Hi, I was in Sydney in September. There are lots of interesting places around Sydney. Before visiting, I did research via internet and found many interesting tours on web site http://www.sydneytourguide.com.au where you can find photos and video.
I recommed tourists to see:
1) Blue Mountains, Great Blue Mountains Canion, Wentworths Falls, Three sisters
2) Curringai Chase National Park
3) Royal National Park
Fondest memory: Great Blue Mountains Canion
Sydney Beaches (not Bondi beach)
A trip to the Blue Mountains is a pretty standard commodity. You don't need to spend a lot of time shopping for it as most prices after fees will be about the same and they will take you on the same itinerary. I have to admit I didn't enjoy this tour. Too much about "Back on the bus" to be fun, too many other tourists to appreciate the nature. They also drop you into a town calle Leura which is one big souvenier shop and the local chamber of commerce provides a kickback for every busload of tourists they bring in. The natural scenery would be better appreciated with the freedom of a car. You could park and just walk around the main attractions as its mostly within a relatively compact area. I've heard you can actually take the train up there and just walk from place to place. I don't know if that's true, but you can't have a worse time than listening to the recycled humor of a tour bus driver.
Fondest memory: I made bad poetry and songs with the refrain "Back on the Bus"
Back on the bus
The driver cried
As he brought us aboard with care
Supporting each tourist by the seat of the pants
And a finger entwined in his hair...
Get the picture?
Favorite thing: Visit the Blue Mountains and get close to nature. Go bushwalking and breath in the fresh air. A great day trip, or if you have time you could stay at one of the B&Bs in the area. Discover the Three Sisters, Dining, Adventure, Galleries, Museums, Entertainment, History Highway Inns, Markets, Festivals, Churches, Bushwalks, Gardens and Camping. Take a to visit Leura village, which is nearby. Cafe Bon Ton in Leura serves great food and has a cosy atmosphere, it almost feels like you are dining in an old friend's home. More info, accomodation and photos: http://www.bluemts.com.au/
Favorite thing: Take a trip out to the Blue Mountains - try to manage a full day here (or more) and go walking. There is a nice easy walk down from the Three Sisters (pictured), and you can get a ride back up on the Scenic Railway! It's much more peaceful once you're in the park proper and a very pleasant walk - it's best to take a map though, as it is possible to get lost. It's an easy train ride from Central Station - get off at Katoomba for the Three Sisters - but you might want to get up early as the trains aren't entirely speedy.For lots more information about the Blue Mountains a good starting point is the Blue Mountains Web site. For those of you curious about the name of this place, apparently the Eucalyptus trees (which form most of the tree cover) give off a blue haze in the heat - it looked all pretty green to me when I was there though!
We found a pub with the most English of decors and atmosphere that brewed their own great ales. They also made a damper, a traditional Australian bread baked on an open fire while camping. We had it elsewhere on the trip but this was the best one. They served it with their ploughman’s plate, an English tradition of bread, cheese, and pickle. It seemed like the perfect blend of the two cultures that I had initially envisioned Australia to be. This is what had disappointed me initially. I had thought that Australia would be a tropical version of England but found as many similarities to the States as merry olde. But here in this one place, it seemed to come together a bit and with the history we read in the museums, I drifted into a part of Australia that only existed in my mind.
Fondest memory: We had been planning a day trip to the Blue Mountains the whole time we were in Sydney, but when the day finally arrived, Kristin was very sick with the flu. She perservered as it was our last day and she couldn’t miss it. It seemed like an easy enough day, getting the train out and walking to the bottom to catch the tourist cog railway train back to the top. We enjoyed to be outside walking and joked that we would never be so lazy to take this train back to the top normally, but since she was sick, it was “okay” to do. The views were lovely and we were very relaxed until we learned of the train being out of order that afternoon! The walk up was torturous for her, but she gutted it out and never really complained. At the top, she was wiped out and even though it wasn’t the hardest hike under normal circumstances, I was proud to see her overcome her ill condition, standing tall over the valley.
Favorite thing: check out JENOLAN CAVES (lovely!)... also in Katoomba. And that's me (in the pic) standing just outside the Lucas Cave which we were going to explore later....
Take a train down to the Blue Mountains National Parks. And make sure you go there early too cos the guided tours start early. It's a bit far from the town centre as well so you really need the time to travel there. We didn't manage to visit the caves so we just went walking around the 3 Sisters and taking the cable car!!! It was really a magnificent ride with a fantastic view of the Blue Mountains.
Fondest memory: I particularly enjoyed walking down the 'I don't know how many thousand steps' where the 3 Sisters were. It is certainly takes a lot of guts and leg muscles. My tip is to climb down rather than climb up (unless you prefer the physical challenge). However climbing down is certainly a lot more precarious. The Sydney Aquarium is another great place to visit. I particularly liked the 'Red Indian' fish very much!
Favorite thing: Rent a car and take a trip up to the Blue Mountains. A truly beautiful nature experience. Our local friend had friends living up there on a big estate. They treated us with a helicopter ride !!!!! What great fun ! We flew over big canyons and along narrow river valleys. We saw the great damage done by the recent forest fire. A vast number of acres were brown and totally damaged by the fire. An impressive experience.
Favorite thing: You've got to spend at least 2 days in the Blue Mountains and if you can go hiking in the national Parks, you won't regret ir!!!
Favorite thing: The most beautiful lake in the world to me, look at its stunning colour this is JENOLAN LAKE near the Blue mountains 150km west of Sydney.
That's me at the BLUE MOUNTAINS RESORT here in Katoomba.... and wishing you were here to join in the fun too!
Favorite thing: take a side-trip up to the BLUE MOUNTAINS, in Katoomba to see the Three Sisters. (See pic below).