Posted May 21st, 2014, 05:10 PM
I've been to Sydney many times and I find it a very walkable city, so I don't think a HO/HO bus is necessary there.
In addition to the Opera House, two places I never miss in Sydney are the Taronga Zoo and the Queen Victoria Building. Also strolling through the Botanical Gardens to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is very pleasant.
If you are there on a weekend, stop by the Rocks Market in The Rocks.
Agree about the HoHo, you can walk in Sydney.
I suggest taking a harbor cruise. Also, a day trip to the Blue Mountains is special. We also did a Hunter Valley wine trip, but with only three days that might be too much.
There is a fantastic tour company that does the Blue Mountains. It also visits a great zoo(Featherdale), so you don't need to go to the zoo in Sydney.
Sydney Great Escapes Pty Ltd
PO Box 332
KINGS LANGLEY NSW 2147
Phone:+61 (0)2 9624 6217
Fax: +61 (0)2 9624 6218
Also, the bridge climb is cool, or cheaper version is the pile climb (part of the bridge). Darling Harbour
os worth a visit.
Also, here is the long list:
- The Rocks – historical area, plus some tourist shopping.
- Circular Quay – for views.
- Sydney Opera House – do a tour; the backstage tour is the most interesting, but is much less frequent and much more expensive than the standard tourist run. Go to a concert or a show if you can.
- Botanic Gardens and the Domain (parks).
- Hyde Park, including the ANZAC memorial, fountains, and nearby buildings such as St Mary’s Cathedral, the New South Wales Art Gallery and Hyde Park Barracks.
- Darling Harbour – touristy things, including the casino at Star City if you're into that sort of thing.
- Sydney Aquarium (at Darling Harbour).
- Sydney Wildlife World (at Darling Harbour).
- Maritime Museum (at Darling Harbour).
- Powerhouse Museum (at Darling Harbour).
- The Australian Museum (in the City).
- Museum of Sydney (in the City).
- Museum of Contemporary Art (Circular Quay – the café is said to be pretty good).
- Bridgeclimb – 3½ hours, but worth it if the weather's good. Not energetic, nor difficult to anyone who has anything other than serious fears of heights. Best to book when you're there and you can gauge what the weather is likely to be. Most popular and expensive climbs are at twilight. Otherwise, a first timer should do a day climb to see where everything is, although night climbs are romantically spectacular. They have a new route which climbs the lower arch, but the standard route is still better for a newcomer.
- Or just walk across the Harbour Bridge if you don't want to climb it. You can go up the south-east pylon (the one nearest the Opera House and Circular Quay) for some views that are better than those from the roadway.
- Sydney Tower – the tall building thing, also a very ish revolving restaurant.
- Paddy's Markets.
- The Sydney Fish Market (an early start is needed to get the most out of this).
- Take a ferry to Manly.
- Manly – long beach on the ocean side, cafes etc. If you can get there, big park at North Head with good harbour and sea views, but is a long walk from Manly itself.
- Taronga Zoo – take the ferry from Circular Quay for this, too.
- Cruise on the harbour - lots of ways of doing this, standard tourist ones from Circular Quay; also a jetboat from there; but my favourite is on a genuine ex-Americas Cup yacht - a cruise ship is nothing like this!
- Watsons Bay – famous for Doyles, seafood restaurant, also good views. Also, go up to South Head (walking distance) from there, for views. Watsons Bay can be reached by ferry.
- Queen Victoria Building – possibly the most elegant shopping mall in the world.
- Bondi Beach – if you feel that you really have to do this. Quite close to Watsons Bay, can be done in a long walk (about 3½ miles), or by the Bondi Explorer Bus.
- Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach along the cliff tops.
- Also, between Watsons Bay and the City, there are Double Bay (elegant, expensive shops) and Rose Bay (pretty waterfront).
- Balmoral Beach, to which you can get by bus (including, if you like, lunch or dinner at the Bathers Pavilion, or just fish and chips, or something else - there is a number of eateries here).
- Other walks along the harbour foreshore, for example between Cremorne and Mosman.
- Blu Bar at the top of the Shangri-La Hotel for cocktails with a view.
- King's Cross at night (for the broad-minded).
- Featherdale Wildlife Park.