terrier1
Of the places you mention my first choice would be the Meriton. Its in a fairly dull spot but within fairly easy walk to Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the city shopping area.
You'll see a lot of places listed as Potts Point. This is because they don't like to say they're in Kings Cross. Potts Pt/Kings Cross has some of the best restaurants in Sydney but it is also the red light district so has strip clubs, hookers and Sydney's only legal heroin injecting room. Great place if you fancy a beer at 3am but I would not recommend wandering around that area at night. The hotels in Potts Point that you mention are nice hotels and out of the main area but I'd suggest cabs to get you to/from the hotel at night.
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We have accomodations at the Meriton Apts on Pitt for both our Pre cruise stay March 17 and again for Post Cruise. We will be leaving again for the Transpacific on April 10th. We are a family of 4 and found cost wise we were better off in their 2 Bedroom Sky view then two separate rooms near the Port.
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For visitors to Sydney CBD there is a free shuttle which operates along George Street in a loop from Circular Quay. You can get to most places including Chinatown using this service. There is a bus stop outside the Quay.

Leave the ship, walk towards the Circular Quay railway station, walk under the overpass and into Alfred Street..... turn left and you will see bus stops. The 555 free shuttle bus leaves and drops off from there.

Not many visitors are aware of this service.


http://www.sydneybuses.info/free-shuttles/
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For visitors to Sydney CBD there is a free shuttle which operates along George Street in a loop from Circular Quay. You can get to most places including Chinatown using this service. There is a bus stop outside the Quay.

Leave the ship, walk towards the Circular Quay railway station, walk under the overpass and into Alfred Street..... turn left and you will see bus stops. The 555 free shuttle bus leaves and drops off from there.

Not many visitors are aware of this service.


http://www.sydneybuses.info/free-shuttles/
Thanks for posting this information. I have been looking for a map or something of the exact route of this bus and so far have not found it yet. Does it just go up and down George Street?
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Yes, up/down George St

The loop is no longer (it used to run up Elizabeth St as well) 2 direction

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A group of cruisers are staying at the Meriton Serviced Apartments on Campbell St. prior to our cruise departing Sydney and would like to know how far away are we from Darling Harbour?

Can we walk this distance?
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Easy walk..

5 minutes max to to "top" end near the entertainment centre. 15 minutes to the "heart"
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Thoughts please on AEA Bridgeport Apartments 38 bridge street. Close to transportation to
Various areas to visit. How far from airport? Any other info regarding this place much appreciated.
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