Kanga House Backpackers Sydney

141 Victoria St, Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales, 2011, Australia
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Bathurst

by dachel

i am planning to have farm stay in Bathurst for three days. I search the website but doesn't really seem know how to plan the activities around the area.

How far is it from Bluemountain ? anyone can suggest how i can spend the 3 days with kids except one day for farm activities?

Re: Bathurst

by DenisOB

Hi Dachel, the Blue Mountains are about 2 hours from Sydney by car. There are lots of places to stay in Katoomba and lots of bushwalks to do. Katoomba is the tourist hub of the Blue Mountains. Bathurst is another couple of hours further west. At this time of year its quite cold west of the mountains, often down to minus 4 or so in the mornings.

I would suggest having a day at Katoomba first and while you are there have a talk to the tourist information people at Echo Point.

Re: Bathurst

by balhannah

the Blue Mtns aren't far away. We stayed at Bathurst and went and did the zig zag railway trip. Another idea, is the Jenolan Caves, they are on Bathurst side of the Blue Mtns.
You can check my page on Bathurst if you click on my name.

Re: Bathurst

by swissfondue

Bathurst is one of the oldest inland settlements in Australia with many grand colonial buildings. Not sure there is that much for your children to do aside from a trip to Jenolan Caves which is a must see.

There is a wonderful zoo in Dubbo called the Western Plains Zoo. However it is a nearly 3 hour drive from Bathurst so may be too far for a day trip. Most people spend the entire day at the zoo and stay the night in Dubbo.

Re: Bathurst

by ElleDeeEsse

Hi Dachel,

I live in the Blue mountains and used to travel to Bathurst regularly for one of my children's sporting activities. Bathurst is around 90 minutes from Lawson or about 45 minutes from Lithgow. Bathurst's history revolves around early agriculture and gold discovery. There are places around Bathurst where you can experience both. Sofala is a small former gold rush town about half an hour to the north of Bathurst where you can hire a pan and try your hand at gold panning in the stream nearby.

There is also Abercrombie caves which is 70km south of Bathurst.

Bathurst has a great tourist information office on the Sydney side of town near the showground

Re: Bathurst

by al2401

Bathurst is also home to the famous Mt Panorama Super V8 racing track for the Bathurst 1000. Out of race season the track may be viewed.

http://www.bathurst-nsw.com/MtPanorama.html

Re: Bathurst

by peteyjim

IF you're into wine, Mudgee is nice. Besides that, Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, is pretty awesome, you can hire bikes to ride around it. These places are 1-2hrs from Bathurst, so it's a lot of driving.
You can drive around Mt Panorama Racetrack at Bathurst too.

Travel Tips for Sydney

Service Culture

by saltwaterandsails

One negative to be forewarned.

Is Australia is a bit different to the US, in that tipping is not a big part of the dining experience.

As a result, service is generally pretty "matter of fact".

I guess the positive is if you get good service it is not designed to stretch 10% to 15%.

Sydney has many uptions but...

by Serge

Sydney has many uptions but it's harbour is unique. Catch all the ferries to everywhere. but for a singular memorable day take a trip on Aquatic Airways to fly over Sydney's coastline. Catch the seaplane at Rose Bay. Fly to Palm Beach and have lunch at Jonahs...stay overnight there and surf Palm Beach.Fly back and have a drink at Watson's bay while watching the sun set. Sun rise over Newport beach after an all night barbecue and the first swim of the day

Taronga Park to Balmoral continued

by iandsmith

These walks show you more of Australia in one go than is possible anywhere else in my opinion. You get to see how people live and how animals exist side by side. Speaking of animals, the harmless water dragons (pics 1 & 5) are everywhere, particularly when it's warm. They love nothing more than resting on the sandstone in the middle of the trail and scurrying off when you approach. If you tread quietly and approach stealthily, as I did, you can get quite close to them.
Other animals you'll almost certainly see at various times of the year are kookaburras (pic 2), lorikeets and pigeons (pic 3). Wrens flitter about in the bushes right next to the trail as well and are quite cheeky.
One animal I didn't expect was the rabbit (pic 4) that I saw hopping around on Chowder Bay beach. There are plans to eradicate them so you may not see one as I did.

The Ibero-American Plaza

by iandsmith

If you head immediately south of Central Station after exiting through the eastern side you'll come across the Ibero-American Plaza that commemorates the contribution of Spanish and Portugese speaking peoples to the history of Australia.
It was opened in 2000 and features a series of busts in line along a sunken footpath. Also in the area, just before you get there, you'll notice some frescoes that depict working life in Australia over the last couple of centuries.
They're worth a look also as you might be able to gather from pics 3 & 4.

For the Cold Australian Winter

by i-s-a

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Pack as lightly as you can. It is still best to try layering but be sure to have at least one warm jacket. Also wise to bring mittens/gloves, bonnet and scarf. It can be very cold especially at night and early in the morning.

Sydney is a nice place to do long leisure walks so be sure to wear a good, sturdy and comfy shoes. .
Eye drop - for your dry and itchy eyes.

Plastic Strips (Band-Aids) - bring lots and lots of these medical wonder ;0)

Lip balm - your lips could easily get chapped with the cold weather.

Oil, lotion - for moisturizing, prevents you from having those dry and itchy skin.

Sunblock - winter does not neccesarily mean NO sun! Australian ozone is notorious for it's damaging effects to the skin, apply as needed.

NOTE: For this I prefer buying in Australia. The one I brought from home does little to prevent dry/burnt skin :0( .
For Digital Camera Users, bring a high capacity memory cards as there would be many photo opportunities. .
All of the above are of course available in Sydney. Bring nonetheless to save time, effort and money.

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