Visit it all. Take the time...
Visit it all. Take the time to venture to every nook and cranny. There are little delights everywhere. I lived just outside Sydney - Bondi Beach for 8 months. Amazing. Go there. About a 30minutes train ride from Sydney. Darlinghurst and Paddington are amazing areas for shopping. The Rocks is cool for a night drinking hole. Or there is Kings Cross which is a seedy area, but where the best people watching occurs. Especially after dark. Taking a boat ride in Sydney Harbour. Seeing Ayers Rock. The main reason I went there. Spectacualar. Just don't walk across it. It's a scared area for ther local people. Take the base tour, its even better.
What to take with ya
Casual wear does just fine for most places in Australia. So keep the clothes informal unless on a business trip. For the summer months from October to April, pack in lightweight clothes and always carry a hat and sunscreen with a high SPF in Australia, as the sun and UV radiation can get very intense. For the coast, an umbrella or raincoat is a sensible item to carry along and for inland and mountainous regions, you’ll need a lightweight sweater or coat. Winter months require heavier warm clothes and inland areas can get really cold
Imagine, a working-type bunch of wharves clearly showing the ravages of time, falling into disuse as the methods of carrying cargo are changing rapidly.
What to do? Turn it into a world class attraction of course!
One of the largest aquariums in the world, the Sydney Aquarium, with more than 5000 different Australian fish displayed in their natural habitats is here. Visitors can "walk on the ocean floor" through 145 metres (480 ft) of acrylic underwater tunnels. The aquarium is open 9.30am-9pm daily, with the last admission at 8pm. The features of this spot include Chinese Gardens, Powerhouse Museum and the standout National Maritime Museum.
The latter is comprehensive, covering things such as aborigines' use of the sea, surf lifesaving, a VIetnamese refugee craft and a reconstructed lighthouse, in addition to the usual things you would expect to see............such as boats!
A replica "Endeavour", the collier that James Cook ventured to Australia on, a destroyer and a submarine are some of the exhibits to enjoy. The replica itself spent 11 years wandering the world's oceans before it finally rested here.
Because Sydney is so coastal... there are plenty of fishing HOT Spots. Personally we both like to fish and do it often.
The "REAL" Fisherman come out at nights, so the only people you will see on the roads in the early mornings are the true fisherman.
You need a Fishing License to fish in Sydney. It can be purchased at any local gas station for a small fee. If you are caught without a liscence they will fine you.
Australians are usually dressed VERY casually in summer. You definitely won't stick out like a sore thumb even if you were to don a simple pair of beach shorts or skimpy tank top.
An important rule of thumb: DO also try and plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits and it should be able to see you through from day to night. So in this instance, that little black dress WILL come in VERY handy for the night events AND in the day time too! I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down. Then when they had to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into Australian dollars before your trip. And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees. In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I used to work for an American bank).
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
1. Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' etc on it?
2. If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
3. Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in Australia, no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
4. If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... Yes, even at the remotest village in Africa or China! :-))
Have a great trip!
Photo Below: This pic is taken from North Sydney. Can you see the lovely Sydney Harbor Bridge (partially hidden) in the background? Hm!
'While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put!' - Anne Tyler